(19)
(11)EP 3 422 741 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/25

(21)Application number: 18182857.5

(22)Date of filing:  07.04.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04R 25/00(2006.01)

(54)

HEARING AID DEVICE HAVING BATTERY DRAWER

HÖRGERÄT MIT BATTERIEFACH

DISPOSITIF D'AIDE AUDITIVE À TIROIR DE BATTERIE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(43)Date of publication of application:
02.01.2019 Bulletin 2019/01

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
14163696.9 / 2930945

(73)Proprietor: Oticon A/S
2765 Smørum (DK)

(72)Inventors:
  • Sundberg, Oliver
    DK-2200 København N (DK)
  • Pedersen, Troels Holm
    2765 Smørum (DK)

(74)Representative: Demant 
Demant A/S Kongebakken 9
2765 Smørum
2765 Smørum (DK)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 332 938
US-A- 3 138 491
DE-B3-102009 004 118
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present disclosure generally relates to a hearing aid device. The present disclosure more particularly relates a hearing aid device comprising a housing having an opening and a battery drawer constituting a battery door that is rotably mounted to the housing.

    Prior art



    [0002] US 6144749 A discloses an enclosure for a battery for a hearing aid. The enclosure comprises a flexible strip connecting an enclosure door with an inside surface of case of the device. When the door is open, the strip forms a sling across the enclosure opening and the strip forms a living hinge to hold the door to the case of the device. The device is configured to receive a battery being inserted into the enclosure opening against the strip while the door is pushed into the enclosure opening. When the door is opened and the strip is pulled outward by the strip, the strip provides a force to push the battery out of the opening.

    [0003] US 5995636 A discloses a hearing aid with a battery compartment containing a battery and a cover pivotably coupled to a housing. The cover is adapted to close off the battery compartment. The hearing aid comprises a contact arrangement that is actuated by pressing on the cover in closed position to pivot the cover. The contact arrangement can be activated by a spring-loaded movement of the cover beyond the normal closed position.

    [0004] US 4941180 A discloses a hearing aid having a hinged battery compartment configured to receive a battery. The hearing aid comprises a latch notch mechanism that in conjunction with a switch, allows for a selection of the operational mode of the hearing aid. This is done by positioning the hinged battery compartment at various angles to the hearing aid housing. The battery is held firmly in the battery compartment in the various switching positions by a contact spring.

    [0005] DE 102010041263 A1 discloses a housing for a hearing aid. The housing has elastically deformable sealing lip element arranged between the surfaces of detachably connectable portions of the hearing aid housing. The end portion of the sealing lip element is connected to housing portion while the other end extends over surface of a portion of the housing. The sealing lip element is undeflected in non-sealing condition and the end portion of the sealing lip element is elastically deformed in the sealing.

    [0006] DE 102009004118 B3 discloses a hearing aid comprising a battery compartment that is configured to be pull when a battery has to be removed from the casing of the hearing aid. A locking element is pressed into a slot of the compartment to lock the compartment to the casing. An upper side of the element is arranged below an opening of the slot in a locking condition. The locking element stands in contact with the casing in a form-fit manner. The locking element is pressed further into the slot for unlocking such that the element is no longer in form-fit contact with the casing.

    [0007] EP 0 332 938 disclose a hearing aid with a battery arranged in a battery compartment, a spring contact arrangement for the electrical connection with hearing aid components, a battery receptacle and the like, the spring contact is inserted with one end into a circuit board of an amplifier, so that the spring contact is held in an adjustment position by an element which can be attached to the housing, in which position the spring contact is in contact with the second battery terminal when the battery receptacle is closed and that an insulated spring arm is provided which prevents a contact between the spring contact and the battery when the battery receptacle is open. This prevents the current-consuming hearing aid components from making contact with the battery when the battery receptacle is opened into the "off" position.

    [0008] US 3,138,491 disclose a hearing aid having a combination of a switch and battery holder. The battery holder comprises two finger ears positioned at opposite ends so that the switch may be rocked or pivoted by means of the finger ears to place the battery in a switch-on or switch-off position.

    [0009] When it comes to operation of the battery door and the on/off function the prior art devices are difficult to use for most hearing aid users. This is especially the case when the hearing aid is worn by the user.

    [0010] Thus, there is need for a hearing aid device that is easier and more user-friendly to apply for the user of the hearing aid device.

    [0011] It is an object to provide a hearing aid device that is easier and more user-friendly to use than the prior art hearing aid devices. A further object is to provide an alternative to the prior art.

    Summary



    [0012] The objects may be achieved by a hearing aid device as defined in claim 1. Preferred embodiments are defined in the dependent sub claims and explained in the following description and illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

    [0013] In the present context, a "hearing aid device" refers to a device, such as e.g. a hearing aid, a listening device or an active ear-protection device, which is adapted to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the user's surroundings, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears.

    [0014] A "hearing aid device" further refers to a device such as an earphone or a headset adapted to receive audio signals electronically, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. Such audible signals may e.g. be provided in the form of acoustic signals radiated into the user's outer ears, acoustic signals transferred as mechanical vibrations to the user's inner ears through the bone structure of the user's head and/or through parts of the middle ear as well as electric signals transferred directly or indirectly to the cochlear nerve and/or to the auditory cortex of the user.

