July 2017 medianet
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital marked the 4000th cochlear implant surgery and the 1000th child to receive a cochlear implant at the hospital. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy was joined by the Vivienne Jones (77) the 4000th cochlear device recipient, Clinical Director of ENT Assoc. Prof Robert Briggs, CEO Mark Petty, Professor Graeme Clark AC, the inventor of the bionic ear, and 18-month-old Austin Archer, the 1000th child to receive a cochlear implant at the Eye and Ear. The hospital has doubled the number of devices implanted in just seven years, after celebrating the 2000th cochlear implant surgery in just 2010 meaning more Victorians than ever have been given the gift of hearing. This rapid progress is due to a number of factors. In particular, research and technology advancements have expanded the numbers of patients who can benefit from a cochlear implant The Eye and Ear’s Cochlear Implant Clinic sees patients from three months to 90 years.