The Bionic Ear
The Bionic Ear is properly called a cochlear implant.
It is an artificial hearing tool which stimulates nerves, using electricity, in the inner ear.
The Bionic Ear helps a deaf person to hear another person speak.
There are 2 parts to the Bionic Ear
One part is placed under the skin behind a person's ear.
parts placed under the skin are the
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 and a team of scientists in the 1970's. They worked in Melbourne, Australia.
is worn by over 20,000 deaf people in over 55 countries.
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