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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Beltone "Forte" Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Beltone "Forte" was produced by the Beltone Electronics Corp. of Chicago, IL in 1973.

The "Forte" measured 2¼” by 1⅝” by ¾” and weighed 2½ oz with the battery. The "Forte" used 8 transistors in a push-pull (PP) circuit.

The case was black metal (although these pictures make it look dark brown).

An interesting and perhaps unique thing about the Forte is that the t-coil is actually contained within the pocket clip on the front of the hearing aid case.

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Top view of the Beltone "Forte" showing four controls—two at each corner with the microphone grill in the center. The two-position switch (top left) is the on-off switch. The volume control wheel (marked 0 - 7) is at the bottom left. The tone control wheel (marked 0 - 7) is in the top right corner. The microphone/t-coil switch is in the bottom right corner. It is marked "T" (t-coil), "B" (both microphone and t-coil at the same time), and "M" (microphone).

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Right side view of the "Forte" showing the 2-hole receiver cord jack (center). The holes were not the same size so the plug could only be plugged in the correct way.


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


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View of the Beltone "Forte" showing the 1.4 volt No. 401 mercury battery in the battery compartment.


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Rear view showing the name and model—namely "Beltone Forte".



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