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Success! Salim from Kenya raised $748 to fund a hearing treatment and a hearing device.

Salim
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$748
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$0
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Fully funded
Salim's treatment was fully funded on May 5, 2021.

Photo of Salim post-operation

April 19, 2021

Salim underwent hearing treatment and fitting of his new hearing device.

Salim’s fitting was successful and his hearing was enhanced to the point of easy communication. Upon gaining his hearing back, Salim could not hide his joy. He had a big smile throughout the day. He will restart his classes once he’s home since he previously had trouble hearing his teachers. Salim will continue to follow-up with the clinic after a month to check his recovery progress.

Salim shared, “I am so excited I can hear again. I will be able to restart my classes now since I was having trouble hearing my teachers.”

Salim's fitting was successful and his hearing was enhanced to the point of easy communication. Upon gaining his hearing back, Salim could n...

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March 22, 2021

Salim is an 18-year-old student and the oldest in a family of two children, with a younger sister who is seven years old. His mother hawks mandazi (fried dough) for a living and sometimes sells cosmetics to supplement the family’s income. Their family lives together in a single room.

Salim has profound hearing loss in his right ear and severe sensorineural hearing loss in his left ear. When he was two years old, Salim’s mother discovered that he was unable to speak well and that he had a small wound on his right ear. Salim has visited several healthcare facilities through the years for treatment and speech therapy, but he still has difficulty hearing and communicating.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Salim to get a hearing aid for his left ear. He is scheduled to receive his treatment and be fitted for the hearing aid on March 23rd. Now, his family needs help raising $748 to fund the cost of this care and device.

Salim’s mother shared, “his hearing condition and speech problem are affecting his studies, and he is always sad and secluded. He is suspicious and scared of making friends. He needs this hearing aid to hear his teachers in school.”

Salim is an 18-year-old student and the oldest in a family of two children, with a younger sister who is seven years old. His mother hawks m...

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Salim's Timeline

  • March 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Salim 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.

  • March 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Salim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Salim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Salim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Hearing Aids - Moderate
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $748 for Salim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$572
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$0
Supplies
$37
Other
$139
  • 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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