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.

Forget Me Not – My Hearing Aids!

Last week, I was part way through my morning walk when I realized I had forgotten to put in my hearing aids. You’d think that a woman who can’t hear might remember to put in her aids, but the truth is, I get distracted and left the house without them. At first, I didn’t notice.… Read more »

Who Are You – as a Hearing Loss Person?

Life presents challenges for those dealing with hearing loss. Think of a typical day and how frequently you communicate with others. I speak with my doctor, car repair person, grocery store clerk, and my pharmacist. There are conversations with my husband and friends as well as my family. I schedule appointments, make reservations, and get… Read more »

Keeping Those Resolutions

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… Read more »

Meandering through a Hearing World

Linda and Richard – Hearing Loss Advocates! My journey navigating hearing loss began in 1978. Then, pregnant with my son, one of the doctors I worked with noticed that I had difficulty hearing on the telephone. “Do you realize how many times you ask someone to repeat?” he asked, politely. I was taken aback. Being… Read more »