Green Glass Ear Trumpet
Here are some clues that indicate this beautiful green glass "ear trumpet" is not a genuine ear trumpet.
- Notice the supposed ear piece. Although the end is chipped, you can see
that the supposed earpiece is flared outómuch too big to go into a person's ear canal. In reality, it is similar to a bugle mouthpiece.
- The "ear piece" is straight, just as in the previous blue "bugle". Genuine ear trumpets have curved ear pieces so the end can go into your ear canal and yet the bell of the trumpet still faces forward. You could not do that with this "ear trumpet".
This "ear trumpet" would be sticking straight out from your head.
- Don't be fooled by the fact that you can hear through itóthat "Hearing
is easy. Sound is pleasant and crystal-clear." Many devices that are not
hearing aids do "work" to some degree (especially if you have normal
hearing), but that does not make them hearing aids. For example, if you hold
the mouthpiece of many of the brass musical instruments to your ear, you
should hear quite well (assuming the valves aren't blocking the sound), but
that does not make them genuine hearing aids. They are still musical
instruments. It is the same with this glass bugle. Calling it a hearing aid
doesn't make it so.
- Glass hearing aids are extremely rare, if they even exist. Thus the
chances of you ever coming across one are next to nothing. Elizabeth Bennion,
in her book "Antique
Hearing Devices" shows a picture of one such glass ear trumpet. I'm not
aware of any other documented glass ear trumpets. That's how rare they
Conclusion: Like the blue "bugle", this green one is not a genuine ear trumpet at all, but
is also likely a tiny decorative bugle.
The purchaser got taken if he thought he was getting a real hearing aid.
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