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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.

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Walking, Talking, and Hearing

Meandering Through A Hearing World Walking, Talking, and Hearing Like many Baby Boomers, I value my health. I strive to eat well and exercise and get wellness checks. I want to work at preventing the preventable and remain in the best physical shape possible, given my age. One of my health habits is taking a…
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Is Hearing Loss A Disability?

Meandering Through A Hearing World Is Hearing Loss A Disability? What happens if you have or develop a hearing loss? Are you suddenly considered disabled simply because you can’t hear? I never considered myself disabled. I can function. In spite of my hearing loss, I go about my life and work, take care of my…
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Three Cheers for Captioned Voicemail

Meandering Through A Hearing World Three Cheers for Captioned Voicemail I have a busy life. I volunteer as a board member for several organizations, and I do quite of bit of creative writing. My days pass quickly, leaving me wishing, hoping, and praying for more time. Over time, I’ve adopted time-management tools, one of which…
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What To Do About The Hearing Loss

Meandering Through A Hearing World What To Do About The Hearing Loss This week, I received an e-mail from a very good friend. It’s always good to hear from her. We met thirty years ago on the first day of my M.B.A. program. We began talking and realized we were two of eleven women in…
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How A Friend Helped Me Hear

Meandering Through A Hearing World How A Friend Helped Me Hear I was invited to a dinner party this week. There would be a small group, the hostess told me, just seven people, and she promised a light meal. Now doesn’t that appeal? In January I’m always busy working off those five extra pounds that…
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