From December 13, 1902, an un-subtle suggestion for a Christmas present:
While not like some of the medical come-ons we’ve seen that were clearly fraud, this one might have been for real. I’m not sure what the ear drum was or looked like, so I can’t judge any. I do note, though, that the shouter is wearing a very high collar.
I remember watching a film about Beethoven and there is a scene where a boy (or girl, I don’t remember), gives him an ear trumpet, which he then hides in a drawer full of other ear trumpets that, presumably, other people have given him.