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Behind the Ear (BTE) Transistor Hearing Aids

Beltone "Minuet [II]" Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid

The Beltone "Minuet [II]" behind-the-ear hearing aid was produced by the Beltone Electronics Corp. of Chicago, IL beginning in 1976. The hearing aid at the right was made in 1980. On the upper underside there is stamped the serial number "H42141" and the year "1980".

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Left side view of the Beltone "Minuet [II]" showing the name "Beltone Minuet" stamped on it.

The Beltone "Minuet [II]" had a directional microphone system. The forward-facing microphone port was on the top of the case above the ear hook.

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View of the back of the Beltone "Minuet [II]" showing the rear microphone port (black dot near top), the battery compartment door (center) and the volume control (bottom).

 

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Side view of the Beltone "Minuet [II]" showing how the battery door swung down from the top. This hearing aid used a No. 13 battery.

 

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Instead of using the battery door as the on-off switch, the Beltone Minuet [II] had the unusual arrangement of a sliding on-off switch on the very bottom. On the side at the bottom this switch is labeled "O" (off) and "M" (presumably for microphone).

 

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The underside of the Beltone "Minuet [II]" showing the two adjusting screws. The upper one is labeled "dB SPL" and adjusts the power output between 95 and 105 dB.

The lower screw is labeled "Tone" and adjust the tone from "H" (high) to "L" (low).
 

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View of the Beltone "Minuet [II]" showing its size.

 


 

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