John Kastanis works as a successful insurance professional in New York City, but a few years ago, a tumor caused him to lose his hearing.

The tipping point for John came during a meeting at work when he couldn’t hear the person sitting opposite him in the conference room. It was then that he realized his hearing loss was serious and that he needed to do something about it.

John started investigating what type of hearing solution could help him. His doctor suggested the Cochlear™ Baha® System and lent him a Baha Softband to try out for a couple of days. Being able to test the device before having surgery made all the difference for him.

Initially, I was apprehensive about getting a Baha Implant, because I wasn’t sure how people were going to perceive me,” recalls John. “I’m a customer-facing individual, so I meet people on a daily basis. I had no wish to be considered handicapped, or thought of any less. But once the device was put on, all those thoughts evaporated. The sounds I heard were not just amplified, but clarified.”


Once the surgery was done and John was fitted with his bilateral Baha Sound Processors, the sound was even better.

When they first turned my Baha on, I could literally hear a pin drop,” says John. “I heard tones and sounds and clicks that I hadn’t heard in years. That was a real eye-opener for me. It was the ‘aha’ moment, the moment when you see the rainbow going over the pot of gold. It was great, it really was.”

Watch John’s whole story here.

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Cochlear Americas showcases the stories of real people celebrating life's real moments. This blog was written by a guest writer for Cochlear Americas.