LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Siemens 1924 Hearing Aid (photos below) solves the Charlie Chaplin Time Traveler mystery. A Siemens 1924 Hearing Aid was likely held, not a cellphone, by the Charlie Charlie visitor caught on film. Travel traveler? No. Hearing aid user? Yes.
In the last twenty-four hours, the “Time Traveler Caught on Film in Charlie Chaplin’s Circus” mystery has provoked debate. But since the beginning, a hearing aid has been the subject of possible answers. Yet, today’s consumers wouldn’t think that someone using a hearing aid would appear to be look like they are talking on a phone.
The problem is that today’s hearing aids are far different that those in the 1920s. The Siemens 1924 Hearing Aid didn’t rest on your ear, without use of hands. In fact, as Siemens proudly depicts on its website siemens.com, the device was held up to your ear no different that today’s cellphone. In fact, if you gave the picture used to promote the Siemens 1924 Hearing Aid to someone today, they might very well think the object being held in a candybar Nokia cellphone, or other popular half-palm size cellphone devices.
Siemens says of the aid device: “Siemens patent for a compact, pocket sized carbon microphone/ amplifier device suitable for pocket instruments” they say of the device. Milestones For a while, the carbon amplifier patented by Siemens played a major role in hearing aid technology and significantly raised the volume of hearing aids.
“The electrical energy controlled by the carbon microphone was not fed to the receiver directly. It first drove the diaphragm of an electromagnetic system connected to a carbon-granule chamber. Current was transmitted across this chamber from the vibrating diaphragm electrode to the fixed electrode plate.
“The amplified current produced mechanical vibrations in the electromagnetic hearing diaphragm that were then transmitted to the ear as sound.”
George Clarke had said of his video posted to YouTube “Right now the only conclusion that I can come to which sounds absolutely ridiculous I’m sure to some people, is, it’s a time traveler It is not an ear trumpet, it is not an AM/FM radio, because obviously it’s 1928. If any of you guys have any queries on this, or any sort of ideas as to what this could be, please leave a comment and tell me what it is because I really don’t know.”
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