And Ears Patents (Class 2/423)
  • Patent number: 10317175
    Abstract: A structurally reinforced and water resistant, soft armor ballistic panel for use in body armor garments includes: a plurality of ballistic fabric layers, a liquid-resistant binding tape, and a binding thread. The plurality of ballistic fabric layers includes either a plurality of woven fabric layers, a plurality of unwoven fabric layers, or a combination thereof. The liquid-resistant binding tape perimetrically encompasses the plurality of ballistic fabric layers, wherein the liquid-resistant binding tape is retained in position by the binding thread; the binding thread being stitched through the liquid-resistant binding tape and the plurality of ballistic fabric layers. Together, the liquid-resistant binding tape and the binding thread retain the plurality of ballistic fabric layers in a structurally flat formation and prevent liquid or moisture from seeping into a raw cut edge of each of the plurality of ballistic fabric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Alejandro F. Cejas
  • Patent number: 10104929
    Abstract: A helmet includes a shell configured to extend over ears of a user with integrated acoustic ear cups or ear phones that can be positioned and pressure adjusted while the helmet is in use. An adjustment mechanism connected to each ear cup includes a portion extending through an aperture in the helmet shell to facilitate movement of the ear cup using the portion extending through the shell. The adjustment mechanism may be used to move the ear cups between a retracted position to facilitate donning and removal of the helmet and a user adjustable deployed position with user adjustable side pressure to facilitate sealing and comfort for passive or active noise reduction (ANR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Light Speed Aviation, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Schrader, Matthew Raymond Evonuk
  • Patent number: 10010127
    Abstract: A helmet and method for forming a helmet having a multi-density impact liner may include forming a puck with an interface surface and at least one side. The interface surface of the puck is placed in direct contact with a receiving surface of a cap located in an impact liner mold. Next, the interface surface of the puck is thermally fused directly to the receiving surface of the cap while contemporaneously an impact liner body is formed inside the mold. The impact liner body is fused to the at least one side of the puck, and to a majority of the receiving surface of the cap. The density of the puck may be greater than the density of the impact liner body. The puck and the impact liner body may be EPS, and the cap may be PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Shaffer, Benjamin W. Penner
  • Patent number: 9808042
    Abstract: A batting helmet having localized impact protection comprises a rigid shell with a padded inner core affixed therein. Localized impact protection comprises additional padding attached to the inner core, increased thickness of the rigid shell, increased stiffness of the rigid shell, and additional padding attached to the rigid shell, alone or in combination, positioned in various regions of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoying, Kevin Bowman, Art Chou, Michael A Lorenz, Kevin J Vititoe
  • Patent number: 9775394
    Abstract: The invention provides various embodiments of a soft shell padded helmet comprising a plurality of pads, wherein each pad is configured in a multi-layer configuration. The different embodiments comprise elements to provide a padded helmet that is light-weight and adapted to reduce the risk of head trauma due to the multi-layered padded configuration. The padded helmet comprises a top portion and a side portion, wherein the top portion is coupled to the side portion and each of the top and side portions comprise a plurality of pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Adam Dagan
  • Patent number: 9774944
    Abstract: A circumaural earphone adapted to be worn on a head of a user is provided. The circumaural earphone includes a main frame, two adjusting modules and two earphone cups. The two adjusting modules are connected to two opposite ends of the main frame respectively. The two earphone cups are connected to the two adjusting modules respectively. Each of the adjusting modules is rotated to drive the corresponding earphone cup to move close to or away from the head of the user so as to adjust a clamping force applied to the head of the user by the two earphone cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Cotron Corporation
    Inventor: Bill Yang
  • Patent number: 9241530
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a size headwear including a head covering portion put on a head and a size tape member disposed on a lower portion of the head covering portion, the head covering portion has a single circumferential length, includes forming a single set of patterns for forming a single set of pieces of the head covering portion; cutting a fabric into the single set of pieces according to the single set of patterns; sewing the cut pieces with each other and connecting the size tape member along a circumferential direction on a lower portion of the sewed pieces to form a raw size headwear; and putting a raw size headwear on a plurality of thermoforming apparatuses to thermoform a size headwear, wherein the thermoforming apparatuses have the respective different sizes. The size headwear thermoformed in this manner may be inexpensively and easily produced and maintain a predetermined stereoscopic shape due to stiffness so that it may improve an esthetic sense without doing the ironing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Yupoong, Inc.
