Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

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Miscellaneous Hearing Aid Accessories

Earring Receiver for Vacuum Tube Hearing Aid

Throughout history, women have wanted invisible hearing aids. Thus, a fair amount of ingenuity went into hiding the larger hearing aids of previous years.

One such invention was to hide the hearing aid receivers inside special earrings so people would think you were wearing earrings rather than hearing aids.

This earring receiver is from the decade of the 1940s. It worked with a number of makes and models of vacuum tube body hearing aids available then.

Since people in the 1940s typically only wore one hearing aid with one receiver (left), a matching dummy earring (right) was worn on the other ear.

This picture shows the front of the earrings, the ear mold and the cord that plugged into the body aid.

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Rear view of the earring receiver showing how the sound tube/earmold, the cord and the ear fasteners attached to the earring (left). The dummy is shown on the right.


 

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View of the earring receiver with the earring covering removed (bottom) showing how the cord attached to the receiver (left).


 


 

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Maico put out ads about their "Hear Rings" that let you hear in secret. Here is one such ad from somewhere in the 1940s to 1960s.

You can see this same ad in PDF format here.


 

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Maico put out ads about their "Hear Rings" that let you hear in secret. Here is another such ad from somewhere in the 1940s to 1960s.

You can see this same ad in PDF format here.


 


 

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