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

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Naserian's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

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December 11, 2017

Naserian received hearing aids.

Naserian had the hearing aids fitted in our medical partner’s facility. With the hearing aids, she is able to perceive sound with ease and will also be able to develop speech. Her social and academic performance will improve.

Naserian’s mother says, “I am grateful for the assistance given and remain hopeful that my child will be able to lead a normal life. God bless you.”

Naserian had the hearing aids fitted in our medical partner's facility. With the hearing aids, she is able to perceive sound with ease and w...

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November 26, 2017

“I wish for my child to be able to talk,” shares Naserian’s mother, a woman from Kenya.

Because she was born with congenital hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the cranium), spina bifida (exposed spinal cord), and hearing loss, Naserian has already been to the hospital many times in her seven years of life. Her parents first focused on addressing the first two conditions, as they were immediate risks to Naserian’s life and development.

Now that Naserian has been treated for these two disorders, Naserian finally visited the audiologist clinic last month to address her hearing problems. Her ear issues have left her unable to understand others or to learn to speak, which has in turn made school very challenging for her. However, the audiologist believes that with hearing aids, Naserian will be able to do all of these things.

Naserian’s family has raised $104 towards the cost of her hearing aids, but is unable to generate the additional $712 needed. Her father sells livestock in their local village in order to make ends meet for their family of five.

With your donation, though, we can make sure Naserian receives the hearing aids she needs on November 27.

“She has been through so many treatments,” adds Naserian’s mother. “It’s my hope that this one will also be successful.”

“I wish for my child to be able to talk,” shares Naserian’s mother, a woman from Kenya. Because she was born with congenital hydrocephal...

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Naserian's Timeline

  • November 26, 2017

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

  • November 27, 2017

    Naserian 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.

  • December 4, 2017

    Naserian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 11, 2017

    Naserian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 1, 2018

    Naserian's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 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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Nicholas is a 40-year-old from Kenya and a dad to two daughters. Nicholas works a variety of labor jobs, and his wife is a homemaker. They also have a small piece of land where they plant maize. Their oldest daughter is in high school, while their youngest is in primary school. Nicolas was recently injured while working with a team preparing animal feeds. He was carrying a hay machine when one of the screws broke, causing Nicolas to receive a deep cut on his left hand and a broken radius (wrist). He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where the wound was sutured and dressed, and Nicolas returned home with an arm sling and medication to help with the pain. When he returned a few days later, the doctors confirmed that he needs an implant to stabilize the fracture. As this facility does not have a surgeon, Nicolas visited our medical partner’s care center for further treatment. The medical team stabilized the fracture with a splint and arm sling. Nicholas also spoke with the orthopedic surgeon, who told him that he must undergo surgery to align the broken bone. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. After the swelling subsides, Nicholas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, on February 27th. This procedure will relieve his pain and allow his fracture to heal properly so he can return to work and care for his family. AMH is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Nicholas said: “I have always worked hard in order to ensure that my family doesn’t lack. My hand is now injured, and I cannot work to earn a living. It is sad, but I am grateful to God for the gift of life. Kindly help me so that I may continue providing for my family.”

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