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Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids: 1921-1953

Western Electric Model 65 Vacuum Tube Hearing Aid

The Western Electric Model 65 hearing aid was made by the Western Electric Co. of Kearny, N.J. in 1947.

It was a 1-piece hearing aid and had a crystal microphone. The dimensions of the Model 65 was 4½" x 2½" x ⅞". It weighed 5¼ oz.

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Top view of the Western Electric Model 65 showing the volume control on the left, the receiver jack in the middle and the on-off/tone control on the right.

The tone control has 3 positions. The 3-dot position (shown) gives full range of tones. The 2-dot position moderately suppresses low-frequency sounds, and the 1-dot position gives maximum suppression of low frequency sounds.
 

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Side view of the Western Electric Model 65. Interestingly, this hearing aid was made with a slight curvature to the case so it would more comfortably fit the shape of your body when worn in a breast pocket.

 

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Rear view of the Western Electric Model 65.

 

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The battery compartment showing the place for the "B" battery (left) and the "A" battery (right).

The "B" battery is an Eveready 411E (or equivalent) 15 volt battery.

The "A" battery is the Eveready 1016E 1½ volt battery (2 cells in parallel).

 

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The Western Electric Model 65 hearing aid in its original case.

 

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The outside of the original Western Electric case.

 

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The front cover of the 20-page instruction booklet for the Western Electric Model 65 hearing aid. Click here to read this booklet.

 


 

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