    Inventor: Byoung-Woo Cho
  • Patent number: 9125449
    Abstract: An earpiece bracket that conveniently attaches to a cap worn by a user with length adjustment such that the distance between the cap to the earpiece is adjustable in the bracket. The attachment is pivotable so the bracket may swing the earpiece into and out of its operational position. In use, the earpiece depends in the bracket from the cap into an operational position with the speaker portion of the earpiece urged against the user's ear at the external auditory meatus. The earpiece swings into place during use and away from the ear when not use. The earpiece speaker portion is held against ear at the external auditory meatus under spring bias in the attachment of the bracket to the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Wagemans
  • Patent number: 8973172
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a mount plate and at least one noise reduction element connected the mount plate. An article of head wear comprising: a shell having an upper portion and a lower open portion, at least one aperture located near the lower portion, and a noise reduction plate obstructing the at least one aperture. An article of head wear comprising: a shell having an upper portion and a lower portion, and a noise reduction element connected to the shell. A noise reduction element comprising: a frame having a framework, and a soundproofing element covering the framework. An apparatus comprising: a mount plate, and at least one aperture in the mount plate, wherein the aperture is formed to accommodate a noise reduction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Isaac Sayo Daniel
  • Publication number: 20150059068
    Abstract: In described embodiments, a wrestling headgear assembly is disclosed. The headgear includes a first ear piece and a second earpiece connected to the first earpiece by at least two connections. Each of the first and second earpieces comprises a generally planar inner layer constructed from a compressible material. The inner layer has a generally central inner opening extending therethough. A generally convex outer layer is fixedly attached to the inner layer. The outer layer is constructed from a rigid material and includes a plurality of outer openings aligned with the inner opening. A sound speaker is located between the inner layer and the outer layer such that the speaker is aligned with the inner opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bari Tunstill, Eric Silver
  • Patent number: 8931118
    Abstract: A motorsports helmet having an isolation mount defining a receptacle is provided. An adjustment plate is selectively disposed within the receptacle at different depths and includes an ear-cup. The ear-cup is secured relative to the adjustment plate and includes at least two degrees of freedom of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Steven A. Hein, Darryl C. Bassani
  • Publication number: 20150000016
    Abstract: An eyewear temple arm mounted to an eyewear device, wherein a distal portion of the elongated body member defines a parking structure. A distal edge portion of the structure defines an opening into a cavity thereof which is formed and dimensioned for free sliding, peripheral receipt of at least the proximal portion of a functional element therein between an operational condition and a parked condition. A cover member is configured to cooperate with the parking structure for movement between an opened condition and a closed condition. In the opened condition, the functional element can be moved to the operational condition, while in the closed condition, the cover member extends over the parking structure opening to substantially enclose at least the distal portion of the functional element therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Brent CRAWFORD, Bill E. BRAUNER, Brad NEMETH, Jeff CHEN, Robin LIU
  • Patent number: 8819868
    Abstract: Left and right ear shades that are removably connectable to the bottom of a baseball-style cap or headband of a hardhat and fit around the back, top, and front of the ears. The shades can be positioned to accommodate the wearer. Each ear shade includes a forked clip that receives the hat band between inner and outer tines. For relatively thick hat bands, such as a those of baseball caps, the forked clip provides adequate resilient clamping force between the tines against the hat band to hold the ear shade in place. An optional removable clip fits around the top of the tines and resiliently connects near the bottom of the fork. Use of this optional removable clip allows the ear shade to be held in place on hats having hat bands that are too thin to be held in place solely by the clamping force of the fork tines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Danny J. Hardy
  • Publication number: 20140215696
    Abstract: A face mask combined with hearing protection comprises a piece of material sized and is adapted to cover at least a portion of a face and includes a mask securing member. A hearing protector securing member is fixed to the mask securing member and a hearing protector is fixed to the hearing protector securing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: PRE-VENTURE GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Polit, James C. DeFinnis
  • Publication number: 20140189940
