Personal Stories

How A Friend Helped Me Hear

By Linda Bilodeau / February 4, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World How A Friend Helped Me Hear I was invited to a dinner party this week. There would be a small group, the hostess told me, just seven people, and she promised a light meal. Now doesn’t that appeal? In January I’m always busy working off those five extra pounds that…

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Technological Hearing Help

By Linda Bilodeau / January 28, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World   Technological Hearing Help I love learning about new hearing technologies and devices. I am a member of Hearing Loss Association of America and as a member, I receive their wonderful magazine, Hearing Life. The January-February 2019 issue is filled with articles and advertisements about hearing loss devices, issues and…

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Taking a Hearing Break

By Linda Bilodeau / January 21, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Taking a Hearing Break We moved to Southwest Florida fifteen years ago to escape the cold and snowy days that northern winters bring on. We can be a bit smog come January. While most northerners are bundled in sweaters, slacks, and wool socks, we enjoy wandering around in shorts and…

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Meandering Through A Hearing World

By Linda Bilodeau / January 14, 2019
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A Day in a Hearing Life People often ask me what it’s like to have a profound hearing loss. I should be full of words and thoughts but mostly I don’t know how to answer this question. I live with a gamut of issues while trying to embrace hope. Living without normal hearing can be…

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The Great and Wonderful Hearing Loops

By Linda Bilodeau / January 7, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World The Great and Wonderful Hearing Loops My husband and I love music, so we take advantage of the many free concerts churches and other organizations offer. In the past I’ve sat through these concerts feeling left out because my profound hearing loss prevents me from hearing the fine details of…

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Hearing and the Other Senses

By Linda Bilodeau / December 21, 2018
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My husband is quite a good cook. The other day I noticed him chopping tomatoes, onions, garlic, and fresh spices, ingredients for his Bolognese Sauce. While the sauce simmered, he tasted and when he thought everything was prefect, he asked for my opinion. As I dipped my spoon into his fragrant creation, he stood there,…

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If Only I Could Hear on My Phone

By Linda Bilodeau / December 4, 2018
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I received a phone call the other day and wasn’t prepared. My hearing aids and iPhone were not connected properly, leaving me with an inability to hear on the phone. Like many people with hearing loss, I am reliant on technology to hear. Luckily, my friend knew I suffered from hearing loss and he asked…

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What are the Best Hearing Aids for You

By Linda Bilodeau / November 26, 2018
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I had an interesting conversation with my audiologist the other day. I wear Oticon OPN hearing aids and went in for my six-month checkup. My audiologist and I discussed the performance of my aids in general, how I was getting along in the hearing world, how I was doing in noisy environments, and if the…

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Maintaining Your Hearing Health

By Linda Bilodeau / June 29, 2018
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Audiologist and hearing aid dispense professionals cannot typically tweak new hearing aid or cochlear implant correctly during the first fitting. Those of us with hearing loss have varied lifestyles, which create individual hearing needs. If you have worn wearing aids or implants for a long period of time and have purchased upgrades or new devices,…

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Maintaining Your Hearing Health

By Linda Bilodeau / June 19, 2018
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It is often not possible for an audiologist or hearing aid dispense professional to tweak new hearing aid or cochlear implant correctly during the first fitting. Those of us with hearing loss have varied lifestyles, which create individual hearing needs. If you have worn wearing aids or implants for a long period of time and…

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