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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Zenith "Premier" Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Zenith "Premier" transistor hearing aid was manufactured by the Hearing Aid Division of the Zenith Radio Corp. in 1959. It was an 4-transistor aid.

The Zenith "Premier" measured 2⅝" x 1⅞" x 11/16" thick, and weighed 2¼ oz. with battery. The case was gold-colored anodized aluminum.

The microphone grill was keystone shaped and located on the front center. The name "Zenith" (in script) was on the lower front.

(The two little holes above the microphone grill held the (missing) Zenith crest in place.)

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Top view of the Zenith "Premier" showing  the 4-position "H" (high), "M" (mid), "L" (low) and "F" (full) tone control (top left), and the 1-7 position volume control/on-off switch (top right). In the center is the receiver cord jack.

Note the color of the controls. Zenith later used the reverse colors (dark letters on light-colored controls).
 

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

The Zenith "Premier" took an "N" size 1.4 volt No. 401 mercury battery.

 

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Rear view of the Zenith "Premier" hearing aid. "VOLUME" is inscribed in the upper left corner and "TONE" in the upper right corner. On the upper back is inscribed "Zenith", "PREMIER" and "the royalty of hearing". The serial number is inscribed on the battery cover.

 

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

 

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Top view of the Zenith "Premier" carrying case.

 

 

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