Gift from Children's Miracle Network helps hearing-impaired

 The $25,000 grant to the Cassat Clinic is dedicated to patient care


When Rooshad Irani was a child growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, he and his parents assumed that his problems hearing and understanding others were probably linked to his environment. A city of 14 million people, after all, has a lot of competing noises.

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WSU student Rooshad Irani, left, worked with clinical audiologist Mark Shaver to replace his worn-out hearing aids at the Cassat Clinic, with help from a grant from the Children's Miracle Network.

   But when they moved to Wichita when Rooshad was 14, the hearing difficulties persisted. The problem could no longer be dismissed as environmental.

    Coincidentally, Irani’s aunt worked at the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at Wichita State University, now the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Clinic. She diagnosed his impairment and helped him get his first hearing aids. Six years later, Irani returned to the Cassat Clinic to look into replacing the devices, which were wearing out.

   “I considered it, but they were really too expensive,” said Irani, a junior at WSU majoring in criminal justice. “I’m in debt; I have bills. I just couldn’t afford them.”

   Thanks to a gift of $25,000 from the Children’s Miracle Network, the Cassat Clinic was able to help Irani buy the hearing aids, which cost about $4,000.

“We looked at the Cassat Clinic and thought it was a natural fit with our other programs that directly benefit children.”

— Jill Bosley, Director of Development Children's Miracle Network

    “Hearing aids are expensive,” said Mark Shaver, clinical audiologist with the Cassat Clinic. “With today’s technology, they’re like little micro-computers. But with the grant from the Children’s Miracle Network, we’re able to help defray the costs for hearing aids and other services, and make them more affordable.”

   Children’s Miracle Network specified that the grant should be used for patient care for people ages 21 and under who had never received aid through CMN before.

    “We’re in the business of helping sick and injured Kansas kids,” said Jill Bosley, director of development for Children’s Miracle Network. “We looked at the Cassat Clinic and thought it was a natural fit with our other programs that directly benefit children.”

    The clinic has used grant monies not only to help children purchase hearing-aid devices but also to provide systems that help teachers communicate better with kids who use hearing aids, Shaver said.

    For Irani, the new hearing aids have the bonus of being water-resistant, which is helpful to someone who works as a lifeguard and aquatics instructor at the Wichita YMCA.

    “I can’t swim in them, of course, but with all of the moisture and condensation I’m around, it helps a lot,” he said. “And the new technology that’s built into these is fantastic. The sound is much more natural; the battery lasts much longer. It’s a huge difference, and something I appreciate so much.”


circle arrow If you would like to help patients receive affordable care at the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Clinic, contact Lynette Murphy, WSU Foundation senior director of development for the College of Health Professions and University Libraries, at (316) 978-3441 or

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