My Baha journey starts tomorrow!
I am excited, nervous and petrified all at the same time. I have had no hearing in my left ear for 44 years. I made a new years resolution in 2013 that I would find out if anyone or anything could help me to hear again.
I was getting very frustrated that I had to ask everyone to repeat what they had just said. It is very frustrating missing half the conversation and then pretending that I heard it all just so no one has to repeat it. I always try to lip read when people are taking but sometimes this makes people uncomfortable that I am looking at their mouth. My kid are frustrated that they have to repeat everything especially when I am driving or if there is any background noise.
I made the appointment with my Dr and got the referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT), lucky for me it was Dr Kelvin Kong. He organized for me to have hearing tests and scans to determine the hearing loss and see to see what was going on with my ear. At the hearing tests they suggested that a Baha would be great for me. I tried one there and couldn’t believe that I could hear in my left ear. I left there in a daze of wonder and fear.
I went back to Kelvin who confirmed that the Baha would work for me. He said go home and think about it and talk to your family. I then became slightly obsessed to find someone with a Baha. Whenever I was out I kept looking at the side of peoples heads to find the illusive Baha! One night I did! With the help of my hubby we spoke to gentleman who had had his for 6 years. He loved it!
Christmas game and went and I was still trying to decide if this was for me. I kept thinking what happens if I don’t like it, if it will be to loud, how much hair will they shave and if people will stare at me.
Two months ago I meet a lady at work who’s girlfriend has had a Baha for 3 years. She was a similar age, with children and no hearing in her left ear.I called her with a page full of questions. In the end she said, “Why wouldn’t you do anything to help you hear again”. What have you got to lose?
I had made the decision. I picked up the phone and booked it in! Tomorrow is the big day!
One year after I had my hearing tests!
I will be Dr Kelvin Kong first patient to have the new Baha 4 Attract System
I will let you know how I go! Wish me luck!