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Success! Elly from Kenya raised $929 to fund hearing aids.

Elly
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  • $929 raised, $0 to go
$929
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Elly's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2017.

Photo of Elly post-operation

August 18, 2017

Elly received hearing aids.

Elly had the hearing aids fitted successfully. He is able to perceive sound with better clarity. The hearing aids will improve his social and academic performance.

Elly’s mother says, “My joy is full and my wish is to hear Elly speak. Thank you.”

Elly had the hearing aids fitted successfully. He is able to perceive sound with better clarity. The hearing aids will improve his social an...

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July 5, 2017

Elly is a five-year-old playful boy from Nairobi, Kenya. His father is a carpenter, and his mother stays home to care for Elly and his siblings.

Elly was born prematurely and has severe congenital hearing loss. In 2014, he had auditory brainstem response (ABR) tests to gauge his hearing ability. Later in 2015, he received one hearing aid. Elly’s audiologist noted improvement in his hearing and recommended another hearing aid to boost his ability. However, Elly’s parents can’t afford the cost.

On July 13, Elly will receive hearing aids from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, which is requesting $929 to fund the treatment.

Elly’s father says, “My joy is to see Elly being able to talk and hear like a normal child.”

Elly is a five-year-old playful boy from Nairobi, Kenya. His father is a carpenter, and his mother stays home to care for Elly and his sibli...

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Elly's Timeline

  • July 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Elly was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Elly received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • August 08, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Elly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 18, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Elly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 04, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Elly's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Hearing Aids - Severe
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients who need hearing aids present with a variety of conditions, including cholesteatoma, conductive hearing loss, ear drainage, sensorineural hearing loss, otitis media-inflammation of the middle ear, or a perforated ear drum/tear in the ear drum. Patients are unable to perceive speech and sounds, leading to impaired speech.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients are unable to perceive speech and sounds, they have impaired speech and language development, impaired communication, difficulties in learning, and avoidance/withdrawal from social situations.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The prevalence of disabling hearing loss in children and adults is greatest in Sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia and Asia Pacific. Certain infections (e.g. meningitis and ear infections) may cause hearing loss if not treated promptly.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients are fitted for hearing aids, which are electrical devices that assist in optimizing perception of speech and other sounds. They amplify sound and thus improve hearing. They are designed for hearing impaired individuals. A basic hearing aid consists of a microphone (collects sound energy), amplifier (increases amplitude of impulses collected), earphone/receiver (converts electrical energy into sound), battery (provides power supply), and mould (holds the hearing aid in place and acts like a seal and volume control). Generally, they can be categorized by technology and style. Selection depends on hearing loss, cosmetic appearance, and cost.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will gain the ability to perceive speech and sounds, have improved speech and language development, improved learning ability, and active participation in social situations.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Not using the optimal hearing aid or not using it in the correct way could lead to uncomfortable side effects, including bad fitting, headaches and tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and improper sound level and quality. However, this can be easily avoided and fixed with the assistance of an audiologist.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality centers with the specialized personnel (audiologists and ENT doctors) that offer this kind of service, but the cost of hearing aids is a major deterrent for patients to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For many hearing disorders, there is no actual available cure. However, there are assistive devices like hearing aids and promising new treatments that allow patients to manage their hearing disorders.

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