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Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids: 1921-1953

Zenith Regent Vacuum Tube Hearing Aid

The Zenith Regent vacuum tube hearing aid was manufactured by the Hearing Aid Division of the Zenith Radio Corporation of Chicago, IL beginning in July, 1952.

The gold-colored anodized aluminum case was set over a black plastic chassis.

The Zenith Regent measured 4˝” by 2⅜” by ⅞” thick, and weighed 6˝ oz. with the batteries.

The round microphone grill (top center) had the Zenith crest in its center. The pocket clips are on each side of the microphone grill.

Below the "ZENITH" name on the lower front is the t-coil (called "phone magnet" in those days).

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Top view of the Zenith Regent  showing the 4-position "H" (high), "M" (mid), "L" (low) and "F" (full) tone control (top left), and the 1-7 position volume control/on-off switch (right). The 2-prong receiver jack is in the center.

Here is a copy of the User's Manual for the Zenith Regent hearing aid.

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Right side view of the Zenith Regent hearing aid showing the t-coil switch (labeled TEL  MIKE) (left of center) and the thumbnail indentation (center) labeled "LIFT" to open the battery compartment door.


 

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Rear view of the Zenith Regent  hearing aid showing the opened battery compartment. The whole back opened. The battery door was hinged on the right.

This hearing aid took a Zenith No. Z 1˝ volt "A" battery (this battery looked like an AA battery but was a bit larger in diameter ) (lower left) and a Zenith No. Z-12-G 22˝ volt "B" battery (lower right). The Eveready 412E also fit.
 

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The back of the Zenith Regent  hearing aid. In the top left is the word "VOLUME" and in the top right the word "TONE".

On the upper half are inscribed the words "Zenith", 'REGENT" and "the royalty of hearing".


 

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The Zenith Regent  in its original carrying case.

 

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View of the Zenith Regent carrying case.


 


 

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