‘Mini’ Cochlear implant with microphone headset and speech processor.

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1989.

Some great ideas need enormous commitment and cooperation to bring them to fruition. Graeme Clark’s father was a deaf man in a hearing family and society. He was a pharmacist and often had to ask his customers to ‘speak up’ about their medical problems - which embarrassed him and them.

In 1967 Graeme embarked on a long journey towards fulfilling his dream of helping deaf people ‘hear’ the spoken word again. For ten years his research into electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve via an impl...


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Physical Description

Cochlear implant, 'Mini', demonstration Cochlear implant, speech processor, with microphone headset, transmitter coil and tricord adaptor, Cochlear Pty Ltd, Australia, 1989



This type of Cochlear implant was called the Mini, and was the first Cochlear implant designed specifically for children. Introduced in 1985, it was smaller with a lower profile than the previous design. It was also the first implant that contained a magnet inside the receiver coil to aid placement of the transmitter coil outside the skin. This meant that a headband was no longer required to keep the transmitter in place behind the ear. The implant was produced by Cochlear Limited in association with the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery at the University of Melbourne.




Credit Line

Gift of Cochlear Limited, 1989

Acquisition Date

1 May 1989

Cite this Object


'Mini' Cochlear implant with microphone headset and speech processor. 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 October 2018, <https://ma.as/94727>


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