I was on my way to deliver new hearing aids to a man named Jim whom I have never met before. I was thumbing through his file to get to know him and found out that he had gotten hearing aids about a month ago and returned. He wasn't ready to give up and he came to us to see if we could help him.
I noticed that his word recognition was about 20%. Wow! I thought this will be a huge challenge. Upon arrival I was trying to have a conversation with Jim and you could tell he wasn't hearing what what was said. He was very somber, but who wouldn't be, he couldn't participate in anything that was said.
Well, he was fit with the Naida V's and even though I have had such great luck with these, I was scared. When I turned them on and started to talk with him he could answer everything I said. I started walking around the room and from 15ft away with his back to me he could answer my questions. I was floored, but he wasn't! His wife talked to him behind his back and he could answer every question she asked, but still no reaction. I told him that I was happier then he was. His wife said " he has been so disappointed with hearing aids that we can't get excited anymore." So, on that note I hoped and prayed that he would do well.
I went for his followup about four days later and when I walked in he was smiling. He sat down and said, " I think I am going to keep these." I asked him what made him come to this conclusion. He said, " I can hear my wife and I can hear my dinner guests, but this was the first time I have heard the preacher at church in years." Whoaaaa, he blew me away!
His word recognition was 20%, but after four days later and using some word exercises his recognition went up to 80%. Amazing! Aural Rehabilitation works paired with the right hearing aid it can do wonders.
What else can I say. "What a day!"