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Carbon Hearing Aids: 1900-1930

Electro-Ear Model 5 Carbon Hearing Aid

The Electro-Ear Model 5 carbon hearing aid was made by the American Earphone Co. of New York, NY around 1938.

The black-colored metal case measured 5¼" x 2⅜" x  ¾". It weighed 6¼ oz. without the batteries.

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Top view of the Electro-Ear Model 5 showing the sliding on-off switch (center) in the "on" position.


 

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Close-up view of the upper front of the case showing the nameplate.

The microphone grill consists of 4 curved slots surrounding the nameplate.
 

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Rear view of the Electro-Ear Model 5 showing the pocket clip (top center).


 

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Inside view of the Electro-Ear Model 5 showing the carbon microphone (upper half) and the battery compartment (lower half). The battery door swings open to the left.

The Electro-Ear Model 5 used 3 AA sized batteries in series to give it 4.5 volts.
 

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Close up of the carbon microphone seen from the rear. The sliding on-off switch is at the top center.


 

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Close-up view of the hard black ear mold (left) and the receiver (right). The ear mold snaps onto the receiver nubbin.


 

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View of the American Earphone Co. logo (AE) on the back of the receiver (left), and the top view of the custom hard black ear mold (right).


 

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Left side view of the Electro-Ear Model 5 showing the "leg" to prop it up in its closed position.

 

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Left side view of the Electro-Ear Model 5 showing the "leg" to prop it up in its open position.

 

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Top view of the Electro-Ear Model 5 showing how propping up the unit allows the sound to better reach the microphone.

 


 

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