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Success! Dennis from Kenya raised $712 to receive hearing aids.

  • $712 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Dennis's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2016.

Photo of Dennis post-operation

May 2, 2016

Dennis received hearing aids.

“Dennis’ hearing has improved after getting a hearing aid and he will have improved academic and social performance,” shares his doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

“May God bless your kind support,” said Dennis’ mother.

"Dennis' hearing has improved after getting a hearing aid and he will have improved academic and social performance," shares his doctor at A...

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March 16, 2016

“I want to be a doctor, to help poor people,” shares nine-year-old Dennis, a boy from Kenya.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that “Dennis has poor hearing and experiences difficulties in pronouncing words. This gives him difficulties socializing with other children and performing well in school.”

Dennis has sensorineural hearing loss, which means he has low sound perception. AMHF shares, “If not assisted with the hearing aids, Dennis will have poor performance academically and socially.”

Dennis’ parents are both casual laborers who pick tea on large scale farms to support their family, but Dennis’ mother told AMHF that her husband was laid off from his job due to frequent absences for taking Dennis to the hospital. To afford Dennis’ treatment and their older son’s school fees, AMHF tells us that “his parents sold heir cows and now have a heavy financial burden.”

For $712, Dennis will receive hearing aids to correct his hearing loss and allow him to better hear those around him and his own voice, so that he can better pronounce words and speak with ease. These hearing aids will allow him to learn and socialize more easily and excel in school.

In their pre-operative interview at the hospital, Dennis’ mother shared: “My heart will be at peace if Dennis grows as a normal child.”

"I want to be a doctor, to help poor people," shares nine-year-old Dennis, a boy from Kenya. Our medical partner, African Mission Health...

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Dennis's Timeline

  • March 16, 2016

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

  • March 17, 2016

    Dennis 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.

  • April 1, 2016

    Dennis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 1, 2016

    Dennis's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 2, 2016

    Dennis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Hearing Aids - Moderate
  • 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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