    [0015] A hearing device may be configured to be worn in any known way, e.g. as a unit arranged behind the ear with a tube leading air-borne acoustic signals into the ear canal or with a loudspeaker arranged close to or in the ear canal, as a unit entirely or partly arranged in the pinna and/or in the ear canal, as a unit attached to a fixture implanted into the skull bone, as an entirely or partly implanted unit, etc. A hearing aid device may comprise a single unit or several units communicating electronically with each other.

    [0016] More generally, a hearing aid device comprises an input transducer for receiving an acoustic signal from a user's surroundings and providing a corresponding input audio signal and/or a receiver for electronically receiving a input audio signal, a signal processing circuit for processing the input audio signal and an output means for providing an audible signal to the user in dependence on the processed audio signal. In a case where the input audio signal is received electronically the input audio signal has preferably been digitalised by another unit.

    [0017] Some hearing aid devices may comprise multiple input transducers, e.g. for providing direction-dependent audio signal processing. In some hearing aid devices, the receiver may be a wireless receiver. In some hearing aid devices, the receiver may be e.g. an input amplifier for receiving a wired signal. In some hearing aid devices, an amplifier may constitute the signal processing circuit. In some hearing aid devices, the output means may comprise an output transducer, such as e.g. a loudspeaker for providing an air-borne acoustic signal or a vibrator for providing a structure-borne or liquid-borne acoustic signal. In some hearing aid devices, the output means may comprise one or more output electrodes for providing electric signals.

    [0018] In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be adapted to provide a structure-borne acoustic signal transcutaneously or percutaneously to the skull bone. In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be implanted in the middle ear and/or in the inner ear. In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be adapted to provide a structure-borne acoustic signal to a middle-ear bone and/or to the cochlea. In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be adapted to provide a liquid-borne acoustic signal in the cochlear liquid, e.g. through the oval window. In some hearing aid devices, the output electrodes may be implanted in the cochlea or on the inside of the skull bone and may be adapted to provide the electric signals to the hair cells of the cochlea, to one or more hearing nerves and/or to the auditory cortex.

    [0019] The hearing aid device is a hearing aid device comprising a housing having an opening and a battery drawer constituting a battery door that is rotably mounted to the housing, which battery drawer comprises a finger engagement portion arranged at the outside surface of the battery drawer. The finger engagement portion provides a push button function to the battery drawer. The hearing aid device comprises a arrangement for closing the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door closed, where the hearing aid device comprises means for at least partly opening the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door at least partly open, where the hearing aid device comprises means for electrically switching the hearing aid device on and off by pushing the finger engagement portion. According to the invention the battery drawer includes a push button for providing a push button function of the battery drawer.

    [0020] Hereby it is possible to provide a hearing aid device that is easier and more user-friendly to use than the prior art hearing aid devices.

    [0021] It is a huge advantage that the battery drawer functions both as battery placement and as a push on/off button. Thus, the operation of the hearing aid device is significantly simplified for the user of the hearing aid device.

    [0022] The hearing aid device may be any suitable type of hearing aid e.g. a receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aid device or a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid device. The hearing aid device may further be an in-the-ear (ITE) or in-the-canal (ITC) type of hearing aid. ITE and ITC hearing aids are also known as custom hearing aids. They are individually manufactured to fit a person's ear. They range from invisible in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids to full-shell hearing aids.

    [0023] The housing may have any desirable shape and size and the opening in the housing may have any suitable size and geometry. The housing may be made in any suitable material. Vents may be provided in the housing. It is possible to produce the housing by means of plastic injection moulding by way of example.

    [0024] The battery drawer may constitute a battery door that is rotably mounted to the housing. The battery drawer may be shaped in any desired way and material. The battery drawer may have any desired size to hold a specifically sized-battery.

    [0025] The battery drawer comprises a finger engagement portion arranged at the outside surface of the battery drawer. The finger engagement portion may have any suitable shape and size. It may be preferred that a macroscopic surface structuring is provided to the outer surface of the finger engagement portion in order to increase the friction between a finger and the finger engagement portion during operation of the push button function.

    [0026] The arrangement for closing the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door closed may comprise any suitable type of means e.g. mechanical engaging engagement member of corresponding geometry.

    [0027] The means for at least partly opening the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door at least partly open may comprise any suitable type of means e.g. mechanical means like spring members and locking members of any suitable size, geometry and type.

    [0028] The means for electrically switching the hearing aid device on and off by pushing the pushing button may be any suitable type of means e.g. a mechanical coupling or decoupling means.

    [0029] It may be an advantage that the finger engagement portion is configured in such a way that the hearing aid device is turned off by pushing the finger engagement portion and that the battery door is opened hereby, when operated from a closed state. The battery door may in this way be at least partly opened.

    [0030] It may be beneficial that the finger engagement portion is configured in such a way that the hearing aid device is turned on by pushing the finger engagement portion and that that the battery door is closed hereby, when operated from an open state.