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for an earring safety device that can be clipped to an ear enveloping an earring so as to protect the ear and the wearer's head from the earring during fast-paced activities. The earring safety device can enable athletes to participate in contact sports without removing the earring, especially where rules would otherwise preclude the athlete from competing. The earring safety device can also protect the wearer from snagging the earring during high-intensity activities and jobs. The protection also protects the athlete from injury due to impacts made to the earring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Chris Heffington
  • Publication number: 20140068846
    Abstract: A sun shield for the ears provided, including at least a flat body of a flexible material having an upper surface; a lower surface on the opposite side of the upper surface; an outer edge; an inner edge; a forward section; a rearward section; and two holes, with one hole in the forward section and proximal to the inner edge, and the second hole in the rearward section and proximal to the inner edge such that the temple bar of a pair of eyeglasses slides into the first hole in the forward section thru the upper surface and then into the second hole in the rearward section through the lower surface. The inner edge rests against the head of the user and extends horizontally over the user's ear, whereby the ear shield is positioned over the ear so that the ear is shaded from the harmful rays of the Sun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: William P. Gaston, William A. Swope
  • Publication number: 20140007327
    Abstract: The present invention provides a protective sports helmet for a wearer engaged in a contact sport, such as football. The helmet includes a shell having a front region, a rear region, two side regions, and an ear flap depending from a side region. A jaw flap extends forwardly from each ear flap, wherein the jaw flap overlies an extent of a mandible of the wearer. The shell also includes a raised central band that extends from the front region across the crown to the rear region. The central band has lower side portions that extend from the rear region towards the side region of the shell and terminate proximate an ear opening in the shell. The central band has a width defined by a pair of opposed sidewalls that extend transversely from an outer surface of the shell. The shell also includes a first plurality of vent openings aligned along a first side of the raised central band and a second plurality of vent openings aligned along a second side of the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Thad M. IDE, Ralph J. Infusino, Nelson Kraemer, Christopher R.P. Withnall, Timothy D. Bayne
  • Publication number: 20130333099
    Abstract: A hood (10) for a protective helmet having at least a crown and a forwardly projecting peak, includes a crown and portion (11) adapted to cover the crown of the helmet, a rear portion (12) and side portions (12a) and (12b) depending downwardly from the crown of the hood (10) adapted to cover the ears and neck of the wearer, the rear portion (12) has adjustable means (19) to adjust the length of the rear portion (12) of the hood and the side portions have forwardly projecting flaps (14) and (15), the flaps (14) and (15) having fastening means (16) and (17) to secure the flaps (14) and (15) under the chin of the wearer, and a sleeve portion (13) projecting forwardly of the crown adapted to receive the peak of the protective helmet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: GLOBAL SAFETY SOLUTIONS & MANAGEMENT PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Dennis Mahony
  • Publication number: 20130333098
    Abstract: A football helmet has a shell with a top portion having a raised central channel at least at one of a front area and a top area of the top portion of the shell, with a plurality of elongated vent openings on each side of the channel, the vent openings being spaced from each other on each side of the channel, from front to back, along the helmet shell, the sides of the helmet having earholes and sloped banks abutting the earholes in a wedge configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Nimmons, David Rogers, Duco Noordzij, Eduard Milea, Larry Maddux, Ray Drake
  • Publication number: 20130255697
    Abstract: A protective mask for use with a CPAP system is disclosed. The protective mask aligns with a user's eye area to protect a user's eyes from any flow of air which may escape the air-delivery mask of the CPAP system. The composition of the protective mask is such that it is impermeable to air on one side and has a soft and non-irritating surface on the other side. The protective mask is preferably adjustable to accommodate various sized users and may include ear protectors to help facilitate uninterrupted sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Barbara S. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20130219598
    Abstract: An ear protection to be fastened to a protective helmet, particularly for forestry workers, is described. The ear protection comprises two ear protectors each of which comprises a fork-like supporting bracket comprising ear protection capsule pivotably supported thereon and a rotary plate connected to the supporting bracket by a tilting joint in relation to which the supporting bracket can be bistably tilted into an extended and into a retracted position. The rotary plate is rotatably supported in a receiving part attached to the helmet. A yoke spring disposed between the rotary plate and the supporting bracket pre-stresses the supporting bracket to abut on stoppers defining the extended and the retracted position of the supporting bracket. The receiving part is attached to the inside of the helmet. The ear protectors are therefore rotatable into a parking position within the helmet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Anton Pfanner, Martin Greber
