Joseph Attias is currently a Full Professor of Audiology and Neurophysiology at University of Haifa, Israel. In addition, he is also the Head of the Cochlear Implant Center at Schneider's Children's Medical Center, Israel. Following bachelor degree in Audiology, he earned his Master and Doctor in Medical Sciences in Technicon (DSc), Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel. In his thesis he explored the application of auditory evoked potentials to verbal stimuli in cognitive diseases including generators estimation. For 11 years from 1985 to 1996 he served as the Director of the Institute for Noise Hazards research in Medical Corps, IDF Israel. He focused in particular on investigating clinical measures to identify soldiers who are sensitive to Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), tinnitus, preventative indices including mechanical and biological agents and application of hearing conservation programs. With this regard he also served as a special consultant for NIHL in the Ministry of Industry, Occupational and Trade, Israel. He was very active in NIHL projects in the frameworks of EU as well as in national research projects. During the years 2003 to 2007 Prof. Attias was appointed as the president of the European Federation of Audiology Societies in which he promoted the awareness scientific and clinical activities on NIHL among noise exposed children and adults.
He was involved in the establishment of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in University of Haifa and served as the Head between 2007-20111. Prof. Attias teaches courses in Clinical Audiology, Neurophysiology and Neurootology.
His Audio-Neurophysiology Laboratory is well equipped with the most advanced systems and with special attenuated room for spatial hearing, all for conducting high quality auditory research.
Currently, his research (and clinical) interest is mainly in Cochlear Implants, especially in forming novel objective measure to for monitoring residual hearing during implantation and the application of Cortical measures in Cochlear implants. In addition, Studying children and adults with Auditory Neuropathy before and after Cochlear implantation.
Prof. Attias published over 140 refereed publications all in Q1 scientific journals including 1 in Lancet.