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1. WO2020117333 - EARPIECE TIP AND RELATED EARPIECE

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CLAIMS

We claim:

1. An eartip configured to couple with an electronics module on an earphone earpiece, the eartip comprising:

a body for coupling with the electronics module; and

a sealing structure coupled with the body, the sealing structure comprising a substantially conical shape for conforming to an entrance of an ear canal of a user, wherein the sealing structure is defined by a cone-shaped wall having a smaller end and a larger end, wherein a shape of the sealing structure is defined by dimensions comprising:

(a) a perimeter of a first opening at the smaller end;

(b) a perimeter of a second opening at the larger end;

(c) a thickness of the cone-shaped wall; and

(d) a distance between the smaller end and the larger end as measured along a primary axis of the sealing structure, and

wherein dimensions (a), (b) and (d) have a ratio relative to the thickness of the cone-shaped wall (c) of approximately: (a) 13:1 to 14:1; (b) 56:1 to 62:1; and (d) 7.5:1 to 8.5:1.

2. The eartip of claim 1, wherein the size of the first opening at the smaller end and the size of the second opening at the larger end each comprise a minor dimension and a

major dimension, wherein the minor dimension of the first opening is less than or equal to the major dimension of the first opening, and wherein the minor dimension of the second opening is less than or equal to the major dimension of the second opening.

3. The eartip of claim 2, wherein a ratio of the minor dimension of the first opening to the major dimension of the first opening is equal to approximately: 0.62-0.72, and wherein a ratio of the minor dimension of the second opening to the major dimension of the second opening is equal to approximately: 0.90 to 1.0.

4. The eartip of claim 1, wherein dimensions (a) and (b) have a ratio of approximately:

0.18 to approximately 0.28.

5. The eartip of claim 1, wherein dimensions (c) and (d) have a ratio of approximately:

0.10 to approximately 0.15.

6. The eartip of claim 1, wherein the body further comprises a passageway for matingly engaging a mount on the electronics module, the passageway comprising a notch along an inner surface thereof.

7. The eartip of clam 6, wherein the notch permits flexion of the body during coupling or decoupling of the body from the mount and provides sufficient hoop stress around the

mount to retain the eartip on the mount during use of the earphone earpiece, wherein the hoop stress is equal to approximately 1 kilogram (kg) to approximately 5 kg.

8. The eartip of claim 1, wherein the shape of the sealing structure is further defined by an additional dimension comprising: (e) a taper angle of the cone-shaped wall between the first opening and the second opening, wherein the taper angle is equal to

approximately 25 degrees to approximately 35 degrees.

9. The eartip of claim 8, wherein the ratio of dimensions (a), (b), (c) and (d), and the taper angle (e), yield a defined set of best-fit shapes for a statistically representative group of ear canal shapes, wherein the defined set comprises approximately 5-10 best-fit shapes.

10. An earphone earpiece, comprising:

an electronics module comprising a mount; and

an eartip coupled with the electronics module at the mount, the eartip comprising a body comprising a passageway coupled with the mount on the electronics module; and

a sealing structure coupled with the body, the sealing structure comprising a substantially conical shape for conforming to an entrance of an ear canal of a user, wherein the sealing structure is defined by a cone-shaped wall having a smaller end and a larger end, wherein a shape of the sealing structure is defined by dimensions comprising:

(a) a size of a first opening at the smaller end;

(b) a size of a second opening at the larger end;

(c) a thickness of the cone-shaped wall; and

(d) a distance between the smaller end and the larger end as measured along a primary axis of the sealing structure, and

wherein dimensions (a), (b), (c) and (d) have a ratio relative to the thickness of the cone-shaped wall (c) of approximately: (a) 13:1 to 14:1; (b) 56:1 to 62: 1 ; (c) 0.9: 1 to 1.1: 1 ; and (d) 7.5: 1 to 8.5: 1.

11. The earpiece of claim 10, wherein the size of the first opening at the smaller end and the size of the second opening at the larger end each comprise a minor dimension and a major dimension, wherein the minor dimension of the first opening is less than or equal to the major dimension of the first opening, and wherein the minor dimension of the second opening is less than or equal to the major dimension of the second opening.

12. The earpiece of claim 11, wherein a ratio of the minor dimension of the first opening to the major dimension of the first opening is equal to approximately: 0.62-0.72, and wherein a ratio of the minor dimension of the second opening to the major dimension of the second opening is equal to approximately: 0.9-1.0.

13. The earpiece of claim 10, wherein dimensions (a) and (b) have a ratio of

approximately: 0.18 to approximately 0.28.

14. The earpiece of claim 10, wherein dimensions (c) and (d) have a ratio of

approximately: 0.10 to approximately 0.15.

15. The earpiece of claim 10, wherein the passageway comprises a notch along an inner surface thereof for matingly engaging the mount, wherein the notch permits flexion of the body during coupling or decoupling of the body from the mount and provides sufficient hoop stress around the mount to retain the eartip on the mount during use of the earpiece, wherein the hoop stress is equal to approximately 1 kilogram (kg) to approximately 5 kg.

16. The earpiece of claim 10, wherein the shape of the sealing structure is further defined by an additional dimension comprising: (e) a taper angle of the cone-shaped wall between the first opening and the second opening, wherein the taper angle is equal to

approximately 25 degrees to approximately 35 degrees.

17. The earpiece of claim 16, wherein the ratio of dimensions (a), (b), (c) and (d), and the taper angle (e), yield a defined set of best-fit shapes for a statistically representative group of ear canal shapes, wherein the defined set comprises approximately 5-10 best-fit shapes.

18. An eartip configured to couple with an electronics module on an earphone earpiece; the eartip comprising:

a body comprising a passageway for matingly coupling with a mount on the electronics module, the passageway comprising a notch along an inner surface thereof; and

a sealing structure coupled with the body, the sealing structure comprising a substantially conical shape for conforming to an entrance of an ear canal of a user, wherein the sealing structure is defined by a cone-shaped wall having a smaller end and a larger end, wherein a shape of the sealing structure is defined by dimensions comprising:

(a) a size of a first opening at the smaller end;

(b) a size of a second opening at the larger end;

(c) a thickness of the cone-shaped wall; and

(d) a distance between the smaller end and the larger end as measured along a primary axis of the sealing structure,

wherein the notch in the body permits flexion of the body during coupling or decoupling of the body from the mount and provides sufficient hoop stress around the mount to retain the eartip on the mount during use of the earphone earpiece.

19. The eartip of claim 18, wherein the hoop stress is equal to approximately 1 kilogram

(kg) to approximately 5 kg.

20. The eartip of claim 18, wherein dimensions (a), (b) and (d) have a ratio relative to the thickness of the cone-shaped wall (c) of approximately: (a) 13:1 to 14:1 ; (b) 56:1 to 62:1; and (d) 7.5:1 to 8.5:1, wherein (c) is equal to approximately 0.9 to approximately 1.1 millimeters, and wherein the shape of the sealing structure is further defined by an additional dimension comprising: (e) a taper angle of the cone-shaped wall between the first opening and the second opening, wherein the taper angle is equal to approximately

25 degrees to approximately 35 degrees.