WO2013104379A1 - Auricle insert - Google Patents

Auricle insert

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WO2013104379A1
WO2013104379A1 PCT/EP2012/004408 EP2012004408W WO2013104379A1 WO 2013104379 A1 WO2013104379 A1 WO 2013104379A1 EP 2012004408 W EP2012004408 W EP 2012004408W WO 2013104379 A1 WO2013104379 A1 WO 2013104379A1
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ear
insert
auricle
structure
pinna
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PCT/EP2012/004408
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German (de)
French (fr)
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Jürg KESSLER
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Kessler Juerg
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
    • A44CJEWELLERY; BRACELETS; OTHER PERSONAL ADORNMENTS; COINS
    • A44C7/00Ear-rings; Devices for piercing the ear-lobes
    • A44C7/009Earrings covering the upper portion of the ear
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
    • A44CJEWELLERY; BRACELETS; OTHER PERSONAL ADORNMENTS; COINS
    • A44C15/00Other forms of jewellery
    • A44C15/0005Jewelry adherable on the human body

Abstract

The invention relates to an auricle insert (1, 101) which can be fitted, in a friction-fitting and/or form-fitting manner, into an auricle (5), a method for producing such an auricle insert (1, 101) and the use thereof. The insert (1, 101) has an open-work structure, is formed flat and its edge contour (3, 103) can be fitted into the auricle (5). The open-work structure of the insert (1, 101) is formed as a network structure with network meshes (7, 107). In another embodiment, the insert (1, 101) has the form of a plate (111) that can be fitted to the individual interior relief of the auricle (5) and is provided with at least one through-hole (113). The method for producing the insert (1, 101) is performed by scanning the interior relief of the auricle (5) and producing the insert (1, 101) on the basis of the individual dimensions of the internal relief obtained in this manner. The insert (1, 101) is used in particular for receiving jewellery elements (9, 109), in the network meshes (7, 107) or through-holes (113), for example.

Description

pinna use

The invention relates to an ear cup insert, which is non-positively and / or positively fittable in the respective ear cup, a method for producing such a tube insert and its use. The ear of a person is basically divided into three sections, the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Under the outer ear of the ear cartilage, the ear, the ear lobe and the outer ear canal, which is also known as the ear canal, as well as the outer side of the eardrum are understood. Task of the outer ear is to capture the sound and encode the respective directions of incidence of the sound by spectral minima and maxima. For this purpose, the structure of the auricle specifically by numerous projections and depressions is in the acoustically represent a filter system and are to be understood as acoustic resonators. They are excited differently depending on which way the perceived sound is incident. In this way, any direction given their individual timbre. The result is a frequency spectrum of the signal by ear directional maxima and minima, the direction determining bands' hearing to determine

CONFIRMATION COPY directions of incidence of the sound, up, down, forward or backward, exploited. For the distinction between right and left, other mechanisms are responsible.

The shape of the ear is individual for each person. This fact is already used for example in criminology to identify people by means of the ear impression. The probative value of such an ear impression is essentially similar to that of a fingerprint.

In the same way is individual and the cartilage structure which makes up the interior of the ear. This individual design has also disadvantages when objects are to be fitted into the ear. Such an article may be, for example jewelery.

Earrings worn in many cultures of the world by both sexes, mostly by women. Very often this jewelry is attached to a pierced through the ear hole on the ear. Here lends itself especially the soft lobe of which is hardly sensitive to pain. However, the sting of ear holes has the disadvantage that it involves the risk of inflammation at the open wound improper treatment with it. To avoid inflammation after ear piercing hygiene requirements must be observed after the one hand, in the surgery itself and on the other hand for a considerable time.

Also, the clogging of these holes produced by piercing is not without problems, depending on location. Unused pierced ears usually grow after one to two weeks again, leaving this scar tissue in the form of small, sand-grain-sized knot in the ear. these scars are located near the so-called ear acupuncture points, they can lead to permanent irritation and therefore sensitive and permanent, as usually unrecognized, disrupt organ functions in the body. In view of ear jewelery in the form of ear-rings or ear plugs which are usually anchored in the once-formed ear hole, further, it is disadvantageous that a snagging on the ear jewelery is possible easily, for example when the pull clothes over the head, resulting in a can cause unpleasant tearing the ear hole.

To avoid this disadvantage it is also known has become to attach earrings on the ear, without the need of an ear hole. To this end, ear clips have been developed which are clamped to the respective ear lobe or in other areas of the outer ear. Here it is to be mentioned as rather disadvantageous, which can use these clips to the formation of pressure points, with the associated pressure pain lead.

To avoid such pressure points and pain on the outer ear, it is further become known to use a tube insert in the inner recessed portion of the outer ear, which is also known as the Concha. Such inserts are then used to Aufiiahme and fixing of jewelry of various kinds.

