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Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Transistor Hearing Aids

Sears Model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid

This Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid was manufactured for Sears in 1969.

Note that Sears did not make their own hearing aids but contracted with various hearing aid manufacturers for a private label run of one of their aids. The manufacturers changed from year to year. It was Sears policy to not reveal which manufacturers they used for any given aid.

This was a 3-transistor hearing aid and measured 1˝" x ⅝" x ⅜" (3.9 x 1.6 x 1.0 cm) and weighed 0.1 oz (4 g) without the battery.

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Top view of the Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid showing the ceiling-facing microphone port.

 


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Rear view of the Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid showing the volume control (center) and battery door (left). The battery door served as the on-off switch.

Note that the volume control wheel was mounted horizontally rather than the usual vertical orientation.


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View of the Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid showing the swing-down battery door.

 

 

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View of the Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid showing the 1.4 volt mercury battery in place. This aid took a no. 675 mercury battery such as the Eveready EP675E battery.
 

 

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Bottom front view of the Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid showing the model number (8030) and serial number (EEBN42) below it.

 

 

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Bottom view of the Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid showing the name "Sears" stamped into the battery door.

 

 

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The Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid in its original carrying case.
 

 

 

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View of the original case of the Sears model 8030 "Tru-Ear 30" behind-the-ear hearing aid. The case measured 2 15/16" x 2 3/16" x 1 3/16" (7.5 x 5.6 x 3.1 cm)

 

 


 

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