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Publication numberUS1878397 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 20, 1932
Filing dateMay 19, 1932
Priority dateMay 19, 1932
Publication numberUS 1878397 A, US 1878397A, US-A-1878397, US1878397 A, US1878397A
InventorsHekler Charles P, Paul Horacek
Original AssigneeHekler Charles P, Paul Horacek
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ear protector
US 1878397 A
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P 20, 1932- c. P. HEKLER ET AL 1,878,397

EAR PROTECTOR Filed May 19, 1952 Charlesfifllt'ler andPdulflbrczcefl',

Patented Sept. 20, 1932 PATENT mm;

UNITED STATES cmnnns r.- HEKLER AND PAUL HoRAcEK; or PHIFLADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA EAR rno'rncron Application filed May 19, 1932. Serial No. 612,299.

The principal object, therefore, of our.

which will prevent the entrance of water,

soap, and the like, into the ear canals; which 2 will prevent the apparatus used by the op erator from coming in contact with the ears of the wearer; and which will offer a minimum of obstruction to the various manipula-' tions of the operator.

The nature and characteristic features of our invention will be more readily understood from the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing forming part hereof, in which: 7

3i Figure l is a perspective view of an ear protector embodying the main features of our present invention;

Fig. 2 is a front elevation of one of the ear covering members of the device; 7

Fig. 3 is a similar elevationof the other side thereof; and

Fig. 4 is a vertical section. taken approximately on the line 44 of Fig. 3.

Referring to the drawing, the deviceof our invention there shown comprises a pair of ear covering members 5, mounted at the respective ends of a U-shaped spring 6.

The ear covering members 5 areipreferably made of suitable sheet material, such as aluminum,'stainless steel, or a fireproof "the ears are' positioned within the pockets ,9,

cellulose'composition, and each of said memv bers comprises a main body portion 7 suitably shaped' in'dished' form and of suitable size to cover the ear of the wearer. Extending along the top and rear por-" 5 tions of themainbody"portion- 7 of thedek vice is. an angular rim 8, which serves to providea pocket9 for the reception of the upper portion of the ear.

Thermarginal' edge of the angular 8 &1

lends into the lower part'of one side edge and the bottom edge ofthe body-portion 7 and around the edges of the opening'thus defined there is, provided a bead 10,*upon j which is mounted aosplit tubular gasket 11, 3 preferably made ofrubber orother suitable resilient material. Y s

The gasket 11 is adapted to bear against the head of the wearer around the ear, and effectively serves to prevent the entrance into the ear canal of water or other liquids which may be used :by the operator, and further serves as a means of electrical insulation to protect the wearer in the eventof short circuits in the electrical apparatus sometimes used in various manipulations uponthe hair. For the same purpose, the spring 6 may be I covered with a suitable insulating envelope 12. v

The'preferred" means of attaching the spring 6 to the-ear covering members 5*consists in passingthe same through a slot near the bottom of the body portion" 7 and then securing the same on the insideof. said body portion 7 by means of a rivetfl l.

Toplace the device upon the ears of the wearer, it'ismerely necessary to pull the ear covering members; apart, then to slide the same upwardly until the upper portions of and then to release the-same to permit the spring to hold the ear covering members against the head of the wearer, the gasket 11 bear ng against the surface of the'skin surrounding the ears. place, the spring 6 willbe positioned under the lower jaw of the wearer;

We claim: 1 1. A protector for the ears comprising a pair of ear covering members made of sheet When the deviceis in material, each comprising a dished body por tion and shaped to form a pocket-like device having a constricted opening, and a gasket mounted at the edges of said opening; and a U-shaped spring upon the ends of which the ear covering members are mounted.

2. A protector for the ears comprising a pair offiarcovering'members made of sheet material, each comprising a dished body 10 portionand an inwardly extending rim along the top and one side thereof having its edges blending into the edges of the side and bottom of the body portion, and a gasket mount-' ed upon said edges. I

3.. A protector for the ears comprising a pair of ear covering members, each comprising a dished body portion and aninwardly extending rim along the top and one side thereof having its edges blending into the edges of the side and bottom of the body portion, said edges beingprovided with a bead, and a gasket comprising a split tubular member made of resilient material mounted upon said bead. a 4. A protector fort-he earscomprising a pair of ear covering members, each comprising a dished body portionand an inwardly .7 extending rim along'the top and one side thereof-having its edges blending into the edges of the side and bottom of the body portion, said edges-being provided with a bead, and a gasket comprising'a split tubular member made of resilient material mounted upon said bead; anda U-shaped spring upon the ends of which the ear covering members are mounted.

5'. A protector for the ears comprising apair of ear covering members, each comprising a d shed body portion and an inwardly miextending rimalong the top and one side thereof having its edges blending into the edges of the side and bottomof the body portion, said edges being provided with a bead, and a gasket comprising a split tubular member made of resilient material mounted upon said bead: and a U-shaped spring upon the ends of which the ear covering members are mounted, said spring being covered with an insulating envelope. I In testimony whereof, we have hereuntosigned our names.

I CHARLES P. HEKLER.

PAUL HORACEK.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4971072 *May 11, 1989Nov 20, 1990Randall Carol CEar brace
US5673438 *Aug 27, 1996Oct 7, 1997Serge LambertEar shield assembly
US5867834 *Feb 7, 1997Feb 9, 1999Simpson; Timothy A.For protecting the head of a wearer along the perimeter of the hairline
Classifications
U.S. Classification2/174, D29/112, 128/866
International ClassificationA45D44/00, A45D44/12
Cooperative ClassificationA45D44/12
European ClassificationA45D44/12