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I was born deaf in my left ear; the right ear is "normal." School was difficult for me. In the 60's, when I was in 6th grade, my teacher told my mom there was absolutely nothing wrong with my hearing; I was plain lazy! And this was even after I had a note placed in my school folder from a well known ENT who diagnosed my hearing loss! My teachers didn't know what to do with me, except placing me on the left side of the room, which was the suggestion the ENT had made in his note. Barely graduating, I entered a certificate program for Dental Assisting. The dentist there said I had more potential and I needed to go on to school to become a dental hygienist. Again, I barely passed, but made it through my state board exams. Each time I went for a hearing test, I asked (pleaded) for some type of hearing aid, only to be told the traditional hearing aid would not be beneficial to me. Having had a son with learning disabilities, I learned all about IEPs and saw how they helped him in school. I applied for one, received it and returned to school for my bachelor and master degrees (in Adult Education). However, because of the IEP help, I made Deans List! Last year, after having sinus surgery, I asked my ENT again about the use of a hearing aid. He told me about the BAHA! I have had it now 6 weeks and it is wonderful! I have told all my patients about it, many say they are going to ask their doctors about it. I also have written an article about receiving my BAHA and the story will be published in a dental hygiene magazine in July 09!
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BAHA repair
6 Years Ago
I just have to tell everyone about the outstanding service I received from Cochlear Americas. The battery door on my BAHA chipped and I literally had to dig...