Archival Resources Details Interview with Prof. Graeme Clarke, Director of Bionic Ear Institute and Laureate Professor of Otolaryngology [sound recording] / interviewer, Diana Giese
- Interview with Prof. Graeme Clarke, Director of Bionic Ear Institute and Laureate Professor of Otolaryngology [sound recording] / interviewer, Diana Giese
- National Library of Australia
- TRC 4897
- Date Range
- 3 October 2002
3 digital audio tapes (c. 195 min.). Prof. Clark reflects on how with a team of people based at the University of Melbourne, he pioneered the development of the bionic ear for children and adults. In 1970 he was appointed Foundation Prof. Of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne. In 1978, after many biological and engineering breakthroughs, Prof. Clark implanted the first multiple-electrode bionic ear in the world. After further useful clinical trials in 1985 the bionic ear became the first multiple-channel cochlear implant to be approved by the Federal Drugs Administration (FDA) in the United States. In 1985 Prof. Clark implanted the first multiple-electronic bionic ear in a child. In 1985 Prof. Clark founded the Bionic Ear Institute (East Melbourne). He also established the first university training in audiology in Australia, and was instrumental in setting up the Australian Deafness Council. After a world-wide trail, in 1990 the use of the ear was approved by the FDA for children two years of age and above.
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