I have a collection of ear trumpets - 294 items
These ecologically sound devices (yes, I mean the pun) are rarely used anymore.
The range of shapes
and materials is really quite wide.
One UK manufacturer was still making them in 1963, and supplying until 1976.
I know one other user,
who like me, uses an ear trumpet sometimes.
I have some very agricultural ones and a very early (1803) silver one
worth more than a small car.
I would be very interested in hearing from
anyone wishing to sell a genuine ear trumpet
I am not interested in electronic aids, but maybe in electrical quack devices.
On this site an 'ear trumpet' is any kind of acoustic or mechanical hearing aid.
I collect any related item that is a good discussion point when showing the collection. Thus I have a couple of monaural stethoscopes and some other items which were possibly used as ear trumpets
. Also there are some items which are not actually ear trumpets at all but demonstrate some of the things passed off as such
As my collection has grown a couple of people have asked why I collect ear trumpets.
Firstly, I am very, very deaf with only a limited response to 800Hz in one ear.
Expensive electronic hearing aids have proved pretty useless to me, because of the way that the industry works - see my open letter
I was given a beautiful very old and rare solid silver trumpet in 2001.
My wife then found a chased EPNS Rein which is also lovely and I bought that. Then I found out about conversation tubes and I was hooked.
is astounding and even more so the things that people try and pass off
as ear trumpets.
In addition to the various different approaches to making an acoustic aid - straight horn, folded horn, coversation tube, ear insert etc. there is a huge variation in each approach
On top of variation, one might expect
some size differences
, but the reality is astounding.
I do not clean or repair the items in my collection unless essential for preservation.