Update: Activation Day

Hello friends!

I have been busy with two children, a pregnant wife,  a full time job, a “part time” ministry and a book in the works… I’m not sure when I have time for sleep.  It has been a crazy ride and I look forward to what is in store in the future.

About a month and a half ago I had the first part of my Bone Anchored Hearing Aid attached and I have been patiently waiting for phase two.  Well, come Wednesday I will have the processor attached and I should be able to hear out of both of my ears– something I have not been able to do for a long time.  On one hand I am excited to be able to have hearing on both sides of my body but on the other I am nervous because it will be quite an adjustment.  I will post pictures and thoughts during the activation, so stay tuned!

(Also a book update post might in the future too so be sure to subscribe on the right)

 

In Christ

 

Rev. Evan

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Surgery Update Part II

It has been about two weeks since my surgery so I think it is fitting for another update.  Things have been going well and I am on track to receive the processor in about a month.  I was out of work for about a week and I am getting back into my routine.  I get the occasional funny look from people when they notice I have a piece of medal in my head.  Some people ask about it and some just like to stare.  It is an interesting conversation starter.

Below are some pictures of my progress; don’t worry they are too grotesque.

 

Thanks for all of the tweets, emails, Facebook messages and the like; I truly appreciate them.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan


Edit: Spelling of Locutus of Borg. Thanks Tim J.

Number 12

For most of my life I have lived with the use of only one ear.  When I was around 10 or 11 or so, I developed a condition that over time my hearing gradually began to decrease in my right ear.  I didn’t have great hearing in that ear to begin with but it was getting worse.  It got to the point to where I could only hear about 10% on my right side.  I have been in and out of doctor’s offices more times than I can count.   The doctors know that my audio nerve is good but the bones that transmit the sound to the that nerve are not working. I have undergone 11 surgeries to try to repair or re-establish some hearing in my right side.

On March 27, I will have surgery number 12– step one of a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid.  (Pictured above and below)

The process is a simple one; a metal pin will be placed in the bone behind the ear.  Once it is set (about 6-12 weeks after placement) a processor will be attached to it.  The processor will pick up the sound and using the pin and the bone through bone conduction will send the sound to the audio nerve thus allowing me to hear on my right side.  I was able to have a simulated BAHA and it worked well; the world was so much louder 🙂

I am looking forward to the prospect of having hearing in both ears again.  I will post pictures and updates from time to time so be sure to stay tuned!