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Hadassah College student develops new hearing device for the hearing impaired

By Mason White 2:39 PM August 20, 2013
Mor Schwarzberg 

By: Debbie Gross
A college student in Jerusalem, Israel has created a new device that will allow those with hearing problems to enjoy music again, according to a report by Hadassah.org.

Mor Schwarzberg, a student at Hadassah Academic College’s department of Inclusive Industrial Design has created a new instrument by which the hearing impaired can experience music and film.

The “ALTO” device translates voice waves to vibrations allowing those with hearing difficulties to feel and experience music, film, and concerts. Schwarzberg’s invention was recently featured on Israel’s Channel two.

In other medical technology news from Israel, a father of two, who became paralyzed in a freak accident, is walking again thanks to an Israeli scientist.

Dan Webb was born in Warminster, Pennsylvania. He is married and has two girls aged 12 and 8-years-old.

Webb loved hunting in the woods. One day, while he was out hunting with his friends, they spotted a buck. They decided to stop and climbed a tree. Unfortunately, one of the screws holding the stand on the tree broke sending Webb falling about 12 feet to the ground. Webb landed on his back and shattered his vertebrae. He was left paralyzed.

“I was a very physical guy. I used to play football and baseball. It was hard for me to sit and watch everyone do everything around me while I could not do anything,” Webb said.

Webb got some hope when he heard about the “ReWalk” device that allows paralyzed people to walk on their own.
After doing some research on the product, Webb learned that this amazing product was invented in Israel by engineer Amit Goffer, who is the founder of Argo Medical Technologies, an Israeli high-tech company.

Webb said that he does not know much about Israel, “I watch the news and see the problems, but I was impressed that this little country in the Middle East made this technology and now is sharing it with the United States,” Webb said.

“ReWalk allows me to feel normal again and talk to people face to face. It’s something I thought I’d never be able to do again with my spinal cord injury,” Webb added.

ReWalk is the only FDA-listed motorized exoskeleton available to help paraplegics regain their upright mobility. Under the supervision of healthcare professionals, people who are paralyzed below the waist can be trained to use ReWalk to stand, sit, walk and climb stairs.

The system, consists of motorized leg supports, body sensors and a backpack that contains a computerized control box, a remote control wrist band and rechargeable batteries.

The user picks a setting sit, stand, walk, or climb stairs and then leans forward, activating the body sensors and setting the robotic legs in motion.