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

Rickson
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  • $929 raised, $0 to go
$929
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Rickson's treatment was fully funded on January 7, 2019.

Photo of Rickson post-operation

December 4, 2018

Rickson received hearing aids.

Rickson had hearing aids fitted successfully. His hearing will improve, and he will be able to develop speech.

Rickson’s mother says, “I am grateful for the assistance. I am hopeful that he will grow up normally.”

Rickson had hearing aids fitted successfully. His hearing will improve, and he will be able to develop speech. Rickson’s mother says, “I...

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November 14, 2018

Rickson is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. His mother is a stay-at-home mom, and his father is a teacher. Since birth, he has had difficulty perceiving sound. This has caused him to miss developmental milestones.

Rickson has been diagnosed with hearing loss and requires hearing aids. If not treated, he will continue to have delayed speech development, and his social and academic performance will be impacted.

Fortunately, Rickson is scheduled to receive his hearing aids on November 15. Our medical partner is requesting $929 to fund the devices.

Rickson’s mother says, “I wish to see my son develop his speech and be able to attend a normal school.”

Rickson is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. His mother is a stay-at-home mom, and his father is a teacher. Since birth, he has had difficulty...

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Rickson's Timeline

  • November 14, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 15, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rickson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 16, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rickson 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.

  • December 04, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rickson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 07, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rickson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 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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