Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bone Anchored Hearing Device

I have now been living with single-sided deafness for over 10 months.  With spring coming and our schedule getting busier, I decided it was time to check on the possibility of getting a Bone Anchored Hearing Device.  It is a titanium piece that is drilled in to the skull bone.  When it heals, about 2-4 months later, a sound processor is snapped on to it.  The sound travels through the skull, so it can be heard.

I called and left a message on the answering machine of the Lippy Group, explaining that I was ready for them to check my insurance to see if it was a covered procedure.  They quickly got back to me that it is a covered procedure.  From there, the insurance had to approve the prodedure.  They deemed that it was "medically necessary."

Scheduling came next.  I was surprised that they had a time available on March 17th.  So that's when it is.  I am very excited.  They called today to ask me what color a want my processor to be.  I will also be getting a packet of papers to fill out, including some papers for my regular doctor to fill out to make sure I'm in good health for the surgery.

This will be a busy two weeks.  I am tired, rather complacent, and have an underlying anxiousness all at the same time.  There's a lot I should do before surgery.  Now I just have to convince myself to do at least some of it.