Peer Mentoring Program (Success Stories)
Help us to develop a database of success stories across all walks of life!
A Chance to Change Lives
Your patients do not have to be nationally or even locally famous to assist the Better
Hearing Institute in changing lives. We are interested in hearing from people in
all walks of life. If you have a motivating story to share please contact us by letter
with a short description of the patient and why you are nominating them for a BHI
success story. Please include contact information for both yourself and the patient
via the HIPPA release form below. Your patient’s story could make a difference
in someone else’s life! Before selecting patients for referral please consider
the following selection criteria:
- The person must want to help others through articulation of their story without
compensation. But they may be motivated to see their story on a National website
and perhaps in the press.
- We would prefer success stories of working Americans since the majority of people
with hearing loss are working. We will however, accept some successful housewives
and students in school with a special story to tell.
- The person must be willing to answer in writing and by email (this is for
editing purposes) the answers to 7 key questions regarding their hearing
loss and their personal solution. Without answers to these questions we
simply do not have a story. Unfortunately we currently do not have the
staff to solicit the story through interview. If you have a patient unable
to write their story for us you may interview them and submit their answers
on their behalf. (For a list of questions for local interview contact
Sergei Kochkin at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The patient must be motivated. We will contact them once for their story; we
simply do not have the staff for follow-ups.
Step 1: Download our Personal
Success Story flyer and HIPAA release and share it with
Step 2: Send the completed HIPAA release
with contact information and a cover letter introducing your patient to:
Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D.,
Better Hearing Institute
790 Frontage Road, Suite 104
Northfield, IL 60093
If you want to discuss the appropriateness of a particular success story please contact
Sergei in advance:
Step 3: By mail we will send your patient
a contract of agreement, samples of BHI literature, a short background survey
regarding their hearing
loss and hearing loss solution, and also a request for press photographs.
This will form the basis of our campaign, to be shared with our PR firm, and ultimately
become the success story write-up.
Step 4: We will edit their story for
our website and seek their approval for the final write-up. At times we will email
them for clarification on certain issues.
Step 5: For every successful referral
received (contract, success
story and press photos) we will give the referring hearing health professional:
- 100 free copies of our award winning “Your Guide
to Better Hearing” ($155
value) OR 10 free physician referral kits including the hearing healthcare
professional training program (if you are not already a member of the BHI
Physician Referral Development Program)
The ultimate reward is that your referred patient could make a difference
in motivating America’s 24 million people with untreated hearing loss to
seek help. Please understand that the BHI reserves the right to reject submitted
success stories if they do not fit our national public relations objectives.
Success stories accepted and received will be categorized by occupation at the following