Prototype wearable speech processor for cochlear implant system

This object, together with ‘gold box’ prototype cochlear implant, documents a critical step in the development of Australian research that has had continued impact around the world. This research, led by Dr Graeme Clark in the 1970s, formed the basis of Cochlear Ltd, an Australian company which became an international leader in the manufacture and sale of cochlear implant systems. By 2010 over 200 000 people in more than 100 countries had received the implant, which enables profoundly deaf peopl...

Summary

2011/10/2
Prototype wearable speech processor for cochlear implant system, 'Speech processor PSP-1' with headset, microphone and leather case, mixed materials, designed and made at the University of Melbourne Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1979-1980

Consists of a portable speech processor with a cable connecting to a headset containing the transmitter coil. A separate hand-held microphone and leather carry case is included.

Production

Designed by Dr Peter Seligman and Jim Patrick, Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, University of Melbourne 1979-1980. This was the first portable speech processor as part of the cochlear implant system developed by Dr Graeme Clark.

This headset was a progression from using a 'tennis player' style headband to keep the transmittor coil in place, as was first used in the laboratory setting. The microphone was a standard microphone, used to demonstrate the idea that it could be portable and used in daily life. The speech processing system later developed for the clinical trial in 1982 used a more flexible headband, with a microphone attached to the headband rather than being hand held.
Patrick, Jim 1979-1980

Source

Gift of Professor Graeme Clark and the University of Melbourne, 2011
28 February, 2011

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Prototype wearable speech processor for cochlear implant system 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 June 2017, <https://ma.as/414321>
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