NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist recognizes technology developed by NASA that has benefits for the entire nation. In the article “Hearing is Believing”, Adam Kissiah is recognized for the technology he developed while working as an engineer at NASA.
Driven by his own hearing problem and three failed corrective surgeries, Kissiah started working in the mid-1970s on what would become known as the cochlear implant, a surgically implantable device that provides hearing sensation to persons with severe-to-profound hearing loss who receive little or no benefit from hearing aids.
Sprung from the mind of an engineer, this medical miracle is a perfect example of how NASA knowledge is boundless and can touch the lives of many in ways unimaginable.
Read the full article at http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/spinoff2003/hm_3.html.