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Success! Grace from Kenya raised $1,171 to fund hearing aids and treatment so she can continue with her dreams.

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Grace's treatment was fully funded on May 6, 2022.

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May 11, 2022

Grace underwent hearing treatment so she can continue with her dreams.

Grace is a bright and driven student who is just sitting for her final national exams. She had frequent ear infections that caused reduced hearing, and this was affecting her studies and performance. Grace was also afraid that she might not be able to correctly get instructions during her final exams, so she urgently needed hearing aids on both ears to help with her condition. With support from Watsi, Grace was able to get treatment and had the aids fitted so she could be ready for her exams. She was all smiles as she headed home!

Grace’s father told us, “Grace can now pick out voices comfortably. She has been struggling, and we were afraid it might affect her exams. Luckily, she got the help she needed and will not miss the instructions during her papers!”

Grace is a bright and driven student who is just sitting for her final national exams. She had frequent ear infections that caused reduced h...

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March 11, 2022

Grace is a bright and hardworking student who is ready to sit for her government-mandated national exams for high school students in just two days. She is the youngest in her family of four. Grace’s family came to Kenya as refugees from Rwanda to escape the 1994 genocide. Her parents started a small cereal shop after they settled. They don’t have medical insurance so are requesting help for Grace. She has had many ear infections that have now caused difficulty for her to hear and she strains to pick up voices. This has been affecting her classwork and she’s even worried she may not be able to hear during her final exams on Monday.

Grace urgently needs hearing aids on both ears and our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping her receive this treatment and care. AMH is raising $1,171 to fund the full cost.

Grace father shared, “Grace has been struggling with her studies because of her hearing. She is now supposed to sit for her final exams in two days and will need the hearing aids so as not to miss the instructions during the exams.”

Grace is a bright and hardworking student who is ready to sit for her government-mandated national exams for high school students in just tw...

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Grace's Timeline

  • March 11, 2022

    Grace was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 11, 2022

    Grace 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.

  • March 14, 2022

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 6, 2022

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 11, 2022

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Hearing Aids - Severe
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,171 for Grace's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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