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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MRI Rejection

I had a MRI on my knee scheduled for this week, but wasn’t able to get it done.

I have a BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) implant and was supposed to bring a card that was issued after surgery regarding the BAHA and MRI safety.  However, I lost that card a long time ago.

I showed up for my MRI and the technician refused to do it without any safety documentation.

I went home and tried to find the card, but never did.  However, I did find a prescription that was written for me two years ago that I never filled.

For some reason, stuff like this happens to me a lot.  Oh well, I guess that’s how it goes when you have a laid-back, free-spirited, type B personality.

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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.