Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

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Auricles—General Information

Auricles—General Information

If hearing trumpets were the acoustical equivalent of our hearing aids today, then auricles could be considered the ear-level version of the acoustical aids.

Auricles came either singly, or in pairs, generally with a headband to hold them over the head. Sometimes they were referred to as ear scoops.

Some versions, such as the Super-Ear produced by the American Earphone Company, were sold well into the first quarter of the 20th century.

Auricles produced about the same degree of amplification as holding your cupped hands behind your ears. They were also able to give an improved response at certain frequencies depending upon the length and internal diameter of the tubes. Another advantage was to emphasize sound from the front, similar to a directional microphone.

Auricles were made in a variety of materials including tortoiseshell, celluloid and metal. Some were decorative in nature and may have been worn as a fashion item.

What goes around comes around. There are some modern-day "auricles" as well. Check out the Batphones and the Earglasses.

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Example of Auricles

Click on the "Non-Electric" button (on
the left), then on "Auricles" to see the details of these and other auricles


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Click the above button to see general information on the previous category of non-electric hearing aids.