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Digital hearing devices can organize and filter sounds of different volumes, whereas before, the children's analog hearing aid devices could not control sound separately, greatly inhibiting the ability to process all noises at once and follow conversations.
Sayyad family lives in
Qamar, a nine year old girl, currently receives special education, but because she has had the same hearing aid device since the age of four, she has trouble concentrating, responding and interacting with her teachers, friends and family. APML chose Qamar to receive a new digital hearing aid because her parents couldn’t afford to replace her old one on their own.
Qamar entered the Sacré-Coeur hospital enthusiastically and ready to receive her new hearing aid with the guidance of Professor El-Zir. After receiving the new hearing device, there was an immediate improvement in Qamar's ability to respond to her surroundings quickly.
"This device will help Qamar in getting re-integrated into society, school and family" stated Mr. Sayyad, who gratefully talked about CHF's efforts to help deaf children. For the first time, Qamar was able to hear multiple voices and sounds around her at once and didn't know how to express her excitement. Professor El-Zir explained that she will need speech therapy to start comprehending and responding to the noises she is hearing. But her feelings were clear -- her big smile, shining eyes and hand movements spoke for her.
Qamar is just one of the youth who was able to receive the gift of hearing through the collaboration of CHF International and the United Lebanon Relief Campaign.