    [0031] It may be advantageous that the opening and closing mechanism of the hearing aid device is a mechanical snap solution.

    [0032] It may be advantageous that the hearing aid device comprises means for releasing the battery door from a closed state and bringing the battery door into an open state by pushing the pushing button.

    [0033] Hereby the operation of the hearing aid device may be simplified and thus, the degree of user-friendliness may be increased.

    [0034] It may be beneficial that the hearing aid device comprises means for bringing the battery door from an open state into a closed state by operating the push button function.

    [0035] Hereby, a higher degree of user-friendliness may be achieved.

    [0036] It may be advantageous that the hearing aid device comprises a rotably mounted rod-shaped pin member that is attached to a base member extending basically perpendicular to the pin member, and that a head protrudes from the base member.

    [0037] The use of such pin member makes it possible to provide a simple, robust and reliable opening and closing mechanism.

    [0038] It may be an advantage that the head extends basically perpendicular to the base member.

    [0039] Hereby, the head may be used to engage with engagement members within the battery drawer.

    [0040] It may be beneficial that the battery drawer comprises an engagement portion or engagement mechanism configured to receive the head and that an engagement member is provided in the engagement portion, where the engagement member is configured to displace the head when the finger engagement portion, or the battery drawer, is moved relative to the housing of the hearing aid device.

    [0041] Hereby, it is possible to provide a simpler and reliable engagement mechanism capable of bringing the battery drawer in predefined desired positions.

    [0042] It may be advantageous that the hearing aid device comprises means for switching the hearing aid device off when the battery door is brought into an open state by pushing the finger engagement portion.

    [0043] These means may be any suitable electrical and/or mechanical means.

    [0044] It may be beneficial that the hearing aid device comprises at least one spring that is arranged in such a manner that the spring presses against the battery drawer when the battery door is closed.

    [0045] Hereby the spring may provide the required force to open the battery drawer when the battery door is closed and needs to be opened.

    [0046] It is possible to replace the spring by a resilient member.

    [0047] It may be advantageous that the spring is arranged in such a way that the spring is configured to push the battery drawer into a position where the battery door is at least partly open.

    [0048] Hereby it is possible to provide a simple and reliable construction.

    [0049] According to the invention the battery drawer comprises a nail grip member provided at the distal portion of the finger engagement portion, where the nail grip member protrudes from the battery drawer. Hereby it is possible to completely open the battery drawer in an easy way. The user-friendliness of the hearing aid device is increased.

    [0050] It may be an advantage that the battery drawer comprises a body portion extending basically perpendicular to the nail grip member.

    [0051] Hereby, more space is provided to place a nail during the opening of the battery door. The user of the hearing aid can open the battery drawer by placing a nail under the nail grip member and force the battery drawer to open.

    [0052] It may be an advantage that the battery drawer is rotably mounted to the housing by means of one or two shafts that are attached in corresponding bore(s) within the battery drawer.

    [0053] It is preferred that the hearing aid device shuts down when the battery door is open and at the same time a nail grip member appears. Hereby, it becomes easier to open the battery door.

    [0054] It may be advantageous that the pin member is rotably arranged in a channel provided in the housing.

    [0055] Hereby a reliable and robust mechanical construction may be achieved.

    [0056] It may be beneficial that the battery drawer is provided at the end portion of the housing of the hearing aid device.

    [0057] It may be advantageous that the finger engagement portion is provided with one or more, preferably two or more, transversal indentations in the outer surface of the battery door.

    [0058] Hereby a better grip of the finger engagement portion may be provided. Accordingly, the push button function becomes easier to use for the user of the hearing aid device.

    [0059] It may be beneficial that the housing is provided with a groove configured to receive the nail grip member of the battery drawer.

    [0060] Hereby it is possible to completely receive the nail grip member in the housing of the hearing aid.

    [0061] It is preferred that the geometry of the groove fits the geometry of the nail grip member of the battery drawer device so that the battery door may be sealingly closed.

    [0062] It may be an advantage that the hearing aid device is configured in such a manner that when the battery door is at least partly open, the distance between the nail grip member and the top surface of the housing is at least 1 mm.

    [0063] Hereby the user of the hearing aid may easily use a nail, or a device, to open the battery door.

    Description of the Drawings



    [0064] The accompanying drawings are given by way of illustration only, and thus, they are not limitative of the present claims. The present disclosure has more details, which are discussed in relation to the drawings in which:
    Fig. 1 a)
    shows a schematically side view of a hearing aid device;
    Fig. 1 b)
    shows a schematically close-up side view of the hearing aid device shown in Fig. 1 a);
    Fig. 2
    shows schematically close-up side views of a hearing aid device in different states of operation;
    Fig. 3 a)
    shows a side view of a battery drawer of a hearing aid;
    Fig. 3 b)
    shows a perspective view of a pin member and base member;
    Fig. 3 c)
    shows a schematically perspective view of a pin member and base member mechanically engaged within the engagement portion of a battery drawer;
    Fig. 4
    shows an exploded view of a hearing aid device, and
    Fig. 5
    shows a perspective view of a hearing aid device.

