Hi gtrmantb .....
I also am a musician and I will have to be honest and say losing my hearing in my left ear was devastating.
Following my first surgery via retrosigmoid approach, I retained 20% of my hearing with 100% speech discrimination so it was workable with a good regular air-conducted hearing aid. When my tumor grew back aggressively (very rare, indeed) it was necessary to destroy the remaining hearing to get the regrown tumor. (I was not a candidate for radiation treatment due to massive doses of radium as a child.)
That being said, when I knew I would be totally deaf in my left ear, I discussed with Dr. Friedman the possibility of a bone-conducted hearing device. He concurred that it would be the best option for me and said he could implant the abutment at the time of my translab surgery. I have been delighted with my Ponto Pro hearing device. It is not "normal" hearing, but it certainly is as close as one can get to it. I have had it for about 3 1/2 years now and wear it on average 11-12 hours a day. The longer I have been wearing it, the more my brain is adapting to adjusting to the sounds from the processor and I do not consciously think about not hearing correctly very often. I liken it to my hearing ear picking up perfectly normal sounds, while the processor picks up amplified sounds from the other side. My brain has learned to mix them together into acceptable sound. I hope that makes sense.
Many thoughts and prayers. Clarice