An early version of the Bionic Ear inserted under the skin

An early version of the Bionic Ear inserted under the skin

There are 2 parts to the Bionic Ear

An early version of the part of the 'Bionic Ear' worn on the outside of the body

An early version of the part of the 'Bionic Ear' worn on the outside of the body

One part is placed under the skin behind a person's ear. This is done in a hospital during an operation. The parts placed under the skin are the electronic equipment needed to control the flow of electricity into the ear and the equipment needed to change electrical signals into speech.

The second part is worn on the outside of the body. There is a microphone to pick up the voice of the person speaking. A speech processor which turns the voice sounds into electrical signals, a transmitting coil which sends the signals to the equipment inside the deaf person's ear.

The Bionic Ear was invented by Professor Graeme Clark

Professor Clark and a team of scientists worked in Melbourne, Australia in the 1970's. The devise was first transplanted into a patient in 1978. The Bionic Ear is worn by over 20,000 deaf people in over 55 countries.

Read more about Professor Graeme Clark.

http://riaus.org.au/people/graeme-clark/

Listen to Professor Graeme Clark speak about the cochlear implant.

http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/au/about/cochlear-30-anniversary/graeme-clark-interview-30-anniversary

Read more about the technology here.

http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/au/home/understand/hearing-and-hl/hl-treatments/cochlear-implant