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.

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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


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from
Alberton   Alberton

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