This is actually the beginning of week 9 of my sudden deafness, but I had a doctor's appointment in the middle of week 7. A friend from work highly suggest that I see Dr. Lippy from the Lippy Group in Warren, OH to get a second opinion on my hearing loss. I went through all the hearing tests again and his opinion was the same as my doctor in this area - sudden deafness, 50/50 chance of regaining hearing in my left ear.
My doctor in this area told me that if I didn't get my hearing back that hearing aids were not an option, but there were other things we could do to help me. He didn't discuss it with me at that point because I'm pretty sure he wanted me to focus on the steroid treatments and having a positive attitude about all that. Perhaps he didn't want to scare me. Anyway, the chief of audiology at Dr. Lippy's told me what that option is - a bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA).
Simply put, a titanium piece would be drilled into my skull and then a sound processor would be attached to that. The sounds from my right ear would be conducted through my skull to my left side. I would still have problems telling where sound was coming from, but I could definitely hear better. That way, when a waiter comes to my left side and starts talking to me, I don't have to have the person across the table tell me that someone is talking to me! (That happened yesterday. It was kind of funny.)
The chief of audiology also suggested that I may get used to just hearing from my right side. I can see how that could happen, but with being a teacher I feel that the BAHA would help me out immensely. At times with good hearing, it is difficult to understand students with speech problems and who like to talk softly. I think a BAHA would help reduce frustration on my part, as well as for the students.
I know that it is possible for me to get my hearing back. God is amazing and He will work in my life - if not in one way, then in another. I appreciate the prayers that are being said for me!
Monday, June 21, 2010