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

Ruth
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  • $929 raised, $0 to go
$929
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ruth's treatment was fully funded on October 31, 2018.

Photo of Ruth post-operation

October 7, 2018

Ruth received hearing aids.

Ruth had hearing aids fitted successfully in our medical partner’s facility. The hearing aids will continue to improve her hearing.

Ruth’s mother says, “Thank you for the support. I am grateful that my daughter will soon have improved hearing ability and lead a more normal lifestyle.”

Ruth had hearing aids fitted successfully in our medical partner's facility. The hearing aids will continue to improve her hearing. Ruth’...

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September 5, 2018

Ruth is a jovial young girl. She the fifth in her family of six children. Her parents are casual laborers. They live in their ancestral land, with only a small space to practice subsistence farming.

Ruth does not speak and perceives only very loud sounds. At our medical partner’s care center, she was diagnosed with hearing loss. Ruth requires hearing aids that will allow her perceive sound with better clarity.

Ruth is scheduled to receive the aids on September 6, and her family needs help raising $929.

Ruth’s mother says, “My wish is to have my daughter fitted with the hearing aids and lead a normal life.”

Ruth is a jovial young girl. She the fifth in her family of six children. Her parents are casual laborers. They live in their ancestral land...

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Ruth's Timeline

  • September 5, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 22, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ruth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 27, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ruth 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.

  • October 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ruth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 31, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ruth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 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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