  • Patent number: 8503711
    Abstract: A hat mounted music system includes a semi-rigid hatband and a flexible crown and hat bill mounted to the hatband. A retaining pocket is mounted to the hatband and is sized and shaped to hold a portable music player. First and second headphone mounts are located to align with the ears of a user. The mounts have first and second hinges. First portions of the hinges are attached to the hatband and second portions of the hinges are attached to the mounts. The hinges permit movement of the mounts from a first, open position to a second, listening position. First and second headphone modules are adapted to fit the headphone mounts. Connection wires connect the player to the headphone modules. The headphone mounts are spring-loaded and are retained in the second position by a latching mechanism. A release device allows the headphone mounts to return to the first, open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Flynn
  • Publication number: 20130191974
    Abstract: A helmet earpiece is provided which includes a body, a first feature configured to fit with a complimentary first feature associated with a helmet, and a second feature configured to fit with a complimentary second feature associated with the helmet. The first and second features on the body may be configured to fit with the respective complimentary first and second features associated with the helmet to mount the helmet earpiece to the helmet. The first feature may include an opening, and a lock adjacent the opening. The lock has an unlocked position and a locked position, where in the unlocked position, the opening may be configured to receive the complimentary first feature associated with the helmet, and in the locked position, the lock may be configured to retain the complimentary first feature in the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Stephane Lebel, Dominic Giroux Bernier, Ed Hall
  • Publication number: 20130191975
    Abstract: A protective helmet (1, 31) is designed to be mounted on a device for drying and storing protective helmets (1, 31). For this purpose, it has a ventilating opening (5, 32) through which hot air can be blown from the helmet-drying and -storing device into the interior of the helmet by means of a nozzle (11, 32).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Wirthenst├Ątter
  • Publication number: 20130180036
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for an earring safety device that can be clipped to an ear enveloping an earring so as to protect the ear and the wearer's head from the earring during fast-paced activities. The earring safety device can enable athletes to participate in contact sports without removing the earring, especially where rules would otherwise preclude the athlete from competing. The earring safety device can also protect the wearer from snagging the earring during high-intensity activities and jobs The protection also protects the athlete from injury due to impacts made to the earring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Chris Heffington
  • Patent number: 8474064
    Abstract: An ear hole cover secures to an ear hole in headgear, such as baseball and football helmets. The ear hole cover has a body having an inner surface and a planar outer surface. Means are included for securing the body to the ear hole in the headgear. At least one hole extends through the body from the outer surface to the inner surface, the at least one hole for passing sound through the body to an ear of a wearer of the headgear. An indicia surface extends across the planar outer surface for displaying an indicia, such as a team logo or mascot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Sam Neverson Hardy, III
  • Publication number: 20130133128
    Abstract: A motorsports helmet having an isolation mount defining a receptacle is provided. An adjustment plate is selectively disposed within the receptacle at different depths and includes an ear-cup. The ear-cup is secured relative to the adjustment plate and includes at least two degrees of freedom of movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Steven A. Hein, Darryl C. Bassani
  • Patent number: 8418271
    Abstract: Left and right ear shades that are connectable to the bottom of an ordinary baseball cap, etc. Each ear shade removably attaches to the side of the hat and can be moved forward or backward along the hat to accommodate the wearer. Each ear shade includes an attachment member for releasably connecting the ear shade to the hat. Connected to the attachment member is an arcuate cover, which is ideally shaped to fit around the at least part of the back, the top, and part of the front of the ear. The cover extends laterally from the wearer's head to shade the ear. The attachment member may include an integral clip, a serrated projection, a wedge, or a tab and removable clip, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Danny J. Hardy
  • Publication number: 20130047322
    Abstract: A combination headgear and eyewear system including eyewear that magnetically attaches to the headgear. A magnetic ball and disc joint allows the eyewear to pivot on the headgear and into a position wherein the eyewear rests upon a user's face. Adjustable temples allow the eyewear to be configured so to accommodate a large range of head sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Donald Scott PEEBLES
