Goat Horn Ear Trumpet: W. P. Zubar with eartrumpet (c. 1900) - Credit: Library of Congress / Ear trumpets were early hearing aids. They were typically made from sheet iron, silver, wood, animal horns, & even snail shell. In 1963, the ear trumpet producer F. C. Rein & Son in London ended activity as the last company of its kind.
A c. 1880 antique ear trumpet made of tin with a black and gold tone finish. The body of the ear horn is a series of soldered doughnut-shaped segments. The bulbous segments were designed to further amplify sound. This type of antique hearing device is identified as a Corrugated Ear Trumpet in the George Tiemann 1889 catalogue, p. 189, fig. 2034.