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Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids: 1921-1953

Multitone VPM Vacuum Tube Hearing Aid

The Multitone VPM (Vest Pocket Model) was manufactured by the Multitone Electric Co. Ltd. of London, England in 1937. It appears to have been their first wearable hearing aid and featured a clip-on external microphone and an earphone. The VPM model was very small for its time measuring 3¼” by 2½” by 1”.

While this example does not have a telecoil, it is reported that the Multitone VPM in 1938 was the first wearable hearing aid to incorporate a telecoil

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A close-up of the earphone.


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A close-up of the external microphone.


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The Multitone VPM used an external 1½ volt “A” battery (battery plug on the left) and 37½ volt “B” battery (plug on the right) Notice that this "B" battery plug is a three-prong plug.



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