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I have been looking forward to today for nearly three months, as the plan was to have my new hearing aid attached to the implant installed for the purpose, and to finally give me some hearing help after my bicycle accident.

Due to childhood ear infections I have basically been able to hear out of one ear since I was 8. Hearing loss in my left ear is rated at about 90%. Unfortunately, my accident seriously damaged my right ear. The first ear doctor I saw said the bones in the middle ear had an air space between them, and thus did not transmit the sound vibrations with the usual fidelity.

The second ear doctor is one of the best ear surgeons in the nation. My sister and I drove to Raleigh to see him in June.

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The surgeon was bullish on the chances of repairing the hearing in my right ear, but did not want to embark on that surgery (as surgery always carries some risk) without giving me an 'option.' The option turned out to be the BAHA (Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid) for my left ear, as the nerves in that ear were considered viable!

That surgery was done near the end of August, and now, after allowing the implant to 'fuse' with the bone, the time has come to actually attach the hearing aid, and give me some much needed hearing help!

Only ... for whatever reason, that did not happen today. I do not know why not. We did see the surgeon, for about a minute after waiting two hours past appointment time. He examined the implant, declared it healed, and arranged an appointment for tomorrow for the fitting of the device. No mention was made of the plan for my right ear. They set up an appointment in December for that consultation. Frustrating. But maybe tomorrow will see an improvement in my hearing for the first time since childhood.

Please cross your fingers for me!

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