Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid

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The Audiphone, a small carbon microphone hearing aid developed by Bell Laboratories and the West-ern Electric Co., was introduced in early 1927. Advertisements promised “marvelous amplification.” The Orthotechnic Audiphone, a new model developed by scientists at Bell Telephone Laboratories, was introduced in 1938. The Graybar Electric Company, a successor to Western Electric, gave this air conduction example to the Smithsonian in 1939.
Ref: Western Electric Audiphone ad in Chicago Tribune (Feb. 6, 1927), p. E6.
Western Electric Audiphone ad in Los Angeles Times (March 27,1938), p. H2.
Western Electric Company, New Hearing Aids (ca. 1939).
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Object Name
hearing aids
Other Terms
date made
ca 1937
Graybar Electric Company
Western Electric
place made
United States: Alabama, Avondale Lake
overall: 3 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 in; 7.62 cm x 3.81 cm x 2.54 cm
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Credit Line
Graybar Electric Company, Inc.
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National Museum of American History
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