Sounds from Silence

Graeme Clark and the Bionic Ear Story

Graeme Clark
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The personal story of Graeme Clark, the now famous Australian surgeon, and his struggle to develop the bionic ear.

'In those early weeks post op, he had been aware of sound but not of speech. We were sitting in the sofa having a lesson, practising 'a' when suddenly it came out loud and clear. Then, hardly daring, I said 'i'. He followed very softly. I went on: 'e', 'o', u', and each time Teddy followed. I felt awed, so filled with emotion I couldn't speak. Teddy was shining, as if a light had been switched on. Then, very slowly, he leaned over and kissed me very gently on the mouth. That kiss belongs to you.' A letter from a grateful grandmother after Graeme Clark restored her grandson's hearing.

Sounds From Silence is the very personal story of how Professor Graeme Clark developed the Bionic Ear, how he conceived and directed research and how Cochlear took it up to give so many people, both young and old, the chance to hear. It movingly tells of how the profoundly deaf and their families cope with the silence of deafness, and of their joy in being given the gift of hearing.

However, Graeme Clark also reveals the often seemingly insurmountable barriers put in his way: the mistrust of sections of the deaf community, the scepticism of many of his professional colleagues and the constant frustration in trying to find funding for his research.

This is a powerful and moving story of one man's professional and personal journey to give sounds from silence.

Author bio:

Graeme Clark AC is Laureate Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne and was the founder and leader of the cochlear implant team. He has received many honours from the international and Australian science and medical community.

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9781865083025
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgments


1 Deafness in the family

2 My childhood

3 Becoming an ear surgeon

4 Learning about hearing

5 Establishing essential research

6 The 'gold box'--multiple-electrode implant

7 Preparing to implant deaf adults

8 The first operation

9 Helping deaf adults to hear

10 Commercial development

11 Helping deaf children to hear


1 The principles of the bionic ear

2 Testimonials and supplementary statements

3 People associated with the development of the bionic ear, tickle talker and automatic brainwave audiometer

4 Contributors to the Bionic Ear Institute and the University of Melbourne

5 Common questions asked by school children

Glossary of terms

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2000
Page Extent: 248
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Biography & True Stories