Personal Stories

Lift the Burdens of Hearing Loss Stress

By Linda Bilodeau / June 15, 2018
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A while back, my audiologist and I determined that my ear molds did not fit properly. I was hearing whines and whistles between normal sounds, an annoyance that often happens to those who wear aids. To fix the problem my aids had to be sent back to the factory for a mold rebuilding. I’ve been…

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Hearing Loss – Hello Hearing World!

By Linda Bilodeau / May 18, 2018
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I’ve written quite a lot about the things that can go wrong with living with a hearing loss. I’ve touched on technology issues as well as problems that occur with relationships, with socializing, or doing business in the hearing world. But once in a while, everything falls into place, people speak up, your hearing aids…

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Speak Out About Your Hearing Loss!

By Linda Bilodeau / May 11, 2018
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I had an appointment for my annual eye exam this week. You wouldn’t think that a visit to an eye doctor has anything to do with hearing, but when a person with hearing loss interacts with the hearing world issues surface.  I’ve been going to the same ophthalmologist for quite some time now. There are…

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It Is Not Hearing Loss That Is Important!

By Linda Bilodeau / May 4, 2018
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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…

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Hearing Loss and Intimacy

By Linda Bilodeau / April 27, 2018
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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…

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Working and Volunteering with Hearing Loss

By Linda Bilodeau / April 23, 2018
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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,…

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Hearing Loss Technology: The Good and Bad

By Linda Bilodeau / April 16, 2018
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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…

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Hearing Loss and Music – The Challenge!

By Linda Bilodeau / April 10, 2018
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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…

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Hearing Loss and Music – The Challenge!

By Linda Bilodeau / April 5, 2018
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As my hearing loss continues to decline, I am noticing an increased inability to hear music. Even with the use of my hearing aids, it takes a few minutes to recognize a melody. I love a variety of music: classical, jazz, tunes from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, songs I grew up hearing are among…

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When Your Loved One Needs Help with Hearing Loss

By Linda Bilodeau / March 29, 2018
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My husband and I walked into a very noisy bar and restaurant last weekend and looked around for the friends we were meeting there. When not seeing them, my husband told me to wait at a corner table while he went deeper into the restaurant to see if they’d arrived ahead of us. As he…

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