Author: Linda Bilodeau

I’ve grappled with hearing loss since 1978. Through it all, I’ve faced periods of denial, acceptance, curiosity, trust and hope. But more often than not, I’ve felt annoyed, angry and frightened. I’ve encountered despair, loneliness and envy. I’ve experienced panic attacks. I’ve met understanding people, kind souls who helped me a great deal and others who thought I had nothing short of an invisible plague.

As a way of coming to terms with my hearing loss, I’ve decided to put my feelings about my disability down on paper. My hope is to better understand myself and perhaps you’ll find a little something in my meanderings that will help you, too.

Walking, Talking, and Hearing

Meandering Through A Hearing World Walking, Talking, and Hearing Like many Baby Boomers, I value my health. I strive to eat well and exercise and get wellness checks. I want to work at preventing the preventable and remain in the best physical shape possible, given my age. One of my health habits is taking a… Read more »

Is Hearing Loss A Disability?

Meandering Through A Hearing World Is Hearing Loss A Disability? What happens if you have or develop a hearing loss? Are you suddenly considered disabled simply because you can’t hear? I never considered myself disabled. I can function. In spite of my hearing loss, I go about my life and work, take care of my… Read more »

Three Cheers for Captioned Voicemail

Meandering Through A Hearing World Three Cheers for Captioned Voicemail I have a busy life. I volunteer as a board member for several organizations, and I do quite of bit of creative writing. My days pass quickly, leaving me wishing, hoping, and praying for more time. Over time, I’ve adopted time-management tools, one of which… Read more »

What To Do About The Hearing Loss

Meandering Through A Hearing World What To Do About The Hearing Loss This week, I received an e-mail from a very good friend. It’s always good to hear from her. We met thirty years ago on the first day of my M.B.A. program. We began talking and realized we were two of eleven women in… Read more »

How A Friend Helped Me Hear

Meandering Through A Hearing World How A Friend Helped Me Hear I was invited to a dinner party this week. There would be a small group, the hostess told me, just seven people, and she promised a light meal. Now doesn’t that appeal? In January I’m always busy working off those five extra pounds that… Read more »