I was concerned that you did not have a BAHA aha moment. I am not SSD but have been wondering if those of you who are long-term SSDers have a situation in which your brains have adjusted/compensated for unilateral hearing for so long that it is a brain perception issue. Could the brain be re-trained to hear/perceive sound through bone conduction, but it would just take longer than someone newly SSD?
Oh, yes. This has certainly been my theory since day one. I was expecting my doctor to tell me, "you need a hearing aid," instead of, "you have an acoustic neuroma." My hearing loss was very gradual -- over a number of years -- and I was virtually SSD before my AN surgery, to the extent that nothing sounded different to me after
my translab procedure than it had for some time before
. My brain had adjusted quite well over the years. I had the BAHA abutment surgery done at the same time as my translab and started wearing the BAHA sound processor a few months later. I did not have a "BAHA moment," but I was confident that it would
help over the course of time, so I wore it faithfully all day, every day. My brain has now learned yet another way of hearing and my BAHA is a very
In my case, it didn't happen overnight!! And I would imagine that many others whose SSD was gradual, or those who feel comfortable with their SSD even if it were
sudden-onset after AN surgery, wouldn't necessarily experience that BAHA moment either.
Catherine (JerseyGirl 2)