    Detailed description of the drawings



    [0065] Referring now in detail to the drawings for the purpose of illustrating preferred embodiments, different views of a hearing aid device 2 is illustrated in Fig. 1.

    [0066] Fig. 1 a) illustrates a schematically side view of a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid device 2. Fig. 1 b) illustrates a close up side view of the hearing aid device 2 shown in Fig. 1 a).

    [0067] The hearing aid device 2 comprises a housing 4 and a hook 6 that is attached to the distal end of the housing 4. It is important to underline that the illustration of the hearing aid device 2 is simplified for illustration purposes. Accordingly, a number of the standard elements such as the amplifier, speaker and microphone of the hearing aid device 2 are not shown in any of the drawings.

    [0068] A battery drawer 24 is hinged to the housing 4. The battery drawer 24 comprises a battery compartment 12 shaped to receive and store a cylindrical battery (not shown). The battery drawer 24 comprises a battery door 6 provided with three transversal indentations 18 in its outer surface constituting a finger engagement portion 26. The indentations 18 are intended to provide an enhanced grip or traction when engaged by a finger of a user. Accordingly, the indentations 18 makes the finger engagement portion 26 easier to use for the user of the hearing aid device 2.

    [0069] The battery drawer 24 has a body portion 38 that is basically flat (the surface has a slightly circular arced cross-section). The battery drawer 24 comprises a nail grip member 28 that includes the most distal portion of the finger engagement portion 26. The nail grip member 28 protrudes from the body portion 38. The user of the hearing aid may open the battery drawer 24 by placing a nail under the nail grip member 28 and forcing the battery drawer 24 to open. The battery drawer 24 is rotably mounted to the housing 4 by means of two shafts 14 that are received in corresponding bores within the battery drawer 24.

    [0070] A spring 16 is fixed to the inside surface of the housing 4. The spring 16 is configured to provide a force that causes a clockwise rotation of the battery drawer 24, i.e. pivot the battery drawer 24 at the shafts 14. The force provided by the spring 16 can be used to push back the battery drawer 24, when the battery drawer 24 has to be opened (e.g. for battery replacement).

    [0071] The battery drawer 24 comprises a pin member 20 that is rotably arranged in a corresponding channel 10 provided in the housing 4. The pin member 20 has a longitudinal axis X, while the channel 10 has a longitudinal axis Y that extends parallel to the longitudinal axis X of the channel 10.

    [0072] The pin member 20 is shaped as a rod that is attached to a slightly curved base member 34 that is provided with a head 36 protruding from the distal end of the basically plate-shaped base member 34 (see Fig. 3 b for a more detailed view).

    [0073] The housing 4 has a groove 32 configured to receive the nail grip member 28 of the battery drawer 24. The geometry of the groove 32 fits the geometry of the nail grip member 28 of the battery drawer 24.

    [0074] The battery drawer 24 has a built-in on/off function. A change between an "on-state" and an "off-state", respectively, is established by changing the position of the battery drawer 24 relative to the housing 4.

    [0075] Fig. 2 a) illustrates a schematic close-up view of a hearing aid device 2. The hearing aid device 2 corresponds to the one shown in Fig. 1. In the illustrated configuration the hearing aid device 2 is in an "off-state". The top surface of the finger engagement portion 26 is in this state positioned at a distance d3 above the top surface 44 of the housing 4.

    [0076] In the figure it is seen that when the battery door 6 is at least partly open, the distance between the nail grip member 28 and the top surface 44 of the housing 4 is h. It may be preferred that h is at least 1 mm, so that the nail grip member 28 may be opened by using a nail.

    [0077] Fig. 2 b) and Fig. 2 c) illustrates schematically close-up views of the hearing aid device 2 shown in Fig. 2 a). The finger engagement portion 26 has been pushed towards the central portion of the housing 4. The top surface of the finger engagement portion 26 in this state is positioned at a distance of d2 above the top surface 44 of the housing 4 in Fig. 2 b) and in a distance d3 above the top surface 44 of the housing 4 in Fig. 2 c). When comparing Fig. 2 a), Fig. 2 b) and Fig. 2 c) it can be seen, that d3 is larger than d2 and that d2 is larger than d1.

    [0078] In Fig. 2 a) the head 36 of the base member 34 is arranged in the lowest portion of the engagement portion 40 and engages a cam surface 42. As long as the position of the finger engagement portion 26 is unchanged, the hearing aid device 2 will be maintained in the "off-state". Cam surface 42 is shaped as a cam member provided in the engagement surface by recessing a part of the surface 40.

    [0079] However, in Fig. 2 b) the finger engagement portion 26 has been pushed down, i.e. closer to the housing, and has been arranged in an "on-state". It may be seen that the head 36 (indicated with a dotted line) of the base member 34 is in contact with cam surface 42 and positioned in the central region the engagement portion 40.

    [0080] In Fig. 2 c) the finger engagement portion 26 has been pushed further down and into the housing 4. In this position, the spring 16 will provide a force that will force the finger engagement portion 26 to be moved upwards. In this manner it is possible to shift between the "off-state" (shown in Fig. 2 a) and the "on-state" (shown in Fig. 2 b) simply by pushing the finger engagement portion 26.

