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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Maico Model S "Monarch V" Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Maico Model S, also called the "Monarch V" body-style hearing aid was manufactured by Maico Electronics, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN in 1955.  The name "Maico" was derived from the initials of the Medical Acoustic Instrument Company.

The Model S was a 5-transistor hearing aid. It had a stainless steel front and back over black plastic. It measured 3⅝" x 2˝" x 1" thick.

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Top view of the Maico Model S showing the receiver cord plug (left), the top microphone (top center) and the location of where the t-coil switch would be (black oval on right) if this aid had a t-coil). The volume control is on the right corner and the on/off switch is on the left corner.  

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The rear view of the Maico Model S. There is a two-position tone switch in the middle of the left side just above the hinge of the battery compartment door. The "N" (normal) position is to the top.

The battery compartment (bottom half) contained two 1˝ volt Number 1015 batteries.


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The Maico Model S in its original case.



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