US 3424152 A
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Jari. V28, 1969 Lib. KUHIYZQMN l i 3,424,152
' I I TONE DOWNER I rFiled Feb. 25, 196e United States Patent O 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLSURE A device for insertion in the nostrils of an individual to reduce nasal snoring comprising two pieces of soft rubber tubing, each about one inch long and a quarter of an inch in diameter, connected near one end by a thread or the like, cotton wrapped around each piece to hold it in the nostril.
The composition of this device is two pieces of soft rubber tubing approximately one inch long, joined together at the bottom by nunnng a single strand of wire, nylon thread, or other fiber completely thru the diameter of the two pieces of tfubing and joining the connecting material together by intertwining, interlacing, or joining with yadditional thicknesses of this sarne material so as to reinforce and make a smooth surface, leaving about onefourth inch strip of this connection so as to span the space at the botto|m of the nose. A thin sheet of absorbent cotton may be wrapped around each piece of rubber so as to make this device comfortable Iwhen in position within the nostrils of the user. The cotton sheet is wrapped only aro-und the sides of the rubber tubing, not over the ends, which are to be left open for breathing.
The object of this device is to force the breath to some extent thru the tubing, thereby softening or toning down the coarse, rattling sound which often accompanies snoring.
This -and other objects and advantages of my invention will more flully appear from the following description and from the drawing in which:
FIGURE 1 is the device standing upright as it would be before inserting into nose.
FIGURE 2 is the thin sheet of absorbent cotton which may or may not be wrapped around the pieces of tubing for greater softness and comfort.
In use, the Tone Downer may be inserted into the 3,424,152 Patented Jan. 28, 1969 ICC nostrils before going to sleep and placed in -a position that will be comfortable to the user. Breathing should be easy thru the open tubing (1). If desired, the thin sheet of absorbent cotton (r4) should be Iwrapped around each piece of tubing (3) so that the rubber ltube (3) will not come in contact with the inner lining of the nose, if that is uncomfortable or objectionable to the user.
If snoring should occur during sleep without the sleeper being aware of causing disturbance, the Tone-Downer Imay be slipped into the nostrils by taking hold of the connecting wire, nylon thread, or other iiber (2) and carefully inserting the rubber tubes (3) into the respective nostrils.
If the tlhin sheets of absorbent cotton (4) are used, they may be disposed of easily by holding the device under running water and the wet cotton will slide off, leaving the tubes (3) clean and sanitary.
Having described my invention, I claim:
1. A device for reducing nasal snoring including a pair of tube segments of a size for free insertion in the nostrils of a person, and means loosely holding the tube segments together as a pair `and adapted to resist overinsertion of the tubes in the nostrils.
2. The combination of cl-aim 1 and a cotton swathe around each tube segment for centering and holding the same in a nostril.
3. The combination of claim 1 in which t-he tube segments are about an inch in length and about a quarter of an inch in outer diameter.
4. The combination of claim 3 in which the tube segments are of soft material.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,383,036 6/1921 Sifford 12S-14() 2,433,565 12/1947 Korman 128-140 2,672,138 3/1954 Carlock 12S-140 2,693,799 11/1954 Herman 12S-140 1,124,472 1/1915 Lemonds 1128-139 ADELE M. EAGER, Primary Examiner.
U.S. Cl. X.R. 12S-148