I just wanted to chime in on the Jan's comment (taken from a doctor at the ANA symposium) about a long-term SSD person receiving a BAHA and not noticing an immediate improvement in hearing.
Although I don't have a BAHA, I did lose hearing in the AN-affected ear very gradually, probably over a 7-8 year period. I either ignored it or when I admitted the loss, attributed it to aging and noise exposure in my youth. I never had it checked until I developed other symptoms, such as the loss of taste and accompanying (30 pound) weight loss as well as an intermittent stabbing pain on the 'AN side' of my head. My point is that because of my very gradual loss of hearing in one ear, I was able to adjust to the hearing deficit over time, making the loss manageable, on a practical basis. My hearing immediately post-op was identical to my hearing pre-op...I remained totally deaf in one ear. Thus, I haven't seen a need to obtain a BAHA Well, at least not yet. I would hope that as time passes and technology improves and advances, if I ever decide to obtain any kind of hearing aid, they'll be very advanced and easier to wear and use. This latest invention seems to have some inherent flaws but it may be a prototype for better things to come in the hearing aid field. One hopes, anyway.