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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.

Hearing Loss and Music – The Challenge!

As my hearing loss changed over time, I noticed the decline in my ability to hear music. Even with the use of hearing aids, it was taking longer to recognize a melody. Like many, I love a variety of music: classical, jazz, tunes from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. The songs I grew up hearing…
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Hearing Loss and Music – The Challenge!

As my hearing loss continues to decline, I am noticing an increased inability to hear music. Even with the use of my hearing aids, it takes a few minutes to recognize a melody. I love a variety of music: classical, jazz, tunes from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, songs I grew up hearing are among…
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When Your Loved One Needs Help with Hearing Loss

My husband and I walked into a very noisy bar and restaurant last weekend and looked around for the friends we were meeting there. When not seeing them, my husband told me to wait at a corner table while he went deeper into the restaurant to see if they’d arrived ahead of us. As he…
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Hearing Loss- It’s All Relative. Can You Relate?

I had another hearing loss snafu. Have you ever had issues with your own hearing loss technology? My issue began with a personal hearing loss technology issue when I developed an issue with my new Oticon ConnectClip. The Oticon ConnectClip is a very innovative device. It allows users to connect Oticon OPN hearing aids to…
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Hearing Loss…Can Be Exhausting!

I came home the other day exhausted from listening with my hearing loss in a social gathering. Two very good friends whom I’ve known for over thirty years were in town, and we planned a lunch date as we had not gotten together for some time. My friends and I met in graduate school in…
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Hearing Loss? Keep up with Hearing Technology!

I recently received an informational letter from my audiologist, announcing advances in hearing technology. He wrote about hearing aids, assistive devices, made for IPhone hearing technology, and remote hearing care. It all left me thinking about the importance of keeping up with the latest in hearing loss technology. I rely on a variety of sources…
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Linda Bilodeau Regular Hearing Loss/Hearing Aid Check Ups – Just like an Oil Change!

How many people would like to spend less time in their healthcare provider’s office? I’m one of those. I was once of the mind that it’s better to wait until something is wrong before seeking medical or hearing help. I quickly found out that this was not the way to be. Especially as it relates…
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Is it Real or Fiction? Portraying Hearing Loss

During dinner with friends, I was asked if I had seen the series titled Switched at Birth. I had not seen the show and they shared the series follows two sisters switched at birth via a hospital mistake. One was hearing raised in a well-to-do household, while the other had hearing loss (or considered Deaf)…
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Hearing Loss – Taking Action for Closed Caption Access!

I had two difficult hearing situations these past weeks. I have a subscription to the online version of The Wall Street Journal, which includes various videos to go along with articles on world and national news as well as business news. Due to my hearing loss, I rely on closed caption to understand what is…
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Hearing Loss World…The People Who Understand!

Right before Christmas my husband and I attended a neighborhood party. Our lovely neighbor, Susan, always throws a party on December 23, inviting everyone on our street as well as her friends and family. We always enjoy going to her home because of her great hospitality. Though I know there will be the stress of…
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