Surgery Photo’s – How they put the parts in your head!

These are a few photo’s of how they put the Attract parts in to your head!

Photo’s are quite graphic!!

Sam x

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Marking the Baha position. Nice under cut hair do!

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Instruments, sample Baha, metal plate and screw driver!

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Making sure the skin is not to thick.

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Drilling into the bone.

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Screwing the plate into bone anchor.

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Last check for plate position.

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Closing up!

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Blu Tack!

I went back to see Kelvin yesterday and he was very happy with how I am going.

As soon as I arrived he blocked my good ear with Blu Tack so I couldn’t hear anything from that side. I did the whole appointment  relying on my Baha to hear from and it worked.

It would be a great idea to do this if your are thinking that the Baha is not making a difference. Block up you good ear for a couple of hours one day and hear what a difference your Baha is making.

The wound is healing very well, I just need to keep it moist so that the cut line will heal more. He said you can really use any thing now so Paw Paw is what I have been using.

Samx

 

Feed back!

Have just been away for work at a conference and noticed I got a lot of  feed back in my Baha when we were listening to guest speakers?

It was an interesting week testing out my new hearing and Baha. I really noticed the difference at breakfast that I didn’t have to keep turning my good ear all the time. Also in the smaller rooms with guest speakers I could hear so much better and even hear the person on my left side. I really  had to try hard not to keep turning and lip reading.

The only problem was the feedback in my Baha when we were in the large auditorium?

Not sure if it was all the wireless systems that were being used. I will be asking my audiologist how we can fix it.

Sam x

Keeping the Baha Safe!

This is now the first thing that goes in my hand bag everyday.
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The little travel case that keeps everything safe. I have a spare cushion pad for the magnet, spare battery and the battery changing tool!

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And of course the remote control is in my bag to. I find it easier to adjust the volume and change settings with the remote then trying to push the tiny buttons on the Baha.

Samx

Bobby Pins!

Who would have thought that Bobby Pins could be funny?

I woke up this morning with one stuck to my head!!!!

Well the magnet that is now in my head”

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Sam x

More Changes!

Back to the Audiologist again today for more adjustments.

I still was having trouble noticing if I had my Baha on!

We went through all the the hearing tests again but this time made quite a few changes and turned the volume up more!

This time I really noticed a big  difference. When Denise was talking to me with my good ear blocked I could hear everything she was saying loud and clear! Yah!

We were a little concerned that I was going to need a stronger sound processor (BP110 Baha 3) instead of my Baha 4 sound processor. After another trip to the sound proof room and more tests we decided that my processor was the one for me as I was getting so much feed back on the Baha 3.

I left feeling on top of the world as I really could hear so much more. When the kids got in the car and started talking I found it much easier to listen and hear what they were saying.

By lunch time though I  had a head ache and needed a rest from the Baha.

Over the next few days I will increase the time spent wearing the Baha, I have gone down to a 3 magnet which is better as there is not as much pressure where it connects to my head.

Still learning new things everyday!

Next visit we will be trying out the Baha 4  wireless accessories!

This is what my kids have been waiting for!!!

Sam x

Safety line attached to my pony tail to be safe !

Safety line attached to my pony tail to be safe !

My cut is looking better and hair is growing !

My cut is looking better and hair is growing !

 

 

 

 

 

It’s going to take time!

Everyone always say’s that things take time, and that’s what it is going to take to get use to my Baha!

I was away last weekend with Hubby and friends so excited that I would hear everything!
I tested it in all situations, in the car, in the shops, out for dinner, out for drinks and just walking along taking. I used the remote control all the time as it is easier to change programs and volume, then trying to push the tiny buttons on the top of the Baha.

I am not sure what I expected, maybe more noise!
I was very confused as I could’t really tell any difference!

I think I was expecting to much straight away. A couple of times I didnt’t even feel my Baha fall off my head! Lucky I was wearing the safety string that attaches to your Baha and you can then clip it to your clothing or like me to my hair. It is a clear fishing line string so if you have long or mid length hair you can easily hide it and know one knows, but it really gives you peace of mind as it is an expensive little piece the Baha to loose!

After an emotional weekend not knowing if my Baha was really making any difference I went back to the audiologist Denise with lots of questions and doubt.

She was fabulous and very understanding and explained that it is going to take time and that I will never actually hear out of my left ear but I can hear what is happening on my left side! Thats what my Baha is there for.

I need to learn to listen and not just hear! This will take time as I have not had any sound on my left side for so long. Denise adjusted the volumes and settings and then suggested a test where she would read out sentences and I had to repeat what I had heard back to her.

With an ear plug and extra pressure from my finger in my good ear (so I was sure I could’t hear anything), and eyes closed so I couldn’t lip read. Denise then turned off the Baha and read out the sentences.

I repeated what I could and only got 5/50 words right! Not very Good.
Then Denise turned the Baha back on and read out difference sentences. I still had my good ear blocked and eyes closed so I was fully relying on the Baha.
To my amazement I scored 45/50!!!!! WOW

This really gave me new hope and a very positive feeling that my journey so far had been worth it.
I go back again next week to Denise for more tests this time in the sound proof room where she is going to add background noise.

I am feeling lots better about my Baha and how it is helping me to hear.
It is going to take time!
I just have to keep telling myself that!
Sam x

Mixed emotions!

I have now had my Baha for 1 week tomorrow!

Yes I have noticed a slight difference in my hearing in my left ear but not much.
I still can’t hear anyone on the left side taking to me which is very disheartening!

As I said last time it is an on going process so tomorrow I am going back the the audiologist to find out how we can fix it!

When I first had it fitted and adjusted I think I was scared that everything would be to loud. I have been adjusting the settings to the loudest volume and I can’t notice the difference, so help is really needed.

Fingers crossed that it will be as simple as plugging me and my Baha back into the computer and resetting it.

I was dreaming of a miracle, it just hasn’t happened yet, but I am sure it will.
Good things sometimes take time!

Sam x

Fitting the Baha !

Fitting the Baha takes time !! Even weeks!

First you have to determine what strength of battery that works best to keep the Baha attached to your head? Sounds strange I know!

I tried a few and ended up with the 4 to start with. It feels a little strange when it first connects with the battery! I could describe it is as a warm pressure or heat !! I know that sounds sounds weird. The higher the battery number the more connect power it has. You have to remember that my head is still swollen, so the battery has to go through the swollen skin to the battery. As the swelling goes down and the skin thins out it will create a better connection and therefore I will need a lower battery.

I was very worried about what it would feel like for it to attach and disconnect but you really can’t feel it. I didn’t know how I would find the correct position but the battery really does it on is own as it pulls it self to the correct place. Strange!!

You have to slowly extend the time that you use your Baha, because it creates pressure on the skin. I can only wear it for an hour or two at the moment as I start to get a head ache behind my ear where it attaches.

Not sure what to expect this weekend as I will be away so will test my new Baha out in different settings to see how I can hear. Very excited to see what happens.
Sam x

OMG!

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My New Baha!

Words can not describe the feeling today when my Baha was switched on!
It was very emotional and I was lost for words.
I had a friend film it all so that I could take it all in.
There was so much information and parts!
I now have a huge Cochlear bag filled with all my Baha things! Who knew!

I have spare batteries, pads,boxes for storage of baha,spare magnets, storage key rings for batteries, Baha drying box and a larger bag to put it all in!

My bag of things!

My bag of things!

 I took 2 hours this morning to have my Baha fitted and go through all in information.

I am a bit overwhelmed with all the information but I am sure that it will all make sense over the next few days and weeks.

I have so much to learn.!

WOW!

What a Day!

I will keep you posted

Sam xx