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Newly Revised Digital Exhibit: Deafness in Disguise: Concealed Hearing Devices of the 19th and 20th Centuries

August 4, 2005The Washington University School of Medicine Bernard Becker Medical Library is pleased to announce the release of a revised digital exhibit, Deafness in Disguise: Concealed Hearing Devices of the 19th and 20th Centuries, beckerexhibits.wustl.edu/did/index.htm.

Deafness in Disguise features historic hearing devices that were disguised as everyday items during the 19th and 20th centuries, rare books on speech and hearing and related archival material. Created for viewers of all ages and backgroundsfrom the layperson to the scholarthis revised exhibit combines images of hearing devices, rare books, photographs, illustrations, advertising literature and patents to provide a unique glimpse into the history of deafness and hearing impairment. The revised Deafness in Disguise digital exhibit contains nearly 300 additional digital images of hearing devices and archival material, and includes new sections such as Marketing of Hearing Devices, a Timeline, an Image Gallery, and a Resource section. The featured hearing devices and rare books are from the Central Institute for the Deaf-Max A. Goldstein Collections at Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library.

The revised Deafness in Disguise digital exhibit was executed through a retrospective metadata grant project funded from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered through the Missouri State Library.

For more information contact Barbara Halbrook at halbrookb@msnotes.wustl.edu or 314.362.2786.

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