Cochlear ‘Mini’ speech processor

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1989.

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 speech processor represents the second generation of commercial speech processors developed from Clark’s original invention. It has improved peformance and is smaller and lighter than previous processors. It is the second of a number of gene...


Speech processor, 'MSP' or 'Mini Speech Processor', plastic / electronic components, made by Cochlear Limited, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1989

Grey rectangular plastic box with controls and input jack on top, battery opening on side and 'cochlear' moulded on front.


95 mm
62 mm
20 mm


Designed and made by Cochlear Limited, Australia, 1989.

This speech processor is the second generation of speech processors developed by Cochlear. It was designed for use with the Nucleus 22 implant first developed in 1983. It has the MPEAK speech coding strategy, providing improved performance, is smaller and lighter than previous processors and suitable for use by children.


Gift of Cochlear Limited, 2007
27 February, 2007

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