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Click on the "General Information" button (top button above) for an overview and general information on this category of hearing aid.

 

Eyeglass Style Transistor Hearing Aids: 1954-1990

Beltone "Hear-N-See" Eyeglass Hearing Aid

The Beltone "Hear-N-See" eyeglass hearing aids, made by Beltone Electronics Corporation of Chicago, appeared on the market in 1956.

Each thick temple piece was about 6" long and ¾" by ½" in width and depth and was able to house a three transistor hearing aid, receiver and microphone. Thus, these eyeglass hearing aids could be configured for one ear or both ears.

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The top picture shows a dual hearing aid—one hearing aid in each temple piece. The picture at the right shows a single hearing aid in the left temple piece. The other temple piece is a "dummy".

 

 

 

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View of the underside of the Beltone Hear-N-See temple piece showing the volume control (lower left) and the nubbin for attaching the ear mold tube (upper right).

 

 

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View of the inside of the Beltone Hear-N-See temple piece showing the battery compartment with "Beltone" on its cover.

Notice the yellow dot below the battery compartment.

 

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View of the inside of the Beltone Hear-N-See temple piece with the battery compartment cover opened showing the No. 625 (or No. 630) battery.

 

 

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The front view of the "Hear-N-See" single aid. The actual hearing aid is in the left temple piece. The right temple piece is a "dummy" meant to look the same. Notice that these glasses have thin wire rims.

 

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The back view of the "Hear-N-See" single aid. The serial number on this aid was 36271.

 

 

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View of the underside of the temple-piece of the Beltone "Hear-N-See" eyeglass hearing aid showing the serial number (39052) (upper left) and the volume control (lower right).

The placement and size of the serial number on the underside of the temple piece wasn't consistent as shown here and in the two following pictures.

On this Hear-N-See aid the serial number was mid-way between the front and the volume control.

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Close-up view of the serial number of the Beltone "Hear-N-See" eyeglass hearing aid showing the placement of the serial number (57004) at the very front of the temple-piece.

 

 

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This Hear-N-See (serial number 760675 was also about mid-way between the front and the volume control but used larger, sloppy numbers.

 

 

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This pair of pictures shows the dual "Hear-N-See" hearing aid. There is a separate hearing aid built into each of the temple pieces. Notice that these glasses have thick black rims.

 

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The four holes in a square pattern at the ends of each temple piece are the microphone openings.

Early models of the Hear-N-See had microphones with 4 holes (serial numbers up to 40,000 or so). This pair had serial numbers 22059 and 23502.

Later models had one hole (serial numbers above 57,000).

 

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Later models of the Beltone Hear-N-See eyeglass hearing aids had a one-hole microphone port (left center) (serial numbers above 57,000). This Hear-N-See had serial number 57004.

 

 

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This Beltone Hear-N-See eyeglass hearing aid had a one-hole microphone port (center right). Its serial number was 760675.

 

 

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A Beltone "Hear-N-See" hearing aid in its original box. This was the single model.

 

 

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Outside view of the original box for the Beltone "Hear-N-See" hearing aids.

 

 


 

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