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.
I broke my hearing aid and I don’t think it can be repaired. The insides are popping out of the hearing aid. It looks really bad.
If there was a way to fix hearing loss, would I want it?
That’s actually a tough question for me. At times, I would say, “yes.” I want to hear things other people can hear. I want to hear things I have never heard before. I don’t want to worry about batteries dying at inopportune times or hearing aids getting broken and in need of immediate repair.
However, I am not sure I would be happy with normal hearing. I started wearing hearing aids at 12 years old. I am used to a quite world. I am used to turning off the world at anytime. I am not easily disturbed by loud noises when I am trying to sleep, because I can’t hear them.
If I had normal hearing, it would probably cause be to feel stressed and irritated. Maybe I would eventually get used to it. Maybe I would miss the days of being able to turn off all the noise in the world around me.
Honestly, I don’t know what I would decide if the option ever becomes available.
I was in CVS and a women tapped me on my shoulder. She pointed to my hearing aids and asked if I was deaf (using sign language and her voice). I responded back (speaking and signing), “No. I am not deaf; I am hard of hearing.”
The lady told me about her granddaughter. The child was born with a hearing impairment and the women was afraid of how it would affect the child’s life. She asked me about my hearing problems. If I was able to go to college and if I was able to work.
I told her I was born with an inner ear deformity that caused me to lose my hearing at a very young age. I had a series of operations to help fix the deformity and to prevent anymore loss of hearing.
I told her I did go to college, I have a Master’s degree, and a good job. Basically, I did well even though I am hearing impaired.
I gave her information on local resources that could help by teaching the family sign language, provide assistive hearing devices, finding professional speech therapist, and anything else they may need.
The women thanked me and was in tears when she left the store. I believe she felt hopeful for her grandchild.
I believe that little girl is achieving her full potential today.