    [0081] In Fig. 2 b) and Fig. 2 c) the nail gripping member 28 has been completely received by the groove 32 in the housing 4. Accordingly, the battery door 6 cannot be opened. By pushing or pressing the finger engagement portion 26 the spring 16 will push the finger engagement portion 26 back to a position corresponding to the one shown in Fig. 2 a).

    [0082] In Fig. 2 c) the head 36 of the base member 34 is arranged in the uppermost portion of the engagement portion 40.

    [0083] Even though it is not shown, there may be provide any suitable type of switch (e.g. an electrical switch) configured to turn the hearing aid device 2 on or off when the finger engagement portion 26 is arranged in the configuration as illustrated in Fig. 2 a), Fig. 2b) or Fig. 2c).

    [0084] Thus, the finger engagement portion 26 functions as on/off button. At the same finger engagement portion 26 is adapted to be used to open the battery door 6 in order to replace the battery.

    [0085] When the position of the finger engagement portion 26, and thereby the battery drawer, is changed, the head 36 of the base member 34 is moved due to the mechanical engagement between the finger engagement portion 26 and the head 36. When the position of the head 36 of the base member 34 is changed, the pin member 20 rotates about its longitudinal axis X (see Fig. 1 b). Thus, the motion of the finger engagement portion 26 will cause rotation of the pin member 20 arranged in the channel 10 (see Fig. 1 b).

    [0086] It is important to underline that the "on-state" and the "off-state" may be chosen differently, so that the hearing aid device 2 is turned on when the finger engagement portion 26 is arranged as illustrated in Fig. 2 a) and so that the hearing aid device 2 is turned off when the finger engagement portion 26 is arranged as illustrated in Fig. 2 b) or in Fig. 2 c).

    [0087] The spring 16 may be made in any suitable material e.g. plastic or metal. The spring ensures that the correct and required force is applied to the battery drawer 24 during operation. In the "off-state"-position the hearing aid device 2 shuts down, and at the same time, a nail grip member 28 appears for easy opening of the battery door 6.

    [0088] The head 36 of the base member 34 ensures that the battery drawer 24 can only move within a predefined range of motion. The range of motion of the head 36 defines or limits the range of motion of the battery drawer 24. Pushing the finger engagement portion 26 releases the battery drawer 24 from its position in the "on-state" and causes the battery drawer 24 to slide into the position of the "off-state".

    [0089] Fig. 3 a) illustrates a side view of a battery drawer 24 of a hearing aid device 2. The battery drawer 24 constitutes a battery door 6 and comprises a battery compartment 12 configured to receive a cylindrical battery. The battery compartment 12 may be configured to hold a battery of the 312-type, or other types of batteries. The battery drawer 24 comprises a finger engagement portion 26 having a distal portion that constitute a nail grip member 28 protruding from a basically flat body portion 38. A bore 22 is provided in the body of the battery drawer 24. The bore 22 is intended to receive a shaft member so that the battery drawer 24 can be rotably mounted to the housing of a hearing aid device 2. The battery drawer 24 may then pivot around or at the shaft-bore interface.

    [0090] Next to the battery drawer 24, a spring 16 is arranged. The spring 16 is configured to push against the battery drawer 24 to pivot or turn the battery drawer 24 in a direction away from the housing when the battery is released from the "on-state" (see Fig. 2).

    [0091] An engagement portion 40 is provided in the battery drawer 24 adjacent to the body portion 28. A cam surface 42 is provided in the engagement portion 40. The mechanical engagement between the cam surface 42 and the head 36 of the base member 34 caused by movement of the finger engagement portion 26 is responsible of the motion (rotation) of the pin member 20 that takes place during operation of the finger engagement portion 26.

    [0092] Fig. 3 b) illustrates a perspective view of a pin member 20 and base member 34. The pin member 20 and the base member 34 constitute a one-piece body. A head 36 protrudes from the base member 34. In fact, the pin member 20, the base member 34 and the head 36 constitute a one-piece body.

    [0093] Fig. 3 c) illustrates a schematically perspective view of a pin member 20 and base member 34 that are mechanically engaged within the engagement portion 40 of a battery drawer 24. In Fig. 3 c) the cam surface 42 is partly visible. The head 36 of the base member 34 is positioned at the cam surface 42 so that the battery drawer would be in a closed state or position. The cam surface 42 includes two turning points, at the bends at either side of the head 36, and when the head 36 is at the opposite end of the cam surface 42, the battery drawer would be in an open state or position. In use the head 36 will travel clockwise in the cam surface 42.

    [0094] The battery drawer 24 comprises a finger engagement portion 26 and when mounted in a hearing aid device 2 the battery drawer 24 constitutes a battery door 6. The pin member 20 shown in Fig. 3 b) is arranged in the engagement portion 40 of the battery drawer 24. It can be seen that the motion of the battery drawer 24 relative to the base member 34 will cause the movement of the base 34 and a corresponding rotation of the pin member 20.

    [0095] Fig. 4 illustrates an exploded view of a hearing aid device 2. The hearing aid device 2 comprises a housing 4 and a hook 8 attached to the distal portion of the housing 4.

