Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

"The Megaphone" (Le Megaphone) Celluloid  Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

"The Megaphone" (Le Megaphone) was a French silver and celluloid "Faux Tortoiseshell" ear trumpet. It was made in the early 1930s.

The dome was 3" high x 2¼" x 1" thick. With the ear tube extended, the overall height was 4¾".

You can read the instructions that came with it (really more advertising hype than anything) here.

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"The Megaphone" in its carrying and storing position with the ear tube retracted and turned over the body. In this position the overall height is 3¾".

 

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"The Megaphone" in its user position. The ear tube is extended and turned either 90° or 180° so it is easy to put in the ear canal. In this position its overall height is about 4¾". Rotating the ear tube 90° makes it very easy to hold and to conceal it in your hand.

 

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Stamped into the top of the case on separate lines are the words "MADE IN FRANCE" and "LE MEGAPHONE"  (center right). (The words have almost been polished out.)

 

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Notice the fancy grill covering the opening for the sound to enter this ear trumpet.

 

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"The Megaphone" in its original box.

 

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The original alligator skin patterned box. Note the name "Megaphone" near the upper left corner.

 

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The receipt for "The Megaphone". This  small ear trumpet was sold by the T Eaton Co of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The receipt is dated March 17, 1933. The selling price was $5.00.

 

 


 

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