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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Ardente "Princess" Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Ardente "Princess" body transistor hearing aid was made by Ardente Acoustic Laboratories, Ltd. of Windsor, England in 1956.

It measured 2½" by 1¾" by 7/16" thick and weighed 2 oz. without the battery. It used 3 transistors.

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Top view of the Ardente "Princess" hearing aid showing the on-off switch (left), receiver cord jack (center) and volume control (right).

 

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Internal view of the Ardente "Princess" transistor hearing aid showing the microphone (large square in the center) and its 3 transistors (bottom center, bottom right and top right).

 

 

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Rear view of the Ardente "Princess" transistor hearing aid showing the pocket clip (center) and battery door (left).

 

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Rear/bottom view of the Ardente "Princess" transistor hearing aid showing the name, model and serial number.

 

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View of the Ardente "Princess" body transistor hearing aid with the battery door opened showing the battery compartment. This hearing aid took a single AAA sized battery. The original battery was a Vidor number V16.

 

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View of the front and back cover of the warranty card that came with the Ardente "Princess" transistor hearing aid.

 

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Inside view of the warranty card of the Ardente "Princess" transistor hearing aid showing the 1 year warranty was in effect from October 13, 1963 to October 13, 1964.

The original bill of sale for this Ardente "Princess" body hearing aid showing the price in 1963 as 45 British pounds.

Although the Ardente "Princess" hearing aid was first manufactured in 1956 it was still being manufactured and sold 7 years later in October of 1963.

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The Ardente "Princess" transistor hearing aid in its original case.

 

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Outside view of the Ardente "Princess"  case.

 

 

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The Ardente "Princess" also came with a soft covered leatherette carrying pouch.

This Ardente "Princess" hearing aid was donated to the Hearing Aid Museum by Kathleen Veitch in loving memory of her dear sister Elizabeth and her husband Jim Fitzgerald.

 

 

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