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Silver ear trumpet, London, England, 1814

People who were hard of hearing used ear trumpets. They are simple devices. The curved trumpet end amplified sounds while the other end was placed in the ear. This silver example is shortened by removing the end piece. Pieces can be added to lengthen it. The design was described as being telescopic.

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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.