I was not given the option for the Cochlear implant because I have very good serviceable hearing on Non-AN side. So the BAHA was the option offered to restore some hearing. If you have good hearing on your non AN side it may be the option for you too. I’m not sure but I believe the Cochlear Implant is more for someone without good hearing. I could be wrong though. The BAHA “base” or stud is implanted in your skull ( and the outer processor attaches to it) ,, so the doctor may be speaking of it too when he used the term “Cochlear implant”,,,, but they are two distinct hearing devices.
I have gotten good results over the years with the BAHA. Some people experience better results than others from what I’ve read. In all fairness to the BAHA itself,,, I don’t wear it all day every day as I should,,,,, mainly because I’m retired and at home with hubby and have VERY good hearing without it. Mostly I use it when people come over like grandchildren or when I go out somewhere.
As I said,, it won’t give you back what you had. Nothing will. And I struggle with “directionality” ,, meaning I can not tell where the sound is coming from if it is from behind me. I’ve heard many people say that. Mainly I get sound in that ear that I do not without it. I am deaf so if the kids stand on that side and talk to me I may not hear them. With the BAHA on, I’m more likely to ,, I look forward to getting the newest upgrade,, BAHA 6 , in the Spring. I think it will be a much better, clearer processor. ( it’s out now but I don’t qualify yet for an upgrade )
I hope that helps a little. Sorry for the rambling
I would get it implanted again but I probably would not wait 3 years to do it. My brain seems to have adjusted to the deafness and maybe hasn’t “learned” to hear with it as well as it would have. If I’d gotten it sooner after surgery.