The latest in my quest for hearing assistance:
I received my Phonak Bolero Q70 hearing aid today. I am wearing it in my AN (right) ear and nothing in my left. This is the last thing I am testing and if it doesn't help with my poor word recognition, then I will get a CROS unit and go back to BiCROS.
So far, so good. I actually was able to put my phone to my right ear and hear - something I haven't done in more than 5 years. TV sounded good, I noticed directionality, conversation in quiet places sounds normal. I guess the big test will be to try out a noisy restaurant or other public place and see how it does. This may be my solution!
Interestingly, the audiologist told me the officer received another denial for a BAHA and now, in an effort to reduce cost, the doctor plans to begin performing the post/abutment procedure in his office. The price for a BAHA is still too rich for my blood, though.