CI, Hard of hearing

A Hearing Loss List for Santa

This time a special entry: a Hearing Loss List for Santa! Too good not to share …
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I know that Santa’s main focus is stuff for children, and not expensive toys for adults, life-changing events, medical breakthroughs, or governmental policy changes.

But a person can dream, right?

This year’s letter to Santa Claus (or St. Nick or any of the many other names the dear fellow goes by) is also for his partner, Mrs. Claus. I don’t recall ever seeing her first name anywhere but for some reason, I just know it’s Sarah, and I’m sure she has a big say on what makes the sleigh (or not).

Dear Santa and Sarah,

Hey there, it’s me again. Yep, still writing to you at age 60-ish.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I know it’s early, but you guys get so busy and I didn’t want my letter to get lost in your ginormous pile of mail.

Upfront, let me say that while I try not to be a whiner, there are a few things that would make this life with hearing loss and tinnitus a lot easier. It’s a short but tough list, and I hope you’ll both read it all the way through, because it’s not just me that would benefit if you were able to deliver on these things. (The first request is a bit selfish, though.)

  1. Please remove my hearing loss and tinnitus/hyperacusis. This is a reverse gift – instead of bringing me something, you can take it away. Might be a nice change of pace for you.
  1. If you can’t remove all of those, I’d be happy with just losing the tinnitus. The head noise can make it hard to stay in a good mood sometimes.
  1. OK, going out on a limb here, but do you think you could you speed up a universal cure for deafness by a few decades so that I, and millions and millions of other people, could enjoy it before we leave this earth?  (Please note, not every deaf person wants this; I’m just asking on behalf of those who do.)
  1. I’d also appreciate some organic batteries for hearing aids and cochlear implant sound processors. Made out of sheep dung or something that can be recycled in the compost.
  1. I would be extremely grateful if you could plant a thought, a realization, in the minds of the decision makers for all levels of government of all countries, that hearing loss is an important HEALTH, SOCIAL, and ECONOMIC issue.
  1. Then make them act and do something about making life easier for people who are dealing with hearing loss.
  1. I hate to harp on the tinnitus and hyperacusis thing, but I’m wondering if you would consider adding something to your workshop production list: A vitamin – let’s call it Vitamin TH – which would eliminate or reduce head noise, be non-addictive and come in chewy tablets, preferably chocolate flavor.
  1. I would also love some peace and happiness for the whole world, but if that’s asking too much, making assistive technology more affordable for all of those who need it – well, that would be just fabulous.

Normally, I do a Top 10 type of letter, but I don’t want to appear greedy, so I’m stopping at 8. Thank you for all that you do, Sarah and Santa, and I wish you both a productive and joyous season.

Hope to see soon.


Your friend,

Gael Hannan

PS:  Thank you for helping me keep a sense of humor about hearing loss, something I believe I asked for a few years back. Sometimes I lose it, but it usually comes back.


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