Waverley Probus Club visits the Institute – Bionics Institute

Waverley Probus Club visits the Institute


In addition to being an Ambassador for the Institute, Joav is a participant in research aimed at improving the performance of cochlear implants.

Joav Niran is a cochlear implant recipient of more than six years and an Institute Ambassador. In late October, a group from the Waverley Probus Club visited the Bionics Institute and listened to Joav speak about his progressive hearing loss and decision to get a cochlear implant.

Joav was insightful and humorous when speaking of these experiences, particularly when discussing his first few weeks of familiarising himself with the device.

The group of more than 20 Waverly Probus Club members also heard the Institute’s Deputy Director (Research), Professor Hugh McDermott, speak of the Institute’s current and future research directions.  Professor McDermott described our ongoing research in improving the performance of the bionic ear, the exciting development of the bionic eye, and the Institute’s research into implantable devices in the brain that aim to alleviate the otherwise uncontrollable symptoms of epilepsy, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s disease.

Joav belongs to the Institute’s Ambassador program, which is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers who either have a cochlear implant or have a family member with an implant, and speak about their experiences to raise community awareness.  Ambassadors are available to give talks to schools, community and social groups.  If you would like to have an Ambassador talk at your meeting, then please email pr@bionicsinstitute.org and we’ll get in touch with you.

Joav’s story

Joav has always had hearing difficulties in his left ear. However, this did not hinder him from reaching his goal of becoming a secondary school teacher. Yet in the year 2000, Joav started to lose his hearing in the right ear very rapidly. This rapid hearing loss meant that he had to retire from teaching. He was no longer able to use the phone and his social life was near to non-existent due to his decreasing self-confidence. When his first grandchild was born he was unable to hear him and was saddened that he was unable to share the joy when his grandson started speaking.

In February 2005, Joav received a bionic ear. He now has a busy social life, can communicate freely with family and friends, and use the telephone. And most importantly he is able to hear his grandson!

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