Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation
My CI surgery was very difficult due to progressive otosclerosis. The surgeon explained that there was more damage than he thought and I should lower my expectations. The first mapping test was a heart breaker. I could barely hear any beeps let alone words.
I went to visit and he immediately assured me that if I worked at it, I could attain a very favorable outcome.
Bi-weekly meetings working with Geoff and my depression started to slowly lift. At my second mapping session, the audiologist was shocked that I scored 40% correct for words.
More weeks working with Geoff and at my next mapping session my word recognition jumped to 65%. I was so relieved and the surgeon was taken aback by my progress. I know that by continuing to work with Geoff my hearing will only get better.
Geoff invited me to a life changing event: a special 3 day Intensive Training Course where I met two CI wearers and two new audiologists who were learning Geoff’s techniques.
The days were supposed to be hard work, but to me it was the best medicine for curing my depression from my lack of hearing for the last 30 years. I started to hear so much better, but what was the most gratifying was I could once again hear the nuances of sounds that I hadn’t experienced for most of my adult life.
I know that by continuing to work with Geoff my hearing will only get better. After all, we do hear with our brains and not our ears!