Hearing Trumpet; R260

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REDLAND MUSEUM

Name/Title

Hearing Trumpet

About this object

Until the development of the electronic hearing aid in the Twentieth Century, ear trumpets were large, bulky artifacts. Some were collapsible and carried in pockets, unlike the one shown, which has a metal trumpet bell-shaped resonator with a rubber tube and a glass tube ear-piece. Covering the trumpet’s open end is an intricate cut-out pattern in metal. Some trumpets were cleverly disguised and delicately crafted to be worn by the person as dictated by fashion.
The hearing impaired person would place the ear-piece in their ear, with the trumpet part near the mouth of the person speaking to them. One assumes the trumpet would not be very effective for a hearing impaired person.

Medium and Materials

Plastics (Synthetic Materials)
Indeterminate (Glass)
Chrome (Metal Plating)

Measurements

190 x 92 x 92 (horn); 900 x 50 (tube) mm

Credit Line

(donor unknown)

Object number

R260

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