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Mechanical Program Lock

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202282D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Dec-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Dec-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 293K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

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Abstract

Currently, hearing instruments are able to provide a program lock to prevent the user from changing the program of hearing instruments inadvertently. This is done by manipulating the push button of BTE (Behind-The-Ear) hearing aid in a certain sequence. However, this is difficult to perform on an already small hearing aid by e.g. older people with less dexterity.

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Mechanical Program Lock

Idea: Armand Santoso, SG-Singapore; Mie Mie Thein Ma, SG-Singapore; Chee Chong Tan, SG-
Singapore; Yu Ping Shandy Goh, SG-Singapore; Cher Huat Lim, SG-Singapore; Hong Kheng Eugene Kung, SG-Singapore

Currently, hearing instruments are able to provide a program lock to prevent the user from changing the program of hearing instruments inadvertently. This is done by manipulating the push button of BTE (Behind-The-Ear) hearing aid in a certain sequence. However, this is difficult to perform on an already small hearing aid by e.g. older people with less dexterity.

In the following a novel design for a simple use of the program lock is proposed. This design provides a mechanical lock that prevents users, especially children, to meddle with the programs of the hearing instruments. Parents will be able to lock the program easily without trying to trigger the push button in a certain sequence that may be challenging. Figure 1 shows an exemplary solution of a push button lock with a latch or slider. Figure 2 depicts a push button lock where the locking will be done by turning or twisting the knob of the push button so that an additional flange will be positioned in the intended slot.

An alternative solution can be a remote control device to trigger the program lock. However this can only be done for hearing instruments with wireless feat...