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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.

New Hearing Aid Technology

There I was, sitting in my kitchen, listening to an unrecognizable sound. “What is it?” I asked my husband quizzically. “It’s the oven fan,” he replied. It was surreal. I was being immersed in sounds I had never heard. It was as if some sort of hearing miracle had occurred. We had installed the oven…
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All the Hearing Options

There I was sitting with my audiologist, complaining about how I can’t hear in noise. I said I could hear the din but felt like I’m drowning in sound and unable to distinguish one word from another. I should not have been surprised by the change in my hearing. I sensorineural hearing loss. Years ago,…
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Can Exercising Help You Hear

Let me start by saying that I’m not a fan of exercising. Sweating, breathlessness, and revving up my pulse rate doesn’t make me feel better. I don’t like the loss of the minutes or hours it takes to keep my body in shape. Yet, I do exercise. On the insistence of my doctor, I’ve jogged,…
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The Stranger than Strange Hearing Conversations

The other day I mentioned to my husband that I thought we had a problem with our hot water heater. I know this doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with hearing, but it does so bear with me. I explained to my husband that I had taken a shower and noticed the water…
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The Hearing Loves In Our Lives

We all express our loving feelings to our spouses and significant others on Valentine’s Day. But for me the day as a broader meaning, one where I like to remember my dear friends and all the wonderful people who help me hear. Shakespeare said that friends are those who know you as you are. No…
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Are You Different Because You Can’t Hear?

I had six people over for dinner the other night. Among my guests were a couple my husband and I have known for some time. They are lovely people, and the four of us often get together for a night out. These friends know I have a profound hearing loss and they help me by…
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Hearing Loops for the home

  A friend of mine who suffers from hearing loss told me he installed a home hearing loop. Like me, he has difficulty hearing the characters of his favorite television programs. Like most of us who wear aids or cochlear implants, he invested in numerous television adaptors, which he purchased whenever he changed hearing aids.…
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Hearing Health Resolutions

We don’t often think of our hearing in the same way that we think about our other health issues. We get wellness physicals, have our blood pressure checked, blood drawn, perhaps an x-ray or two. Unfortunately we don’t always put our hearing into the same category, and often, tucked it away as not being important.…
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Holiday Hearing

Meandering Through A Hearing World All I want for Christmas is to hear has been my mantra for some time now. My husband and I kick things up when the calendar turns the page from November 30 to December 1. It’s our month to party, to celebrate, and be with friends and family. But all…
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Cochlear Implant Considerations

Cochlear Implant Considerations At some point, many individuals, suffering from severe to profound hearing loss, opt to exchange their hearing aids for cochlear implants, a momentous decision. When making such a choice one must consider what is involved: a pre-surgical evaluation, choosing an implant and peripheral devices, the risks of the surgical procedure, the time…
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