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.

The Ins and Outs of Ear Wax

The best hearing advice I received was to see an ENT physician at least annually. An ENT physician can diagnosis potential problems and help you stay in tip-top hearing health. I try to remain faithful to these appointments largely because I tend to produce a lot of ear wax. As part of my annual visit,… Read more »

Hearing the Winds of Irma

There it was, the National Hurricane Center’s cone of concern positioned right over Southwest Florida. A category 5 hurricane was coming our way. My husband and I rode out Hurricane Charlie in 2004 and vowed to leave town if another storm of equal magnitude descended upon us. According to weather reports, Irma was packing a… Read more »

Meandering Through A Hearing World: Technology Advances to Help with Hear Loss!

Isn’t it wonderful how technology has advanced? At my age, sixty-four, I’ve gone from black and white TVs with three available stations to televisions with beautiful high-definition color, and a multitude of stations and streaming options. Phones have advanced from the hanging-on-your-kitchen wall sort to sleek devices that you carry, giving you continuous access to… Read more »