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Body Type Transistor Hearing Aids

Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] Transistor (Body) Hearing Aid

The Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] transistor hearing aid was manufactured by the Hearing Aid Division of the Zenith Radio Corp. beginning in August 1958. It was a 5-transistor aid with a push-pull (PP) amplifier.

It's gold-colored anodized aluminum case measured 3¼" x 2¾" x ⅝" thick, and weighed a total of 3 oz. with batteries.

The Zenith Crest is missing from the indentation above the name "Zenith" (center).

Here is a blurb about the Zenith Regent [Mod II] hearing aid showing its suggested retail price was $205.00 back in 1958..

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Top view of the Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] showing the 4-position "H" (high), "M" (mid), "L" (low) and "F" (full)  tone control (left) and the on-off/1-7 position volume control (right).

Note that the Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] has black letters/numbers on cream-colored controls.

 

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Bottom view of the Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] showing the receiver cord jack (bottom center).

 

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Rear view of the Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] showing the various inscriptions. The top left reads "VOLUME" and the top right "TONE". The upper center has the words "Zenith", "REGENT" and "the royalty of hearing".

Unlike the original Regent, the Mod II has the serial number near the top of the battery cover, not at the bottom.
 

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Rear view of the Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] showing the battery compartment (center). It used two 1.4 volt size "N" No. 401 mercury batteries hooked in series to give a total of 2.8 volts in order to increase the output power.

 

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Comparison of the original Zenith "Regent" (left) and the "Regent" [Mod II] (right).

Notice the difference between the size of the microphone grills on these two sub-models; also the placement and size of the Zenith name. The pocket clip is also slightly different in shape.

 

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The Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] in its original carrying case.

 

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Top view of the Zenith "Regent" [Mod II] carrying case.

 

 

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