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Collection Title
Bionic Ear Collection
Museum Victoria
Date Range
1968 - 1990

"The Bionic Ear Collection comprises over 250 items donated by Professor Graeme Clark and the University of Melbourne, documenting the research and prototyping that led to the development of the clinically approved cochlear implant. These include examples of the prototype 'gold box' receiver-stimulators or implants, clinical trial implants, benchtop electronics used to develop both the implant circuitry and the external speech processors.

The initial research and safety studies were undertaken with cats as the experimental animals, and the collection includes the animal experimentation box and histological slides to examine the biological impact of the inserted electrodes.

Implantation surgery on humans required the development of new surgical techniques; the collection includes surgical instruments developed by Graeme Clark for inserting the electrode array into the inner ear and templates for drilling a bed for the implant in the patient's skull." (Gillespie, R. (2016) Bionic Ear Collection in Museums Victoria Collections
Accessed 15 December 2016)

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