Abstract

Electrical hearing aids were the principal site for component miniaturization and compact assembly before World War II. After the war, hearing aid users became the first consumer market for printed circuits, transistors, and integrated circuits. Due to the stigmatization of hearing loss, users generally demanded small or invisible devices. In addition to being early adopters, deaf and hard of hearing people were often the inventors, retailers, and manufacturers of miniaturized electronics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1547
Print ISSN
1058-6180
Pages
pp. 24-44
Launched on MUSE
2011-09-02
Open Access
No
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