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Ear trumpets. Engraving from the 1790s of ear trumpets and a syringe. These devices were design- ed to relieve deafness. The first ear trumpet design (Fig. The second ear trumpet (Fig. The third (Fig. Ear trumpets were tubes which worked by amplifying sound as it passed from the wide end to the narrow end. The syringe (at right) was used to remove excessive earwax or an obstacle blocking the ear canal. The syringe directed a jet of warm water into the ear which then dislodged the blockage.
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