Maico Model Q "Transist-Ear" Transistor (Body/Barrette) Hearing Aid
The Maico Model Q was manufactured by Maico Electronics, Inc. of
Minneapolis, MN in 1954. The name "Maico" was derived from the
initials of the Medical Acoustic Instrument Company.
The Model Q was a 2-transistor barrette-style hearing aid. The front
of the case was
anodized metal, and the back was black plastic. It measured 2⅜" x 1⅜" x
The volume control is in the top left corner, while the microphone
opening is in the design lines (bottom center).
The cord, receiver (earpiece) and ear mold are shown to the right.
The cord was only 5¾" long as this hearing aid was worn in the hair close
to the ear.