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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.

It’s Important to Hear

It’s Important to Hear While back in my hometown caring for my sick mom, I’ve had the chance to catch up with my relatives. Some have hearing issues, mostly brought on through aging. We’ve talked about how I inherited my hearing problems from my dad and how I use aids and assistive devices to hear.…
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Hearing Confidence

Hearing Confidence My mother was diagnosed with cancer, and I’ve been her caregiving for the past ten days. When my sister asked me to make the three thousand mile trip to my hometown, I wondered how much help I would be. Having profound hearing loss presents challenges. How could I participate in my mother’s care…
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A Good Hearing Trip

A Good Hearing Trip Recently, my sister called to say our mom had fallen ill. I had to kick it into gear as my sister and mom live three thousand miles away. It meant getting on a plane by myself and going to them, they needed my help. I despise traveling by plane. Anyone who…
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Empathy versus Sympathy in Hearing Loss

Empathy versus Sympathy in Hearing Loss Anyone who suffers from hearing loss has had the same experience when meeting new people socially or in conducting business. When we don’t hear what’s being said, we wonder if we should ask the person to repeat what they’ve said or tell them about our hearing loss. I’m always…
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Pop-up Hearing Technology Problems

Meandering Through A Hearing World   It happened again this morning. I was watching a news video on my iPad when I noticed my husband moving his lips. He was trying to talk to me but hooked up to my pad, I couldn’t hear him. Let me backup. My audiologist has dubbed me his Apple…
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Hearing Mishaps

Meandering Through A Hearing World Hearing Mishaps Have you ever had a hearing mishap? A time when you thought you heard what someone said, only to find you were wrong? To my amazement I’ve had more hearing dramas than I care to remember. Not long ago, my husband and I attended a dinner dance with…
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Meandering Through A Hearing World

Meandering Through A Hearing World New Hearing Technology I visited my audiologist a few weeks ago. After a conversation about how I was doing, and after he made sure my hearing aids were in working order, we talked about what is new in the world of hearing. Our discussion filled me with hope. I believe…
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What You Don’t Hear in Restaurants

Meandering Through A Hearing World I can’t remember the last time I heard a waiter or waitress in a restaurant. Ten years? Maybe longer? My husband and I eat out at least once a week, sometimes more. We tend to frequent the same restaurants, our favorites we call them. But even in familiar places, we…
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Meandering Through a Hearing World

Meandering Through A Hearing World  Hearing Hope In my journey through the hearing world I often browse the internet, searching for innovative hearing solutions. I’ve noticed that hearing aid manufacturers have made technological advancements with aids and assistive devices. Cochlear Implant manufacturers continue to improve their devices for a better hearing experience. There are…
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Hearing in Unfamiliar Places

Meandering Through A Hearing World  Hearing in Unfamiliar Places Linda Bilodeau I don’t understand why traveling should create a hearing problem, but for me it does. Suffering from profound hearing loss, I do my best to stay within a realm of familiarity. It is simply easier to hear. I frequent the same pharmacy, restaurants, supermarkets,…
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