Many years ago, I gradually began to lose all the bones in both my middle ears. Without those bones, sound would have no way of amplifying and connecting to my inner ear. The best way to get quality of sound and send it to my cochlear is through a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA). The abutment is this little “screw” that is attached to the bones in my skull and connects to the BAHA device.
For many years I refused the idea of implanting this device in fear of what I would look like, being made fun of, and feeling different from others (full story here). But everything changed after my youngest son was born profoundly deaf. Helping him with his hearing loss journey, helped me overcome my insecurities about mine.
3 years ago, I decided to go ahead with the BAHAs and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Now, I’m a proud user of my devices because I understand what they do for me and I’m much more comfortable in my own skin. My hearing loss doesn’t define me, but it’s a part of who I am. It allows me to experience life in an unique way.
I want to show you my view by exposing my own experiences through my art and hoping that children in the future won’t feel ashamed of their hearing loss or their devices, but instead, they will be feeling comfortable and proud of who they are as an unique human being.