Muhammad Rafay's Story
Muhammad Rafay, aged 3.7 years, a resident of Ghotki suffers from Congenital Sensorineural Hearing Loss. This means that he is unable to hear from both ears and therefore fails to respond to voice and sound since birth. Sensorineural hearing loss, or SNHL, is categorized by inner ear defect. Inner ear comprises a spiraling organ called cochlea that contains tiny hair called stereocilia. These hairs convert vibrations from sound waves into neural signals that are carried to the brain via the auditory nerve. It is sadly the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Although medicine or surgery cannot fix SNHL, cochlear implants can restore hearing in people to some degree. People with cochlear implants report improved communication and quality of life as they no longer require visual cues and can detect the direction of sounds and can familiarise themselves with everyday environmental sounds. Muhammad Rafay’s mother hopes of introducing her son to the world of sound.
“When our child was 1.5 years old, we realised that he was not responding to the sounds and voices around him. He wouldn’t even respond to us. It breaks my heart to realise that for the past 3.7 years of his life, unlike other children, has curtains over his ears that never let any voice pass through. Not even a mother’s voice. Due to his inability to pick up sound he remains silent too. I dread the thought of never getting to hear his voice. But I have vowed to never give up. We took him to an ENT specialist in Rahim Yar Khan. He was advised for the BERA Test. After evaluating the report, the doctor advised him to get a hearing aid. But he still couldn’t hear with a hearing aid. The same ENT specialist later advised for cochlear implant. I am a school teacher and I earn PKR. 20,000 per month. My husband is setting up a shop that will house spare parts of motor bikes. We have three kids to support in total. With this income we can hardly run the house. So getting a cochlear implant is not in our reach but it is crucial for my son’s well being.”
Luckily, now that Muhammad Rafay and his family have been connected with Transparent Hands, you can make this procedure possible. Generously, donate for Muhammad Rafay’s cochlear implants in order for him to listen and speak.
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