Hearing aid

Made:
1900-1940 in London
maker:
Hawksley and Sons Limited

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Mechanical hearing aid, imitation tortoiseshell ear extension, by Hawksley, London, 1900-1940

Made from imitation tortoiseshell, this simple device would have fitted over the ear and been hidden under the hair. With the end inserted into the ear it acted like a mini ear trumpet, amplifying sounds to help people who were partially deaf to hear more clearly. (The effect would be similar to cupping your hand over your ear.)

The device was made by Hawksley, a medical instrument maker based in London.

Details

Category:
Audiology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A602637
type:
hearing aid
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment