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Success! Jane from Kenya raised $929 to fund treatment and fitting of hearing aids.

Jane
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Jane's treatment was fully funded on November 17, 2020.

Photo of Jane post-operation

March 12, 2020

Jane underwent treatment and fitting of hearing aids.

Jane had successful hearing aids fitted to treat her hearing loss. She is able to hear with better clarity than before and is grateful for the kind support offered. Jane will be able to converse well with people. She will be following up with the clinic to continue to assess her progress.

Jane says, “Thank you for the kind support. I will be able to converse with people clearly.”

Jane had successful hearing aids fitted to treat her hearing loss. She is able to hear with better clarity than before and is grateful for t...

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February 3, 2020

Jane works as a house help in western Kenya and has struggled with her hearing for the past 5 years. The hearing loss started when she had Quinine medication administered. The gradual hearing loss has affected her social lifestyle and most of the time she misses out on conversations. Jane has not been to any hospital previously. She was referred to our facility where an audiometry test was done and hearing loss diagnosis made.

Her small income of $30 per month is all she earns to care for her late sister’s children. Jane requires $929 for the hearing aids. She appeals for financial assistance.

Jane says, “My hope is to be able to socially converse with people without having to ask them to repeat what they said.”

Jane works as a house help in western Kenya and has struggled with her hearing for the past 5 years. The hearing loss started when she had Q...

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Jane's Timeline

  • February 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 07, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jane 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.

  • February 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jane's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jane's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 17, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jane's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 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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