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Carbon Hearing Aids: 1900-1939

Western Electric Model 6033A Carbon Hearing Aid

The Western Electric 6033A carbon hearing aid was manufactured by the Western Electric Company in 1925. Western Electric marketed these early hearing aids under the "Audiphone" trade name.

It consisted of a 388W carbon microphone, a 584A miniature receiver, a 60B rheostat and a battery case, all of which were contained in a velvet-lined box.

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The front of the carbon microphone (Model 388W). This microphone measured 3˝” in diameter, was 1 3/16” thick and weighed 5 oz.


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The rear of the carbon microphone (Model 388W) showing the spring clip for attaching it to a pocket or other clothing.

 

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

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The Model 584A miniature receiver (left) with a stock ear mold (right).

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The outside view of the battery case.

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Inside view of the battery case. It  held 3 "D" cells to provide the 4˝ volt operating voltage.

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The Western Electric Model 6033A carbon hearing aid in its original velvet-lined carrying case.

 

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Outside view of the carrying case.

 


 

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