Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

The Hearing Aid Museum

Hearing Aids of all types—Ear Trumpets, Carbon Hearing Aids, Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids, Transistor Hearing Aids, Body Hearing Aids, Eyeglass Hearing Aids and much more!

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About The Hearing Aid Museum

The Hearing Aid Museum

This on-line museum is the brainchild of Neil Bauman, Ph.D. the CEO of the Center for Hearing Loss Help, and Hugh Hetherington, the original collector of this valuable historical resource.

The Hearing Aid Museum displays the antique hearing aids and related devices contained in the private collections of both Hugh Hetherington and Neil Bauman.

Hugh Hetherington

Hugh Hetherington is a retired telephone engineer whose interest in early hearing aids began in the 1950's. As an employee of a telephone installation company he purchased a second hand 1950s vacuum tube hearing aid in order to adapt it as a cable tracer for use in telephone offices by adding a magnetic pickup to the unit. This magnetic pickup which is now common in most hearing aids today is called a telecoil.

Ironically, Hugh now has a high frequency hearing loss which developed while he was working in the noisy step-by-step telephone offices in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hugh is a director of the North Shore Branch (North Vancouver, B.C.) of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA). During his retirement, he has worked extensively with the CHHA to develop programs for the North Shore Branch. He is the editor of their newsletter Mountain Ear and often lectures on hearing loss issues, including the history of hearing aids.

Over the past thirty years, Hugh has collected around 800 hearing aids and related devices which date from the middle of the 19th century through to the current day.

Neil Bauman

Dr. Neil was born with a severe hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since 1955. He started out wearing one of the first transistorized hearing aids and has progressed though to the latest digital technology over the past 50 plus years.

Dr. Neil is the CEO of the Center for Hearing Loss Help. The Center helps people all over the world effectively cope with their hearing losses.

No stranger to collecting hearing aids himself, Dr. Neil now has more than 800 antique hearing aids and related devices in his own private collection. As much as possible, Dr. Neil collects hearing aids that Hugh doesn't have, thus the two collections are mostly complementary, and continue to expand The Hearing Aid Museum.

The Hearing Aid Museum

is sponsored by

The Center for Hearing Loss Help

"where you will receive the information, support and counsel you need in order to live an exciting and fulfilling life in spite of your hearing loss"