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.

Your Hearing Loss Diary

With many years of living with hearing loss, I have become the hearing answer girl for a special dinner exchange group. We have a wonderful deal with another couple with hosting a dinner exchange for the last two years. One month, their job is to bring wine to go with my entrée. Then the opposite… Read more »

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,, 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 »