The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 38
From the Christian Intelligencer. — The Audiphone
From the Christian Intelligencer.
A correspondent of the Christian Intelligencer writes: It may seem a small matter to speak of as an outcome of a great city's doings—but there is a room in New York where you may go to-day and sit and have a blessed revelation and thank God. One and another come in, bearing on their faces the peculiar lines which indicate the sadness and solicitude of deafness. They take into their hands what seems a curved fan, and rest it (as is the wont of those who fan themselves) against their lips, or rather seem to touch it gently to their teeth. Instantly a pleasing surprise pervades their countenance, and soon the sorrow lines smooth out of their brows and cheeks, not wholly from within but reflected from the speech and sounds about them. They hear! They are out of a long imprisonment, whose thick walls have shut from them the voices of men, or dulled them into a confused and distant murmur. One says (a young man), "I was receiving a large salary and saw a prosperous career before me, but I was forced to resign it all under the pressure of increasing deafness, and I have found myself strangely incapacitated for what I feel I could best do, and need to do for the sake of others as well as myself. And now I hear you all and could transact business with you as well as ever." Another says, "I went three times to church yesterday, as has been my wont, but I heard scarcely a word; but now I hear distinctly your ordinary tones." And the whole secret is in that little fan which each holds against his teeth. Are not the tailsmans of science working greater marvels than the babied genii, or the dreams of Arabian Nights? All this is but a faint preluding mutter of a great sea of blessed sound, which is to surge in upon myriads of relived hearts when the Audiphone makes itself heard as it makes men to hear.page 44
"A man deafer than Edison has shown, by the Audiphone, that people born deaf or made deaf by disease, can actually be made to hear to a greater or less extent."
—Detroit Free Press. Nov. 25, 1879.
"It is valuable, and will materially help in the education of children like those at the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, and will doubtless prove an effective aid to the many people of impaired hearing. Its discovery therefore is a cause for congratulation, and its attractive appearance and convenience for use, so different from the old-fashioned ear trumpet, will serve to bring it largely into use."
—Hartford (Conn.) Courant.
"Deaf mutes were able to hear the music of the piano when at a considerable distance from the instrument."
—N. Y. Observer's Report of Private Exhibition.
"This wonderful invention promises to be one of great value."
—Illustrated N. Y. Christian Weekly.
"Tests were satisfactorily applied to several members of a class of deaf mutes who were present, and the pleasure at hearing sound evinced by one young girl was most interesting and touching. A new organ, or a new use for an organ, is discovered, if not created."
—From Jenny June's Letter in Baltimore American. Dec. 1, 1879.
"At last the deaf are made to hear. Failing to hear through the front door of the ear the Audiphone carries it to the back."
—Concord (N. H.) Daily Monitor. Nov. 25.
"The deaf-mutes were enabled to distinguish the difference between sounds, and enjoyed the singing of one of the ladies."
—New York Tribune's Report of Exhibition. Nov. 22, 1879.
"The Audiphone, for the deaf, is likely to supersede the ear trumpet altogether; is not at all objectionable to carry or to use, and enables thousands who never heard a sound in their lives to distinguish letters, words and music for the first time."
—Church Union. November 29, 1879.
"In this invention Mr. Rhodes has proved himself a benefactor."
—The Standard. Sept 25, 1879.
"The fact of hearing through the medium of the teeth has long been known, but it has remained for the inventor of the Audiphone to utilize this fact for the benefit of the afflicted."
—New York Star. Nov. 22, 1879.
"A class of deaf-mutes from the Washington Heights Asylum were present, and the tests with them were quite satisfactory. Some heard the notes of the piano for the first time."
—New York Evangelist's Report of New York Exhibition. Nov. 27, 1879.
"Seems to discount any of the instruments invented by Edison to aid the hearing."
—New Orleans Times. Nov. 27, 1879.
"The invention will have practical value."
—New York Herald.
"It is all the inventor claims it to be."
Evansville (Ind.) Journal. Nov. 30, 1879.
"The Trial was an eminent success."
—Boston Traveler. Dec. 2, 1879.
"Has proved a signal success."
—Albany (N. Y.) Press.
"Would be easily mistaken for a fan."
—Democrat and Chronicle.
"In many cases of deafness, where the auditory nerve is impaired, the Audiphone can be of no avail; but where, as is often the case, the defect is only in those parts of the ear by which vibrations are conveyed to the nerve from without, this invention will prove a great boon."
—Washington (D. C.) Post. Oct. 27, 1879.
"Will practically restore to speech and hearing a large class of afflicted persons."
—Toronto (Canada) Mail. Dec. 5, 1879.
"Great benefit to those partially deaf."
—Providence (R. I.) Journal. Nov 6, 1879.
"Earlier reports are fully borne out by later experiments."
—Denver Times. December 6, 1879.
"A new and ingenious device by which the deaf are enabled to hear through the medium of the teeth."
—New York Graphic. Nov. 21, 1879.
"One of the wonders of this day of telephones, phonographs and the like, is the Audiphone, invented by Richard S. Rhodes, of Chicago, which enables deaf people to hear with their teeth. People who have once heard, but have grown deaf, and thus know the meaning of sounds and can talk themselves, practically have perfect hearing restored by the use of the Audiphone."
"Had it in our possession not more than two minutes before we were satisfied that it was at least all that we anticipated, but have since found it to be much superior to anticipations. Besides, we find it to improve by use, also to improve our natural hearing, which is remarkable."
—Editor Germantown Telegraphy Philadelphia, Nov. 26, 1879.
"With a little practice the sounds thus received are interpreted the same as if they reached the nerves of hearing through the ear."