My hearing nerve was preserved during surgery. However, it was stretched during the procedure. My word recognition was not the best before surgery. Phone conversations were impossible with my AN ear. I feel my hearing improved from where it was right after surgery. However, after my recent hearing test, I realized that it's even worse than it was pre-surgery. It's so hard to tell until you see it in the audiogram. There are so many tones and sounds that have remained the same and others that I can't hear anymore. Both my surgeon and audiologist have told me that they don't think a regular hearing aid will help. But, since I still have some hearing left, I am not a candidate for the BAHA either. I made an appt. anyway to try out the regular hearing aids in hopes that something will help.
My surgeon did tell me about one patient that had scheduled BAHA surgery, but ended up canceling right before surgery because she had regained her hearing. I'm not sure how much of it she got back, but this was about a year after her surgery. So I have good reason to remain optimistic since I'm just 5.5 months post op.
They say that once word recognition is gone, a hearing aid only amplifies the noise. You say you can still have phone conversations. Clearly you have retained decent word recognition, making you a good candidate for a regular hearing aid. But I hope that your hearing continues to improve as you continue to heal and that you will not need a hearing aid.