I Want to Fix Ears: Inside the Cochlear Implant Story

I Want to Fix Ears: Inside the Cochlear Implant Story

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2021 Shortlisted Australian Christian Book of the Year.


I want to Fix Ears is a thrilling saga and powerful Christian testimony.

I want to Fix Ears is a handsome hardback volume. It features over 120 black-and-white photographs and diagrams.

I want to Fix Ears is compelling reading and a perfect gift.

A giant of medical science tells the story of the invention of the bionic ear.

After watching his father struggle with hearing loss, Graeme Clark overcame obstacles and opposition to bring the gift of hearing to profoundly deaf children and adults.

Starting with compelling personal testimonies from his patients, Clark charts his lifelong quest to "fix ears." He chronicles his research accomplishments and medical advances, and he recounts his battles to overcome the ridicule of peers, his tireless efforts to procure funding for his work, and his reliance on the religious and ethical values that guided his investigations. To scientists, he commends his commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the importance of prioritizing the needs and safety of patients, and the key role of effective partnership between academia and industry. For everyone, he demonstrates the importance of family education, supportive colleagues, and life purpose.

Graeme Clark questioned authority, challenged the prevailing wisdom, and rejected the status quo. His knowledge, skill, conviction and doggedness resulted in the first recreation of a human sense.

An inspiring journey of determination, enterprise, and faith.

Graeme Clark is a giant of medical science, who deserves our admiration. As someone whose own hearing impairment has been alleviated over the decades by surgery and hearing aids, I can only begin to imagine what a cochlear implant means to those who have received one. - John Howard Former Prime Minister of Australia

Remarkable insights from a remarkable scientist and admirable person. Inspired by the challenges faced by his father, Graeme Clark dedicated his career to providing the gift of hearing to profoundly deaf children and adults. Starting with compelling personal stories from his patients, Clark charts his inspirational journey to "fix ears." He chronicles his research accomplishments and medical advances, and also recounts his battles to overcome scientific skepticism, his tireless efforts to procure funding to support his work, and his reliance on the religious and ethical values that guided his investigations. For scientists, he conveys his commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the importance of prioritizing the needs and safety of patients, and the key role of effective academic-industry partnerships. For us all, he emphasizes the importance of family, education, supportive colleagues, and, perhaps most importantly, life purpose. - Claire Pomeroy President, Lasker Foundation USA

Graeme Clark questioned authority, challenged the prevailing wisdom, and rejected the status quo. His knowledge, skill, doggedness, and faith resulted in the first recreation of a human sense.
Jennie Brand-Miller
Professor of Nutrition, author, and dual cochlear implant recipient


Graeme Clark is a giant of medical science, who deserves our admiration. As someone whose own hearing impairment has been alleviated over the decades by surgery and hearing aids, I can only begin to imagine what a cochlear implant means to those who have received one.
John Howard
Former Prime Minister of Australia


Remarkable insights from a remarkable scientist and admirable person. Inspired by the challenges faced by his father, Graeme Clark dedicated his career to providing the gift of hearing to profoundly deaf children and adults. Starting with compelling personal stories from his patients, Clark charts his inspirational journey to "fix ears." He chronicles his research accomplishments and medical advances, and also recounts his battles to overcome scientific scepticism, his tireless efforts to procure funding to support his work, and his reliance on the religious and ethical values that guided his investigations. For scientists, he conveys his commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the importance of prioritising the needs and safety of patients, and the key role of effective academic-industry partnerships. For us all, he emphasises the importance of family, education, supportive colleagues, and, perhaps most importantly, life purpose.
Claire Pomeroy
President, Lasker Foundation USA