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Ministry team moves forward on hearing project in Kenya

By December 27, 2011

Kenya (MNN) — Treating hearing loss for children is
complicated in countries that have access to the newest technologies, but
imagine how much bigger the challenge is in developing nations.

In sub-Saharan Africa, over 102 million
children aged 5-14 suffer from moderate to severe hearing loss. In Kenya, of
the approximately 13,000 children currently in deaf schools, more than 5,000
are believed to have correctable hearing loss.

If the loss goes untreated, the
prospects for these children are bleak. That's why Dr. Thomas Boeve, an Ear, Nose and
Throat specialist, and his wife Jolene, a nurse and Audiology Technician, began
a full-time ENT and Audiology Department at Kijabe Hospital where they serve
through Africa Inland Mission. Their goal is early detection of hearing loss,
and age and disease appropriate treatment to correct the disability.

They also helped establish the Ears to
Hear project to provide quality solar-powered hearing aids and to
develop a state-of-the-art testing and treatment facility in Kijabe. When fully funded, this facility will bring lifelong benefit to some of the poorest
people in the world, reaching far into sub-Saharan Africa.

The facility is $66,470
away from that goal. 

However, the building
project is in progress. Plans have
been drawn up and discussed. The
team is looking forward to an expansion of three more rooms and a quiet
audiology room to add to the ENT clinic.

Their
mission, aside from assisting persons with hearing loss and helping to correct
the disability, is to share the love of Christ and the Word of God with their
patients. Says Jolene, "It is pure joy to see the first smile on a child's face
after putting a hearing aid on them."

3 Comments

  • My name is Solomon mutie I reside in Diani south coast Kenya.I have a hearing disability which was diagnosed since 2006.I was given a hearing aid by starkly foundation for free but I often don’t use it because of lack of money to buy the batteries which are way very expensive for a jobless person like me .so reading from you that they are solar use made hearing is good news to me and many other people.How can I get this solar hearing aids and what are the cost?

  • I work with Kenya pipeline company Ltd and currently based in Eldoret and have a hearing disability since the age of 3years.The main challenge, in my opinion, for people with this disability is self denial.People who are in self denial rarely seek treatment or any other assistance.This ministry should assist us set up a counseling unit to assist this group.I plan to initiate one in Eldoret.I call upon the ministry to assist in achieving this.

  • Your Name says:

    I have a hearing loss. How. Can I get help to help to impair it

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