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Ear Molds

Western Electric Custom Ear Molds

The Western Electric Company of Kearny, NJ began making custom ear molds since the stock ear molds weren't comfortable and didn't fit everyone.

Here is an early Western Electric custom ear mold made of hard black rubber. The number on this mold is W2042.

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Rear view of the above Western Electric custom ear mold (right).

The brass ferrule in the center was for snapping the ear mold on to the post of the receiver (left).


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This is a Western Electric custom black ear mold from the late 1930s showing the side that snaps on to the receiver. It was with a Western Electric Model 37A carbon hearing aid. The number on this mold is W8012.


 

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The other side of the above custom ear mold showing the side that went into the ear.


 

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Another Western Electric custom ear mold from the 1930s. It was made of hard black rubber. Notice how the later custom ear molds had more of an ear hook (top) than the earlier versions had. (Ear hooks in the early versions were almost non-existent.) The number on this mold is WV110.

 

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Rear view of the above custom Western Electric ear mold.

 


 

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