Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid

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Edgar A. Myers was a severely deaf attorney who was able to hear a radio broadcast of the Democratic National Convention in June 1924 by means of a large vacuum tube radio built by George F. Harrington, a Westinghouse engineer. E. A. Myers & Sons, of Pittsburgh, began manufacturing hearing aids soon thereafter. The firm gave this dummy example of a Radioear Zephyr model hearing aid to the Smithsonian for exhibit purposes in 1939. An inscription reads "AMERICAN / MEDICAL / ASSN. / ACCEPTED / COUNCIL / ON PHYSICAL / THERAPY / RADIOEAR / PAT. PEND. / NO. 11265."
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Object Name
Hearing Aid
hearing aid
Other Terms
Hearing Aid; Prostheses
E. A. Myers & Sons
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
fabric, cotton (overall material)
pink (overall color)
overall: 3.2 cm x 12.6 cm x 6.5 cm; 1 1/4 in x 4 15/16 in x 2 9/16 in
overall, as stored: 1 3/4 in x 5 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 4.445 cm x 13.6525 cm x 13.6525 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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