I have a cousin who is a doctor in Illinois. He has been in San Diego visiting this past couple of weeks. He had an AN in 1999 and has been left with SSD. He tried a hearing aid at one time, and was less than impressed, but of course, it did nothing to filter out the background noise. I had been telling him about my Baha, but he never seemed too enthusiastic. I stopped over there today with my BAHA apparatus that allows you to hold the processor against someone else's head so that they can hear what you are hearing. He was amazed. His wife was sitting so she could see his face and said that his whole face lit up when he realized he could hear what I was whispering on his deaf side! He is quite impressed and has decided to pursue his options for a BAHA. It's so nice to know that perhaps I have helped another person to achieve the improved hearing that I have gained!