The Broken BAHA

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I broke my BAHA again and it will take 7 to 10 days for it to be fixed.

I have a conflicting relationship with my BAHA.  I actually prefer going without it.  I like living in my own quit world.  However, I cannot communicate with people if I am not wearing my BAHA.  I need it to function.

Without my BAHA, I have to struggle through every conversation.  I have to focus and pour all my energy into understanding what is being said.  It’s exhausting.

I just want to hide away in my room until my BAHA is fixed.  I don’t want to see people or deal with the public at large.

 

BAHA Free Week

I spent a week without my BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) and it was not easy.

I would try to focus on every word people were saying, but I still missed a good bit of it.  I would then have to fill in the blanks as best I could.  I was constantly asking people to repeat themselves.  It was exhausting.

Most people are not used to communicating with someone that has a severe hearing disability.  They forget to look directly at me, so I can read their lips.  They also start talking without getting my attention.  I may not even know they are speaking to me.

I finally got my BAHA back and I am excited to be able to function again.

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BAHA Update

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I’ve worn the BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) implant for a couple of months now, so I thought I would write an updated review.

On the plus side, I am hearing a lot better with the implant.  The other day, I was listening to crickets.  I thought it was so funny that they sound like birds.  I also find it easier to communicate with people.  A few times, I even understood what someone behind me said.  That was cool.

On the negative side, the outer processor is very delicate.  I can’t wear it when I am engaging in any physical activity.  I also can’t wear a hat with the outer processor.  That has been frustrating for me, since it limits my ability to use the BAHA implant.

I would still recommend the BAHA implant to anyone that needs it.  It is a great device and I enjoy having it.

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.

BAHA Surgery Update

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The bandage is off my head now and the incision is healing nicely.

The BAHA surgery involves drilling into the skull, so it sounds like it would be extremely painful.  However, the pain is fairly minimal.

My biggest struggles right now are getting very dizzy whenever I first stand up and everything taste bad.  Temporally losing taste is not uncommon whenever surgery is done on your ears, because there are a lot of nerves that run through that area and into the sinus cavity.

This isn’t the first time I have had some nerve damage after an ear surgery and I have never had any long lasting complications.  Therefore, I am not worried about losing my ability taste food at the moment.

Overall, things are going well.  I am mostly resting and watching an enormous amount of documentaries.