More information on #362 Clarvox auricle

This auricle has a bundle of wires attached to a tube which is fixed inside the ear tube near the base of the horn.

My attention to this was drawn by ENT specialist Dr Roelf M Backus in the Netherlands.

Our early emails may be read.

Roelf asked me to re-photograph my auricle so that he could compare it with the one he has which also has wires.

The pictures clearly show the wires inside my auricle.

photo showing wires in situ with auricle moved for a different view
retaining tube and wires
photo by Roelf
end view showing tube inside auricle - arrows by Roelf !
Aug 2019
From Roelf

I did some research on the metal wires in the ear cornets. I have come to the following conclusion:

1. to prevent small objects (rings, coins, hairpins, earrings) from getting stuck, for example while carrying in a ladies' bag.

2. quackery

Another example may be found at the Hearing Aid Museum

Ear Trumpets, the Packington Collection
SY10, Shropshire, UK