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Biographical entry Saunders, Rod

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    Photograph showing Rod Saunders speaking with his wife using the first speech processor developed by the University of Melbourne's Department of Otolaryngology, courtesy of Graeme Clark Foundation website http://graemeclarkfoundation.org/how-the-cochlear-implant-bionic-ear-functions/.
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    Rod Saunders speaks with his wife Margaret with his new wearable speech processor, 1979, courtesy of Graeme Clark.
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Summary

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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Archival resources

National Library of Australia

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Department of Otolaryngology - Bionic Ear Records, 1949 - 2000; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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Books

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

Digital resources

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Photograph showing Rod Saunders speaking with his wife using the first speech processor developed by the University of Melbourne's Department of Otolaryngology
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Image
Source
Graeme Clark Foundation website http://graemeclarkfoundation.org/how-the-cochlear-implant-bionic-ear-functions/

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Rod Saunders speaks with his wife Margaret with his new wearable speech processor
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Image
Date
1979
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Graeme Clark

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Queen Elizabeth II visits the Bionic Ear Institute and meets the first adult (Rod Saunders) and young child (Bryn Davies) who previously had implants
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Date
2000
Source
Graeme Clark

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