Patent 5749373 Issued on May 12, 1998. Estimated Expiration Date: April 10, 2017. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A headband ear protector apparatus with break-away cord attachment including a pair of ear protectors, a resilient headband to form a band which positions the ear protectors to lie by the opposite sides of the head of a person. The headband is formed of a combination of harder and softer materials. The harder material is formed as a main support member for the ear protectors to extend between the ear protectors and provide resilience so the ear protectors will lie by the opposite sides of the head of the person. The main support member includes at least two regions having structure to receive the softer material. The softer material is received by the regions formed with openings having a particular size. A break-away cord attachment for the headband includes a flexible cord having a hard tip at each end of the cord, with the hard tips having a size larger than the particular size of the openings in the softer material to have each tip held in an opening by pressure and friction.