Conversation tube hearing aid

Made:
1860-1900 in London
Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube.  Overhead view of whole object against light grey background Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey background Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey background Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube.  Front 3/4 detail view of object against dark grey background

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Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube. Overhead view of whole object against light grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube. Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube. Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ear trumpet with large bell and flexibe tube. Front 3/4 detail view of object against dark grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Conversation tube hearing aid, also known as a speaking tube, with fabric covered rubberised tube, vulcanite earpiece and large engraved brass sound-capturing bell, made by F. C. Rein & Son, London, c.1860-1900.

Details

Category:
Audiology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A241528
Materials:
bell, brass (silver plated), earpiece, vulcanite, tube connector, brass (silver plated) and tube, rubber, fabric covered
type:
hearing aid
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment