WayBack Wednesday – The History of Hearing Aid Glasses

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Belltone Hearing Aid Glasses

National Save Your Hearing Day is May 31 of every year. Did you know that about 10% of the population cannot hear? Celebrating this day, we are highlighting Hearing Aid Glasses which have been around since the late 19th century.  The advent of the telephone changed everything with the transistor technology. Hearing Aid glasses were invented by Otarion Electronics with an electronic device that was put in the temple of eyeglasses. The Otarion Listener was the forefront and then closely followd by Beltone and Sonotone. It was estimated that by 1950 hearing aid glasses had a 50% market share.

Otarion Listener: Had a microphone and volume control on one temple, and the tube for the receiver and the battery compartment on the opposite temple. Two small plugs at the end of each temple plug into the center eye glass piece to complete the circuit.
Otarion Listener: Had a microphone and volume control on one temple, and the tube for the receiver and the battery compartment on the opposite temple. Two small plugs at the end of each temple plug into the center eye glass piece to complete the circuit.
1950's Hearing Aid Glasses
1950’s Hearing Aid Glasses
Belltone Hearing Aid Glasses
Beltone Hearing Aid Glasses 1957
1953 Zenith Hearing Aid Glasses
1953 Zenith Hearing Aid Glasses
June 1955 Life Magazine
June 1955 Life Magazine
1960 Hearing Aid Glasses by Sonotone
1960 Hearing Aid Glasses by Sonotone

 

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