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.

It Is Not Hearing Loss That Is Important!

My husband and I received an invitation to attend a party at a local club this week. We were told there’d be a delicious Italian buffet, music, plenty of wine, and the company of some people we knew. It all sounded like a wonderful night, so we dressed and headed out.  Upon arriving, I found… Read more »

Hearing Loss and Intimacy

One of my writing instructors stated that if you you’re going to write about love and intimacy, you should be able to do it without mentioning body parts. A writer’s job is to use the right words to make readers visualize and feel. I’m keeping these thoughts in mind as I talk about this delicate… Read more »

Working and Volunteering with Hearing Loss

I was still working when I first recognized that I needed a hearing aid due to my hearing loss. At the time, roughly thirty-five percent of my hearing was gone. I made an appointment with an ENT physician to ensure there were no medical problems affecting my hearing. He recommended I see an audiologist and,… Read more »

Hearing Loss Technology: The Good and Bad

Is anyone frustrated by their Bluetooth devices and accessories designed to help those with hearing loss? Currently many hearing aid manufacturers offer made-for-iPhone hearing aids and accessories while others offer a connector device to pair hearing aids and Cochlear Implants with non-Apple and other Bluetooth products such as smart phones, computers, televisions, etc. The ability… Read more »

Hearing Loss and Music – The Challenge!

As my hearing loss changed over time, I noticed the decline in my ability to hear music. Even with the use of hearing aids, it was taking longer to recognize a melody. Like many, I love a variety of music: classical, jazz, tunes from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. The songs I grew up hearing… Read more »