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Carbon Hearing Aids: 1900-1939

Western Electric Model 36A (Audiphone) Carbon Hearing Aid

The Western Electric Model 36A carbon hearing aid was manufactured by the Western Electric Company in 1932.

It consisted of two parts, a 616C carbon microphone, and a 584A miniature receiver.

Batteries were contained in a separate battery case (not shown). Operating voltage was typically 4˝ volts.

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Front view of the Model 616C carbon microphone. It was 2⅜” in diameter and weighted only 3 oz.

 

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Rear view of the Model 616C carbon microphone. It attached to the clothing by the metal clip (top center).

 

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The Model 584A miniature earpiece (receiver) with a stock earmold attached (left) and the Model 60B on-off switch and sliding volume control (rheostat) (right).

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A close-up of the Model 584A miniature receiver (left) with a stock ear mold (right).

 


 

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