ear trumpets

dentaphone

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image of ear trumpet
c 1895

This hearing device is not really a trumpet in the conventional sense.

The tensioned folding plate was designed to rest against the teeth.

Bone conduction being responsible for taking the sound to the ears.

They really do work for some cases of deafness but were somewhat unattractive in use !

Quite popular at the theatre in late Victorian times.
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