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Biographical entry Saunders, Rod


Rod Saunders was the first person to have their hearing restored and understand speech with the aid of a cochlear implant (bionic ear). Saunders received the implant in a surgical procedure conducted by Graeme Clark at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne on 1 August 1978.

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  • Worthing, Mark, Graeme Clark: The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2015, 221 pp. Details

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