  • Publication number: 20130025034
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ear protector for a hockey or lacrosse helmet, the ear protector having a front portion, a top portion, a rear portion, a bottom portion with a bottom edge and inner and outer sides, the ear protector being made of a first material and a second material, the first material being a clear rigid material and the second material being a soft material, wherein the second material is overmolded onto the first material for covering the bottom edge such that the bottom edge is at least partially made of the second material overmolded onto the first material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Jacques DUROCHER
  • Patent number: 8363877
    Abstract: There is provided a headphone comprising: a pair of right and left housings each for accommodating a speaker unit; a headband having a shape curved in a longitudinal direction to which the pair of right and left housings are connected on both sides in the longitudinal direction, respectively; and first to third hinges provided on the headband so as to be arranged in the longitudinal direction and capable of folding the headband in an inner side direction of curvature; wherein the first hinge positioned between the second and third hinges is capable of folding the headband about a hinge axis tilted relative to a forward and backward direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the headband such that both ends in the longitudinal direction of the headband folded only by the first hinge do not contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Rui Morisawa
  • Publication number: 20120324636
    Abstract: A flexible ear protector for protecting the outer ear from heat, chemicals, or sharp objects, using a curling iron, hot comb, blow dryer, scissors, to style hair having a body portion, a front opening for receiving a human ear, a proximate opening, a distal opening, a cavity for receiving a human ear, and a reinforced perimeter for exerting force upon the body portion thereby returning the body portion from a second position to a first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Leah Marie Schwochert, Karen Marie Guzzi
  • Publication number: 20120324635
    Abstract: An ear protection device made of thermally insulating fabric for fastening to goggles for winter sport use. The device includes two downward extensions of fabric disposed to overlie the wearer's ears. Each downward extension includes a pocketed region for holding small self-heating chemical or electrical packs. An additional security pocket may be accessed from an interior headband component to this device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Samuel R. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 8302731
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hearing protector comprising two ear cups which are designed to cover the ears of the wearer of the hearing protector, and sealing rings (2) which are secured along the peripheries of the ear cups, the sealing rings each displaying at least one circumferential lamella (5, 6, 7), being manufactured from a resilient, possibly elastic material, and being formed to sealingly abut, around the wearer's ears, against the wearer's head, wherein the lamella (5,6, 7), at least along its edge regions located most proximal the wearer's head, display portions (13, 14, 15) which, in a direction towards the wearer, are arched from a central region (3) in the sealing ring (2) out towards its periphery (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Sigvard Nilsson, Henrik Nordin
  • Patent number: 8291520
    Abstract: The headgear has right and left symmetrical earguard assemblies with an earguard pad and protective shell that are detachable from each other. A plurality of detachable head straps join each earguard assembly to prevent separation of the pad and shell of each earguard assembly. The periphery of each protective shell is surrounded and embraced by peripheral wall portions on the pads to align the respective shells on the respective earguard pads in an alignment position. Corresponding engageable protrusions and recesses on the pads and shells also help maintain the alignment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Asics Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lukens
  • Patent number: 8209781
    Abstract: During use of a firefighter helmet or a similar helmet, a detachable protective earflap unit can be used to provide convenient and easy storage of personal items for the firefighter or other helmet wearer secured at the back of the helmet and below the rear brim or rear lower edge of the helmet by a utility strap securement assembly. The protective earflap unit comprises an earflap having a utility strap securement assembly that selectively may encircle and retain eyewear, an eyewear case, a utility bag, or other small personal item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Krochmal
  • Publication number: 20120131732