    [0096] The hearing aid device 2 moreover comprises a battery drawer 24 configured to be received by the housing 4 of the hearing aid device 2. The battery drawer 24 comprises a battery compartment 12 that is adapted to receive and contain a battery (not shown). A bore 22 is provided in the battery drawer 24. The bore 22 is intended to receive a shaft member, so that the battery drawer 24 can be rotably mounted to the housing 4 of the hearing aid device 2.

    [0097] A spring 16 is arranged next to the battery drawer 24. A pin member 20 attached to the base member 34 having a head 36 protruding from the base member is arranged next to the battery drawer 24. The battery drawer 24 comprises an engagement portion 40 configured to receive the head 36 of the base member 34.

    [0098] Fig. 5 illustrates a perspective view of a hearing aid device 2. The hearing aid device 2 comprises a housing 4 and a hook 8 fixed to its distal end. An opening 46 is provided in the housing 4. A battery drawer 24 is rotably mounted to the housing 4 by means of shaft members (not shown) engaging corresponding bores 22. The battery drawer 24 constitutes a battery door 6 and is provided with a finger engagement portion 26.

    [0099] It is easy to open the battery door 6 using the finger engagement portion 26, e.g. in order to replace battery or simply to turn on or off the hearing aid device 2.

    [0100] Although specific embodiments have been illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art, that any arrangement which achieve the same purpose may be substituted for the specific embodiments shown. It is to be understood, that the above description is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive. Combinations of the above embodiments and many other embodiments will be apparent to those of skill in the art upon reading and understanding the above description.

    [0101] In the context of the claims, the terms "comprising" or "comprises" do not exclude other possible elements or steps. Also, the mentioning of references such as "a" or "an" etc. should not be construed as excluding a plurality. The use of reference signs in the claims with respect to elements indicated in the figures shall also not be construed as limiting. Furthermore, individual features mentioned in different claims, may possibly be advantageously combined, and the mentioning of these features in different claims does not exclude that a combination of features is not possible and advantageous.
    List of reference numerals
    2 - Hearing aid device
    4 - Housing
    6 - Battery door
    8 - Hook
    10 - Channel
    12 - Battery compartment
    14 - Shaft
    16 - Spring
    18 - Indentation
    20 - Pin member
    22 - Bore
    24 - Battery drawer
    26 - Finger engagement portion
    28 - Nail grip member
    30 - Engagement member
    32 - Groove
    34 - Base member
    36 - Head
    38 - Body portion
    40 - Engagement portion
    42 - Cam surface
    44 - Top surface
    46 - Opening
    d1, d2, d3 - Distance
    X, Y - Longitudinal axis



    Claims

    1. A hearing aid device (2) comprising a housing (4) having an opening (46) and a battery drawer (24) constituting a battery door (6) that is movably mounted to the housing (4), which battery drawer (24) comprises a finger engagement portion (26) arranged at the outside surface of the battery drawer (24), the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for closing the battery door (6) by pushing the finger engagement portion (26) and for maintaining the battery door (6) closed, where the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for at least partly opening the battery door (6) by pushing the finger engagement portion (2) and for maintaining the battery door (6) at least partly open, wherein the battery drawer (24) comprises a nail grip member (28) provided at the distal portion of the finger engagement portion (26), characterized in that the housing (4) is provided with a groove (32) configured to completely receive the nail grip member (28) of the battery drawer (24) when the battery door (6) is in a closed state.
     
    2. The hearing aid device (2) according to claim 1, where the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for electrically switching the hearing aid device (2) on and off by pushing the finger engagement portion (2) functioning as a pushing button.
     
    3. The hearing aid device (2) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for releasing the battery door (6) from a closed state and bringing the battery door (6) into an open state by pushing the finger engagement portion (2) functioning as pushing button (2).
     
    4. The hearing aid device (2) according to any one of claims 1-3, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for bringing the battery door (6) from an open state into a closed state by pushing the finger engagement portion (2) functioning as pushing button (2).
     
    5. The hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises a rotably mounted rod-shaped pin member (20) that is attached to a base member (34) extending basically perpendicular to the pin member (20), and that a head (36) protrudes from the base member (34).
     
    6. The hearing aid device (2) according to claim 5, wherein the battery drawer (24) comprises an engagement portion (40) configured to receive the head (36) and that a cam surface (42) is provided in the engagement portion (40), where the cam surface (42) is configured to displace the head (36) when the finger engagement portion is moved relative to the housing (4) of the hearing aid device (2).
     
    7. The hearing aid device (2) according to claim 5, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises means for switching the hearing aid device (2) off when the battery door (6) is brought into an open state by pushing the finger engagement portion (2) functioning as pushing button (2).
     
    8. The hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises at least one spring (16) that is arranged in such a manner that the spring (16) presses against the battery drawer (24) when the battery door (6) is closed.
     
    9. The hearing aid device (2) according to claim 8, wherein the spring (16) is arranged in such a way that the spring (16) is configured to push the battery drawer (24) into a position where the battery door (6) is at least partly open.
     
