I agree with Jan -- I don't think there's a big "wear and tear" issue with a BAHA. Lots of children wear BAHAs, and the devices seem to hold up quite well in that rough and tumble age group. I treat mine with the same good care and attention I give my contact lenses, and so far it's doing fine!
I'm guessing, but I think that adult AN "veterans" may be a minority, albeit a growing one, in the BAHA wearer universe. The BAHA user forum that's based in the UK is populated mostly by individuals (or their parents) who have an incredible array of physical challenges which are helped by BAHAs. As I've mentioned before, it is extremely sobering to read some of these accounts. Those of us who basically just have "one bad ear" and not much else wrong with us are very, very fortunate.
I'm looking forward to attending the BAHA event being sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the ANA this weekend, and will report back with any helpful information I find out.
And, Jan, congratulations on, and thank you for, your record number of forum postings!
Catherine (JerseyGirl 2)