See my post below about the profoundly deaf man scoring 90% on HINT. Someone linked me to a blog of a severely deaf man 85db HL, 35db aided whos scoring 100% on HINT! I am going to ask him some questions, maybe I can learn from him then work with my audiologist to have my HAs reprogrammed so I score at least the same as that profoundly deaf man. After all, I have better hearing than him! I am not expecting to score 100% but 80% to 90% is realistic and ive seen other deaf people score in that range.
Im actually not obsessed with high % speech, but it does serve as a barometer of how well im hearing and how well my HAs are programmed. My audie says he can get me down to 15db aided in the low frequencies and up to 30db in the mids. With transposition/soundrecover I should have access to the highs as well(ill hear the highs differently than hearing people). Those aided scores should put me at the top of the speech banana so I should score well.
My audiologist doesn't recommend CI for me as he says my hearing is still too good. He did say I might benefit from a CI but it's risky and if I hear worse with CI, there's no going back to HA in the implanted ear. I did ask him about the deaf cure and he doesn't believe ill see it in my lifetime. Maybe not but I don't need a cure, just some procedure/treatment(stem cells is one example) that will give me 20db more unaided hearing, then I would hear perfect with HAs according to him. Id also hear some sounds unaided as well.