Sue is right, that you losing your hearing doesn't mean that your AN has grown. As for BAHA, I recently had the surgery (1/5/09). I understand your reluctance to have surgery, but this really was a piece of cake. I had the option of either general or local anesthesia -- I chose to have local anesthesia with sedation since this was my doctor's recommendation, but feel I would have also been okay without the sedation. All that did was make me really relaxed, but I was awake The surgery itself took around an hour and I was completely alert within minutes when it was over. There is not much pain involved and your doc will provide painkillers to manage that, should you decide to have the BAHA surgery. I only took the painkillers for two days post-op and was fine without anything after that. As for hearing with the BAHA processor, I had the demo a couple of months before my surgery. I was 99% sure this was what I wanted and the demo convinced me completelly. While I feel I will be very happy with my choice, that's what it is, a choice and not for everyone -- you need to do what you will be happiest and most comfortable with.