A Child’s Call for Sponsorship
Khadija Janan, a young girl from Morocco, extends her gratitude to the leaders of the Anouar Association for Development and Solidarity in Ait Faska for providing financial support to cover for her medical operation. Khadija, who lost her capacity to hear has undergone a cochlear implant.
Khadija’s life has changed dramatically and is happy to share the news that she is now one of the top students in her area. There are many children like Khadija who are suffering from the loss of hearing and there are many who, like her, deserves our attention and support. Let us give them that chance.
Show God’s love to a child in need
Khadija is knocking at your good hearts to help her fellow kids to also be treated for their hearing loss.
There are currently three other young deserving kids, Siham Ijiji 6, Ayoub Emmadi 10, Amina Essaih 18, who are waiting to receive the same form of blessing through the help of the Anouar Association. But the full cost of the cochlear implant is expensive considering the surgery and post-operation fees, hence, we need your monetary assistance.
How does Cochlear Implant work?
Conventional hearing aids pick up sound, amplify it, and send it through the normal hearing path. However, if the damage to the ear is too great, there is no point in amplifying the sound in this way. The cochlear implant overcomes this problem by routing the signal directly to the auditory nerve. In other words, unlike conventional hearing aids, the cochlear implant bypasses damaged areas of the ear. It picks up sound, processes it, and electrically stimulates the auditory nerve.
The cochlea is the part of the inner ear that converts sound waves into nerve signals which the brain processes as hearing. The cochlea is lined with thousands of sensory cells, known as hair cells which detect sound waves and send sound information as nerve signals through the auditory nerve of the brain. For individuals with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss, most of these hair cells do not function normally and are not able to send these nerve signals properly. A cochlear implant system bypasses these non-functioning hair cells by using electrical pulses to send sound signals directly to the auditory nerve.
About the cochlear implant
A cochlear implant is made up of an external sound processor and an internal cochlear implant. The external part is made up of an ear hook processor and a cord connecting the processor to the antenna. The antenna is held by a magnet facing the internal part. The internal part is composed of a receptor slipped under the skin at the level of the temporal bone during a surgical intervention. The receiver has an electrode holder inserted in the cochlea.
Suitable for children and adults
These implants are far from being reserved for children: deafness is a factor of isolation at any age, with major consequences on the quality of life. A complete preimplantation assessment is carried out: in children, it must be ensured that the hearing is definitely compromised before neutralizing the cochlea by the electrode placed there. For the adult, one must also be sure that the patient will be able to benefit from the implant: the brain must be able to adapt to new sounds that it will have to interpret, the perceived sounds remaining different from reality. The patient must be voluntary, and his brain capable of following rehabilitation that lasts from six months to two years on average, a time longer than the hearing loss is old.
Better hearing ability over the long term
Indeed, the implementation of the cochlear implant includes bilateral implantation that is to say an apparatus for each ear, which largely improves the perception of sounds on each side of the ear. This bilateral implantation is advantageous for adults but especially for children to allow them to grow and develop their abilities properly. When the device is placed in a single ear, the brain may be confused about the place of origin of sound waves, which may also disturb the behavior of some users of the unilateral implant. Bilateral implantation makes it possible to perceive sounds at two levels according to their origin and allows the user to evaluate the distance that separates him from the source of the sound signal. This mode of implantation thus makes it possible to balance the sounds perceived by the processor so that its user can easily find himself. It gives more confidence because the bilateral cochlear implant replaces both ears to completely fill the hearing loss and deliver users who previously were stuck behind a disability. This electronic device is therefore vital for some people, and it is one of the most powerful and advantageous hearing aids compared to other inventions that were stuck behind a handicap. This electronic device is therefore vital for some people, and it is one of the most powerful and advantageous hearing aids compared to other inventions.
For direct financial aid, please visit Anouar Association’s official website for more information on how you can help.