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.
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.
The surgery went well and I will be going home soon.
I saw the neurologist today and he was impressed by how fast I am recovering from Bell’s Palsy. I have regained 95% of muscle control in the last three weeks.
The doctor said I am very lucky, because a lot of people take months to achieve this level of recovery. Also, I will not need physical therapy or facial nerve stimulation treatments.
I have an appointment in two weeks to see an ear specialist. Since I had surgery on the mastoid bone ten years ago, I may need another surgery to clean out any leftover fluids from the infection.
I am pleased with my current rate of recovery and appreciate everyone that has prayed for me, sent positive thoughts, and helped me during this difficult time.
One of my personal quirks is I can’t stand for my hair to touch my ears. It really annoys me. I am not sure why I get so irritated by hair touching my ears, but I do have a theory.
Due to my inner-ear deformities, I had numerous ear surgeries. There were so many surgeries, by the time I entered my teen years I had lost count. The surgeries continued into early adulthood. Maybe that’s why I am so sensitive about my ears.
If you have personal quirks, please share them in the comment section.