Single-sided deafness (SSD) is a unique challenge. It can be very frustrating to only be able to hear on one side, especially in noisy or crowded situations when you have little control over your environment.
At 13, Baha user Dan lost all the hearing in his right ear. The cause is still unclear, but doctors suspected a virus damaged his cochlea or auditory nerve. They told him there was nothing to be done and sent him home. Dan wore a hearing aid system for about 20 years, with mixed results.
In 2005, Dan’s wife Susan ran across an article about a new hearing solution called a Baha System. Dan went to his health care professional for a trial and spent a week comparing his hearing aids to a Baha sound processor on a headband. He said that trial gave him all the information he needed.
“For me, the Baha [sound processor] with the headband was superior in clarity, volume, and understandability.”
Now, after over a decade of advancements, he has upgraded to the smaller and more powerful Baha 5 Power Sound Processor and says the sound is better than ever.
“It’s so second nature, it’s like putting on your glasses,” says Dan. “You put it on and it works, you take it off and it stops. It does what I need it to do, and I don’t have to think about it throughout the day.”
He said the moment that really drove home the importance of his processor was when both of his daughters got married, two years apart. Both times, he was able to do the father/daughter dance and be completely in the moment. Even when his daughters rested their heads on his right shoulder, he was able to hear every word they said.
“That, to me, is totally, completely priceless,” he said. “I can never replicate it or duplicate it. It was a one-time shot, and the processor let me hear what’s most important.”