Now Hear This:
Hearing loss is as old as….hearing. So are attempts to hear better. Cup your hand and hold it around your ear and yell “Huh?”. Move closer to the person speaking, etc. And how about that “ear trumpet”? The funnel-shaped device that takes sound that enters the big opening and feeds it thru the hole at the other end. Into your ear. The Dark Ages of the hearing aid. But then technology, like lightning, struck.
Alexander Graham…..Ring A Bell?
The hearing aid really improved by leaps and bounds with telephone’s arrival on the world stage. This article reveals that Alexander Graham Bell was deeply involved in coping with hearing loss. The Scottish-born Bell, whose father and grandfather were speech teachers, taught at a school for the deaf in England and opened his own school for the hearing impaired in Boston. Around that time his telephone “unveiling” connected electricity with helping the hearing impaired.
Hearing Aids + Electricity
Like peanut butter and jelly, using a tiny electric current in a hearing aid is a game changer. If you’re looking for a detailed head-spinning history of hearing aids, this Wikipedia article shows how improvements to hearing aids rapidly occurred in the 20th century. Not only was electric current heaven-sent, so was miniaturizing the hearing aid, to the point of near invisibility. Technology with a bit of vanity. Superb.
That Was Then. This Is Now.
A history lesson is always captivating. But if you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, there’s no need to suffer in silence. Life is too short. So please get in touch with professionals who provide a free hearing evaluation, programs for military veterans, hearing aid repairs, and a lot more services from those who care! Contact us immediately! Experience the sounds of your life!