Sounds that I had not heard for years and had quite forgotten came back distinctly, and
the more I use it the better I like it. " ABBIE R. STEVENS,
" Oct. 9, 1879. " Salem, Mass."
" I attend church, hear perfectly six pews from the desk, and can not hear the minis-
ter's voice without the Audiphone. I go to lectures and concerts, and, in short, am
alive again and a part of the world. Sometimes I think my Audiphone is bewitched, it
works so well. "ABBIE. R. STEVENS."
" Dec. 13, 1879. [Second Letter.]
" The Audiphone came O. K. By its aid I am now able to join in general conversa-
tion, which I have not been able to do for eighteen years. " H. K. TAYLOR,
" Nov. 21, 1879. " Cleveland, O."
" The 'Phone at hand ; and on trial even more satisfactory than could be expected at
first use. My wife and friends are delighted and enthusiastic over it. They are rejoiced
that I can hear, and I am glad that it no longer requires an effort on their part to enable
me to do so. " E. C. ELY (firm, Reynolds & Ely),
" Oct. 4, 1879. " Peoria, Ills."
" 114 South Twenty-First Street, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 15.
" Messrs. Rhodes & McClure. The Audiphone arrived safely, and I hasten to assure
you of its perfect success for my hearing. In ordinary conversation I can not use it
against the eye-teeth as it makes the voices too loud, although the Audiphone is scarcely
drawn. I entered into general conversation with perfect ease, last evening, for the first
time for five or six years. A melodeon or piano I hear distinctly at great distances.
Reading aloud is also easily heard. My family and friends are so rejoiced at my success,
and regard the instrument in wonder. My physician is delighted with it, and thinks, as
my deafness arose greatly from nervousness, that the Audiphone will -stimulate the audi-
tory nerve, and possibly benefit or restore my sense of^hearing. The terrible strain being
taken from my mind gives me such rest and good spirits that I almost forget my deafness.
" Yours very truly, " MRS. F. A. LEX."
" Messrs. Rhodes & McClure. The Audiphone, per Adams' Express, arrived all right,
and my wife is delighted with it. She has been to the theater and other public entertain-
ments, and for the first time in twelve years was she able to hear all that was said.
" Dec. 9, 1879. " H. A. BARRY, 26 Post Office Ave,, Baltimore, Md."
" My Audiphone is the wonder of the day. It helps me wonderfully in conversation.
" B. H. MULFORD, ESQ., Montrose, Pa."
*' My deafness is of long standing, having originated from an attack of scarlet fever '
more than thirty years ago. The hearing in each ear is defective and in one almost com-
pletely impaired. The Audiphone forwarded has been tested in ordinary conversation
and also by attendance upon the opera and perfectly subserves -the purposes for which it
was intended. My hearing when using the instrument is as acute as though no infirmity
existed and the effect of the use of the instrument has appreciably toned up and improved
the auditory organs so much so as to have attracted the attention of my family.
" I have exhibited the instrument to several friends afflicted with deafness. Among
the parties who have determined to use your invention are Judge McCorkle, of California ;
Gen. Boynton, of the Cincinnati Gazette ; and General Markham, a resident of this city.
All of these gentlemen are afflicted with defective hearing.
" G. W. CARTER,
" Nov. 28, 2879. Washington, D. C.
" I find that the more accustomed I become to the use of my Audiphone the better
results do I obtain, and having been quite deaf for over thirty years I can assure you it is
a great gratification to be able to attend any place where public speaking is going on and
hear all that is uttered by the speakers a pleasure that has been denied me all that time.
Nov. 26, 1879. " JOHN B. SCOTT, New York."
PERSONAL TESTIMONY. 3
" It answers the purpose admirably. Has created quite a sensation among my friends.
" Sept. 21, 1879. " E. F. TEST, Claim Agent, U. P. R. R., " Omaha, Neb."
" Your Audiphone to hand. The lady (my sister) has tried it and finds she can hear
now an ordinary conversation which she can not do without it. I would not part with it for
ten times its cost. " W. W. EVANS,
" Sept., 1879. " Grant Locomotive Works, Paterson, N. J."
" I procured an Audiphone yesterday and can already hear quite well an ordinary con-
versation. " HENRY MILNES, Cold Water, Mich."
" Music clear in any part of the room. To say that I am gratified would only express
moderately how I feel. " G. H. PAINE, Freemont, Neb., Sept. 30, 1879."
" The Audiphone is a great benefit to me. Without it music is a confused murmur
of sounds ; with it I can hear the different parts as well as I ever could.
" Dec. 6, 1879. " ABBIE WEST, Canton, Ills."
' I am satisfied from experiments which I have witnessed that, excepting instances in
which the Auditory nerve is totally paralyzed, all the deaf may, by its help, be enabled to
hear and intelligently converse. " REV. S. H. WELLER, D.D., Morrison, Ills."
" I have been deaf for thirty years, but can now hear distinctly with the Audiphone.
" Sept. 19, 1879. " Sec., Treas. and Sup't Racine (Wis.) Gaslight Co."
"St. Joseph's Institute,
" Fordham, (near New York City,) Dec. 4, 1879.
