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.

Socializing with Hearing Loss

Meandering Through A Hearing World Socializing with Hearing Loss Because I suffer from a profound hearing loss, I struggle to hear in noise. I know I’m not alone. Almost everyone complains about the din in public places. There are times when I’ve refused invitations knowing I don’t have it in me to put up with… Read more »

Another Way to Deal with Hearing Loss

Meandering Through A Hearing World Another Way to Deal with Hearing Loss After sitting through a number of meetings and social events last week, I began to wonder if I should reconsider a cochlear implant. My struggles to hear grow greater by the day. My husband does not disagree. He’s witnessed my frustration in noisy… Read more »

Hearing Consideration

Meandering Through A Hearing World Hearing Consideration It’s always a pleasure to run into people who understand my hearing predicament. Last Thursday was one such day. I arrived at a neighborhood community meeting early and was lucky enough to get a front row seat. As I was looking over agenda items, a friend, who is… Read more »

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 »