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Contact Point on the Battery Door to Recharge Batteries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000183828D
Published in the IP.com Journal: Volume 9 Issue 6B (2009-06-25)
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 278K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

Juergen Carstens: CONTACT

Abstract

In case of drained hearing aid batteries, customers have to replace it with some new batteries. For BTE hearing aids (BTE: Behind The Ear) there is the possibility to use rechargeable batteries. But chargers for BTE hearing aids are very bulky and very inconvenient for the user to take it around with them. Certainly there is no solution to recharge the batteries of ITE hearing aids (ITE: In The Ear).

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Contact Point on the Battery Door to Recharge Batteries

Idea: Kristy Lim, SG-Singapore; Harald Klemenz, SG-Singapore

In case of drained hearing aid batteries, customers have to replace it with some new batteries. For BTE hearing aids (BTE: Behind The Ear) there is the possibility to use rechargeable batteries. But chargers for BTE hearing aids are very bulky and very inconvenient for the user to take it around with them. Certainly there is no solution to recharge the batteries of ITE hearing aids (ITE: In The Ear).

It is proposed to apply a contact point at the battery door to charge the batteries (Figure 1). This contact point simplifies the connecting process to the charging device. Therefore the contact point can easily be inserted into a corresponding hole in the charging device. Two magnets, each behind one contact attracting each other and help by joining both contacts. Once the contact point is connected to the charger, the batteries will recharge.

The advantage of the proposed solution is the possibility to recharge batteries even of ITE hearing aids, so the users do not have to change the batteries when they are low. By using the magnet clip concept, the charger can be designed smaller in size.

Figure 1: Proposed solution of a contact point on the battery door

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