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.

Hearing Loss: Reasons Many Delay Seeking Hearing Help

Hearing loss statistics are staggering: Fifteen percent of adults over 18 or 37.5 million people suffer from hearing loss. Thirty-five percent of all adults between 65 and 74 experience hearing loss. The numbers increase to fifty percent for those 75 and older. On average there is a seven year delay between the diagnosis of a… Read more »

Hearing Loss: iPhone Hearing Help, Caption Call Help

Those dealing with hearing loss face enormous daily challenges. Depending on the degree of your hearing loss, you may have trouble hearing in noise, hearing high-pitched sounds, or hearing television and movies, etc. We all wish, hope, and pray for technological hearing solutions. Luckily every now and then something comes along. I made a discovery… Read more »

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 »