Daily Nation – People with hearing impairment

People with hearing impairment in conversation at the start of the 2014 International Deaf Awareness Week march in Nakuru on September 22, 2014. They were participating in a campaign themed “Strengthening Human Diversity” that sought to recognise, accept and understand differences among people with various social, political and economic needs.

Kenyans who suffer from hearing impairment – about 640,000, according to the Ministry of Health – and need to get assistive devices such as hearing aids have to pay for them.

Most local health insurers, including the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), do not have a cover for hearing problems.