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Success! Duncan from Kenya raised $748 to fund hearing aids and treatment to restore his hearing.

Duncan
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  • $748 raised, $0 to go
$748
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$0
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Fully funded
Duncan's treatment was fully funded on July 7, 2021.

Photo of Duncan post-operation

June 16, 2021

Duncan underwent hearing aids and treatment to restore his hearing.

Duncan has had tinnitus in his right ear ever since a road traffic accident in early 2010, leading to difficulty hearing. Unfortunately, the accident caused a spine injury as well, so he is also on follow-up for spine surgery. Duncan was scheduled for a hearing aid fitting on April 15th, but had been unable to come which caused a slight delay in his procedure. Thankfully he was able to finally visit the facility and receive the care he needed.

Duncan is relieved, “I was scared of not being able to hear and I am still young. The support is a good step considering I also need another spine surgery. I now have hopes of recover and hear well again.”

Duncan has had tinnitus in his right ear ever since a road traffic accident in early 2010, leading to difficulty hearing. Unfortunately, the...

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March 31, 2021

Duncan is a 28-year-old man from Kenya. He is currently unemployed. Both of his parents are elderly and are farmers. Because of his current condition, he lives with his relatives who help him visit the hospital regularly for checkups.

Duncan currently has tinnitus in his right ear, which causes him to have reduced hearing. His symptoms began in early 2010 after a road traffic accident, which also caused him a spine injury. He is currently still waiting to receive spine surgery. A few weeks after the accident, Duncan started having ear drainage, and visited a local hospital in his hometown for treatment. His ear eventually recovered, but the pain and infection reappeared two years later in 2012. Gradually, Duncan became unable to hear voices well, and currently he is not able to hear using the right ear. Doctors have recommended that he get a hearing aid to restore his hearing to its normal levels and improve his quality of life.

However, Duncan cannot afford the cost of the hearing aids. His National Health Insurance Fund coverage cannot cover the cost of both his spine surgery and this treatment for his hearing loss. He currently relies on well-wishers to pay for his medical bills. Duncan appeals for financial support.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Duncan receive his hearing aids on March 31st. This will cost $748, and he needs help raising money.

Duncan shared, “I am losing my hearing at a tender age, my mobility is also threatened and I am unable to afford the increasing cost of medical care. I need support to get this treatment so that I may hear well again. Thank you for your support.”

Duncan is a 28-year-old man from Kenya. He is currently unemployed. Both of his parents are elderly and are farmers. Because of his current ...

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Duncan's Timeline

  • March 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Duncan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Duncan 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.

  • June 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Duncan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Duncan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Hearing Aids - Moderate
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $748 for Duncan'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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