I love my BAHA and so does my wife. My good ear is not really bad, but it's not really good either, so before I had my BAHA the tv/radio was always a little too loud for my wife. With the BAHA on, the volume is at a very normal level, and my wife promises me we will remain married. When I work in the yard or do wood work or any dirty work, I remove it so it won't get dirty or I won't knock it off...I come inside, turn on the radio, and realize I need to put on my "bionic ear", and the level of the sound on the radio that I just turned on is way too high...turn it down before my wife heads to the lawyer! My hair is very short and the BAHA is highly visible, but that does not bother me. Any length of hair most women wear will easily cover it. We are boaters, so I just leave the BAHA at home...it cannot get wet! Every once in a while I get in the shower while wearing it, so my wife has a sign in there to remind me...she will leave me if I ruin it by getting it wet. It does not help with stereo music, and it does not help me define where noise is coming from. We do not have side walks where we live, so we walk the dog in the street, and my wife is always pulling me out of the way of a car coming up behind us...maybe she really wants to keep me. Batteries are very inexpensive and each one lasts about a week to 10 days. There is really no maintenance to it...take the battery out each night and put the BAHA in a jar full of beads to keep it dry. If you wash your hair every day, the implant will stay clean, and I have not had any infections or any skin reaction to it. It is not like normal hearing, but it is close to it...like they say, "you have to have been there." It is a win-win product.