Jordan’s BAHA surgery

No, Jordan didn’t go to Mexico (aka. Baja California) for a surgery, but rather had a Bone-anchored hearing aid Phase I procedure done. There are a couple other posts about Jordan’s BAHA journey which are found under the category of Jordan and subcategory “health”. How the BAHA works can be found here. The hearing aid is installed in two phases, both of which require surgery. Phase I consists of the implantation of 2 titanium posts into the mastoid bone behind the deaf ear. They are completely imbedded in the bone, and for the next 6 months the bone heals around them until they, somehow, become integrated into the bone.

Now, we wait for a post-op appointment in a month, then wait the 6 months until the 2nd phase can be done. This second phase is when the ‘abutment’ is attached to the titanium posts, meaning that the skin is opened back up, the little snap part is attached, and then the little hairs around the area are removed – permanently. They call this the ‘soft tissue’ work. 

A couple weeks after that (November????), he we have an appointment with the hearing aid specialist who will fit him for the hearing aid, i.e. finally hand it over, snap it on, turn it on, and WOW! I get giddy just thinking about it.

How many people do you know that have a snap on their head?! I mean, really, it’s pretty amazing technology. 

This aid will be able to be turned on and off, volume up and volume down, and even has a setting for noisy vs. quiet environments. And, he can take it off to sleep (can still lay on his good side and block out Bekah noises!), to swim, etc. 

The basic question? Will his ear work now? No. All the hearing will be done with the right ear, but sounds from the deaf left side will be passed to the bone via the BAHA and conducted through the bone over to the hearing right ear. 

Here are some pictures of our day at Children’s Friday, April 24th.

First things first - turnin' on the TV. This is the first time he's been old enough to work the remote reasonable well. It was awfully fun to push buttons when he was 4 though!

First things first - turnin' on the TV. This is the first time he's been old enough to work the remote reasonable well. It was awfully fun to push buttons when he was 4 though!

All gowned up! He cracked us up trying to put this thing on like a coat. He kept turning around to put the opposite arm in when I held it what seemed 'backwards' to him.

All gowned up! He cracked us up trying to put this thing on like a coat. He kept turning around to put the opposite arm in when I held it what seemed 'backwards' to him.

Talking with the anesthesiologist. Both this guy and Jordan's nurse cared for him way back in 1998, and both remembered him.

Talking with the anesthesiologist. Both this guy and Jordan's nurse cared for him way back in 1998, and both remembered him.

The Beavers - long time friends and current children's ministry leader at church - came to visit and pray with Jordan before surgery.

The Beavers - long time friends and current children's ministry leader at church - came to visit and pray with Jordan before surgery.

No scars yet!

No scars yet! You can barely see where Dr. Sie marked his earlobe with a pen so she was sure to get the correct side.

It's just below the arm of his glasses that the incision is made

It's just below the arm of his glasses that the incision is made

Jordan on calming medicine (versed). Is he talking to his dog?

Jordan on calming medicine (versed). Is he talking to his dog?

Back from surgery. This purple headband had to stay on (applying pressure) until the next morning - what a pain, especially when you're loopy!

Back from surgery. This purple headband had to stay on (applying pressure) until the next morning - what a pain, especially when you're loopy!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ruby
    Sep 07, 2009 @ 05:51:27

    My son started school this September. He had the first part done March 31. His second is scheduled for October 28th. It is so exciting and scary at the same time. Liam is very excited. He is going to have 2 hearing aids. He had 2 screws implantd on each side. He has had his BAHA since he was 3 months old. Good luck with everything and I completely understand the emotions you are going through because i am going throught the same. Good luck Jordan!

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