The parents with hearing impairment hope their hard-of-hearing son can have a normal and happy childhood. Unexpectedly, the hearing of their five-year-old son is deteriorating. The hearing in his left ear has dropped to 15%, so he urgently needs RM175,300 for cochlear implants in both ears to regain his hearing ability.
Jayden Lim Ze Jun looked like the other infants when he was born. His family did not notice that he had a hearing problem. However, during the Chinese New Year of the following year, the then-one-year-old Jayden could sleep peacefully even with loud firecrackers in the background, which made his family suspect something was wrong.
His parents brought him to hospitals in Johor and Kuala Lumpur for hearing tests, and the results broke their hearts – baby Jayden had hearing impairment in both ears. He started wearing hearing aids between three and four years old. His hearing was not bad at first, but the doctor found out recently that his hearing had gradually deteriorated. He also developed sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).
【As his hearing is declining, he is now learning sign language. He hopes to grow up and attend school like the other children in the future】
Jayden’s hearing in his right ear is now between 35% and 40%, but his left hearing left only 15%. He needed hearing aids in both ears to hear. However, he can’t hear clearly, especially on some higher pitches. In a conversation, he can only hear a few words.
For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, being unable to hear sounds is like closing a window to the world. Suffering from this “invisible disability” from small made them unable to hear other people’s speeches and sounds around them, resulting in difficulties in learning and increasing the challenges in their lives.
Jayden is now receiving preschool education and learning sign language with the other deaf and hard-of-hearing students. However, his family hopes that he can enter an ordinary school in the future to learn and make friends without having to go through the problems his parents faced in the past.
Jayden’s 35-year-old father, Lim Wei Loong, and his 34-year-old mother, Lim Jo Lene, are both deaf. Besides knowing sign language, they know lip reading.
His three-year-old sister, Jaylene Lim Ze Xuan, received assistance from the public through One Hope Charity and completed bilateral cochlear implant surgery in November last year. Her hearing has improved. She hears when her family calls her and hears higher-frequency sounds, such as sound from a vacuum cleaner.
【Help him with his cochlear implants will give him the ability to change his future】
Next, his family wants Jaylene and Jayden to attend the same preschool education centre. Seeing that his younger sister has a better learning advantage than the elder brother, the family worried that the hearing problems might cause Jayden to lack self-confidence and be left out of his learning in the future.
After consulting the doctor, his family hopes he can undergo cochlear implant surgery in both ears like his sister before he started primary school. However, the surgery costs RM175,300.
His father, Wei Loong, is a chef working in Singapore. He earns S$3,400 a month and needs to pay for his room rental and transportation expenditures in Singapore. In addition, he also needs to pay for his monthly housing loan, insurance premiums for his family, education and speech therapy expenses for his two children, and the family’s living expenses.
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist Jayden and his family in raising RM175,300 for his surgery. His family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf. Call One Hope Charity’s hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-419 2192, 019-232 2192 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.