|Robert Carlsen with simulated cat ears|
My BAHA stands for "bone anchored hearing assistance". It's my third year with one deaf ear; I fare poorly at social events and it's getting old. The holiday parties which I used to enjoy are now a matter of endurance. Straining to hear every word and hearing only half what's said is exhausting. The worst of it is being dismissed by conversationalists who quickly realize I'm oohing and ahing in all the wrong places. I can see the realization in people's eyes as they turn away and go for another drink. I don't blame them - so would I.
Results reported by people who wear a BAHA are mixed. Some rave; others feel it's a marginal improvement and still others suffer with infections around the abutment and headaches. Ugh.
I'm thinking about the lower-tech stuff. No infections, but I'll definitely have to get a bigger purse to carry the things around.