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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Beltone Triumph 6 "Super"  Transistor (Tie Clip) Hearing Aid

The Beltone Triumph 6 "Super" was produced by the Beltone Electronics Corp. of Chicago, IL in 1962.

The tiny Triumph 6 Super measured  just 3½” by ¾” by 1⅛” (including the external microphone) and weighed 2 oz with the battery. It used 6 transistors.

The case was metal front and back over a black plastic chassis—visible on all sides.

This hearing aid was unusual in that it was designed to be worn as a tie-clip.

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The basic Triumph 6 of 1961 looked the same, except it had the microphone built in to the top of the case (shown here in this salesman's "dummy").

 

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Here are the Triumph 6 (upper) and the Triumph 6 "Super" (lower) shown together for comparison purposes.

 

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The attractive external rectangular microphone sat on top of the tie clip itself. The grill and tie clip were gold colored. The black line (extreme left) 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 such as the Allegro, for example.

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Left side view of the Triumph 6 "Super" showing the volume control (left of center).

 

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Right side view of the Triumph6 "Super" showing the combined "T" (t-coil) and 3-position tone control (left of center) and the 3-pin receiver cord jack (center).

The receiver cord ran up under the shirt and came out at the neck below the ear. So all that was visible to indicate the person was wearing a hearing aid was the button receiver in the person's ear.
 

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Rear view of the Beltone Triumph 6 "Super". Notice the word "Super" engraved on the black plastic to the right.

The on-off switch is on the right.

 

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Rear view of the Beltone Triumph 6 (salesman's "dummy"). It is identical to the "Super" (above) but does not have the word "Super" engraved on the black plastic to the right.

 

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View of the battery compartment of the Beltone Triumph 6 "Super". The battery compartment door is hinged at the top and swings upward.

This hearing aid required a 2.8 volt mercury No. 152 battery.

 

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The Beltone Triumph 6 "Super" in its original case.

 

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Outside view of the original case of the Beltone Triumph 6 "Super".

 


 

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