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Click on the "General Information" button (top button above) for an overview and general information on this category of hearing aid.

 

Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Beltone Model F "Futura"  Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Beltone Model F "Futura" was produced by the Beltone Electronics Corp. of Chicago, IL in 1963.

The tiny Futura measured  just 2⅝” by 1˝” by ⅝” and weighed 2˝ oz with the battery. It used 5 transistors. (Notice the size of the hearing aid itself in comparison to the ear mold.)

The case was brushed stainless steel front and back over a gray plastic chassis—visible on all sides.

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The Model F "Futura" was very similar to the Model F "Fortissimo" of 1956 (shown here for comparison with the Futura—above), except it had a different microphone grill and clip arrangement.

 

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A sub-model of the Model F "Futura" (or possibly the Model F "Fortissimo") had the same external tie-clip microphone arrangement as the Model OP "Operetta".

This attractive external rectangular microphone sat on top of the tie clip itself. The grill and tie clip were gold colored. The black line (extreme right) on the tie clip is actually a black wire running to the microphone. It was set in a groove in the tie clip.

With this design, the hearing aid itself was hidden behind the tie, but the microphone wasn't covered so likely picked up sounds better than previous models like the Allegro, for example.
 

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Top view of the Beltone Model F "Futura" showing the volume control/on-off switch in the top left corner of the hearing aid. The "M" (microphone) "T" (telephone or t-coil) switch is in the center to the rear.

 

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Left side view of the Model F "Futura" showing the two position tone control (upper right of center) and the volume control/on-off switch on the corner (right).

 

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Right side view of the Model F "Futura" showing the receiver cord jack (center). The square hole below the left side of the receiver jack was for a protrusion on the receiver cord plug so it couldn't be plugged in wrong.

 

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Rear view of the Model F "Futura" showing the make and model engraved in the case "Beltone Model F". This is identical to the back of the Model F "Fortissimo".

Note the white dot (center) above the hinge.

 

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View of the battery compartment of the Beltone Model F "Futura" with a 1.4 volt No. 401 mercury battery in place. The battery compartment door is hinged at the top and swings upward.
 

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The Beltone Model F "Futura" in its original case.

 

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Outside view of the original case of the Beltone Model F "Futura".

 


 

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