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1. (WO1997015257) EARPLUG CONTAINMENT DEVICE
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Pub. No.: WO/1997/015257 International Application No.: PCT/US1996/014592
Publication Date: 01.05.1997 International Filing Date: 12.09.1996
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 25.04.1997
IPC:
A61F 11/10 (2006.01)
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
F
FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
11
Methods or devices for treatment of the ears, e.g. surgical; Protective devices for the ears, carried on the body or in the hand
06
Protective devices for the ears
08
internal, e.g. earplugs
10
inflatable or expandable
Applicants:
MINNESOTA MINING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY [US/US]; 3M Center P.O. Box 33427 Saint Paul, MN 55133-3427, US
Inventors:
DYRUD, James, F.; US
ELSTRAN, Gerald, V.; US
OLSON, Paul, E.; US
Agent:
HANSON, Karl, G. ; Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company Office of Intellectual Property Counsel P.O. Box 33427 Saint Paul, MN 55133-3427, US
VOSSIUS & PARTNER (No. 31); Patentanwalte Post office Box 86 07 67 D-81634 München, DE
Priority Data:
08/547,06223.10.1995US
Title (EN) EARPLUG CONTAINMENT DEVICE
(FR) DISPOSITIF DE RETENTION POUR BOUCHON D'OREILLE
Abstract:
(EN) An earplug containment device for slow-recovery earplugs is provided. The device comprises a thin-walled, hollow sleeve having an inside diameter less than the diameter of a human ear canal and at least one slow recovery earplug maintained in a compressed state and positioned within said sleeve, said earplug being capable of expanding to a diameter greater than that of the human ear canal. A method for forming the device is also provided.
(FR) L'invention concerne un dispositif de rétention pour bouchons d'oreille à reprise élastique. Le dispositif comprend un manchon creux à parois minces, ayant un diamètre interne inférieur à celui du conduit auditif externe humain, et un ou plusieurs bouchons d'oreille à reprise lente, maintenus à l'état comprimé et positionnés à l'intérieur dudit manchon. Le bouchon d'oreille est capable de se dilater jusqu'à ce qu'il ait un diamètre supérieur à celui du conduit auditif. L'invention concerne également un procédé de fabrication dudit dispositif.
Designated States: AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BB, BG, BR, BY, CA, CH, CN, CU, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, GB, GE, HU, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, TJ, TM, TR, TT, UA, UG, UZ, VN
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (KE, LS, MW, SD, SZ, UG)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
EP0957853JPH11513606AU1996070182