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Eyeglass Style Transistor Hearing Aids: 1954-1990

Beltone "Virtuoso" Eyeglass Hearing Aid

The Beltone "Virtuoso" eyeglass hearing aid was made by Beltone Electronics Corporation of Chicago, IL in 1958.

All the electronics were housed in one temple piece. Thus, these eyeglass hearing aids could be configured for one ear, or both ears. The model shown in these pictures has a hearing aid in each of the temple pieces.

The Beltone "Virtuoso" was a 5-transistor aid.

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View of the rear portion of the right temple piece of the Beltone "Virtuoso" showing the volume control/on-off switch on the underside in the middle of the temple piece (top center).

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Rear inside view of the right temple piece of the Beltone "Virtuoso" showing the battery door. It is engraved with the word "Beltone".

The "Virtuoso" was a bone conduction hearing aid. The bone vibrator (transducer) is the large black "button" (top right). It fit snuggly on the mastoid bone behind the ear.

 

 

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The battery door swung out (forward) to reveal the No. 625  (or 630) battery used by the Beltone "Virtuoso".

 

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The Beltone "Virtuoso" shown in its folded up position. The two large round circles in the center of the temple pieces are the microphones. When worn, the microphones faced out just ahead of the ears.

 

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View of the Beltone "Virtuoso" in its "open" position.

 

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The Beltone "Virtuoso" in its original case.

 

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Outside view of the case of the Beltone "Virtuoso".

 


 

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