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.

Hearing and the Other Senses

My husband is quite a good cook. The other day I noticed him chopping tomatoes, onions, garlic, and fresh spices, ingredients for his Bolognese Sauce. While the sauce simmered, he tasted and when he thought everything was prefect, he asked for my opinion. As I dipped my spoon into his fragrant creation, he stood there,… Read more »

If Only I Could Hear on My Phone

I received a phone call the other day and wasn’t prepared. My hearing aids and iPhone were not connected properly, leaving me with an inability to hear on the phone. Like many people with hearing loss, I am reliant on technology to hear. Luckily, my friend knew I suffered from hearing loss and he asked… Read more »

What are the Best Hearing Aids for You

I had an interesting conversation with my audiologist the other day. I wear Oticon OPN hearing aids and went in for my six-month checkup. My audiologist and I discussed the performance of my aids in general, how I was getting along in the hearing world, how I was doing in noisy environments, and if the… Read more »

Maintaining Your Hearing Health

Audiologist and hearing aid dispense professionals cannot typically tweak new hearing aid or cochlear implant correctly during the first fitting. Those of us with hearing loss have varied lifestyles, which create individual hearing needs. If you have worn wearing aids or implants for a long period of time and have purchased upgrades or new devices,… Read more »

Maintaining Your Hearing Health

It is often not possible for an audiologist or hearing aid dispense professional to tweak new hearing aid or cochlear implant correctly during the first fitting. Those of us with hearing loss have varied lifestyles, which create individual hearing needs. If you have worn wearing aids or implants for a long period of time and… Read more »