We saw the audiologist yesterday for Z. His hearing test for his left ear was a bit more depressed than his last hearing test, so she said she’d like to see him wearing his left hearing aid more routinely. We explained that he has complained that the hearing aid is too loud, even at the lowest setting. Unfortunately, the device has been replaced by a newer model and the audiologist is unable to change the program settings. She said she could check with our insurance to see if he qualifies for an upgraded system and in the meantime for him to wear it as tolerated and on “bad hearing days.”
We also met Dr. Buchman for the first time yesterday. We were recently notified that Dr. Chole, the surgeon who placed Z’s BAHA’s was retiring and that Dr. Buchman would take over Z’s care. We were saddened to lose Dr. Chole because he was simply AMAZING.
That said, we’re delighted to be in Dr. Buchman’s capable hands! Dr Buchman is a really pleasant chap with a great bedside manner, and he’s knowledgeable. He is familiar with AEC syndrome and is actually the surgeon that did BAHA surgery for my sister and for my niece.
Both of Z’s ear canals remain open with his eardrums visible. He did have “scaling” on both ear drums, which is basically a thin layer of excess skin cells. In a typical ear, those cells would slough out. Dr. Buchman removed the scaling and said he’d see us in a year or as needed.