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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Zenith "Award" Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Zenith "Award" transistor hearing aid was manufactured by the Hearing Aid Division of the Zenith Radio Corp. in 1964.

The Zenith "Award" measured 2⅝" x 1¾" x ⅝" thick, and weighed 1¾ oz. without the battery or receiver. The case was gold-colored anodized aluminum.

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Top view of the Zenith "Award" showing the two position (high or full) tone control (top left), the receiver cord jack (top center) and the volume control/on-off switch (top right). Instead of using numbers from 1-7 as was found on most Zenith hearing aids, this one was just plain. It had no numbers to indicate the relative volume.
 

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Front view of the Zenith "Award" showing the Zenith name and below it the circular microphone grill with the Zenith crest in its center.

 

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Rear view of the Zenith "Award" hearing aid showing the battery door, which opened from the bottom of the case.

The Zenith "Award" used an "N" size 1.4 volt 401 N-Cell mercury battery.

 

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Rear view of the Zenith "Award" hearing aid. "Off - Louder" is inscribed in the upper left corner and "High" and "Full" in the upper right corner. On the upper back is inscribed "Zenith", "AWARD" and "the royalty of hearing".

The serial number is inscribed on the lower battery door (bottom center). It is rare to find that the original serial number (8528379) was crossed out and a new serial number (8530117) engraved below it.

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The ear mold (left) and receiver (right) of the Zenith "Award" hearing aid. This receiver was smaller than those of past years.

 

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The Zenith "Award" hearing aid in its original case.

 

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Top view of the Zenith "Award" case with the Zenith crest on the top.

 

 

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