Hearing aid

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

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Mechanical hearing aid, imitation tortoiseshell ear extension, by Hawksley, London, 1900-1940. Full view, black perspex
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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.

On display

Science Museum: Making the Modern World Gallery

If you are visiting to see this object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.

Details

DisplayLocation:
Science Museum, Making the Modern World Gallery
Category:
Audiology
Object Number:
A602637
Materials:
imitation tortoiseshell, plastic
type:
hearing aid
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.