Joav lost the hearing in his left ear as a result of an accident whilst in the army. Some years later he became ill with the flu and lost the hearing from the right ear. He recounts a time when his first grandchild was born but could not hear him.
”When Joshua, was born I was unable to hear him. I was devastated that I wasn’t able to share the joy when Joshua started speaking, laughing and singing. Then I received a bionic ear, removing the silence from my world. I now talk freely with family and friends and use the telephone. Most importantly, I am able to talk with Joshua, who is now five and can enjoy reading him bed time stories.”