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Hearing Aid Batteries

No. 4Z Mercury Hearing Aid "A" Battery

The 4Z 1.4 volt mercury hearing aid "A" battery was made by an unnamed battery manufacturer. It was used in a few vacuum tube hearing aids manufactured around 1947 and 1948.

This battery was extremely rare and, as far as I know at this point, was only used in the Acousticon A-90 and in some A-90M vacuum tube hearing aids.

It was the same diameter as the RM-4 but was not as high.

 The 4Z battery weighed 1.1 oz. compared to the RM-4 at 1.5 oz. It measured ˝" high by 1 3/16" in diameter as compared to the RM-4 at ⅝" high.

 

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Bottom view of the 4Z mercury hearing aid battery showing the model number (4Z) and the patent number. The bottom was the positive terminal (+) of the battery.

The small hole at the right was a pressure-relief valve that opened to relieve excess pressure that could be built up when the battery was being used.

 

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Side view of the 4Z mercury hearing aid battery.

 

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Notice the difference in thickness between the standard-sized RM-4 battery (left) and the 4Z battery (right).

 


 

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