Personal Stories

Meandering Through a Hearing World

By Linda Bilodeau / May 13, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World  Hearing Hope In my journey through the hearing world I often browse the internet, searching for innovative hearing solutions. I’ve noticed that hearing aid manufacturers have made technological advancements with aids and assistive devices. Cochlear Implant manufacturers continue to improve their devices for a better hearing experience. There are…

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Hearing in Unfamiliar Places

By Linda Bilodeau / May 6, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World  Hearing in Unfamiliar Places Linda Bilodeau I don’t understand why traveling should create a hearing problem, but for me it does. Suffering from profound hearing loss, I do my best to stay within a realm of familiarity. It is simply easier to hear. I frequent the same pharmacy, restaurants, supermarkets,…

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Socializing with Hearing Loss

By Linda Bilodeau / April 16, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Socializing with Hearing Loss Because I suffer from a profound hearing loss, I struggle to hear in noise. I know I’m not alone. Almost everyone complains about the din in public places. There are times when I’ve refused invitations knowing I don’t have it in me to put up with…

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Another Way to Deal with Hearing Loss

By Linda Bilodeau / April 11, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Another Way to Deal with Hearing Loss After sitting through a number of meetings and social events last week, I began to wonder if I should reconsider a cochlear implant. My struggles to hear grow greater by the day. My husband does not disagree. He’s witnessed my frustration in noisy…

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Hearing Consideration

By Linda Bilodeau / April 1, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Hearing Consideration It’s always a pleasure to run into people who understand my hearing predicament. Last Thursday was one such day. I arrived at a neighborhood community meeting early and was lucky enough to get a front row seat. As I was looking over agenda items, a friend, who is…

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Don’t Be Left Out of the Hearing World

By Linda Bilodeau / March 25, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Don’t Be Left Out of the Hearing World My life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with hearing loss. As my loss progressed from moderate to severe and then from severe to profound, I found myself making life changes, many were not easy or pleasant. Everyone assumes that…

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Say It Again So I Can Hear

By Linda Bilodeau / March 18, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Say It Again So I Can Hear Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to ask someone to repeat. This is the annoying part of having a hearing loss. You’re sitting there talking with a friend, there isn’t much background noise, perhaps there isn’t any. As your friend talks, you…

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Walking, Talking, and Hearing

By Linda Bilodeau / March 12, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Walking, Talking, and Hearing Like many Baby Boomers, I value my health. I strive to eat well and exercise and get wellness checks. I want to work at preventing the preventable and remain in the best physical shape possible, given my age. One of my health habits is taking a…

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Is Hearing Loss A Disability?

By Linda Bilodeau / March 6, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Is Hearing Loss A Disability? What happens if you have or develop a hearing loss? Are you suddenly considered disabled simply because you can’t hear? I never considered myself disabled. I can function. In spite of my hearing loss, I go about my life and work, take care of my…

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Three Cheers for Captioned Voicemail

By Linda Bilodeau / February 25, 2019
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Meandering Through A Hearing World Three Cheers for Captioned Voicemail I have a busy life. I volunteer as a board member for several organizations, and I do quite of bit of creative writing. My days pass quickly, leaving me wishing, hoping, and praying for more time. Over time, I’ve adopted time-management tools, one of which…

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