“In Seychelles there about 900+ more people who have hearing impairment. 400 people use hearing aids. And every year, we have about 5-6 new cases of children in need of hearing aids,”
Dr Danny Louange, CEO of Health Care Agency, said while accepting a donation of 70 hearing aids on Thursday 24th August 2017.
The hearing aids are worth 150 thousand Seychelles Rupees and was given by Cable and Wireless Seychelles and Air Seychelles. Making the presentation, was the CEO of Cable and Wireless, Mr Charles Hammond, and the Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Air Seychelles, Mrs Josie Michaud-Payet.
The money to purchase the hearing aids was raised from the annual ‘Happy to Give’ campaign coordinated by Cable & Wireless. This year they had the support of Air Seychelles, who reinforced the cause with nice incentives for donors. From the 1st to 31st July, the public donated loyalty points from the telecommunications company towards the purchase of hearing aids. They gave generously, resulting in a total of 195 thousand Seychelles Rupees collected.
“Seychellois by nature are very generous. The ‘Happy to Give’ initiative is a really good way to bring out that noble quality within every one of us,” Mr Hammond said. “These points can be used for many things. However, it is amazing to see our customers’ kindness and generosity, because there is compassion behind every single point donated.”
The hearing aids will be kept at the audiology unit of the Seychelles Hospital. These will be distributed to children who are identified to have hearing impairments.
A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It has three basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. It helps to make some sounds louder. A person with hearing impairment can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities.
“Children with hearing impairment require some form of aid to help in improving their hearing and speech comprehension. These devices will help them to better cope and actively be a part of academic developments,” Dr Louange further stated, emphasising the importance of such a generous contribution from the community.
The donated hearing aid comes in a small kit that includes, spare batteries and hygiene equipment. The Ministry of Health was further gifted a laptop worth 11,000 Seychelles Rupees to accurately calibrate the hearing aids.