In connection with such a fastening of ear jewelery DE 89 1 1 607 U 1 has become known. According to this German utility model is from. produced a molded impression as a negative form of the individually specific shaping of the Concha. The molding thus obtained has the self-retaining fastening in the concha of the auricle of a person to a formation, which is supported on the inner surfaces auricle so that the auricle individual surfaces form each bearing and thrust bearing. Here, the central middle portion of the shaped piece can be cut out, and the molding may have holes for securing decorative elements unterschiedlichster Art.

Since all the hollow spaces formed by the concha and the ear areas to be filled in the manufacture of said female mold, resulting from the mold a very compact and "bulky" holding member for jewelery mounting, which is therefore relatively bulky and heavy. Due to the task of the outer ear, including the pinna to capture the sound and encode the respective directions of incidence of the sound by spectral minima and maxima is the more impaired the hearing of a person, the large volume, the mold used in the concha, because the optimal natural course of the funnel reliefs of the outer ear is more disturbed.

Furthermore, the method for producing the negative mold by mold impression is time consuming and uncomfortable for the person. Starting from this prior art, the object underlying the present invention therefore seeks to provide an ear cup insert which, for example, but can not serve exclusively for receiving decorative elements, and which is both comfortable and wear substantially without hearing impairment, as well as a for the each individual pinna in register, enables quick and comfortable while still making.

This object is achieved by an ear cup insert, which is non-positively and / or positively fittable in an external ear, where it has an open structure and is formed flat.

Because of its perforated and flat structure of the outer ear insert of the invention has less material and thereby a lower weight than in the prior art known pipe fittings. The hearing of the carrier is not at all or at least significantly less affected. A flat configuration of the tube insert within the meaning of the present invention means that the auricle insert extends substantially over the entire opening of the external ear and thereby thin, ie is of shallow depth. Particularly is that he still retaining force without problems and / or can be positively fitted into the respective auricle and snugly sits when such an insert in the cartilage of the auricle relief. The auricle using the invention can have an edge contour which is non-positively and / or positively fittable into the auricle. This edge contour provides a higher stability of the auricle insert and presents a more or less smooth edge, which promotes the wearing comfort.

For the inventive use of the ear cup can furthermore be made that its openwork structure is formed as a grid structure with screen mesh.

In this way there is an air and schalldurchläßiges structure that on the one hand enables a lightweight construction and provides on the other hand sufficient free passage area for the sound so that accommodate the auricle its task to capture the sound, and the respective directions of incidence of the sound by spectral minima and maxima to encode, can do justice to continue without significant interference.

The auricle use can have the form of a plate which is adapted to the individual interior of the external ear relief, wherein the plate at least one through-hole, but preferably more than one through-hole or a plurality of through holes comprises.

The invention also relates to a process for the preparation of the external ear insert described above in its various embodiments. In this method, each individual interior relief of the auricle is measured by first scanning, which is to receive the auricle use. It occurs due to the individuality of each human being and his outer ear (s) important to get the exact dates of the pinna precisely defined.

the external ear insert is then so made that it is suitable for non-positive and / or positive fit in the respective ear cup from the obtained by scanning individual dimensions of the internal reliefs of the pinna. With this process, accurate data on the coordinates of the internal reliefs of the external ear in a simple way be determined quickly and without contact substantially. is essentially without contact in particular to be understood without the need put their ear for an unpleasant and expensive form in print grouting person to be measured. The data are obtained substantially without physical contact by means of the scanner.

The invention also relates to the use of an external ear insert, as described above in details, including the procedural preparation, described, for receiving at least one ornamental element.

Particularly simple and thereby gently the natural functions of the ear and maintains preserving the jewelery element can be received when the ear insert having a perforated structure is formed as a grid structure with screen mesh, wherein at least one of the net meshes receives an ornamental element.

Within the scope of the inventive use of the ear insert may also be designed in the form of a plate, said housing at least in a through-hole or in several through holes, each of an ornamental element.

The intended for receiving one or more decorative elements auricle insert is preferably at least partially made of precious metal or stainless steel ..

When using a noble metal such as gold, silver and platinum, it must be ensured that the external ear insert having a sufficient hardness, for example, when attaching or removing prevent deformations. Here, in particular silver to be mentioned as a problem, whereas for example, platinum exhibits sufficient intrinsic hardness. Stainless steel, which is corrosion-resistant and can also be used as a material for forming a stable and lasting ear cup insert.

By the specific selection of such materials possible allergies, for example, can be prevented from nickel, which is used for example in the production of poor quality jewelry as a basis for a thin silver coating.

In the following the invention with reference to an embodiment in conjunction with the accompanying drawings shall be explained in more detail.

