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Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid

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Sonotone introduced its first transistorized hearing aid in December 1952, terming it “the latest electronic miracle.” Powered with germanium transistors, it was the same size as a book of matches, weighed but one ounce, and promised to be an investment “in a lifetime of Better Hearing.” Sonotone donated this Model 100 to the Smithsonian in 1955.
Ref: Sonotone ad in Chicago Tribune (Dec. 30, 1952), p. 7.
“‘Magic Midget’ To Be Boon For Hearing Aid Users,” Hartford Courant (Dec. 30, 1952), p. 12.
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hearing aids
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Sonotone Corporation
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 7/8 in; 3.175 cm x 8.255 cm x 7.3025 cm
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