Ear trumpet and walking stick combined, London, England, 1875-1885
A hearing trumpet is incorporated at the handle of this walking cane. This acts as an amplifier to direct the sound to the ear through a reversible earpiece worn in the ear. The walking stick could be rested on the shoulder of the user with the earpiece positioned in the ear. Other hearing devices designed for concealment were found in umbrellas, fans, chairs, table pieces, wigs and beards.
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Glossary: hearing trumpet
A condition where the hearing in both ears in not functional to ordinary levels.
Glossary: walking stick
Stick held in the hand and used for support in walking, especially as a fashionable and often ornamental accessory when taking a walk.