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bionic eye recipient 204.jpgSeeing through my bionic eye

Dr Dianne Ashworth was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa just after her son was born, at the age of twenty-four years of age. At that time, Dianne only had 10% vision and this decreased even further, she says "until I could only see light and dark and a mass of swirls."

More than 20 years later she was selected as one of the first recipients of Australia's first prototype Bionic Eye. Dianne was able to navigate through obstacles using the prototype device and she was able to see the outline of people in front of her. "The phosphines gave me an outline him and I knew there was someone in front of me. It was just an amazing feeling" she said.

Dianne is currently a lecturer at Deakin University and has written a book titled, "I spy with my Bionic Eye". The book provides 'insight' as she shares her bionic vision experiences.


Research gave me back my hearing

Joav lost the hearing in his left ear as a result of an accident whilst in the army. Some years later he became ill with the flu and lost the hearing from the right ear. He recounts a time when his first grandchild was born but could not hear him. 

​"When Joshua, was born I was unable to hear him. I was devastated that I wasn't able to share the joy when Joshua started speaking, laughing and singing. Then I received a bionic ear, removing the silence from my world. I now talk freely with family and friends and use the telephone. Most importantly, I am able to talk with Joshua, who is now five and can enjoy reading him bed time stories."


Living with tremor  

David's symptoms of Parkinson's disease made it impossible to do many tasks of day to day living. He was diagnosed with tremor dominant drug-resistant Parkinson's over five years ago, and received DBS treatment last year.

" When I'm shaking flat out I cannot use cutlery.  I cannot prepare food.  I can't drive.  With the DBS therapy I've got a slight speech impediment as a side effect but that is nothing compared to the shortcomings of the tremor left untreated."



 A miracle for Mikey

New parents Rachael and Alan were shocked to discover that their beloved nine month old son Mikey was profoundly deaf. With the assistance of highly trained specialists, Mikey was the fortunate recipient of his first bionic ear at 13 months of age and a second one in the opposite ear six months later.    

" We couldn’t be more grateful for this miraculous invention. Our son Mikey is thriving. He can recite the alphabet and uses more than 200 words. We’re optimistic that he will have the same choices in life as regular children, which seemed an impossible dream just two years ago."

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A dream to dance

Alana is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient with a passion for music and dancing. Alana was born profoundly deaf and received her first cochlear implant at 16 months and her second at 22 months.

" If I didn't have them then I wouldn't be able to do the things that I love which are music and's just a miracle to have them," Alana said. Her mum Donna remembers seeing her daughter's first dance concert as one of the happiest days of her life.

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Bionic vision in sight

"Given more than 95% of communication is not verbal, if the bionic eye could enable me to acccess this information, that would be simply lifechanging." Kenny Johor

Using our engineering and biomedical expertise our team is ensuring the bionic eye as safe and effective at replacing lost sight as the bionic ear is at replacing lost hearing.  

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Managing epilepsy: smart implants to keep the doctor away

"When you have epilepsy you feel useless. You crave independence.Hannah Galvin  

Epilepsy can prevent people from enjoying the things the rest of us take for granted swimming, driving, even holding down a job, as seizures can strike at any time.

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