Elmfield School for Deaf Children Rotary Fundraiser
A fundraising event for Elmfield School for Deaf Children, raising funds for a Creative Art Psychotherapist, comprising dinner and a presentation by Dr Elaine Saunders and Peter Blamey.
The event is a unique opportunity to meet two world renowned experts in the hearing loss field. It is aimed at people with an interest in hearing loss, either those that have hearing loss themselves or who have family members and friends with hearing loss, or those professionals who treat and manage hearing loss. As people age, hearing loss may become an issue and early intervention and treatment can help reduce the impact on peoples lives.
Dr Elaine Saunders is an internationally recognised hearing scientist, audiologist and entrepreneur with a strong focus on social good and affordable hearing access. Elaine is also the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her extraordinary services to Rotary and the wider community.
Professor Peter Blamey was as an early member of Graeme Clark’s research team that developed the bionic ear. His research interests included hearing, psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, hearing aids, and spoken language development in children with impaired hearing. He was a co-inventor on 25 patent families. Blamey was instrumental in establishing several companies, including Dynamic Hearing that provided advanced signal processing technologies in many millions of hearing aids globally. He also led the psychophysics research to validate a new retinal prosthesis for blindness at the Bionics Institute. Blamey later became chairman and co-owner of Blamey Saunders Hears, a company which aimed to make hearing aids more accessible to the public.