Home Disability Meet Phonak Ambassador and Skilled Skier Robin Gillon 

Meet Phonak Ambassador and Skilled Skier Robin Gillon 

Meet Phonak Ambassador and Skilled Skier Robin Gillon 


Identify: Robin “Bino” Gillon 

Age: 29 

Residence: Utah 

Occupation: Skilled freeskier who focuses on Huge Air, Slopestyle, and Backcountry/Powder snowboarding 

Hobbies/Pursuits: Snowmobiling and grime biking 

Social Media Accounts: Instagram: @robingillon 

When and the way was your listening to loss recognized?  

I used to be 4 years previous when my listening to loss was recognized. My household saved questioning for the primary three years of my existence why I used to be strictly talking gibberish. Docs saved telling my household that I used to be simply taking my time and there was nothing to fret about. Then, at a household Christmas dinner with all my cousins (all the identical age), we needed to sing a Christmas music we discovered at preschool individually in entrance of the tree. I’ll allow you to think about the catastrophe it was when it was my flip to sing. That’s when my household began to actually fear. After a number of visits with totally different docs, the children’ hospital in Bern despatched me to an audiologist for teenagers. I used to be informed to place somewhat Lego character on the Lego boat every time I heard a noise by the headset. It’s protected to say that the little boat was empty on the finish of the check. 

What’s your listening to loss?  

I used to be recognized with extreme to profound listening to loss, with 10% in my left and 30% of listening to in my proper ear. 

What listening to gadgets do you put on?  

I put on the Phonak Virto Paradise with the Roger On. 

How has your listening to loss affected your life?  

This subject is a heavy one. I used to be and am continually dealing with adversity. There may be nonetheless a little bit of a stigma round listening to loss and deafness, though we’re seeing normal progress in at present’s society.  

My story of rising up as a deaf child was made right into a documentary. It has gained a number of awards. 

A number of folks informed me I may by no means grow to be an athlete. I grew to become one of the best skier in my nation and the highest 40 skier on the planet representing my nation on the highest stage. Individuals additionally informed me I may by no means examine at a college, I just lately graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in finance and administration (double main).  

Final and never least, I wish to examine the final field out of my record of issues that individuals informed me. I may by no means do: fly planes. I’m engaged on getting my license to totally function and fly my very own aircraft. 

My listening to in the long run hasn’t actually affected my life within the grand scheme of issues. It grew to become a driving issue to outdo myself and be aggressive within the listening to world. 

How do you cope with frustrations associated to your listening to loss? 

I do loads of sports activities. The sort that doesn’t let you consider the rest however the very factor that you’re doing – a.ok.a. motion sports. These sports activities permit no room for errors as they’ll take you out any second. What I like about these sports activities is that they’ll fully take you away from on a regular basis anguish. Additionally, adrenaline is a hell of a drug. The motion sports activities world is, typically talking, welcoming, various, and understanding. 

If an unlucky state of affairs resulting from my listening to loss occurs, I often take a step again, educate my environment and discover options to the presenting subject. In different phrases, I don’t let anybody stroll over me. 

What’s one thing you’ve needed to cope with in your profession/education due to your listening to loss, and what was the end result? 

In third grade, my lecturers had me redo the 12 months fully, regardless that I handed the 12 months and had first rate grades to go on with my classmates. This put me in a really tough spot as I grew to become the goal of mockery, put in a classroom with youthful college students, and have become very rebellious in the direction of college usually. 

A number of occasions, my elementary college lecturers informed my mother and father that they need to contemplate placing me in particular ed or college for the deaf and blind. There may be nothing mistaken with these, however I knew very nicely I used to be able to something I wished to attain if I used to be truly given an opportunity or have an lodging like a be aware taker or dwell captioning. Fortunately my household and I at all times fought again and made certain I used to be given equal alternatives as we knew I might be capable of succeed. 

What’s your involvement with listening to loss advocacy?  

I’ve made two films now that I’m very happy with and have collected a number of awards globally. The second film was executed with Phonak and it got here out actually superior. I get to current it to varsities, festivals, and occasions the place I give speeches on acceptance, bullying, listening to loss, and dealing with adversities in life. I gladly talk about all of those topics within the newspapers, media, and extra. I’ve collected funds for the muse Hear the World for teenagers across the globe that don’t have the sources to acquire listening to options. I’ve a model referred to as “Deaf Jam,” which is a core model with a punk accent from the early 2000s period. I in all probability misplaced rely of all of the issues I’ve been doing to boost consciousness about listening to loss, however my door is at all times open to assist others overcome their insecurities and overcome adversity. 

What’s a motto you reside by? 

There aren’t any boundaries. 

What recommendation do you could have for others with listening to loss?  

Don’t let anyone inform you what you’ll be able to or can not do. Being deaf/HOH will make you a way more attention-grabbing and superb human being. It gives you powers and tips no person else can have or would even take into consideration. You may and shall be profitable. You will see love. You’ll attain your greatest objectives. Nevertheless, some adjustment, creativity, and willpower shall be required. You are able to do this! 



Lisa A. Goldstein has a Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley, a digital listening to help, a cochlear implant, and loads of deaf-friendly communication gear. She spends her days juggling life as a contract journalist, spouse, and mom of two in Pittsburgh, PA.



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