When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, he not only revolutionized communications, he jolted hearing health into a new era. Bell invented the telephone as a way to help his wife, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, cope with her hearing loss.
Soon, other inventors began experimenting with how to further boost volume and to control the frequency of sound. Alabama electrical engineer Miller Reese Hutchison invented the first commercial electric hearing aid, called the Akouphone, in 1898.
Within the first two decades of the 20th century, hearing aids were being manufactured by large corporations, including Siemens and Western Electric. They used technology similar to the telephone to transmit electricity, which in turn was manipulated to control sound volume and amplification.
In 1948, Bell Laboratories developed transistors, leading to a new generation of hearing aids that rocketed performance to a new level. Since the 1960s, digital hearing aids have dominated the market. The hearing aids used today are in essence mini-computers that are capable of a variety of high-tech functions.
Check out this video from the 1950's that explains a brand new hearing aid/eyeglasses hybrid. Better vision and better hearing in one package! Pretty advanced for the 50's...
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