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The oddest thing happened about 4 years ago. I couldn't identify why, but I was losing hearing in my right ear. My ENT doctor recommended an MRI which showed a (benign) tumor about the size of a golf ball. This was known as an "acoustic neuroma". I confess that after the mere mention of the word "tumor", I went blank. Within weeks, I had surgery to remove the tumor, which had taken up residency around several nerves in the brain stem region.
As a result of that lengthy surgery, I lost hearing to my right ear. My surgeon had suggested a Cochlear Implant prior to my operation, as well as on several post-op visits. He determined that I was an excellent "candidate" for such a procedure.
Perhaps it was my own frame of mind at the time. I hesitated at the initial surgery, which was absolutely necessary; but now ANOTHER procedure? No, I simply wasnt ready.. Not then...
Fast forward 3 1/2 years; annual post-op checkup... normal checkup; There was an audiologist at the hospital that day, and she invited to try the BAHA demo unit. It took about 3 seconds to make up my mind! More encouraging, the demo was an older analog unit, unlike the digital state-of-the-art piece that I am now proud to fashion!
My surgery was in mid November, 2010. Yesterday, February 17, 2011, my BAHA became alive.....and so did !!