Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

The Hearing Aid Museum

Hearing Aids of all types—Ear Trumpets, Carbon Hearing Aids, Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids, Transistor Hearing Aids, Body Hearing Aids, Eyeglass Hearing Aids and much more!

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The Hearing Aid Museum

Hearing Aids Have Come a Long Way from the Primitive Ear Trumpets of Yesteryear

Welcome to the largest on-line hearing aid museum in the world! When this web site is completed, you will be able to browse through more than 1,200 different hearing aids and related items that have been used down through the years. At present there are more than 680 items on-line. There are many hundreds more still to come.

Read Dr. Neil's profusely illustrated article "The Hearing Aids of Yesteryear" (in PDF format) This brief history of hearing aids from then to now first appeared in the 100th edition of "Signal", the journal of the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario (Winter 2014).

These hearing aids are from the private collections of Hugh Hetherington, probably the foremost authority on old hearing aids alive today, and Neil Bauman, owner/curator of "The Hearing Aid Museum".

To view "The Hearing Aid Museum", click on Enter the Museum, or if you already know which category you are interested in, click on any of the category links on the left.

Click here for tips on how to use this museum.

Genuine, Fake or Something Else? Don't be taken in by "ear trumpets" that are billed as genuine hearing aids, yet are not. Can you spot fake "ear trumpets"? Can you figure out which "ear trumpets" are true hearing aids and which are really something else, but are billed as real hearing aids? Test how good you are at separating the genuine ear trumpets from the fakes.

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The Hearing Aid Museum

is sponsored by

The Center for Hearing Loss Help

"where you will receive the information, support and counsel you need in order to live an exciting and fulfilling life in spite of your hearing loss"
 

Donate Your Old Hearing Aids to "The Hearing Aid Museum"

If you have old hearing aids laying around, why not donate them to The Hearing Aid Museum so that everyone can enjoy learning about them. Hearing Aid donations are always welcome—and if yours are displayed in the museum, your name will be listed as the donor!

Send your old hearing aids to the Hearing Aid Museum at the address at bottom of the page.


Want To Purchase a Genuine Vintage Hearing Aid or Ear Trumpet of your Own?

If so, contact Neil.

The Museum has a number of surplus hearing aids for sale.
Click here to view our surplus hearing aids.
 

Other On-line Hearing Aid Museums

To explore other on-line hearing aid museums, click here
 


Get Help for Your Hearing Loss Here

If you have a hearing loss and don't know which way to turn for the information, help and support you need, the book "Help! I'm Losing My Hearing—What Do I Do Now?" will point you in the right direction.

      

To learn more about this book, or to order one for yourself, click on Help! I'm Losing My Hearing.