Aaron B. was 37 when he suddenly lost the hearing in one of his ears overnight. For Aaron, that meant he lost sounds that he had previously taken for granted, like all of the soft sounds of the outdoors.
“Having all those different sounds, from the wind, to the movement of branches, to the balancing of your footsteps through the grass…it just really connects you with nature,” he says. “That’s part of my existence.”
Aaron is one of the 60,000 Americans that single-sided deafness (SSD) affects each year. Single-sided deafness occurs when you have little to no hearing in one ear and normal hearing in the other, and it can happen suddenly or gradually over time.
SSD is attributed to many causes, but no matter the culprit, it can affect your life in many ways. Aaron felt irritable and frustrated and withdrew from his wife and family. He could hear sounds, but he wasn’t sure where they were coming from or who was talking.
After doing independent research and consulting with his audiologist, Aaron learned a bone conduction implant could benefit him. Aaron selected the Baha® System with the Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor as the solution for his needs. He was implanted in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.
“It’s a huge difference. I love having 360 degrees of sound again,” he says.
With his Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor, Aaron doesn’t have to use coping mechanisms like sitting on a certain side of the table at a restaurant. When he goes to restaurants, now all he has to do is change his SmartSound® iQ setting to help reduce background noise. Aaron also uses the Baha 5 SuperPower’s Made for iPhone technology to stream phone calls and movies straight to his sound processor.
“With the Bluetooth® and wireless technology, it provides me so many opportunities to do things in a much more convenient way,” he says. “It’s seamless.”
Thanks to the Baha 5 SuperPower, Aaron also got his favorite sounds back.
“Everybody’s got their favorite thing in the world and to me, I can go outside for an hour and smell the trees and hear all these sounds, and I just feel like I’m a whole brand-new person afterward.”
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