    10. The hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, where the nail grip member (28) protrudes from the remaining part of the battery drawer (24).
     
    11. The hearing aid device (2) according to claim 1, wherein the battery drawer (24) comprises a body portion (38) extending basically perpendicular to the nail grip member (28).
     
    12. The hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims 5-7, wherein the pin member (20) is rotably arranged in a channel (10) provided in the housing (4).
     
    13. The hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the battery door (6) is provided with one or more, preferably two or more transversal indentations (18) in the outer surface of the battery door (6).
     
    14. The hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the hearing aid device (2) is configured in such a manner that when the battery door (6) is at least partly open the distance (h) between the nail grip member (28) and the top surface (44) of the housing (4) is at least 1 mm.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Hörgerät (2), umfassend ein Gehäuse (4) mit einer Öffnung (46) und einem Batteriefach (24), das eine Batteriefachabdeckung (6) darstellt, die beweglich an dem Gehäuse (4) befestigt ist, wobei das Batteriefach (24) einen Fingereingriffsabschnitt (26) umfasst, der an der Außenfläche des Batteriefachs (24) angeordnet ist, das Hörgerät (2) Mittel (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) zum Schließen der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) durch Drücken des Fingereingriffsabschnitts (26) und zum Geschlossenhalten der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) umfasst, wobei das Hörgerät (2) Mittel (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) zum zumindest teilweisen Öffnen der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) durch Drücken des Fingereingriffsabschnitts (2) und zum zumindest teilweisen Offenhalten der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) umfasst, wobei das Batteriefach (24) ein Nagelgreifelement (28) umfasst, das an dem distalen Abschnitt des Fingereingriffsabschnitts (26) bereitgestellt ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Gehäuse (4) über eine Nut (32) verfügt, die dazu konfiguriert ist, das Nagelgreifelement (28) des Batteriefachs (24) vollständig aufzunehmen, wenn die Batteriefachabdeckung (6) in einem geschlossenen Zustand ist.
     
    2. Hörgerät (2) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Hörgerät (2) Mittel (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) zum elektrischen An- und Ausschalten des Hörgeräts (2) durch Drücken des Fingereingriffsabschnitts (2), der als ein Drucktaster funktioniert, umfasst.
     
    3. Hörgerät (2) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei das Hörgerät (2) Mittel (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) zum Freigeben der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) aus einem geschlossenen Zustand und Bringen der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) in einen offenen Zustand durch Drücken des Fingereingriffsabschnitts (2), der als Drucktaster (2) funktioniert, umfasst.
     
    4. Hörgerät (2) nach einem der Ansprüche 1-3, wobei das Hörgerät (2) Mittel (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) zum Bringen der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) aus einem offenen Zustand in einen geschlossenen Zustand durch Drücken des Fingereingriffsabschnitts (2), der als Drucktaster (2) funktioniert, umfasst.
     
    5. Hörgerät (2) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Hörgerät (2) ein drehbar befestigtes stangenförmiges Stiftelement (20) umfasst, das an einem Grundelement (34) angebracht ist, das im Wesentlichen senkrecht zu dem Stiftelement (20) verläuft, und wobei ein Kopf (36) aus dem Grundelement (34) hervorsteht.
     
    6. Hörgerät (2) nach Anspruch 5, wobei das Batteriefach (24) einen Eingriffsabschnitt (40) umfasst, der dazu konfiguriert ist, den Kopf (36) aufzunehmen, und wobei eine Nockenfläche (42) in dem Eingriffsabschnitt (40) bereitgestellt ist, wobei die Nockenfläche (42) dazu konfiguriert ist, den Kopf (36) zu verschieben, wenn der Fingereingriffsabschnitt relativ zu dem Gehäuse (4) des Hörgeräts (2) bewegt wird.
     
    7. Hörgerät (2) nach Anspruch 5, wobei das Hörgerät (2) Mittel zum Ausschalten des Hörgeräts (2), wenn die Batteriefachabdeckung (6) durch Drücken des Fingereingriffsabschnitts (2), der als Drucktaster (2) funktioniert, in einen offenen Zustand gebracht ist, umfasst.
     
    8. Hörgerät (2) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Hörgerät (2) zumindest eine Feder (16) umfasst, die auf eine derartige Weise angeordnet ist, dass die Feder (16) gegen die Batteriefachabdeckung (24) drückt, wenn die Batteriefachabdeckung (6) geschlossen ist.
     
    9. Hörgerät (2) nach Anspruch 8, wobei die Feder (16) auf eine derartige Weise angeordnet ist, dass die Feder (16) dazu konfiguriert ist, das Batteriefach (24) in eine Position zu drücken, in der die Batteriefachabdeckung (6) zumindest teilweise offen ist.
     
    10. Hörgerät (2) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Nagelgreifelement (28) aus dem restlichen Teil des Batteriefachs (24) hervorsteht.
     
    11. Hörgerät (2) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Batteriefach (24) einen Körperabschnitt (38) umfasst, der im Wesentlichen senkrecht zu dem Nagelgreifelement (28) verläuft.
     
