BAHA Implant Update

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I finally got the outer processor for my BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) implant this week.  I am not really sure how I feel about it yet.

I am hearing better, which is great.  However, it sounds a lot different from a typical hearing aid.  I struggle to understand what people are saying, but I guess that will get better as I get used to the device.

The outer processor has a magnet, which attaches to the magnet under my skin, and sends the sound vibrations to the titanium screw in my skull, which then vibrates to send the sound directly to my inner ear.  The two parts are working great together and putting on the outer piece is really simple.  I just hold it up to my head, so the magnets can pull toward each other, and it pops into place.

The downside of the magnet system is the outer processor can be knocked off my head.  It’s a delicate and expensive device, so dropping it is not recommended.

The audiologist did give me a clip with a plastic wire that can attach to the outer processor and then it can be clipped to my shirt.  I am not a fan of this device.  I feel like a preschooler, whose parents clipped stuff to their shirt to prevent them from losing it.

In about a week or so, I am going to write another blog post about the implant.  By then I will be used to it, so some of these problems should be solved.

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    • I’m sure I will. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of hearing aids. It was a bit of a struggle going from analog to digital. Even though the sound was clearer, the volume was lower and it was just strange. After a few weeks, I got used to the sound of digital hearing aids and didn’t have any problems.

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  1. Hi Lynn. Glad to see you have got the outer part of your BAHA fitted! I am sure it will take time to get used to the new sounds you are hearing. As always, I am keen to know of your progress, as the BAHA is the only thing that I think could be of any help to me, now that i am deaf in my left ear. take care and i’m wishing you all the best.
    – Carly

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  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochlear_implant

    I believe the technology was developed first in Australia. I know the devices approved for use in the USA, at least, are manufactured there.

    My right ear is “dead” thanks to scarring from an infection associated with herpes zoster. I was advised this was probably the best option for me (since I have a vascular disease that made surgery unlikely to be more than a 30% chance success), though the doctor noted that the direct stimulation of the auditory nerve could eventually result in damage to the nerve, that he generally recommended the device to people profoundly deaf in both ears and to people like me only when other options (surgery, hearing aids that go in the ear) failed to serve the purpose of enhancing hearing.

    Anyway, Lynn, best wishes for success for you in the months to come! Other people I know with this device have been pleased to have contact again with the hearing world!

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