I was born in 1984 in Wetzlar, Germany. I lost my hearing at the age of three after contracting bacterial meningitis. In 1988, I received my first cochlear implant as the first child in Germany and Europe. The surgery was performed by Prof. Dr. Ernst Lehnhardt.
With the support of my parents, Dr Bodo Bertram and the early intervention center in Friedberg, I learned to hear and speak again.
With my cochlear implant, I was able to attend a regular school.
I then completed an apprenticeship as a communications electronics technician and studied at the University of Applied Sciences Gießen Friedberg.
I graduated with a B.Eng. in Microsystems Technology and Electronics.
In 2007, I received my second Cochlear Implant in Frankfurt a.M..
During my studies, I met my future wife and moved to Vienna in 2009 to live with her.
From 2011-2013 I completed a part-time Master’s degree in Innovation and Technology Management with the title MSc.
Since 2009 I have been working for a space company as a systems engineer.
In my spare time, I provide support to other CI users and hearing impaired people as a Cochlear volunteer and as the President of the Austrian Cochlear Implant Society (ÖCIG).