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The center was having great difficulties because of the expensive cost of the artificial cochlear hearing aid (around 200 000 – 300 000 RMB) – just switching out the battery amounts to 400RMB every year per child alone. As many of the children enrolled in the center hail from poor migrant families, many have problems solely coming up with the annual maintenance fee. Due to lack of government funding, the center has opened classes for kindergarteners in hopes that their tuition will cover living fees for the hearing-impaired children. Funding now wholly relies on infrequent philanthropic donations and tuition revenue, which has proved to be far from enough. The lack of funding is apparent when they cannot even afford to pay for heating during the winter; the hearing-impaired children who have nowhere to call home other than school have to wrap themselves with thick blankets to keep warm.
On top of the unrelenting living conditions, the children are also isolated within the center. With no family members to visit and nowhere to go, all they can do is stay put. Staff within the recovery center have noticed that the non-disabled students find it hard to socialize with the hearing-impaired students, sometimes even resulting in cases of bullying, leading them to separate the classes altogether. Isolation is a big problem, but it also means that every new face is something for these children to look forward to. Hearing new voices not only bring them the joy of meeting new peers but can also help them stimulate their perception of sound, resulting in a faster recovery process.