" On Tuesday, the 2d inst., the Audiphone was tested by a number of pupils of the
Institute with the following results :
" Cecilia Lynch, aged 16, is supposed to have been deaf from birth. 'It has, however,
been remarked that she could hear very loud sounds and could sometimes distinguish her
OWH name if spoken in a loud tone by a person quite close to her. She says also that
she sometimes hears the strains of the organ in the chapel, but so far from deriving any
pleasure from the music the confused sounds are very disagreeable to her. By the use of
the Audiphone she not only heard distinctly but could repeat almost every word spokan
to her. As she has been instructed in articulation and reads easily from the lips it was
thought that this knowledge assisted her. One of the persons present then stood behind
her and repeated several words which she readily imitated, thus proving, beyond a doubt,
the value of the Audiphone.
" Annie Toohey, aged 10 years, became deaf at the age of three from spinal meningitis.
It was supposed that her hearing was completely destroyed, but on applying the Audiphone
to her teeth she heard and distinctly repeated after Mr. Rhodes several of the letters of the
alphabet. This little girl has begun to make considerable progress in articulation, but up
to the_day on which she tried the Audiphone the vowel E appeared to be an insurmount-
able difficulty to her ; by the aid of the Audiphone she repeated it with perfect distinctness.
" Another little girl, Sarah Flemming, also heard the voice of Mr. Rhodes and others
who spoke to her. As in the preceding case, her deafness was caused by spinal menin-
gitis, by which she was attacked when five years of age. By the aid of the Audiphone
she was able to repeat several sounds.
" Several others tested the Audiphone with more or less success.
" MARY B. MORGAN, Principal."
In a later letter (Dec. 12) Miss Morgan states: "No doubt the Audiphone will be of
great service to our pupils."
" Western and Atlantic R. Co. Office Treasurer,
" Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 18, 1879.
" Messrs. Rhodes & McCIure. Will you please send me a Conversational Audiphone
by Express C. O. D., the price of which is $10, as per advertisement.
" Very respectfully,
" W. C. MERRILL, Sec. and Treas. W. & A. R. Co."
" Please send me another Conversational Audiphone by Express." (Telegram from
W. C. Merrill, Nov. 24, 1879.)
" Please send me Concert Audiphone by Express." (Telegram from same. Dec. 9.)
"I'lease send me Conversational Audiphone by Express." (Telegram from same, De-
cember 12.) [N.B. Mr. Merrill is not an agent. He purchased these Audiphones, per
teleg-ram, for friends who had seen his instrument.]
" R. S. Rhodes, Esq. Dear Sir, I avail myself of this opportunity to tender to yon my
best wishes for the success of your philanthropic invention.
"Yours, "JAMES J. BARCLAY,
" Dec. 9, 1879. " Sec. Penn. Institute for Deaf and Dumb, Philadelphia."
FROM THE PRESS.
" We have seen and tested the Audiphone, to which we feel under obligations be-
" Each note of the musician and each tone of the singer come as clearly and distinctly
they did before my sense of hearing was impaired." Hon. Joseph Medill, Editor
" 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.
" Mr. Rhodes has shown that people born deaf, or made deaf by disease, can actually
be made to hear." New York World.
"Tests were satisfactorily applied to several members of a class of deaf mutes who
" Mr. James Samuelson exhibited, in the Lecture Hall of the Free Library, Liverpool,
England, an instrument designed as an aid to the deaf the Audiphone -which he met
with during his late visit to America. .... The general result appeared to be that,
provided the auditory nerve itself was in a healthy condition, the Audiphone was of great
assistance to deaf persons." Liverpool Daily Post. Dec. 2, 1879.
" No spectacles will give a blind man sight, but the new instrument does give a deaf
man hearing." The Interior. Sept. 8, 1879.
" We have seen persons hear sound in this way (with Audiphone) who never knew
what sound was." Advance.
" Catharine Lewis, a young lady, also an inmate of the Institution for the Deaf and
Dumb at Philadelphia, ordinarily was able to hear a very loud voice. With the Audi-
phone she could hear and repeat words uttered in a conversational key." Philadelphia
Record's Report of Exhibition in Philadelphia. Dec. 9, 1879.
" Not a few of the interested auditors were enabled to follow the proceedings by means
of Audiphones, and all such cheerfully added their testimony to the great amelioration of
what was, in some, cases, almost total deafness of many years' standing." Philadelphia
Times' Report of Philadelphian Exhibition. Dec. g, 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. Novem-
ber 25, 1879.
" The deaf-mutes were enabled to distinguish the difference between sounds, and en-
joyed the singing of one of the ladies." New York Tribune's Report of Exhibition.
Nov. 22, 1879.
" The mutes tested the Audiphone. A young man who had been deaf from infancy
heard words spoken in the tone of ordinary conversation." New York Sun's Report of
Exhibition. Nov. 22, 1879.
"In this invention Mr. Rhodes has proved himself a benefactor." The Standard.
Sept. 25', 1879.
"A very valuable Invention." Evening (Milwaukee) Wisconsin, Editor, J. F.
Cramer. Oct. i, 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 Yorh Star. Nov. 22, 1879.
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