– I’m Tom Kelley, and this is my wife, Brenda. We kind of knew after one week that we were probably going to spend our lives together. We were both very outgoing. – [Brenda] He was always fun-loving and wanted to; he was adventuresome. – Somewhere along the line I found I was straining to hear. I went into hearing aids in 1992. They helped immensely until maybe four or five years ago. I just started to feel more isolated and I found myself withdrawing from social groups and it continued to worsen. – We were having a dinner party over here and a very close friend was sitting right next to me and he said, “Look at Tom at the end of the table. He’s not catching anything we’re talking about.” And Tom was trying so hard. I could just see it and I know it would wear him out. After they all went home then I said to Tom, “We’re going to have to do something. We’ve just got to do something.” And he said, “I agree.” – I was encouraged to get an evaluation for a cochlear implant. Getting the Kanso® was a life changer for me. You know, I felt a lot like a new person. I once again joined my wife in conversation. Also, I kind of got my friends back. I’ve got to tell you what, I think it it raised my own feelings about myself and I felt far more comfortable to inject myself in social groups. It’s been a return to a life I knew, but lost, and regained. I got myself back and my interaction with others back and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.