Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

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Old Newspaper Clippings Related to Hearing Testing and Hearing Aids—General Information

Old Newspaper and Magazine Clippings Related to Hearing Loss, Hearing Testing and Hearing Aids—General Information

There are a number of interesting articles in this section related to hearing loss, hearing testing and hearing aids.

For example the first item (below) describes what an ideal hearing aid would be like based on the technology available back in 1947.

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Old Newspaper/Magazine Clippings Archive

1.  "Design for an Ideal Hearing Aid" The New York Times.  October 19. 1947. Most of these predictions have come to pass—but it was not as simple as they thought back then.

2.  "Testing of Babies for Deafness Shown by Expert English Couple" They New York Times.  September 13, 1956.  We sure have come a long way in testing infants!

3.  "Something New Under the Sun: Solar Hearing Aid" The New York Times. May 2, 1958.  Solar-powered eyeglass hearing aids back in 1958—you betcha!

4.  "Loud Noises Help the Deaf"  Popular Science, September 1933. Another interesting "quack" device that probably did much more harm than it ever did good in helping people. We have a similar device (but much older and much smaller) in the museum—see the Massacon Ear Treatment Device.

5.  "Miracle of the Phonograph"  New York Times, October 12, 1893. Explains the "current" thinking of the cause of deafness and why loud sounds need to be applied to "cure" deafness as in the above article (No. 4).

6.  "Electric Light Warns Deaf Typist" Modern Mechanix, April, 1933. A neat example of an early assistive device to help a deaf typist who could not hear the bell at the end of each line.