'London Dome' ear trumpet, London, England, 1869-1900
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A condition where the hearing in both ears in not functional to ordinary levels.
Glossary: hearing aid
A small electronic apparatus that amplifies sound and is worn in or behind the ear to compensate for impaired hearing.
Glossary: ear trumpet
A funnel-shaped instrument for people with hearing difficulties. The trumpet is designed to gather sound waves and direct them into the ear canal. The short end of the funnel was held to the ear by the user, and the large end directed toward the sound.