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Success! Edward from Kenya raised $712 to fund hearing aids.

Edward
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$712
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$0
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Fully funded
Edward's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2018.

Photo of Edward post-operation

March 28, 2018

Edward received hearing aids.

Edward had hearing aids fitted successfully in our medical partner’s facility. He can now perceive sound more clearly, which will allow him to develop speech.

Edward’s father says, “I am grateful for the kind support given to my son. I am confident that soon he will be able to talk and grow as any other normal child.”

Edward had hearing aids fitted successfully in our medical partner's facility. He can now perceive sound more clearly, which will allow him ...

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March 13, 2018

Edward is a three-year-old boy from Kenya. He is an only child. He loves to play. His father is a barber, while his mother stays at home to look after him.

In his young life, Edward has experienced several medical complications. He has cardiac complications, which have necessitated two surgeries. Though community fundraisers, he has undergone surgery and is recovering well.

In addition, Edward cannot hear well and has not yet developed speech. He was referred to our medical partner’s care center, where hearing aids were recommended.

Edward is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 14. Now, his family needs help raising $712 to pay for the hearing aids.

His father says, “My hope is to have my son get the hearing aids and develop ability to speak.”

Edward is a three-year-old boy from Kenya. He is an only child. He loves to play. His father is a barber, while his mother stays at home to ...

Read more

Edward's Timeline

  • March 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 13, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edward's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 14, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edward 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 28, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edward's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edward's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
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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