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Success! Michael from Kenya raised $929 to fund hearing aids.

Michael
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  • $929 raised, $0 to go
$929
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Michael's treatment was fully funded on May 14, 2019.

Photo of Michael post-operation

March 25, 2019

Michael underwent hearing aids.

Michael was successfully fitted with hearing aids in our medical partner’s facility.

Michael says, “I am hopeful that with the hearing aids, I will perform well in school and become a teacher someday.”

Michael was successfully fitted with hearing aids in our medical partner's facility. Michael says, “I am hopeful that with the hearing ai...

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March 4, 2019

Michael is a teenager from Kenya. He has five siblings. He hopes to become a teacher in the future.

Michael was born with the hearing loss and has not been able to access medical care. He was brought by a neighbor to our medical partner’s facility after learning about thei audiology services. Upon testing, he had hearing aids recommended.

Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929.

Michael says, “My prayer is to complete school and become a teacher. I am hopeful that the hearing aids will help me improve on my studies.”

Michael is a teenager from Kenya. He has five siblings. He hopes to become a teacher in the future. Michael was born with the hearing lo...

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Michael's Timeline

  • March 4, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 05, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Michael 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 07, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Michael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 25, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Michael's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 14, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Michael's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Hearing Aids - Severe
  • 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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