Patent Number: 6,254,526

Title: Hearing aid having hard mounting plate and soft body bonded thereto

Abstract: A hearing aid instrument of the in-the-ear type (and preferably CIC) provides a plate member with electronic hearing aid components mounted thereto. The plate member is preferably of a harder material such as hard plastic. A soft polymeric body is bonded to the plate member and encapsulates preferably a plurality of the electronic hearing aid components. The body is soft and is shaped to conform to the ear canal of the user. The soft polymeric body and encapsulated electronic hearing aid components define a soft structure compliant to the ear canal during use and that is substantially solid and free of void spaces between at least some of the components and the ear canal. This combination of soft compliant structure and encapsulated electronic hearing aid components addresses problems of peripheral leakage, poor fit, pivotal displacement that occurs with jaw motion and internal cross talk of components housed in prior art hollow type hearing aids.

Inventors: Juneau; Roger P. (Destrehan, LA), Creel; Lynn P. (Kenner, LA), Desporte; Edward J. (Covington, LA), Major; Michael (Kenner, LA), Siegle; Gregory R. (Kenner, LA), Kinler; Kelly M. (Luling, LA)

Assignee: Softear Technologies, L.L.C.

International Classification: C07B 61/00 (20060101); C07H 19/16 (20060101); C07H 15/26 (20060101); C07D 493/00 (20060101); C07D 493/10 (20060101); C07H 19/00 (20060101); C07H 15/00 (20060101); C12Q 1/04 (20060101); C12Q 1/34 (20060101); C12Q 1/68 (20060101); G01N 33/573 (20060101); G01N 33/58 (20060101); G01N 33/68 (20060101); G01N 33/569 (20060101); H04R 25/00 (20060101); H04R 025/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018