Prescort is 19 years old and attends Chigumukire Primary School. Most children are between 11 and 12 years old in his class. He has been unable to advance in school because he continues to fail the final exam. He also has other disabilities including epilepsy and he has a moderate sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. He was fitted with hearing aids in June 2016 by Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital Audiology (QECH) and Arizona State University’s Hearing for Humanity at the Mwayi Trust Community Centre. He returned for a follow-up appointment in September 2016.
“Even though I lost one hearing aid, I was so excited to have even one hearing aid because now I can hear my friends and I can hear in school. I received a new hearing aid and earmould. I was advised about caring for the new hearing aid I received and will keep both my hearing aids safe. Now I’m getting older I won’t be able to complete school. However, I’m on the short-list to be admitted to the new vocational training programme at Mwayi Trust Community Centre where I can train to be a chef, a tailor, a carpenter or a housekeeper.”
Prescort was also given batteries at his follow-up appointment and advised to return to the Mwayi Trust Community Centre (MTCC) to replenish his supply of batteries as needed. MTCC was given a supply of batteries by QECH Audiology that were donated by Hear the World Foundation to be dispensed to all those wearing hearing aids in the community. The vocational programme should be opening in January 2017 and Prescort may be part of the very first class of graduates. We hope his new hearing aids will help him succeed in any profession he chooses!