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.

Making Friends at Mac Resource Store

I had to take my laptop to Mac Resource Store, because I accidentally got droplets of glue from a spray can on the keyboard.  When I picked up my laptop, I was still wearing my bandages from the surgery.

The employee that helped me checkout is named Eric and he asked about the bandages.  That’s how we got to talking about ear surgeries.  Turns out, Eric also has hearing loss and he got a BAHA implant a few years ago.  We talked a little bit about the surgery and other surgeries.  We both had mastoidectomies done and we have even seen some of the same doctors.

I had a great time talking with Eric, because I don’t know anyone who has undergone similar surgeries as me.  When I get the outer processor for the BAHA, I am going to visit Eric again, so we can compare thoughts on the device.

It may sound funny, but I am kind of glad I messed up my keyboard.  I got to meet a great person that I can relate to in a way I have never done before.

 

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Hungry Shark Evolution – Video Game

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I enjoy playing the Hungry Shark Evolution video game.  The goal of the game is to grow your shark by consuming lots of food and to avoid being killed by other predators.  As your shark grows, the number of things that can kill you decreases.  However, you are at a greater risk of dying from starvation.

Yesterday, Hungry Shark Evolution held a chop fest competition.  Winners received extra gold coins and the grand prize winners received five gems.  The coins and gems are used for things like game upgrades, so I decided to participate in the completion.

There were over 500,000 contestants.  I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did score in the top two percent and won a bunch of gold coins for my game character.

It may not be the greatest achievement of my life; however, it was fun and I am pleased with my ability to do well in the competition.

Sci-Fi Fan Part-Time

I am not a Sci-Fi fanatic, but I do enjoy the genre.  I guess I am more of a part-time Sci-Fi fan.  Anyway, I like Sci-Fi films and books for three main reasons.

  • It makes me feel as if the future is full of unlimited potential.
  • The scenarios are creative and complex.
  • The characters overcome extreme obstacles to defeat evil in whatever form it may take.

If you are a Sci-Fi fan or fanatic, let me know why it appeals to you.  I’m curious.

 

Sparky – Our Newest Family Member

With five dogs in the house, floor cleaning is a daily necessity.  I decided the Thaler family needed a robotic vacuum cleaner to help with this chore and I named him Sparky.

I admit I was concerned about how the dogs would react to Sparky.  However, they just looked at him and then wondered off to do their doggy stuff.  Apparently, the boys don’t find Sparky to be all that interesting.

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Welcome to the Thaler Family and to your new home, Sparky.

To the Letter by Simon Garfield

In an age like ours, which is not given to letter writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people’s lives.  – Anatole Broyard

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The book, To the Letter, gives a brief overview of the history of written correspondence.  Simon Garfield explains how the development of a postal service, within a nation, was a sign of prosperity and future success.

The book also has samples of letters written by famous individuals and letters written by average people during major historic events.

According to Simon Garfield:

  • There is an intrinsic integrity about letters that is lacking from other forms of written communication.
  • At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to by irreversible, “To the Letter” is a rallying cry to put pen to paper and create a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.