Help me change their life with world-class hearing aids.
ABOUT ME AND THE CAMPAIGN
Im a fourth year Btech Mechanical student from vellore institute of technology with high hopes and dreams. I love reading, dancing and food.
I got into social service in vellore , with an aim to help as many people as i can with the platform and resources provided to me.
Holy cross matriculation school,vellore , is a school for deaf and dumb students . Its place we quite often go visit to spend time with the kids .
Recently we conducted a small medical camp for us to see how many students could get their hearing through devices like a digital hearing aid. Being a student it is difficult to help every student there , but for this very reason I would like to raise money to provide digital hearing aids for these children born with hearing impairment restart listening and help in changing their lives.
Help me help these kids , so together we can help them live a better life.
When you lose your vision , you lose your contact with things . When you lose your hearing you lose your contact with people . - Helen keller
A sum of INR 21,000/- can restore music to the ears of one deaf child.
Lakshmi is a hearing impaired girl. She was having a severely damaged ear and couldn’t speak at all. She hails from a gypsy family and both the parents were not aware about the gravity of this situation.
Lakshmi's deafness was identified at the age of 5 by Holy Cross Matriculation school. She was given special attention for Speech Therapy and Auditory Training. The Therapist took a lot of effort by using various techniques to use her residual hearing sense and made her to understand the loud noise around her. By helping her to use her tactual sense for producing the voice. The parents were spoken to about the various treatments and made to understand the situation.
She studied from 1st to 12th standard with the school that follows the State board syllabus. She was good in her studies. With our training she is able to communicate quite a bit through even oral language and through lip reading. After completing her 12th std, we got her an admission for B. Com in Presidency College, Chennai. After successful completion of B. Com, she pursued M.com in St. Louis College, Adayar, Chennai. Now she has graduated from the both college and is happily married to one of our students, who finished his diploma in ITI, and now is a carpenter.
She is a housewife now who is preparing for her Bank Exam.
WE NEED TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF STUDENTS LIKE LAKSHMI WITH EARLY INTERVENTION. GIVING THEM HEARING AIDS OPENS UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM AND CHANGES THEIR LIFE. LETS DO THIS TOGETHER.
HOLY CROSS HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Holy Cross Higher Secondary School for the hearing impaired, Sathuvachari, Vellore is a school and shelter home for children with speech and hearing disability. It was founded in the year 1982, as “Charitable Institute of helping hand” for hearing Impaired. They used to initially focus on providing food and shelter for children. Around 1986, they realised the potential that these children had and got them enrolled in a local matriculation school.
The children couldn’t cope in an English medium school because of their economic background and inability to grasp English. In order to help these children, in the year 1990, they founded a regular school which housed students up to 2nd grade. This school is run by the congregation of the sisters of the cross of Chavanod- Trichy Province. This institution was then recognised by the Social welfare department and the Commission for the differently abled. In the year 1994, the government finally recognised them and now they teach their children the regular syllabus. This school provides its students with free education along with special training.
In the following years, this school has grown from 2nd to the 12th standard and now it has a total of 110 children studying with them. As of May 2018, the school showcased 100% result for the 10 - 12th-grade children. These children have immense potential and we must help restore music to their ears.
ABOUT HEARFON SYSTEMS PVT LTD: THE HEARING-AID PROVIDER
Recently, I along with a few beneficiaries tied up with Mr. Kevin Ressul, who owns Sri Sai hearing solution, in Vellore to conduct an audiometry test for 60 children. Mr. Karthick is a trained audiologist from CMC Vellore and he helped us identify those 10 children who even now have the ability to hear if provided with hearing aid machines on time.
The machine is selected depending upon the decibel requirements of the child. We are hoping to raise enough funds so as to help all 10 of the children. Some of them require machines for both their ears and some for just the right ear hence the need for 16 machines for 10 kids. Upon their advice, we contacted Hearfon Systems Pvt LTD. Dr.Krishna Kumar, CEO and Managing Director of Hearfon wanted to help people with speech and auditory-related issues and so started his company in 1994 and now has expanded to have 7 centers. He has 6 in Bangalore and 1 in Mumbai. The company provides hearing aid machines across brands and have a special interest in helping the underprivileged. This the main reason why we partnered with them.
