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wendysig

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A BAHA moment!!
« on: May 02, 2009, 10:52:15 am »
Hi all!

I briefly mentioned using the phone on my deaf side in another post, but wanted to to share the experience the way it happened -- it was amazing!  I was on the phone with my sister recently and we tend to stay on for long periods of time when we talk.  Naturally, I  keep the receiver to my left ear since I am deaf in my right ear.  For some reason and without realizing I was doing  it, I switched the receiver to my right ear -- I think you can imagine my amazement and delight when my BAHA picked up the sound!  It was completely unexpected.  I have since found that if I don't hold the phone completely over my right ear, which is what I must done that day, I can hold the receiver on the right side of my head and talk on the phone.  This is something I haven't been able to do in almost a year -- I am very excited and happy about this discovery and wanted to share it!  It was a truly wonderfuol BAHA moment.

Wendy
1.3 cm at time of diagnosis -  April 9, 2008
2 cm at time of surgery
SSD right side translabyrinthine July 25, 2008
Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Extremely grateful for the wonderful Dr. Choe & Dr. Chen
BAHA surgery 1/5/09
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Re: A BAHA moment!!
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009, 11:13:34 am »
WOW Wendy!  I haven't talked on the phone on the right side in over 13 years - I wouldn't know what to do!!

K
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wendysig

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Re: A BAHA moment!!
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2009, 02:15:13 pm »
Hi K -

It is  pretty amazing -- I've said it before and I'll say it again -- I love my BAHA!

Wendy
1.3 cm at time of diagnosis -  April 9, 2008
2 cm at time of surgery
SSD right side translabyrinthine July 25, 2008
Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Extremely grateful for the wonderful Dr. Choe & Dr. Chen
BAHA surgery 1/5/09
Doing great!

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 02:21:31 pm »
I love my BAHA!

Wendy -

sometimes I think you and I should just have this quote tattooed to our foreheads  ;D

Very interesting about the phone and your BAHA.  Believe it or not, I've never tried this.  In fact, just recently Mike (mikjul1) asked me if this was possible, and I said no.  My theory was that the phone would interfere with the processor and make it whistle.

Okay, Mike, I guessed I lied to you  ::)  :-[

Thanks for sharing this BAHA moment with us, Wendy!  Awesome!

Jan
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Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2009, 03:07:11 pm »
Hey don't lie to me lol. Just kidding I had a close call to day I was doing an air conditioning job for a friend up in an attic and the air handlier hit my side where the abutment was like 2 inches above it what a close call man that scared me.  :o and boy did it hurt that is the area that is sore  :'( .
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leapyrtwins

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 03:08:41 pm »
Sounds like bad BAHA moment  :(

Perhaps you should wear a hard hat!

I've been wondering how many other BAHA users use their "bad" ear on the phone, like Wendy does.

Anyone??

Jan
Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 03:43:09 pm »
I would love to try using the phone.
:) BORN IN THE GOOD OLD USA :)
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BAHA surgery on 4/21/09 Dr. Carla Lawson
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Re: A BAHA moment!!
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2009, 04:24:10 pm »
That's wonderful news, Wendy.
I ,too am deaf in my right ear, and I am left handed. When I get my processor, I will no longer have to struglge to write while I talk on the phone ;D

Lisa
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2009, 05:33:17 pm »
How are doing today Lisa.
:) BORN IN THE GOOD OLD USA :)
SSD on right side since 1974
BAHA surgery on 4/21/09 Dr. Carla Lawson
BP100 turn on date 8/13/09

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Re: A BAHA moment!!
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2009, 08:44:10 pm »
I'm doing well. I read about your accident. How are YOU?

Lisa
Lisa from Portland, Maine age 46
Diagnosed June 2006
15mm X 17mm AN right side 80% hearing loss
GK March 14,2007 Dr. Noren, Providence RI
1 Year follow-up MRI shows "slight shrinkage".
2 Year follow-up MRI shows "No Change".
3 Year follow-up MRI "stable".
BAHA surgery 4-22-09 BP100 Sept. 2009

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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2009, 05:38:19 am »
ok it is better just a close call.
:) BORN IN THE GOOD OLD USA :)
SSD on right side since 1974
BAHA surgery on 4/21/09 Dr. Carla Lawson
BP100 turn on date 8/13/09

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Re: A BAHA moment!!
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2009, 01:16:26 pm »
 
to have some real fun ??... next time when getting a hair cut with a new person ... when they ask about the abutment  .. look at them and say "I have a what in my head?" with a scared and panic look in your eyes !! ;D  ;D  ;D ... of course they might need a good tip after  ;)


for Halloween .. I'm keeping an eye on anything I can else I can pop in ... for a Frankenstein look !
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Re: A BAHA moment!!
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2009, 01:19:26 pm »
Joe~
Did you get a new picture??

K
Translab 12/95@Houston Methodist(Baylor College of Medicine)for "HUGE" tumor-no size specified
25 yrs then-14 hour surgery-stroke
12/7 Graft 1/97
Gold Weight x 5
SSD
Facial Paralysis-R(no movement or feelings in face,mouth,eye)
T3-3/08
Great life!

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Re: A BAHA moment!!
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2009, 05:17:38 am »
Mike -

Sorry  to  hear about your accident and Ihope you're feeling better.  Protective gear ofsome kind might not be a bad idea.

Jan,

Before I accidentally put the phone to my bad ear, I'd tried holiding the receiver to the abutment, as the instructions trhat come wiith the processor say you can.  I found it squealed and whistled, just as you thought it would.  If you hold the phone to your ear loosely  and  not cover the whole thing. but don't touch the processor, it will pick up sound.  I've done this quite a few times purposely to perfect my technique.  If you're on the phone with someone who speaks in a low voice, it doesn't work though.  Just the same, it's an amazing exerience.

Wendy
1.3 cm at time of diagnosis -  April 9, 2008
2 cm at time of surgery
SSD right side translabyrinthine July 25, 2008
Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Extremely grateful for the wonderful Dr. Choe & Dr. Chen
BAHA surgery 1/5/09
Doing great!

leapyrtwins

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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2009, 06:36:56 am »
Maybe that's where I went wrong - I didn't read the instructions  ::)

And that's usually a male characteristic  :D  (No offense to the men)

I think it's pretty cool that you figured out this "trick", Wendy. 

I'll have to try it myself.

Jan
Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways