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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Maico Model V "Transist-Ear" Transistor (Body/Barrette) Hearing Aid

The Maico Model V Body or Barrette-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 V was a 4-transistor hearing aid. The front of the case was stainless steel, and the back was black plastic. It measured 2⅜" x 1⅜" x ⅝" thick.

The volume control is in the top left corner, while the microphone opening is in the design lines (lower center).

The top picture shows the Maico V in the body aid configuration. Notice the pocket clip on the aid and the long earpiece cord.

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Front view of a Maico Model V in the barrette configuration. Notice the absence of the pocket clip. (the barrette clip is on the back—see picture below) and the short 5¾" long cord as in this configuration the hearing aid was worn in the hair close to the ear.

Also notice the two different designs available on the Model V (top picture and this one). Presumably the women liked the top design as a more fashionable barrette in their hair.

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The rear view of the Maico Model V showing the barrette clip for holding this hearing aid in a woman's hair.

 

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Top view of the Maico Model V showing the volume control (top left) and on-off switch (top right).

The metal clip and screw (top center) hold on either a barrette clip or a pocket clip.

 

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Rear view of the Maico Model V showing the battery compartment (top right) with the battery door swung open.

 

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Rear view of the Maico Model V showing the 1½ volt Number 625 "button" battery in place (top right).

 

 

 

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