OUR TREASURES

Working with museum collections can be a bit like entering Aladdin's cave, often not knowing what you might discover during the course of the day. It is also often a revelation into how far technology has progressed.

A prime example of this occurred recently when staff at Whangārei Museum came across a red cardboard box with a mechanical device stored inside which looked similar to a pocket-sized radio, and were shocked to find it was a rather bulky early style of hearing aid resembling nothing like the tiny ones produced today.

Hearing aids have been around longer than the English

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