Arnold successfully treated his sudden single-sided deafness with a Baha® implant.
When Arnold woke up one morning to find he couldn’t hear in his right ear, he was devastated. “The loss of hearing on one side brought loneliness upon me,” Arnold said. Suddenly, he was forced to live without his “basic requirements” – playing a musical instrument, visiting concerts and talking with friends.
Over the next three years, Arnold visited three different clinics across Switzerland in search of a treatment. At the third clinic, he learnt from a hearing specialist that bone conduction implants were a proven and effective treatment for single-sided deafness. By delivering sound directly to the hearing ear’s cochlea, they can improve speech understanding and 360-degree sound awareness. Arnold said he knew instantly he wanted to try a bone conduction implant. According to Arnold, the straightforward surgery to implant his Baha® device has literally changed his life.
“Afterwards it was fantastic! A new life opened,”Arnold said. “I could hear again the sounds I’d been missing. Birds, the garden, my family’s voices…”
“You can play music for yourself when you don’t hear – but not with a group. And I love to make music with my group! Musicians are a crazy gang of people and I love to be in the centre. Losing my hearing made that hard, but I got it back with my Baha implant”
“Communication was hard, sitting around a table trying to talk to people… The social contacts have improved so much.”
“My wife was negative to the surgery at first, but she has never had any regrets. Now we can talk while I’m driving the car! She doesn’t have to be on my left hand side anymore.”
The year after his operation, Arnold chose to take advantage of Baha’s evolving technology and have an upgraded model fitted. He said he’s now thinking about adding accessories, such as the Baha Audio adapter which enables direct input from sound systems such as stereos, computers and MP3 players.
“I would recommend getting a Baha device to anyone considering it. Do it the next day! Have that little operation! It will change your life and you will never regret it.”