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Carbon Hearing Aids: 1900-1939

Auris Model II Carbon Hearing Aid

The Auris Model II carbon hearing aid was made by the Auris Company, Inc. of New York, NY  in 1912. In fact, this was the second of only 4 models the Auris Co. made.

The complete unit weighed 4.9 oz. without the battery.

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Close-up of the front of the carbon microphone of the Auris Model II carbon hearing aid showing the pattern in the microphone grill.

The name "Auris" is engraved at the top center.

The microphone measured 2⅜" in diameter by ⅞" thick, and only weighed 1.3 oz.


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Rear view of the Auris Model II carbon hearing aid microphone.

Note: this hearing aid did not have a volume control of any kind.

 

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Top back view of the Auris Model II carbon hearing aid microphone showing the metal loop for threading a lanyard through so the person could wear this hearing aid around their neck.

To the right of the metal loop is the serial number (2886).

 

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View of the front of the Auris Model II carbon hearing aid earphone.

Engraved on the front face are the words "Auris" (top) and "The Auris Company, New York" and below that, "Patents Pending".

The earphone measured 2" in diameter by 13/16" thick. It was relatively heavy, weighing 3.2 oz.

 

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View of the back of the Auris Model II carbon hearing aid earphone showing the on-off switch (top center) in the "off" position.

 

 

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Close-up view of the back of the Auris Model II carbon hearing aid earphone showing the off-on switch in the ON position.

 

 

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Close-up view of the Auris Model II carbon hearing aid battery plugs. Note the two different sized plugs to ensure the correct polarity when plugging them into the battery.

 

 

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The Auris Model II carbon hearing aid headband and earphone. The band snapped into two small holes on each side of the earphone.
 

 

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The Auris Model II headband folded in half for easy storage.

 

 

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The Auris Model II carbon hearing aid in its original box.


 

 

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View of the original box for the Auris Model II showing the name "Auris", "The Auris Company" and "New York City" embossed in gold in the center of the flap.

The box measured 7⅛" by 3˝"  by 1˝" deep.

 

 

 

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