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.

Don’t Be Left Out of the Hearing World

Meandering Through A Hearing World Don’t Be Left Out of the Hearing World My life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with hearing loss. As my loss progressed from moderate to severe and then from severe to profound, I found myself making life changes, many were not easy or pleasant. Everyone assumes that… Read more »

Say It Again So I Can Hear

Meandering Through A Hearing World Say It Again So I Can Hear Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to ask someone to repeat. This is the annoying part of having a hearing loss. You’re sitting there talking with a friend, there isn’t much background noise, perhaps there isn’t any. As your friend talks, you… Read more »

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 »