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    Various shots show a small boy and a man sitting opposite each other at a desk; the boy is wearing headphones and is taking a hearing test.

    We then see various shots of hearing aids through the ages, demonstrated by people in period costume. One of the oldest is an earpiece connected to what looks like an urn of flowers; a Victorian lady and several gentlemen (most wearing preposterous false beards and moustaches) listen through various earpieces and tubes. A three way ear horn sits on a table before three people; we see a special 'hearing throne' that was made for the King of Portugal in 1819, with an earpiece attached to the back of a throne with hollow arms.

    Hearing aids belonging to famous people are seen, including those of Queen Victoria, Gladstone and Winston Churchill. Several more modern aids are seen, ending with a very small hearing aid that fits totally into the ear, battery included.

    Note: a letter on file suggests these hearing aids were lent by Amplivox, the Hearing Advisory Service, rather than being part of a museum. Perhaps the museum was part of a showroom at Amplivox. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    British Pathé
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    01:22:51:00 / 01:25:25:00
    CP 650
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    CP 650
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    Historical Figures & Celebrities Science & Technology Trade & Industry Entertainment & Humour
    The Deaf in Britain White Cliffs of Dover Tate
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