Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

French Celluloid Conical Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

This French-made conical  or "pointed dome" ear trumpet is a bit unusual  in that the dome comes to a point, rather than rounded as was much more common. It was made of "faux tortoiseshell" celluloid and had a ivory-colored celluloid screw-on earpiece.

Date of manufacture is unknown, but it was probably somewhere around 1900.

The dome of this ear trumpet is 3¾" high and measures 2⅝" across the open end. The overall height of this ear trumpet is 4⅛".

 

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Another side view of the French conical pointed dome ear trumpet. Notice, that in contrast to all but one of the other "dome" trumpets in the museum, the earpiece of this one goes over the top of the dome so that you listen on the opposite side of the dome from where the ear tube comes out of the base. In addition, the ear tube is attached all along the outside of the dome so it won't break off as easily as it otherwise might.

This earpiece arrangement is quite rare.

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Bottom and side view of the conical pointed dome ear trumpet.

The ear piece does not stick out very far from the side of the dome making this ear trumpet harder to seat in your ear canal. (Compare with how far the German pointed dome ear trumpet earpiece sticks out on the next page.)

 

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Bottom view of the French dome showing the ornate celluloid grill.

 

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Backlit side view of the French Dome showing both the external (bottom and left) and internal  (center) parts of the ear tube.

The way these domed ear trumpets worked was that the dome had a parabolic shape so that the sound waves that entered the base of the dome reflected off the curved sides of the top of the dome right into the large end of the ear tube making these ear trumpets surprisingly effective.

 

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