Adam Kissiah Wins World Ability Award

World Ability Awards Gala

On July 30, 2004, the 2004 World Ability Awards Gala was held in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. During the event, hundreds of leaders from across the country came together to recognize the accomplishments of those people who create new freedoms for people who have a disability.

World Ability Award Overview

The World Ability Award for an Individual was presented to Adam Kissiah, Jr. by by: Lt Col. Brian Birdwe

World Ability Award - statue

ll, a survivor of the September 11 Terrorist attack on the Pentagon, AND Also Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Strategy and Accountability of the Chicago Police Department, Thomas G. Byrne.

In the 1960s, Adam Kissiah began to experience hearing loss. As a NASA engineer, he had education and experience in electronics and became self motivated to study and research the disciplines of hearing and acoustics. The Kennedy Space Center Library provided a wealth of sources for detailed study in the fields of both hearing and acoustics, and through his research and development, he proposed a design for successful transmission of “intelligence” to the hearing center of the human brain.

Adam Kissiah’s Patent provided the basic engineering specification for all Cochlear Implants, which are surgically implanted electronic hearing devices that restore the ability to hear sound and understand speech. The implant is a prosthetic replacement that circumvents damaged cells, providing direct stimulation to hearing nerve fibers in the inner ear.

Other nominees in this category were:  Marc Buoniconti, Judy Huemann, Robert Kilbury, and Sam Schmidt.

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