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My name is Jason Jamilano.

I am 41, and I am a Cochlear®

BahaPower recipient since 2018.

I actually had hearing aids that didn't work very well with me,

so I looked into getting the implant.

I spoke with someone from Cochlear.

They told me about the Baha, which I'd never heard about.

So learning that whole new technology

was very interesting and eye opening.

The first processor they gave me was a Baha 5,

which is the smallest Baha processor.

And it just didn't - it wasn't loud enough for me because

I also have tinnitus on top of my hearing loss.

So in my deaf ear, I have ringing that's constant - 24/7 constant.

And it gets louder.

As my anxiety level or stress level goes up,

it just gets louder.

And sometimes, it overpowers even the processor

and the sound that I'm hearing out of it.

I had to ask my audiologist to upgrade it

for the next step up, which is the Baha Power, because I

needed more volume.

I really had to push for it because the audiologist only

saw what was on paper.

So they're like, no, you don't need

that much power because you're hearing in your right ear is good.

And the hearing loss in your left ear

it's profound and severe, yes, but because you're

hearing in your right ear is good,

you don't need that much power.

In my experience, I had to really tell them

everything that I wanted, or everything that I was not hearing,

or hearing, which was my tinnitus, which is just

constant ringing in my deaf ear.

When I finally told them that, they kind of saw it differently.

Now I feel happy.

I feel comfortable with what but I can hear.

Before, I was still struggling to hear anything.

And I still had to turn my body around,

and I just didn't feel like I was getting what I wanted out

of this whole process.

So now, with this processor, the more powerful one,

it does mask it a lot better.

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