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MESQUITE (CBS 11 NEWS) – When Jeremy Lopez asked for a hearing aid for Christmas, somebody heard his wish.

After suffering multiple ear infections and surgeries to alleviate the problem, the 8-year-old was left with serious hearing loss.

“He had up to 30-percent loss for low frequency sounds, which means sounds had to be a bit louder for him to hear them,” explained Dr. Naikai Butler, with Hearing Services of North Texas.

Jeremy often had a hard time understanding what was being said to him. Jeremy’s mother, Elizabeth Lopez, described what her son hears. “The way the doctor explained it me, it’s just like you’re having a conversation with somebody and you’re submerged under water.”

Despite have serious hearing loss, Jeremy’s condition didn’t fit the criteria needed for the family insurance to pay for a hearing device, which costs thousands of dollars and his parents couldn’t afford to pay outright for hearing aids for both ears.

At school, Mesquite ISD provided a hearing aid for Jeremy, but it could only be used at school. At home, without a hearing aid, the young boy struggled with his studies and could only play indoors.

“He’s not allowed to be outside, not unless we’re present,” his mom said. “He cannot hear the traffic.”

The outdoor limitations meant the Jeremy wasn’t allowed to ride his scooter as often as he’d like.

Just in time for Christmas, Hearing Services of North Texas received a donation that made it possible for Dr. Butler to give the gift of hearing to children like Jeremy.

“It makes me feel great that we were able to receive this donation and pass this great gift onto Jeremy,” Dr. Butler said.

Elizabeth Lopez said she is grateful for the gift. Often her son had been forced to watch television and play video games with the volume at maximum level. Not anymore.

“Today is his first set for the house so he will be able to hear everything that is going on.”

This will be the first Christmas in a long time that Jeremy can hear the sounds of the giving season.

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