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First Electric Hearing Aid

June 27, 2007

First Electric Hearing AidSome claim that Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, developed in 1876, was conceived as an electric hearing aid for his mother. The first electric hearing aid may have been the Akoulathon, designed in 1898 by Miller Reese Hutchinson of the Akouphone Company in Alabama. The carbon transmitter was enlisted for uses such as the telephone and the electric hearing aid, which became commercially available in 1898. Hearing aids make sounds louder, either by mechanically funneling sound to the ear more directly or by electronic magnification. The first amplified hearing devices contained a battery-operated carbon transmitter and earphones. In 1898, the Akouphone Company marketed a carbon table model hearing aid that sold for $400. The carbon-type hearing aids gave amplification near the low end and the middle speech frequency range. The carbon transmitter was replaced by the vacuum tube in the 1920’s, and later produced the first transistor-based hearing aid. Smaller, more powerful and stable, all electric hearing aids used today are based on transistors.


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  1. June 27, 2007 at 7:06 am

    400 dollars to buy the electric hearing aid in 1898 and who bought it? I guess no one buys it because it is too expensive to buy one in 1898.

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    April 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

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  3. December 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    A new study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging state that “Hearing Loss is now linked to may other health problems!” According to their studies, people with hearing loss are much more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This study goes on to state that “hearing loss left untreated can lead to loneliness, isolation and depression.”

    I have a very special “deaf friend” who tells me that driving a car is very frightening for him. He has to depend totally on his vision to be able to drive safely.

    If you have a hearing loss, don’t put off another minute. Do something right now to improve the quality of your lifestyle through “Better Hearing.”

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