Witness: First Cochlear Implant08/03/15
In August 1978 an Australian doctor successfully fitted a multi-channel cochlear implant.
First Cochlear Implant
In August 1978 an Australian doctor successfully fitted a multi-channel cochlear implant to a patient. It was a breakthrough moment for deaf people around the world. The doctor, Professor Graeme Clark, had a deaf father, and dedicated his professional...
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Witness: Lady Astor
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