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Ear trumpet; XAH.O.64

Ear trumpet; XAH.O.64
Ear trumpet
About this object
Ear trumpet; a brass ear trumpet. Comprised of three pieces: an ear piece, a leather covered tube and a bell shaped end piece.

The ear trumpet was an early, non-electric, hearing aid, which worked by collecting sound waves and directing them better towards the ear. It did this at the same time as sheltering the ear from unwanted background sounds. Ear trumpets remained the only viable form of assistance for the hearing impaired right up until the early twentieth century.

For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials
brass; leather
H: 29.2cm
Diameter (at widest point): 13cm

Credit Line
Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Ear trumpet
Object number


ear trumpet
hearing aid

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