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a first curved band portion and a second curved band portion. The first curved band portion has a first end, a second end, an inner curved side and an outer curved side. The first curved band portion defines a passageway between the first end and the second end of the first curved band portion. The passageway has a first opening. The second curved band portion has a first end, a second end, an inner curved side and an outer curved side. A motion-restraint portion is proximate to the first end of the second curved band portion. The first end of the second curved band portion is insertable into the first opening of the passageway of the first curved band portion. The first curved band portion has a range of motion within the passageway of the second curved band portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Dean Bavetta, Paul Kay, Brian E. Le Gette, Gary F. Prokop, Steve Remy
  • Publication number: 20120124719
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for protecting the external ear from the elements, heat, cold, wind, rain and/or snow. In some embodiments, an ear protector comprises a conforming anchor with an opening through which the external ear may be passed. The ear protector further comprises an insulating outer covering that, in combination with the anchor, forms the ear protector with a chamber positioned between the outer covering and the anchor. During use, the chamber is configured to receive the external ear, with the anchor's opening conformably positioned in proximity to at least a portion of the ear's root. The perimeter of the conforming anchor's opening resiliently deforms during passage of the external ear through the opening and into the chamber, and then conforms to the geometry of at least a portion of the ear root in order to securely and comfortably maintain the ear protector in position over the external ear without additional external support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Michlitsch, Jane P. Bearinger
  • Patent number: 8166575
    Abstract: A protective headgear combination has a helmet and at least one ear defender secured on the helmet rotational position of the at least one ear defender relative to the helmet is adjustable about a first axis of rotation, wherein the first axis of rotation is positioned relative to the vertical at an angle of less than 45┬░ for an upright head position of a user of the protective headgear combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Haselmayer
  • Publication number: 20120042440
    Abstract: A cold weather accessory that protects a wearer's ears and face from cold weather includes a pair of ear covers connected to a band at opposite distal ends of the band. Each of the pair of ear covers further includes a deployable cheek cover. The deployable cheek cover is moveable from a retracted position, over a respective ear cover, to a deployed position, offset from the respective ear cover, to provide facial protection from cold weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Richard E. SKOWRONSKI, Lee F. Grossman
  • Patent number: 8113200
    Abstract: A respirator mask has a removably mounted support frame that adjustably and removably mounts a corrective lens frame. The corrective lens frame further has a molded bridge with a biasing member embedded therein. A pivotal tab on the support frame is received in one of a plurality of detents on the lens frame for releasably securing the lens frame in the desired position on the support frame. Laterally disposed mounting lugs on the support frame are received in integrally molded pockets in the respirator mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Avon Protection Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian E. Davis
  • Publication number: 20120017359
    Abstract: An ear protector 100 provides a means for covering an ear 10, manipulating ear 10, and protecting ear 10 from rubbing, chemicals, and heat. The ear protector comprises: an inner wall 110, an outer wall 120, and a curved joining wall 130. The ear protector further comprises: an upper helix cover 140, a middle tragus cover 150, and a lower lobule cover 160. The ear protector is manufactured with a material this is flexible, able to resume its original shape when a deforming force is removed, light weight and low density, has a high compression set, is has insulation properties and chemical resistance properties, easy to manufacture easily colored and processed. The ear protector includes notch 170 with thin membrane 176 for stretch and retraction, ear cavity button 154 for securing with ear, and thicker bridges 172 for strength and comfort, and installing and removing ear protector with ear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Marcia Helena Parris, Ricky Curtis Sherrell
  • Patent number: 8075153
    Abstract: A combination hearing protector and illumination provider, including a right cup, a left cup, a band, a first light source, and a second light source. The right cup covers the right ear of a user. The left cup covers the left ear of the user. The band connects the right cup to the left cup and is worn over the top of the head of the user. The first light source is operatively connected to one of the right cup and the left cup and faces in a direction that is one of forward of the user and rearward of the user. The second light source is operatively connected to one of the right cup and the left cup and faces in a direction that is the other of forward of the user and rearward of the user. The first light source and the second light source illuminate in opposite directions to each other so as to illuminate forward of the user and rearward of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Theodore J. Werner
  • Publication number: 20110296595
