Personal Stories

What Happens If You Suddenly Lose Your Hearing

By Linda Bilodeau / September 21, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World What Happens If You Suddenly Lose Your Hearing Sudden Hearing Loss. I’ve read the stories. Perhaps you’ve suffered from SHL. Most people notice symptoms upon waking. There’s the sensation of fullness in one of your ears, as if water has flooded your ear canal. You hear a popping sound followed…

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Tips for Hearing during Covid 19

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / September 16, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Tips for Hearing during Covid 19 I had the opportunity to virtually attend Shari Eberts’s excellent presentation titled: How to Hear Better During The Pandemic. Florida Hearing Loss Association of America hosted Shari’s talk by way of a Zoom session. Captioning was available. Shari began her talk by emphasizing the…

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Learn More About Hearing Loss

By Linda Bilodeau / September 9, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World   In conversing with friends, I discovered we have the similar problem of how to fill our long afternoons during the pandemic. Some of these women are full of ideas and have adopted new hobbies such as reading the classics, learning a language, or ramping up their culinary skills, preparing…

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All About Tinnitus

By Linda Bilodeau / August 24, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World   All About Tinnitus Is a ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing sound in your ears driving you crazy? If so, chances are you are among the 10% of people in the United States suffering from Tinnitus, a symptom of underlying disease or hearing loss that occurs equally in men, women,…

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Should Your Pandemic Puppy Be A Hearing Dog

By Linda Bilodeau / August 18, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World   Coping with the threat of coronavirus isn’t easy, and to help manage the stress of these uncertain days, many people welcomed a new dog into their lives. If you suffer from hearing loss and if you are thinking of getting a dog, you might want to consider a hearing…

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THE ADA AND YOU

By Linda Bilodeau / August 11, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World THE ADA AND YOU If you suffer from hearing loss, you might wonder how the law protects you. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, making it illegal to discriminate against anyone with a disability. Initially the law only protected those who were deaf, but in 2008,…

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Are Hearing and Emotions Connected?

By Linda Bilodeau / July 28, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World   Scientists are studying the emotional wellbeing of those with hearing loss for good reason. It is possible to lose the ability to hear the underlying emotional meaning of sounds. This may sound odd, because if you hear normally, you automatically pick up the emotional aspect of sound. Think of…

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Your Hearing Potential

By Linda Bilodeau / July 22, 2020
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How important is it to treat a hearing problem? This question often comes up with those newly diagnosed with hearing loss, particularly if the hearing loss is mild. Some refuse a hearing aid or cochlear implant, saying they are getting by without intervention. In fact, it usually takes seven years after the initial diagnosis of…

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Hearing Sounds Once Again

By Linda Bilodeau / July 7, 2020
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In January, and at my audiologist’s suggestion, I began a thirty-day, free trial of a pair of hearing aids with artificial intelligence. By months end, I was hooked on this new technology and traded in my Oticon OPN aids for the OPN S aids. Those of us suffering from sensorineural hearing loss have difficulty hearing…

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The Relunctant Hearing Device Wearers

By Linda Bilodeau / July 2, 2020
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When I meet a new person with hearing loss, we generally end up talking about our mutual problems, how it is hard to hear in noise, how we miss too many words, the difficulties we face when conversing. We might say that living a hermit’s life is not so bad. In the end, we decide…

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