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 Decisions

After a being diagnosed with hearing loss, one is left with finding treatment options. Many turn to hearing aids or personal hearing devices while some opt for surgery, choosing a hearing booster or cochlear implant. Deciding which medical device is best requires a complete hearing exam along with some thinking about your personal preferences and… Read more »

Our Remote Hearing Lives

Who would have thought that a tiny microscopic virus would change our lives so radically! During these past weeks, I’ve rethought grocery shopping, and now, my food is delivered to my door. Instead of gathering with friends for lunch or dinner, I’m seeing them through Facetime. I meet with my volunteer groups using the GoToMeeting… Read more »

Making the best of hearing situations during a disaster

Making the best of hearing situations during a disaster Though my husband and I are sheltering, I found it necessary to venture out to my local bank to take care of a business transaction that I couldn’t do online. When moving here fourteen years ago, I had chosen a local family-owned bank, finding they offered… Read more »

Going Grocery Shopping

When the announcement came that all Americans should shelter until the end of April, my husband and I realized we had to replenish our dwindling food supply. We had been at home for almost three weeks and were finding that we were running out of milk, cheese, eggs, and a few other items. We roughed… Read more »