by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
Are you intrigued by old hearing aids and hearing devices? Have you ever seen a “pen” hearing aid that you wore in your shirt pocket? Or a barrette hearing aid you wore in your hair? Aren’t you glad you don’t have to lug around a heavy table top hearing aid that took so much power it had to be plugged into a wall receptacle?
Would you be embarrassed to use a giant ear trumpet over two feet long? Or would you insist, like many people today, that you wanted a much smaller and more invisible “hearing aid” like the tiny ear horns and auricles that are only a “minuscule” 3 inches long.
These are just a few of the many interesting and different hearing aids to be found in the On-line Hearing Aid Museum, now the largest on-line hearing aid museum in the world.
This museum is owned by Neil Bauman, the director of the Center for Hearing Loss Help and his friend Hugh Hetherington, probably the foremost authority on old hearing aids alive today.
Although it currently contains well over 200 hearing devices, the on-line museum is far from complete. At present, only about 30% of the hearing devices in Hugh’s personal collection are actually illustrated on-line. However, more are being added every week so the museum is a fun place to come back to from time to time.
If you have any questions on old hearing aids, feel free to email Dr. Neil.