Pair of ear cornets, 1700-1900
Ear cornets did not amplify sound like a hearing aid. They sat inside the ear of someone with a collapsed ear canal. The device opened the canal to allow sound waves to pass through. These tiny ear cornets are made of gilt silver. They sit in a hinged presentation box.
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A condition where the hearing in both ears in not functional to ordinary levels.
Glossary: aural aid