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.

Will my insurance pay for a cochlear implant?

I am eligible for a cochlear implant! But I must wait to hear if my insurance company will cover the cost of the recommended hybrid implant. I realize I’m not the only patient with medical issues and these things take time to process, but patiently standing by isn’t my style. I’m an action girl. When… Read more »

Strolling the Internet for Hearing Help

I keep busy with chores, writing, and strolling the internet for hearing information. One of my favorite internet stops is the Hearing Loss Association of America website. This wonderful site, www.hearingloss.org, is chucked full of advice and information about all aspects of hearing. You can learn about the causes of hearing loss, available technology, assistive… Read more »

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 »