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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Widex Model 561 "Deluxe" (1) Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Widex model 561 "Deluxe" (1)transistor (body) hearing aid was made by Toepholm & Westermann A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark and sold under the trade name of Widex. It was distributed in the USA by the Widex Hearing Aid Co., Inc.

The Widex model 561 "Deluxe" (1) was the very first hearing aid manufactured manufactured by Widex. It came out in 1956. It got its model number from a combination of the year (56) and being the first hearing aid in that year (1). It was also called the "Admiral 1" Note: they later came out with another model 561 in 1959 called the "Wide Range".

This 4-transistor hearing aid measured 2 7/16" x 1⅝" x ⅝" (6.2 x 4.2 x 1.5 cm) and weighed 1.4 oz. (40 g) without battery and receiver.

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Front view of the Widex model 561 "Deluxe" (1) transistor hearing aid showing the round microphone grill in the center. The case was chrome front and back with a black plastic pull off battery compartment at the bottom.

Note: the receiver, receiver cord and ear mold are missing.

 

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Top view of the Widex model 561 "Deluxe" (1) transistor hearing aid showing on-off/2 position tone control (left) shown in the off position, the receiver cord jack (center) and the 1-9 volume control (right).

Presumably the two "on" positions were normal tone and high-frequency emphasis.

The model 562 was the same as the model 561, but with the addition of a t-coil.
 

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Rear view of the Widex model 561 "Deluxe" (1) transistor hearing aid showing the wire pocket clip.

 


 

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Bottom view of the Widex model 561 "Deluxe" (1) transistor hearing aid with the battery compartment cover pulled off revealing the 1.5 volt zinc battery. This hearing aid used a size "N" or 401 battery such as this Eveready E340E battery.


 

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View of the battery compartment of the Widex model 561 "Deluxe" (1) transistor hearing aid with the battery removed showing the trade name (Widex) and the model number (561). Below that is the country of origin (Denmark) and the serial number (29136).

Note the unusual battery contacts. The positive terminal is on the right.

 

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View of the battery cover. Stamped into the top right corner on one side is the word "WIDEX".


 

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View of the battery cover. Stamped into the top right corner on the other side is the word "DENMARK".

 

 

 

 

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