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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Beltone Model E "Encore"  Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Beltone Model E "Encore" was produced by the Beltone Electronics Corp. of Chicago, IL in 1956.

The Model E measured 2” by 1⅛” by 7/16” and weighed 1˝ oz with the battery. It used 3 transistors. (Notice the size of the hearing aid itself in comparison to the receiver and ear mold.)

The case was metal front and back over a black plastic chassis—visible on all sides. The receiver cord jack was on the bottom right corner.

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Left side view of the Model E showing the volume control/on-off switch.
 

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Right side view of the Model E showing the 2-position tone control (center).

 

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Rear view of the Model E showing the make and model engraved in the case "Beltone Model E".

Note the "blank" dot on the left side of the hearing aid above the hinge.

 

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View of the battery compartment of the Beltone Model E. The battery compartment door is hinged at the top and swings upward.

This hearing aid took a mercury No. 450 battery (shown).
 

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The Beltone Model E "Encore" in its original case.

 

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Outside view of the original case of the Beltone Model E.

 


 

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