‘Nucleus’ wearable speech processor

Made by Cochlear Limited in Lane Cove, New South Wales, 1984.

Cochlear Limited was founded in Australia in 1981, based on Australian research by Dr Graeme Clark in developing the cochlear implant or bionic ear. By 2006 it had become an international leader in the manufacture and sale of cochlear implant systems.

This item is the first commercial model of a speech processor produced by Cochlear Limited. It was designed for use with the Nucleus 22 implant developed in 1983 which, in 1985, was the first multi-channel implant and speech processor system to re...

Summary

2007/23/1
Speech processor, 'Nucleus', metal / plastic / electronic components, made by Cochlear Limited, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984

Rectangular shape of silver metal and blue plastic with a control knob and switch at top end. Cable for headset is attached to a second knob at top end. 'nucleus' and 'made in australia' printed on front and 'Bionic Ear, 20 March 1984, Number 15' is printed in tape on the back of the device.

Dimensions

80 mm
125 mm
25 mm

Production

Designed and made by Cochlear Ltd, Australia, 1983-1984. The markings indicate it was the 15th wearable speech processor produced by Cochlear and was made on 20th March 1984.

This speech processor was designed for use with the Nucleus 22 implant developed in 1983 which in 1985 was the first multi-channel implant and speech processor system to receive approval for use by the US Food and Drug Administration. This was the first commercial model of speech processor produced by Cochlear.

The design strategy was to make a flexible cochlear implant with sophisticated sound processing in the externally worn speech processor, allowing the recipient to take advantage of improvements in technology without surgically replacing their implanted device.
Cochlear Limited 1984

Source

Gift of Cochlear Limited, 2007

Cite this Object

'Nucleus' wearable speech processor 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 April 2017, <https://ma.as/363558>
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