A plan view of an ear cup insert with a perforated structure, which is designed as a grid structure with screen mesh, a plan view of an ear cup insert with a perforated structure having the form of a plate having a plurality of through holes and a top view of the auricle, in which the in Fig. pinna insert illustrated 1 is inserted.

In Fig. 1, a pinna insert is shown which is generally designated by the reference numeral 1. This auricle insert 1 has an edge contour 3 which is adapted to the course-individual shaping of a pinna 5, as FIG. 3 shows an example. The auricle insert 1 has an openwork structure that is flat and bridges in this way the entire opening of the pinna 5. In addition 1 is flat as a whole of the auricle use, ie, it has only a small depth. Through this type of training his ear cup insert is lightweight and does not act as a distracting use in the pinna. 5 The property of not disturbing effect is to be understood in two ways, individually and physically.

Individually feels the pinna to use one person wearing this not as unpleasant and can easily get used to its presence in the way that you get used to the presence of an earring.

Physically, meet the outer ear, and especially the ear 5, the inherently assigned tasks without hindrance, ie essentially capture the sound and encode the respective incidence directions of the sound by spectral minima and maxima. The thus resulting direction determining bands can hearing then free for determining the directions of arrival of sound, up, down, forward or backward use.

With said edge contour 3 of the outer ear insert is force-1 and / or positively fitted into the auricle. 5

According to a first embodiment explained here, the above already mentioned, openwork structure is formed as a grid structure with screen mesh. 7 In Figs. 1 and 3, this net meshes are rectangular and substantially square. 7 The square shape but has advantages in terms of the stability of the network structure formed is not necessarily required, and therefore an example to understand this embodiment. Another conceivable shape is a diamond-shaped structure. In addition, round shapes are possible as well, allowing the net meshes 7 coherent structures and surfaces.

The matter set forth in this manner according to the first embodiment auricle insert 1 will now be used to anchor one or more decorative elements 9, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 3. These are the net meshes 7, which receive the one or more desired decorative elements. 9 Such decorative elements 9 are arbitrarily selected according to the type and quality. By way of example in the exemplary embodiment, beads or crystals were anchored in the mesh network 7 of the network structure of the outer ear insert. 1 A plurality of beads or crystals were used and anchored in a predetermined pattern in the mesh network 7 of the network structure of the outer ear insert 1 respectively.

The anchoring has been achieved by both the beads as well as the crystals having sockets, which were then anchored in or on top of each selected grid mesh by soldering or gluing in a conventional manner.

With the great variability with respect to the decorative elements 9, which can be selected for mounting in or on the respective grid mesh 7 of the auricle insert 1 also corresponds to the material from which the pinna use may be made.

two versions were tested for the purposes of the present embodiment, the one as low-priced variant and the other version is to be regarded as higher-priced version.

In the rather low-priced variant of the auricle insert 1 was prepared with its network structure made of stainless steel and an ornamental elements 9 of the network structure have been glued with sockets provided quartz crystals in the net mesh. 7 The quartz crystals were arranged in the form of a more or less random pattern.

In the higher-priced variant of the auricle insert 1 was prepared with its network structure made of white gold, and an ornamental elements 9 provided pearls of the network structure with sockets were listed in standard goldsmith's art into the net mesh 7 incorporated. The pearls were arranged again in the form of a more random pattern. Said selection of materials for the net structure of the outer ear inserts 1 has the advantage that there are no fear of allergic reactions, such as a nickel allergy. Nevertheless, it is apparent to the skilled person that in principle, the material of nickel used for cost reasons, particularly for jewelry can be employed to make the network structure according to the invention. A great advantage of the pinna insert 1 according to the invention in its use for receiving decorative elements 9 resides in the large variety of design that the shape of the mesh of the net 7 on the choice of material for the external ear insert 1 and the selection of, or the actual decorative elements 9 to their Arrangement enough on the network structure. This use of the external ear insert 1 itself is a gem.

In FIG. 2, an external ear insert is shown according to a further embodiment. to the first embodiment, in this case be referred to, however, 100 extended reference numerals indicate like features with the same. The auricle insert according to this second embodiment is therefore provided overall with the reference number one hundred and first

Also, this auricle insert 1 has an edge contour 103, which is adapted to the course-individual shaping of a pinna 105th The ear cup insert 101 is the same as the first embodiment of planar design in the form of a plate 11 1 and so that it spans the entire opening of the external ear. 5 In addition, the ear cup insert 101 is flat with only a small depth. The ear cup insert 101 is thus easy and has not disruptive as an insert in the outer ear. 5

Ie the pinna use one person wearing this does not feel uncomfortable and can easily get used to its presence in the design according to this embodiment.

