Treasure Finds and Stories
Found Lost Hearing Processor for Young Boy
I live in Northern Vermont so the treasure hunting season is confined to warm weather; however, the first week of February, 2009 an interesting thing happened. One morning I was at my Ace Hardware store getting a few needed items when I saw this young woman at the register buying a metal detector. I couldn't help but ask her if she was getting ready for warm weather and detecting. She surprised me by saying her young son had lost one of his hearing processors at school while playing in a snow bank. The boy was born with a hearing problem and these processors helped him hear well. However, the cost of the unit was around $7,500. Therefore, she was going to look for it with the detector.
I grabbed my Garrett GTI 1500 and drove up. I thought she would have a shovel for the snow so I didn't bring my digger (I had been remodeling the house and wasn't sure where it was). I went to the area where she and the boy were waiting and searched the base of the snow pile: nothing - she had her sons 2nd processor so I passed the coil over it to get its reading and got to work. I asked the boy to show me where he started on the pile so up he goes to the top. The bank was pushed back from the parking lot around 6 feet high and I was to find out packed real hard. After he showed me where they ran, jumped and slid down the bank I started searching. After about 5 swings I got a nice signal and tried to dig with my hands. It was too hard, so I went back to my truck. All I had in back was the head of a splitting mall. I took it up to where I got the signal and very carefully loosened the snow. After removing about 8" of snow, the lady exclaimed "there it is" and it was. She and the boy were very happy that I found it - so was I. It always gives you a good feeling when you can find and return an item of value.
A couple of days later I received the nicest letter from the boy thanking me for talking the time to help them find his processor. Due to an injury, I got very little detecting in during the summer of 2009 but this early February find made up for it.
This further shows that you may make your next big find at any time; just keep looking and sooner or later it will happen to you also. Happy Hunting.