    Abstract: The headgear has right and left symmetrical earguard assemblies with an earguard pad and protective shell that are detachable from each other. A plurality of detachable head straps join each earguard assembly to prevent separation of the pad and shell of each earguard assembly. The periphery of each protective shell is surrounded and embraced by peripheral wall portions on the pads to align the respective shells on the respective earguard pads in an alignment position. Corresponding engageable protrusions and recesses on the pads and shells also help maintain the alignment position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tom LUKENS
  • Patent number: 8060951
    Abstract: A low profile protective helmet having an interior surface that is immediately adjacent the top of the wearer's head when the helmet is being worn. The interior surface defines a distal point which represents the furthest distance between the top of the wearer's head and the interior surface when the helmet is being worn. The height of the low profile helmet is approximately 4.7 inches and the distal point is approximately 1.3 inches to the top of the wearer's head which is at least 1 inch closer to the top of the wearer's head than with prior art hard hats. The close fit minimizes the weight of the helmet itself, and provides stability of the helmet on the head. The helmet includes shock absorbing means integral to the outer shell that defines a first extension and a second extension in perpendicular relationship with the first extension such that the outer shell is of a relatively greater depth along the defined extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Hosea Smith
  • Publication number: 20110209273
    Abstract: An ear muff style ear protector device having a body for permitting positioning on a wearer's head, and two ear muff ear protectors connected with the body, so the ear protectors can be operatively held relative to a wearer's ears. At least one ear protector can be adapted to selectively enable the wearer to temporarily reduce the level of sound protection to the respective ear to enable external sounds to be heard more clearly. In an embodiment the body is an eye protector assembly, which is connected to the two ear muff ear protectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: LOUD & CLEAR SAFETY PTY LTD
    Inventors: Peter David Fountain, Brendan Michael Krone, John Magree
  • Patent number: 8001624
    Abstract: A winter liner system, including a hunter knit liner for wear underneath a protective helmet. The hunter knit liner fully encircles, and partially covers, the head of the wearer and includes a decorative exterior layer, an interior layer, and an interior foam layer sandwiched therebetween. The liner has two ear flaps extending downwardly to cover ears, and a looping band on each ear flap for holding the chinstrap of the helmet. At least one ear flap includes a side pocket integrated therein. The liner includes an elongated bill extending downwardly and horizontally across the front portion. The bill has an exterior surface which adheres directly to the front of the helmet. A plurality of snapping mechanisms, which include male snap heads embedded within the helmet and cooperating female snap receptacles integrated into the liner, removably securing the liner into the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis Leedom
  • Publication number: 20110185480
    Abstract: A welder protection mask, containing a basic support element with a viewing opening for receiving a filter element as a dazzle protection device. The welder protection mask includes at least one pliable mask region which connects to the basic support element, and the pliable mask region contains a sheet-like, wall-like mask element or consists thereof, which is characterised by a characteristic that it is manually deformable and may be bent into different positions or three-dimensional shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: OPTREL AG
    Inventor: Ignaz Braendle
  • Patent number: 7971282
    Abstract: Earmuffs for use with protective headgear, primarily helmets for use in outside sports such as bicycling, skiing and the like, wherein the earmuffs are in the form a sleeves with flaps that overlap the edges of the sleeves, include a base element that spans a wearer's head and couples left and right sleeves, and include a chin cover that receives the portion of a chin strap that extends beyond the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Maureen E. Berge
  • Publication number: 20110113537
    Abstract: A multifunction safety mask with earmuffs clip is composed of a front hoop ring equipped with connection portion including brim hinge joint part, back hoop ring hinge joint part, and top belt hinge joint hole, wherein an earmuffs clamp groove is placed at top side of the connection portion; a brim body hinged on the brim hinge joint part of the front hoop ring; a back hoop ring, in which the two ends of the back hoop ring are buckled in a front hoop ring back hoop ring pivot hole; a top belt buckled, in which the two ends of the top belt are buckled in top belt hinge joint hole placed at the two sides of the front hoop ring; and earmuffs including two earmuffs bodies with a link plate between them, in which the two sides of the link plate enter and buckle in the earmuffs clamp groove; thus the musk of the present invention not only is stably weared on an user's head, but also prevents the user from noise damage with the earmuffs stably buckled on the musk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Young-Hua Peng