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Corporate entry Human Communication Research Centre (1988 - 1993)

The University of Melbourne

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  • HCRC (Acronym)


The Human Communication Research Centre (HCRC) carried out research for the development of the bionic ear. It was an important research centre that led to a number of innovations that helped improve the performance of the cochlear device. Research areas covered by the HCRC included speech processing, binaural cochlear implants (cochlear implants in both ears), clinical medicine, audiological studies, speech perception, cochlear implants in children, bioengineering, the electro-tactile vocoder (the 'tickle talker' which presented speech to severely-to-profoundly deaf people by the tactile sense), multi-sensory speech processing, training deaf people in the use of sensory aids, central auditory pathways, hearing loss assessment and tinnitus.


In June, 1991, the HCRC moved to new accommodation at the Australian Bionic Ear and Hearing Research Institute (ABEHRI) in East Melbourne. The ABEHRI provided this accommodation free of charge.

The HCRC helped to establish the Cooperative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant, Speech and Hearing Research.

The Centre produced its first annual report in 1988. Thereafter it produced an annual report every year.

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  • University of Melbourne. Human Communication Research Centre, Human Communication Research Centre: Fourth Annual Report 1991 (Melbourne: The University of Melbourne, Department of Otolaryngology, 1991), 47 pp. Details


Jack Roberts