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.
Thursday, March 3, 2011