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Cultural Artefact Automatic Brain Wave Audiometer (1972 - )



"When Clark started his research before being appointed to University, there was no way of diagnosing a hearing loss in young children under the age of 4. As a result of Clark's physiological studies, he came up with the idea of using fluctuating stimulae to produce brain wave changes, and it was followed on by his PhD student, Field Rickards (the principal inventor of the Automatic Brain Wave Audiometer), developing a specific way of using those stimulae. It was therefore the first time anyone had made that discovery of being able to diagnose accurately hearing loss in children under 4 that allowed them later to operate/do cochlear implants on children as young as 6 months of age. The Automatic Brain Wave Audiometer was commercially developed and royalties paid to the University of Melbourne. After it was shown to be of value, Gary Rance studied it further." (Graeme Clark, 2016)

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Rachel Tropea & Graeme Clark