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 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 »

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 »