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A communications earpiece is disclosed which can be used by hearing impaired and non-hearing impaired users so as to be able to communicate with an external device such as personal communications node or cellular phone via a wireless link. A communications earpiece comprises an ear canal tube sized for positioning in an ear canal of a user so that the ear canal is at least partially open for directly receiving ambient sounds. A sound processor amplifies the received ambient sounds to produce a processed analog signal. The processed analog signal is then converted into digital signals and transmitted to a remote unit via a wireless link. The earpiece also receives signals from the remote unit which are then processed and applied to a speaker in the earpiece.

Title
Wireless open ear canal earpiece
Application Number
8/833068
Publication Number
6021207
Application Date
April 3, 1997
Publication Date
February 1, 2000
Inventor
Jon C Taenzer
Los Altos
CA, US
Vincent Pluvinage
Atherton
CA, US
Steven H Puthuff
Saratoga
CA, US
Agent
Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis L
Assignee
Resound Corporation
CA, US
IPC
H04R 25/00
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