Conversion tube hearing aid, circa 1860

Conversion tube hearing aid, circa 1860

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Caption: Conversion tube, dating from around 1860, England. This device is made from ivory and cloth covered rubber. It was used to assist hearing; one person would talk into the funnel-shaped end of the tube and the narrower end would be placed in the listener's ear canal. The talker's voice was transmitted along the tube to amplify the sound.

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