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.

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… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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… Read more »