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One thing most of us do is take our health for granted. I know I have and it’s csugh up to me the past couple years.

I hope 2020 is a much better year for you Keith and that you get some of your hearing back with an implant. My boss has one and does well.
At 68 I am telling you guys that still have knees, you keep up the ridgerunning as long and as much as possible. Browseline should inspire you all. I actually enjoy sitting in blinds or even some roadhunting now, but sure miss striking out and putting some miles behind me on foot.
 

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A little update on my hearing. I elected to go with a bone anchored hearing implant to try to get some hearing back. Bone anchored devices have been around for a long time, but as luck would have it the FDA approved a brand new one in December. I was originally supposed to have surgery in mid-March, but y'all know what happened there...
So I didn't actually have the implant placed until June 19. The surgery involved screwing a post into my skull behind the right (deaf) ear. attached to the post (under the skin) is a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a stick of gum. This piece enhances and intensifies sounds and then passes them on through the post in my skull. the sound then travels through my skull to the left inner ear (my good ear) allowing me to capture sound on my right side, but hear it on my left. This is essential because my right inner ear is basically dead, the auditory nerve decided to go out of warranty on me...
On the outside I wear a microphone on the side of my head that attaches via strong magnet to the internal transducer.
So 5 weeks after surgery I was healed up enough to have everything activated. The effect was immediate and I would venture to say I have a 50-6-% improvement in hearing. It is going to take some tweaking of settings, etc to get improvement in all situations but I am so glad that I went this route.
Pictures below show the whole system, (post, transducer, external microphone) and the mic mounted on my head.
And yes....you can stick paper clips to my skull...
 

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A little update on my hearing. I elected to go with a bone anchored hearing implant to try to get some hearing back. Bone anchored devices have been around for a long time, but as luck would have it the FDA approved a brand new one in December. I was originally supposed to have surgery in mid-March, but y'all know what happened there...
So I didn't actually have the implant placed until June 19. The surgery involved screwing a post into my skull behind the right (deaf) ear. attached to the post (under the skin) is a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a stick of gum. This piece enhances and intensifies sounds and then passes them on through the post in my skull. the sound then travels through my skull to the left inner ear (my good ear) allowing me to capture sound on my right side, but hear it on my left. This is essential because my right inner ear is basically dead, the auditory nerve decided to go out of warranty on me...
On the outside I wear a microphone on the side of my head that attaches via strong magnet to the internal transducer.
So 5 weeks after surgery I was healed up enough to have everything activated. The effect was immediate and I would venture to say I have a 50-6-% improvement in hearing. It is going to take some tweaking of settings, etc to get improvement in all situations but I am so glad that I went this route.
Pictures below show the whole system, (post, transducer, external microphone) and the mic mounted on my head.
And yes....you can stick paper clips to my skull...
Keith,

I'm very happy for you that you've found some sort of success. Skill saws, nail guns, compressors , etc have made my hearing not what it once was. I absolutely understand the frustration of asking "what"? or being in a crowed restaurant just nodding because you have no idea what's being said. Bet you can't wait to try that out next spring on a roosted gobbler!!
 
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Glad to hear this is working out for you UT. Hopefully you'll post again later on for a final update.
 




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