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.

Connecting Dots Between Hearing Loss and Sight

The other night at a local restaurant I was seated around a table with six other people. I’ve been to this place before. There’s always background music and the noise of dozens of voices, drowning out any hope of hearing. My mighty mini mic surfaced and I got through the evening without having to ask… Read more »

Meandering Through A Hearing World

Networking and Workshops for Hearing Loss I was looking over the website of the Hearing Loss Association of Florida and read a thank-you letter to all sponsors and organizers of the HLAA-Florida Let’s Make Hearing Loss Visible Extravaganza held this past April 22nd. The event was held in Orlando and extremely well received with high… Read more »

Hearing Loss – Getting By With A Little Help

We were invited to dinner at friend’s house the other night. Our job was to bring the wine. We were treated to a lovely salmon dinner, a corn and red pepper salad with lime dressing, a tomato salad and ice cream and cookies for desert. Delightful food, good friends, some fine wine, what a lovely… Read more »

Hearing Loss – The Visible You!

How many people know about your hearing loss? Your family? Friends? You’re primary care doctor? Your dentist? When people call you on the phone, do you tell them you have trouble hearing?  Let’s face it, most of us with hearing issues are loathed to admit we have a problem. Everyone wants to think they are… Read more »