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Success! Nkamaniki from Kenya raised $929 to receive hearing aids.

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Nkamaniki's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Nkamaniki post-operation

September 12, 2016

Nkamaniki received a hearing aid.

With the help of Watsi funding, Nkamaniki was able to receive the hearing aids he needed. The aid has restored his severely lost ability to hear, and has already greatly increased his ability to communication abilities.

Nkamaniki could not raise the funds himself and is very thankful to all the donors who helped him receive this restorative aid. “I will be able to hear the word of God in church and communicate with ease,” he said. “Thank you for the help.”

With the help of Watsi funding, Nkamaniki was able to receive the hearing aids he needed. The aid has restored his severely lost ability to ...

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May 23, 2016

Nkamaniki is an elderly man from Kenya. He is a husband and a father to 21 children. Some of his children are in secondary and others in primary school. He works as a farmer, but the constraint of raising his large family leaves Nkamaniki struggling with limited finances.

“Nkamaniki started complaining of hearing loss in June 2014 but was not able to get to the hospital,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “He is not able to communicate effectively. He strains to grasp words spoken to him. In April 2016 when he visited our facility for treatment, hearing aids were recommended, but Nkamaniki is not able to raise the full amount needed.”

With $929, Nkamaniki can receive hearing aids to restore severe hearing loss in his left ear. Nkamaniki is hopeful for treatment. He says: “I want to be able to effectively hear and communicate well.”

Nkamaniki is an elderly man from Kenya. He is a husband and a father to 21 children. Some of his children are in secondary and others in pri...

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Nkamaniki's Timeline

  • May 23, 2016

    Nkamaniki was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 24, 2016

    Nkamaniki received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • June 1, 2016

    Nkamaniki's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2016

    Nkamaniki's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 12, 2016

    Nkamaniki's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

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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