With said edge contour 103 of the external ear insert is force-101 and / or positively fitted into the auricle. 5

According to this second embodiment explained here, the above already mentioned, plättchenfbrmige structure having a plurality of through holes 1 13 is provided, one of which is according to this embodiment, however, only a portion intended to receive an ornamental element 109th There is even only a through hole 1 13, which receives a decorative element 109, as shown in Fig. 2.

In this way it is ensured that the outer ear and the ear particular 5 meet the inherently assigned tasks without hindrance, to capture the sound and the respective directions of incidence of the sound can encode by spectral minima and maxima. The selection and anchoring of the decorative elements 109 was carried out as early as the first embodiment in terms of the net meshes 7. By way of example, a Brilliant in a single, in Fig. 2 marked with a cross through hole 13 1 of the ear cup insert 101 is anchored in the framework of this embodiment. The anchoring has been achieved, as already described in the first embodiment.

The preparation of the auricle insert 1, 101 in one of its embodiments as described above, is simple and fast and it snugly possible without this matching is felt by the person to which the ear jewelery is to be adapted to the individual ear molding as unpleasant.

In a first step, the inner individual relief of the auricle 5 is formed by scanning using a commercial scanner, measured. In this way, the individual dimensions of the inner relief of the ear cup 5 are obtained.

In a further step may then use the auricle 1, 101 are made from the obtained by scanning individual dimensions. In this way, it is possible without great expense to produce a pinna insert 1, 101, which is actually fitted non-positively and / or positively in the respective ear cup. 5

Claims

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Pinna insert in a pinna (5) is non-positively and / or positively fittable, characterized in that the external ear insert (1, 101) has a perforated structure and is formed flat.
Pinna insert according to claim 1, characterized in that it has an edge contour (3, 103) which is non-positively and / or positively fittable into the ear (5).
Pinna insert according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that its openwork structure as a network structure with net meshes (7, 107) is formed.
Pinna insert according to one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that it has the shape of a small plate (11 1) which is adapted to the individual interior of the external ear relief (5).
Pinna insert according to claim 4, characterized in that the plate (1 1 1) comprises at least a through hole (1 13).
A process for the preparation of a pinna insert according to one of claims 1 to 5, characterized by the steps of:
- measuring an individual internal reliefs of a pinna (5) by scanning and
- Fitting the auricle insert (1, 101) based on the obtained by scanning individual dimensions of the internal reliefs of the pinna (5) for frictional and / or form-locking fitting of the external ear insert (1, 101) in the respective ear cup (5).
Use of a pinna insert according to any one of claims 1 to 5 for receiving at least one ornamental element (9, 109).
Use of a pinna insert according to claim 7, characterized in that the external ear insert (1, 101) has an open structure which is designed as a net structure with net meshes (7, 107), wherein at least one of the net meshes (7, 107) comprises a decorative element (9 , 109) receives.
Use of a pinna insert according to claim 7, characterized in that the external ear insert (1, 101) has an openwork structure and in the form of a wafer (1 1 1) is formed, this in at least one through hole (1 13) comprises a decorative element (9, 109) receives.
10. The use of an external ear insert according to one of claims 1 to 9, characterized in that the external ear insert (1, 101) at least partially made of precious metal or stainless steel.
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DE8911607U1 (en) 1989-09-29 1990-03-29 Pahl, Erhard, 6072 Dreieich, De
US5809803A (en) * 1996-05-23 1998-09-22 Stracuzzi; Kenneth R. Earring
DE10056333A1 (en) * 2000-11-14 2002-05-29 Kerstin Biesdorf Earpiece of noise plug and ornament is joined up by adapter as open-ended sleeve to admit plug and join to ornament plates.
DE10210004A1 (en) * 2002-03-07 2003-09-18 Mobalegh Naseri Morteza Earplugs, assembled of ring with perforated or grid-shaped membrane and various versions of holding facilities
US20060042868A1 (en) * 2004-08-25 2006-03-02 Phonak Ag Customized hearing protection earplug and method for manufacturing the same

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2453485A (en) * 1948-11-09 Ear decoration
DE8911607U1 (en) 1989-09-29 1990-03-29 Pahl, Erhard, 6072 Dreieich, De
US5809803A (en) * 1996-05-23 1998-09-22 Stracuzzi; Kenneth R. Earring
DE10056333A1 (en) * 2000-11-14 2002-05-29 Kerstin Biesdorf Earpiece of noise plug and ornament is joined up by adapter as open-ended sleeve to admit plug and join to ornament plates.
DE10210004A1 (en) * 2002-03-07 2003-09-18 Mobalegh Naseri Morteza Earplugs, assembled of ring with perforated or grid-shaped membrane and various versions of holding facilities
US20060042868A1 (en) * 2004-08-25 2006-03-02 Phonak Ag Customized hearing protection earplug and method for manufacturing the same

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