As students, it's very difficult for us to raise such an amount without your help. Hence, the appeal for support for this campaign.
Details of the Hearing Aid Machine model
MODEL: Intuis 3 SP
Cost including crowdfunding charges - INR 21000 per piece
Target- Each of us is raising funds for 1 aid. We need a total of 16 hearing aids.
Siemens Intuis 3sp BTE Model & Specifications
(1) Easily focus on what is really important.
Intuis 3 BTEs’ directional microphones pick up the sounds that will be amplified. They focus on the sound coming from in front of you while reducing noises from other directions. As soon as they detect speech, they activate their directionality mode so you can easily focus on your conversation partner, even in challenging environments where there is a lot of background noise.
(2) All options at the tip of your finger.
The push button and/or the rocker switch on Intuis 3 BTEs let you easily and quickly change the program if your listening situation changes or adjust the volume.
(3) Full control in your hands.
The optimum hearing made simple, convenient and discreet: Whatever the situation, the touch Control App puts complete control of Intuis 3 in your hands. Change Intuis 3’s hearing programs and adjust the volume, bass, and treble to suit your needs. All you need is a smartphone
(4) Partners you can rely on.
Resistant to moisture, sweat, and dirt, Intuis 3 BTEs keep up with you even when you’re exercising or gardening
HEAR THE SPEAKER CLEARLY
(6) Listen closely, even at a distance.
In places equipped with an induction loop, the Telecoil or T-Coil function in Intuis 3 M, P and SP models help you understand speakers more clearly. Simply select the T-program.
(7) Back on track in 3 simple steps.
The battery door on Intuis 3 BTEs can be effortlessly opened and closed so you can change the standard battery quickly and easily
STATISTICS ABOUT HEARING LOSS IN INDIA
Deafness means loss of hearing and it may be partial or total. Hearing impairment cannot be seen and hence its effects are not visible to others, so the deaf suffers in silence. The consequences for a child born with hearing loss are quite severe. It is well established that a child with hearing loss cannot develop speech and language abilities. This puts the child at a disadvantage in school, higher education, and limits future professional opportunities. The problem of the child deaf from the birth is quite different from that of the adult who has become completely deafened after school age or in adult life. In India, 63 million people (6.3%) suffer from the significant auditory loss. Four in every 1000 children suffer from severe to profound hearing loss. With over 100,000 babies that are born with hearing deficiency every year. The estimated prevalence of adult-onset deafness in India was found to be 7.6% and childhood-onset deafness to be 2%. In Indian households, it was found that hearing disability was the 2nd most common cause of disability and topmost cause of the sensory deficit.
Impact of hearing loss
One of the main impacts of hearing loss is on the individual’s ability to communicate with others. Spoken language development is often delayed in children with an unaddressed hearing loss.
Unaddressed hearing loss can have a significantly adverse effect on the academic performance of children. They often have increased rates of grade failure and greater need for education assistance.
- Social and emotional impact
Exclusion from communication can have a significant impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation, and frustration, particularly among older people with hearing loss.
WHO estimates that unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of US$ 750 billion. This includes health sector costs (excluding the cost of hearing devices), costs of educational support, loss of productivity, and societal costs.
In developing countries, children with hearing loss and deafness rarely receive any schooling. Adults with hearing loss also have a much higher unemployment rate. Among those who are employed, a higher percentage of people with hearing loss are in the lower grades of employment compared with the general workforce.
Improving access to education and vocational rehabilitation services, and raising awareness especially among employers about the needs of people with hearing loss, will decrease unemployment rates for people with hearing loss.
Will we get to know details of the kids who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to us. It will take 30 to 90 days after that to give you feedback. We shall upload this on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read details about the how many kids benefitted.
What are the crowdfunding charges & cost?
Fueladream charges 10% as crowdfunding charges. There is a payment gateway fee of 2% (for both the Indian and foreign gateway) plus a GST component of 2.16%. This adds up to 14.16%. There is also an initial fee of 3000 INR which is being waived for us. With all this, the funds we need to raise per device is only INR 21000.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an Idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such a pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries