A Look Into the Ear Trumpet
Hearing aids have been around for longer than the English language. In 100 A.D., Greek physician Archigenes suggested blowing trumpets into a patient’s ear as a cure for deafness. Luckily humanity has bridged those rather dim times into the digital hearing aid age.
French mathematician Jean Leurechon introduced the first modern “devices” in the 17th Century. Leurechon wrote the world’s first known description of a hearing aid—the ear trumpet. These non-electric aids were essentially sophisticated, powerful and fairly effective ways of amplifying and directing sound, much like cupping a hand behind your ear. Some even became fashion statements, as they were adapted to headbands and hats or designed to look like flowers tucked behind a lady’s ear.