    12. Hörgerät (2) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche 5-7, wobei das Stiftelement (20) in einem Kanal (10), der in dem Gehäuse (4) bereitgestellt ist, drehbar angeordnet ist.
     
    13. Hörgerät (2) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Batteriefachabdeckung (6) über eine oder mehr, bevorzugt zwei oder mehr Querverzahnungen (18) in der Außenfläche der Batteriefachabdeckung (6) verfügt.
     
    14. Hörgerät (2) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Hörgerät (2) auf eine derartige Weise konfiguriert ist, dass, wenn die Batteriefachabdeckung (6) zumindest teilweise offen ist, der Abstand (h) zwischen dem Nagelgreifelement (28) und der oberen Fläche (44) des Gehäuses (4) zumindest 1 mm beträgt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprenant un boîtier (4) présentant une ouverture (46) et un tiroir de batterie (24) constituant une porte de batterie (6) qui est monté mobile sur le boîtier (4), ledit tiroir de batterie (24) comprenant une partie de mise en prise de doigt (26) agencée au niveau de la surface extérieure du tiroir de batterie (24), le dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprend des moyens (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) de fermeture du couvercle de la porte de batterie (6) en poussant la partie de mise en prise de doigt (26) et de maintien de la porte de batterie (6) fermée, où le dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprend des moyens (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) d'ouverture au moins partielle de la porte de batterie (6) en poussant la partie de mise en prise de doigt (2) et de maintien de la porte de batterie (6) au moins partiellement ouverte, ledit tiroir de batterie (24) comprenant un élément d'accrochage pour ongle (28) disposé au niveau de la partie distale de la partie de mise en prise de doigt (26), caractérisé en ce que le boîtier (4) est doté d'une rainure (32) configurée pour recevoir complètement l'élément d'accrochage pour ongle (28) du tiroir de batterie (24) lorsque la porte de batterie (6) est fermée.
     
    2. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon la revendication 1, ledit dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprenant des moyens (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) pour allumer et éteindre électriquement le dispositif d'aide auditive (2) en poussant la partie de mise en prise de doigt (2) fonctionnant comme un bouton poussoir.
     
    3. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, ledit dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprenant des moyens (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) pour libérer la porte de batterie (6) d'un état fermé et amener la porte de batterie (6) dans un état ouvert en poussant la partie de mise en prise de doigt (2) fonctionnant comme bouton poussoir (2).
     
    4. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, ledit dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprenant des moyens (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) pour amener le porte de batterie (6) d'un état ouvert à un état fermé en poussant la partie de mise en prise de doigt (2) fonctionnant comme bouton poussoir (2).
     
    5. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon l'une des revendications précédentes, ledit dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprenant un élément de broche en forme de tige monté en rotation (20) qui est fixé à un élément de base (34) s'étendant essentiellement perpendiculaire à l'élément de broche (20), et dont une tête (36) dépasse de l'élément de base (34).
     
    6. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon la revendication 5, ledit tiroir de batterie (24) comprenant une partie de mise en prise (40) configurée pour recevoir la tête (36) et une surface de came (42) étant disposée dans la partie de mise en prise (40), où la surface de came (42) est configurée pour déplacer la tête (36) lorsque la partie de mise en prise de doigts est déplacée par rapport au boîtier (4) du dispositif d'aide auditive (2).
     
    7. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon la revendication 5, ledit dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprenant des moyens pour éteindre le dispositif d'aide auditive (2) lorsque la porte de batterie (6) est amenée dans un état ouvert en poussant la partie de mise en prise de doigt (2) fonctionnant comme bouton poussoir (2).
     
    8. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon l'une des revendications précédentes, ledit dispositif d'aide auditive (2) comprenant au moins un ressort (16) qui est agencé de telle manière que le ressort (16) appuie contre le tiroir de batterie (24) lorsque la porte de batterie (6) est fermée.
     
    9. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon la revendication 8, ledit ressort (16) étant agencé de telle façon que le ressort (16) est configuré pour pousser le tiroir de batterie (24) dans une position où la porte de batterie (6) est au moins partiellement ouverte.
     
    10. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon l'une des revendications précédentes, ledit élément d'accrochage pour ongle (28) faisant saillie à partir de la partie restante du tiroir de batterie (24).
     
    11. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon la revendication 1, ledit tiroir de batterie (24) comprenant une partie de corps (38) s'étendant essentiellement perpendiculaire à l'élément d'accrochage pour ongle (28).
     
    12. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon l'une des revendications précédentes 5 à 7, ledit élément de broche (20) étant agencé rotatif dans un canal (10) ménagé dans le boîtier (4).
     
    13. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon l'une des revendications précédentes, ladite porte de batterie (6) étant dotée d'une ou plusieurs, de préférence deux, ou plus, encoches transversales (18) dans la surface extérieure de la porte de batterie (6).
     
    14. Dispositif d'aide auditive (2) selon l'une des revendications précédentes, ledit dispositif d'aide auditive (2) étant configuré de telle manière que lorsque la porte de batterie (6) est au moins partiellement ouverte, la distance (h) entre l'élément d'accrochage pour ongle (28) et la surface supérieure (44) du boîtier (4) est supérieure ou égale à 1 mm.
     




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