Medresco portable hearing aid

1953 in England
National Institute for Medical Research

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Medresco portable hearing aid, by Remploy Ltd., England, 1953. 3/4 top view. Black graduated background
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Medresco portable hearing aid, Cat. OL35/ET/53 by Remploy Ltd. in leather carrying patch, England, 1953

The Medical Research Council designed this early example of a portable hearing aid. It consists of an internal ear piece, large Ministry of Health-issue batteries and a microphone. It comes in a leather carrying pouch. The hearing aid ensemble is bulky by today’s standards. Since the late 1970s, some people who are deaf can hear with the aid of small, discreet cochlear implants. These hearing aids are powered by tiny lithium batteries the size of a watch battery. Some people in the deaf community argue cochlear implants ‘normalise’ people with hearing loss. This example was made by Remploy Limited.

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cardboard, complete, electronic component, leather, plastic (pf)
overall (hearing aid): 34 mm x 136 mm x 140 mm, .359 kg
overall (case): 42 mm x 75 mm x 170 mm, .116 kg
overall (case strap): 930 mm
hearing aid
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