Podcast: The Ear Trumpet

Apr 12, 2022 | Blog, Media


In the new podcast series “Patented”, Dallas Campbell interviewed me about my research about deafness and ear trumpets in history. You can check it out here!

The Ear Trumpet

“Ear Trumpets are seen as old fashioned and clumsy, mostly deployed in pop culture for comic effect as a snarky shorthand for how old and out-of-touch a person is.

But during the Enlightenment there was a wider embrace of this new technology as a means of increased participation.

This episode we are joined by medical historian Dr Ruben Verwaal to explore how the popularity and stigma of the ear trumpet tracks with attitudes towards deafness, and where our cynicism towards the ear trumpet came from.”