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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $1,023 to fund hearing treatment and devices.

Joseph
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  • $1,023 raised, $0 to go
$1,023
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2020.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

July 10, 2020

Joseph received hearing aids.

Joseph had several sessions with the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) team on account of his hearing problems. He is expected to make a full recovery with time and as he gets used to the hearing aids. His quality of life has significantly improved because he will be able to hear well and communicate with his family.

“I am so happy that I can finally hear without struggling,” shared Joseph.

Joseph had several sessions with the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) team on account of his hearing problems. He is expected to make a full reco...

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June 11, 2020

Joseph is a father of 9 children, now all grown up and working in small-scale businesses. He lives on his subsistence farm in Nakuru.

Joseph started to experience hearing problem 20 years back but he could still hear with difficulties. The condition become severe about four years ago where he was forced to go to a provincial hospital. He was checked and the plan was to wash his ears. Since then he has been going for ear washing regularly when his family heard of our facility through the social media. This is when we had a free clinic for patients with a hearing problem. Joseph was diagnosed with mild to moderate-severe hearing loss. The plan is for him to have hearing aids for both ears so that he can return to a higher quality of life and independence.

Currently, Joseph is not working due to his health and is fully depended on his children. He lives with his wife who is also elderly and can’t work either.

“I will really appreciate if I can be able to hear clearly and communicate with my family,” Joseph said.

Joseph is a father of 9 children, now all grown up and working in small-scale businesses. He lives on his subsistence farm in Nakuru. Jo...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • June 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 05, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Hearing Aids - Severe
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,023 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$852
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$0
Supplies
$37
Other
$134
  • 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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