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Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Transistor Hearing Aids

Medresco Model BE11 Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid

The Medresco Model BE11 behind-the-ear hearing aid was made by the Oticon plant in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland for Medresco (MEDical RESearch COuncil) and the Department of Health & Social Security in England in 1974.

Medresco hearing aids were distributed free to qualifying people by the British Health Service. This hearing aid was the first Medresco aid that did not have a model number beginning with the letters "OL".

This was likely a 3-transistor hearing aid like its predecessor, the Model OL67.

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Rear view of the Medresco Model BE11 hearing aid showing the volume control (top) battery door (middle) and switch (bottom). The 3 position switch is labeled "O" (off), "T" (t-coil) and "M" (microphone).


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View of the Medresco Model BE11 hearing aid showing the swing-down battery door in the open position. This hearing aid took a No. 675 battery.

 

 

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Bottom view of the Medresco Model BE11 hearing aid showing the downward-facing microphone port (bottom center) and the model number (BE11). The arrow beside the model number indicated that this aid was made for the Ministry of War.

 

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Lower side view of the Medresco Model BE11 hearing aid showing a recessed adjusting screw. Engraved into the case is the letter "H" (high-frequency emphasis) and an arrow pointing counterclockwise.

 

 

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View of the underside of the Medresco Model BE11 hearing aid showing the serial number—possibly ...T4 and below it BE...5256/B M&Q

 

 

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Side view of the Medresco Model BE11 hearing aid showing its size. (Ruler increments are 1/16".)

 

 


 

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