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.

When Hearing Loss Affects You Psychologically

For some, not hearing well is only the beginning of their problems. If you suffer from hearing loss you might have noticed some unexpected side effects such as uncertainty, anger, frustration, depression, embarrassment, and anxiety. Hearing loss can bring on problems with interpersonal relationships. Some with hearing loss have developed phobias and experienced panic attacks.… Read more »

Hearing Holiday Jingles

I am a holiday gal. When the first cool northern breezes start blowing in Southwest Florida, I think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, decorating, parties, and food. All the merriment that comes with the holiday season involves concerts, church going, and family and friends gathering. There’s the shopping for food and gifts. Holidays take a toll… Read more »

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 »