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Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids: 1921-1953

Electro-Ear Model E? Vacuum Tube Hearing Aid

The Electro-Ear Model E? one-piece vacuum tube hearing aid was made by the American Earphone Company, Inc. of New York city around 1949. The American Earphone Company used the trade name "Electro-Ear".

The Electro-Ear Model E? was housed in an ivory colored plastic case that measured 4¾” by 2½” by ⅞” thick. Without the batteries, it weighed  4¾ oz.

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Top view of the Electro-Ear Model E? showing the receiver cord jack (left) and the volume/on-off control (center).


 

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Rear view of the Electro-Ear Model E? showing the company name-plate. Unfortunately there is no model number visible anywhere.

The screw to the lower right of the name-plate is the tone control—ranging from H (high) to L (low).


 

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Inside view of the Electro-Ear Model E? with the back cover removed. As you can see, this hearing aid had a 3-vacuum tube amplifier.


 

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View of the battery compartment of the Electro-Ear Model E?. It took a 22½ volt B battery (left) and 2 1½ volt A batteries (right).


 

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The Electro-Ear Model E? in its original case.

 


 

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