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!