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.

To Hear Or Not

There is an advantage with hearing loss. When craving silence, you can lower the volume or turn off your aids or cochlear implant. You can tune out most anything, music, traffic noise, talkative flight attendants, and restless children on a long flight. Every night, I enjoy blissful silence after placing my aids in their recharging… Read more »

The Masks Ones

My adopted home state of Florida is opening, using the CDC’s recommended phased approached. Being over sixty-five and having medical problems, I stayed home for two months, ordering my food and necessities online. Now that the threat of virus is waning, it’s time to get out. Anxious to explore the small town where I live,… Read more »

Hearing and Music Appreciation

After reading an article an article in The Hearing Journal titled: The Importance of Music Appreciation for CI users, I recognized the need to spend more time with my playlists. The article so truly points out that enjoying music is necessary and even vital to some of us, and perhaps, a quality of life issue.… Read more »

We Need to Hear

Can an inability to hear affect brain tissue? Apparently so. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have shown that areas of the brain can atrophy from lack of sound. According to the study, people with uncorrected hearing loss might be more prone to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and experience anxiety, depression, and diminished social contact. Additionally,… Read more »

We Need More Hearing Awareness

Last week, a retired physician and good friend of mine, sent me an article from the New England Journal of Medicine. The piece, written by a Cochlear Implant Surgeon, made some very good points about hearing loss in general and the need for the medical community to be aware of how cochlear implants and hearing… Read more »