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The history of hearing aids

 

The first hearing aids in the 17th century were ear trumpets and were created in many different shapes and sizes. They were made from sheet iron, silver, wood, snail shells or animal horns.

The first electric amplifiers were available at around the beginning of the 20th century and soon after the first hearing aids were invented. By the 1920s, they became small enough to carry in a handbag.

As the miniaturisation of technology progressed, hearing aids, became ever smaller. In the 1940’s, the first pocket devices were introduced. In the early 1960’s, a design entered the market that is still available today: the behind-the-ear device (BTE). Since then, hearing aid technology has undergone rapid development thanks to the progress of microelectronics.

Today’s hearing aids work with digital technology and are equipped with powerful computer chips. Many functions ensure better sound quality, wireless connectivity and ever smaller dimensions.

Along with the technology, the acceptance of hearing aids has changed as well. Smaller devices, new designs and stylish colours help users to wear their hearing aids with ease and confidence.




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