Personal Stories

Keeping Our Hearing Stress Levels Low

By Linda Bilodeau / March 23, 2020
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Coronavirus has infected America. For the past few weeks, we’ve watched our big and beautiful country go on lock down. Schools, restaurants, and places of businesses have closed. We are being asked to hunker down at home as much as possible. When out, we are told to keep six feet away from other people. Wash…

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Loop for Better Hearing

By Linda Bilodeau / March 16, 2020
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I sat on my couch, astounded by the quality of the sound streaming into my ears. I could hear the network newscaster, announcing current events, crisply and clearly. I closed my eyes, realizing that I was understanding every word he was saying without having to view closed captions. I looked over at my husband, and…

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New Hearing Aid Technology

By Linda Bilodeau / March 9, 2020
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There I was, sitting in my kitchen, listening to an unrecognizable sound. “What is it?” I asked my husband quizzically. “It’s the oven fan,” he replied. It was surreal. I was being immersed in sounds I had never heard. It was as if some sort of hearing miracle had occurred. We had installed the oven…

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All the Hearing Options

By Linda Bilodeau / March 3, 2020
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There I was sitting with my audiologist, complaining about how I can’t hear in noise. I said I could hear the din but felt like I’m drowning in sound and unable to distinguish one word from another. I should not have been surprised by the change in my hearing. I sensorineural hearing loss. Years ago,…

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Can Exercising Help You Hear

By Linda Bilodeau / February 26, 2020
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Let me start by saying that I’m not a fan of exercising. Sweating, breathlessness, and revving up my pulse rate doesn’t make me feel better. I don’t like the loss of the minutes or hours it takes to keep my body in shape. Yet, I do exercise. On the insistence of my doctor, I’ve jogged,…

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The Stranger than Strange Hearing Conversations

By Linda Bilodeau / February 18, 2020
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The other day I mentioned to my husband that I thought we had a problem with our hot water heater. I know this doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with hearing, but it does so bear with me. I explained to my husband that I had taken a shower and noticed the water…

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The Hearing Loves In Our Lives

By Linda Bilodeau / February 13, 2020
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We all express our loving feelings to our spouses and significant others on Valentine’s Day. But for me the day as a broader meaning, one where I like to remember my dear friends and all the wonderful people who help me hear. Shakespeare said that friends are those who know you as you are. No…

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Are You Different Because You Can’t Hear?

By Linda Bilodeau / February 5, 2020
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I had six people over for dinner the other night. Among my guests were a couple my husband and I have known for some time. They are lovely people, and the four of us often get together for a night out. These friends know I have a profound hearing loss and they help me by…

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Hearing Loops for the home

By Linda Bilodeau / January 27, 2020
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  A friend of mine who suffers from hearing loss told me he installed a home hearing loop. Like me, he has difficulty hearing the characters of his favorite television programs. Like most of us who wear aids or cochlear implants, he invested in numerous television adaptors, which he purchased whenever he changed hearing aids.…

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Hearing Health Resolutions

By Linda Bilodeau / January 6, 2020
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We don’t often think of our hearing in the same way that we think about our other health issues. We get wellness physicals, have our blood pressure checked, blood drawn, perhaps an x-ray or two. Unfortunately we don’t always put our hearing into the same category, and often, tucked it away as not being important.…

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