He has completed a University degree in Mechanical Engineering and went on to obtain his PHD in Engineering. He has also lectured in front of University students. He entered the workforce where his life was not easy either, where people did not understand his problem with telephones and group meetings etc. But he still hung in there and is now running his own consulting firm.
Robert has only had the cochlear implant for 3 years and even then the road has been very hard for him to learn to use the implant, not having heard so many things his whole life. He had never heard a cat meow or birds sing, but now he can. He commented “what is that awful noise” and after being told it was a crow, he said he was glad he hadn’t heard it before!
Throughout his life he always remained positive and thought that he was lucky because he could see things and enjoy the smiles on his children’s faces even if he couldn’t always hear them.
Robert’s advice to others: “Would be not to give up and not to let people tell you that you can’t do something” as Robert has proven you can go all the way in life and be happy.
Kindly contributed by Robert’s wife Ruth