Escondido, CA

Help your loved one hear for the holidays

Hearing the sound of your loved one’s voice or a favorite song on your iPod is something many take for granted but millions of Americans can’t enjoy due to hearing loss.

This holiday season Palomar Health Chief Audiologist David Illich, Au.D. and hearing device manufacturer Oticon will reward one deserving hearing-impaired individual with a new pair of Oticon digital hearing devices and a lifetime of free office visits with Dr. Illich through the 13th annual Hear for the Holidays Essay Contest.

Previous year winner Ruth Penny said after receiving her new hearing aids, “It’s a whole new world. I cannot put into words the extent of the change in my life. It’s better than a million-dollar lottery as far as I’m concerned.”

To qualify, candidates or someone on their behalf must submit an essay of 300 words or less describing why you or a loved one deserves these state of the art hearing aids. The winning essay will be selected based on the following criteria: financial need; impact of hearing disability on quality of life; and quality of the essay. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older.

Essays will be accepted from October 16 through November 13. You can email your essay to or mail it to Professional Hearing Associates at 1045 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 11.

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