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Success! Haron from Kenya raised $1,171 to fund hearing aids and treatment.

Haron
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$1,171
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Haron's treatment was fully funded on February 10, 2022.

Photo of Haron post-operation

March 14, 2022

Haron underwent hearing treatment and is doing well.

Haron had a hearing condition that was affecting his studies. His family was unable to afford the cost of hearing aids, but with support from Watsi and African Mission Healthcare, his fittings went exactly as anticipated and, for the first time in a long time, he could hear sounds again! The hearing aids are working well and his mother was trained on how to make adjustments and care for him.

Haron’s mother says, “This condition was really affecting his studies. He can now pick up sounds and I know he will be able to catch up with his colleagues in school now.”

Haron had a hearing condition that was affecting his studies. His family was unable to afford the cost of hearing aids, but with support fro...

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February 3, 2022

Haron is a young boy who also has a twin sister. He has fallen behind her in school because of his difficulty hearing and other medical challenges he has faced, like meningitis and bladder stones. But he has now enrolled in a special school and with hearing treatment too, they are hopeful that he can have a higher quality of life ahead.

Haron needs hearing aids in both ears to help him hear clearly again and communicate with his peers. Haron’s mother sells food in their local community in Soweto and currently, his father has no source of income. The family has been working hard to pay for his frequent medical visits since he was very young and needs assistance to help with the cost of his hearing treatment.

Haron’s mother shared, “We have been through a lot. We have visited several hospitals since our kid was born. He is currently unable to hear, and it is affecting his studies. We have now taken him to a special school because of his condition.“

Haron is a young boy who also has a twin sister. He has fallen behind her in school because of his difficulty hearing and other medical chal...

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Haron's Timeline

  • February 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Haron was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Haron 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.

  • February 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Haron's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Haron's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Haron's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hearing Aids - Severe
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,171 for Haron's treatment
Hospital Fees
$937
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$0
Supplies
$124
Other
$110
  • 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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