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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" Transistor Hearing Aid

The Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid was made by Danavox International A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1960. It was sold under the "Aditone" trade name in Germany.

 It was a tiny body (or barrette) hearing aid for its day. In fact, it was so much smaller than all the other hearing aids of the time that it was named "Thumbalina" from Hans Christian Andersen's story of Thumbalina, a tiny girl who was so small she was only half the size of a thumb.

This hearing aid measured 1 15/16" x  15/16" x ˝" (4.9 x 2.4 x 1.2 cm) and weighed (including battery, ear mold, receiver and cord) just 1.3 oz. (36 g).

 

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Front view of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid showing the name "Aditone" (bottom). Aditone Tvermoes KG was a German subsidiary of Danavox, based in Krefeld, Germany. Aditone was the original trade name of Danavox and later, when they changed the trade name to Danavox, they continued to use the Aditone trade name in Germany.

 

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Right side view of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid showing the microphone grill (right) and the spring wire pocket clip left.

 

 

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Left side and bottom view of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid showing the volume control wheel (lower center) and the one-off switch (lower right).


 

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Rear view of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid showing the battery compartment door at the bottom. To open the battery door, you hooked your thumbnail over the top of the battery door and pushed (rotated) it downward.

 

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View of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid showing the battery compartment. This hearing aid took a no. 675 1.4 volt mercury battery such as the Eveready EP675E mercury battery.

 

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View of the underside of the battery compartment lid of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid showing the model number (Type 583) and the serial number (4D 1099).

 

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Close-up view of the receiver cord plug (right) and jack (hole to the left of the plug) of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid.

 

 

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Top view of the receiver of the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid.

 

 

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The ear mold (right) snapped onto the nubbin in the center of the receiver (left).

 

 

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Side view of the receiver and ear mold showing them snapped together.

 

 

 

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The Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid in its original leather case.

 

 

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Outside view of the leather case for the Danavox (Aditone) Model 583 "Thumbalina" transistor body hearing aid. This case measured 2⅞" x 2⅜" x 1 3/16" (7.4 x 6.1 x 3.1 cm).

Thanks to Dan Murdock for kindly donating this hearing aid.

 

 

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