Personal Stories

Should Your Pandemic Puppy Be A Hearing Dog

By Linda Bilodeau / August 18, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World   Coping with the threat of coronavirus isn’t easy, and to help manage the stress of these uncertain days, many people welcomed a new dog into their lives. If you suffer from hearing loss and if you are thinking of getting a dog, you might want to consider a hearing…

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THE ADA AND YOU

By Linda Bilodeau / August 11, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World THE ADA AND YOU If you suffer from hearing loss, you might wonder how the law protects you. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, making it illegal to discriminate against anyone with a disability. Initially the law only protected those who were deaf, but in 2008,…

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Are Hearing and Emotions Connected?

By Linda Bilodeau / July 28, 2020
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Meandering Through A Hearing World   Scientists are studying the emotional wellbeing of those with hearing loss for good reason. It is possible to lose the ability to hear the underlying emotional meaning of sounds. This may sound odd, because if you hear normally, you automatically pick up the emotional aspect of sound. Think of…

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Your Hearing Potential

By Linda Bilodeau / July 22, 2020
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How important is it to treat a hearing problem? This question often comes up with those newly diagnosed with hearing loss, particularly if the hearing loss is mild. Some refuse a hearing aid or cochlear implant, saying they are getting by without intervention. In fact, it usually takes seven years after the initial diagnosis of…

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Hearing Sounds Once Again

By Linda Bilodeau / July 7, 2020
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In January, and at my audiologist’s suggestion, I began a thirty-day, free trial of a pair of hearing aids with artificial intelligence. By months end, I was hooked on this new technology and traded in my Oticon OPN aids for the OPN S aids. Those of us suffering from sensorineural hearing loss have difficulty hearing…

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The Relunctant Hearing Device Wearers

By Linda Bilodeau / July 2, 2020
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When I meet a new person with hearing loss, we generally end up talking about our mutual problems, how it is hard to hear in noise, how we miss too many words, the difficulties we face when conversing. We might say that living a hermit’s life is not so bad. In the end, we decide…

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Overcoming Hearing Frustrations

By Linda Bilodeau / June 23, 2020
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I’ve watched my husband converse with our friends and noticed their conversations flowing from one topic to the next, without a hearing incident. It seems he catches every word, even in noise. My dear man answers questions or throws in a comment or opinion, without worrying about being off topic. Like most people with normal…

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Exiting The Hearing Shell

By Linda Bilodeau / June 16, 2020
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I’ve had interesting conversations with friends and acquaintances regarding hearing loss and sheltering. Most of us have stayed home for a number of weeks and adopted a lone-wolf lifestyle, family and roommates only. Some are saying that they prefer solitary living, even though everything around them is opening up. My sheltered arrangement included only my…

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What Does Hearing Loss Look Like

By Linda Bilodeau / June 10, 2020
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We all know what hearing loss is, but what does it look like? I’m often asked how I feel about my hearing loss, how I treat it, and how I cope. Truthfully, I ignore the fact that I don’t hear normally, slap in my hearing aids, and hope for the best. Yet, there are days…

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To Hear Or Not

By Linda Bilodeau / June 4, 2020
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There is an advantage with hearing loss. When craving silence, you can lower the volume or turn off your aids or cochlear implant. You can tune out most anything, music, traffic noise, talkative flight attendants, and restless children on a long flight. Every night, I enjoy blissful silence after placing my aids in their recharging…

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