“Dear Santa” Holiday Winner Given the Gift of Hearing!

santa headerBy: Kate Stark

This past holiday season Starkey HearCare held their inaugural “Dear Santa” Holiday Contest. The goal of this contest was to be able to provide the gift of hearing to someone in need this holiday season, specifically, someone that did not have the means to purchase their own set of hearing instruments.

Starkey HearCare works closely with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which gives hearing aids to those in need across our globe. The Starkey Hearing Foundation gives over 100,000 hearing aids to children and others suffering from hearing loss in 3rd world countries per year.  Starkey HearCare wanted to do their part back home in America.

For more information on the Starkey Hearing Foundation please click here.

Over 20,000 individuals had the chance to apply. These were people who had previously visited an Starkey HearCare Network Clinic in the past and showed signs of hearing loss but never purchased.

The contest was designed to have a loved one, such as a family member, friend, or acquaintance, write to Starkey HearCare explaining why this individual should receive the gift of hearing. After reading through several touching submissions, Ms. Lynda Coats was selected as the winner!

IMG_4191Lynda’s two daughters and four grandchildren all participated in providing their input on why their mother and grandmother should receive the gift of hearing. Ms. Coats had previously had a hearing examination conducted and she was diagnosed with moderately to severe hearing loss. She is also losing her vision in both eyes. After reading the touching letters, Starkey HearCare decided she was the perfect candidate to receive the gift of hearing in order to engage in conversations with her family and friends again.

Since Lynda was out of Alabama, she met with Pattillo Balance and Hearing Center’s Fred Turner. Fred is a Hearing Instrument Specialist with over 15 years of experience in the hearing aid industry. Fred has helped thousands of people enjoy the gift of hearing and he was ecstatic to help Lynda on that same journey! The fitting was covered by the local TV station as well as the local newspaper. We want to thank Fred and Lynda’s family for helping us provide her the gift of hearing!

Read some of the submissions letters below:

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