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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Maico Model Y Transistor (Barrette) Hearing Aid

The Maico Model Y was a 4-transistor barrette-style hearing aid manufactured by Maico Electronics, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN in 1956.  The name "Maico" was derived from the initials of the Medical Acoustic Instrument Company.

 It weighed just 1 oz. The case measured 1⅝” by 1⅛” by ⅜”.

The microphone was located behind the two small slots on the front of the aid. The volume control/on-off switch is in the top left corner.

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Rear view of the Maico Model Y barrette-style hearing aid showing the clip to hold this hearing aid in a lady's hair.

The receiver (ear piece) is on the right and is attached to the hearing aid by a short cord. A hard plastic earmold snapped to the receiver (not shown).
 

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Front view of the Model Y showing the battery door (top right) swung open. The Model Y used a size 400 mercury battery. The Model Y was later modified as the Model Y-1 which used the more common 675 sized mercury battery (shown here).


 

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 This hearing aid was also available as an eyeglass aid, although in this case the hearing aid was split between both sides of the eyeglass temples. With the microphone on one side and the hearing aid and receiver on the other it functioned as a CROS hearing aid.

The eyeglass model shown in the picture uses a 675 battery so presumably is a Model Y-1 although it is not so marked.

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The outside of the Maico Model Y barrette-style hearing aid carrying case.


 

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The Maico Model Y barrette-style hearing aid in its carrying case.

 

 

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