The list of hearing device patents approved in the last two months is longer than the last list, which was longer than the one before that, etc.  There seem to be more players and the time from application to approval may be getting shorter, though I’m not tracking either metric methodically.

Kudos to GNResound for pushing a patent through in just 18 months (#8520875).

For past lists, click on May-June 2013Mar-April 2013Jan-Feb 2013 and  Nov-Dec 2012.  

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Filed

Issued

Insertion Tool System for an Electrode Array 8460315 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 10/31/2005 6/11/2013
Apparatus for Transmitting and Receiving Sound 8462974 LG Electronics Inc. (Seoul, KR) 2/04/2008 6/11/2013
Ear mold with adapter seal 8462971 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG) 5/15/2008 6/11/2013
Tinnitus Rehabilitation Device and Method 8465411 Neuromonics Pty Limited (Chatswood, New South Wales, AU) 11/05/2010 6/18/2013
Methods and Systems for Representing Different Spectral Components of an Audio Signal Presented to a Cochlear Implant Patient 8467881 Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA) 9/29/2009 6/18/2013
Method, Hearing Device and Configuration for Calibrating an Acoustic Tuning System 8467554 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG) 11/10/2010 6/18/2013
Observer-Based Cancellation System for Implantable Hearing Instruments 8472654 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 10/30/2007 6/25/2013
Automatic gain control with out of band blocking signal compensation 8472573 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 7/28/2011 6/25/2013
Hearing Assistance System with Own Voice Detection 8477973 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 3/30/2010 7/02/2013
Portable electronic device and antenna 8477069 Mediatek Inc,. (Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, TW) 11/24/2009 7/02/2013
Hearing device with supporting hook recognition 8477971 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 2/09/2010 7/02/2013
Open fit canal hearing device 8477978 Anova Hearing Labs Inc. (Springfield, Mass.) 5/05/2011 7/02/2013
Middle ear direct action improved hearing aid and related installation method 8475530 Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innbruck, Austria) 5/11/2011 7/02/2013
Audio system with feedback detection means 8477952 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 4/07/2011 7/02/2013
Differential Amplifier and Method for the Operation of a Differential Amplifier 8476974 AMS AG (Unterpremstaetten, AT)

3/22/2011

7/02/2013
Methods and Systems for Providing near Real Time Messaging to Hearing Impaired User during Telephone Calls 8478316 Mobile Captions Company LLC (San Diego, CA) 8/09/2012 7/02/2013
Implant power control 8478416 Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 11/09/2010 7/02/2013
System and Method for Adaptive Stimulus-Response Signal Filtering 484270 Vivosonic Inc. (Etobicoke, ON., CA) 7/12.2008 7/09/2013
Open ear hearing aid system 8483419 Auditory Licensing Company, LLC (Westport CT) 7/02/2010 7/09/2013
Antenna system with parasitic element for hearing aid compliant electromagnetic emission 8483415 Motorola Mobility LLC (Libertyville, Ill.) 6/18/2010 7/09/2013
Use of a sacrificial anode for corrosion protection of a portable device, e.g. a hearing aid 8491761 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 1/20/2011 7/23/2013
Method for designing audio signal processing system for hearing aid, audio signal processing system for hearing aid, and hearing aid 8488823 Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan) 8/03/2009 7/16/2013
Hearing aid and hearing aid system 8488825 Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan) 9/14/2011 7/16/2013
Antennas for custom fit hearing assistance devices 8494197 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 12/19/2008 7/23/2013
Hearing aid microphone protective barrier 8494200 InSound Medical Inc. (Newark, Calif.) 12/15/2010 7/23/2013
Stability improvements in hearing aids 8494199 GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, DK) 4/08/2011 7/23/2013
Integrated circuit with configurable output cell 8494173 GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, DK) 11/28/2011 7/23/2013
Methods for Inlet and Outlet Modelling of Vent as Large as Possible for Hearing Aid Devices 8494814 Siemens Corporation (Iselin, NJ) 10/13/2010 7/23/2013
Replaceable hearing protection membrane for hearing devices 8494202 Phonak AG (Stafa, Switzerland) 8/10/2010 7/23/2013
Input converter for a hearing aid and signal conversion method 8493256 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark) 9/23/2011 7/23/2013
Hearing Aid 8494194 Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan) 7/22/2011 7/23/2013
Hearing aid with occlusion suppression 8494201 GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, DK) 2/07/2011 7/23/2013
Neckloop for teleloop hearing aid system 8494191 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 2/17/2010 7/23/2013
Method for operating a hearing system, hearing system and audio gateway devices 8494198 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 12/07/2011 7/23/2013
Audio device comprising a microphone 8494204 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 1/25/2011 7/23/2013
Electrical contacts using conductive silicone in hearing assistance devices 8494195 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 2/06/2008 7/23/2013
FSK receiver for a hearing aid and a method for processing an FSK signal 8498434 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark) 5/11/2010 7/30/2013
Hearing device with a conducting element, in particular a sound tube 8498436 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 3/01/2011 7/30/2013
Online anti-feedback system for a hearing aid 8503705 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 6/04/2008 8/06/2013
Automatic sound recognition based on binary time frequency units 8504360 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 8/04/2010 8/06/2013
Hearing aid systems 8503703 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 8/26/2005 8/06/2013
Signal transmission via body conduction 8503930 Sonitus Medical Inc. (San Mateo, Calif.) 3/05/2009 8/06/2013
Localisation in a bilateral hearing device system 8503704 Cochlear Ltd. (Australia) 4/07/2009 8/06/2013
Drug Retaining Surface Features in an Implantable Medical Device 8504169 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 5/13/2011 8/06/2013
Hearing device with user control 503706 Phonak AG (Stafa, Switzerland) 3/28/2008 8/06/2013
Hearing assistance device with programmable direct audio input port 8503708 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 12/30/2010 8/06/2013
Sealing retainer for extended wear hearing devices 8503707 InSound Medical, Inc. (Newark, CA) 12/23/2009 8/06/2013
Hearing-aid transducer having an engineered surface 8506473 SoundBeam LLC (Redwood City, Calif.) 12/08/2009 8/13/2013
Entrainment avoidance with a transform domain algorithm 8509465 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 10/23/2007 8/13/2013
Bone Conduction Devices Generating Tangentially-Directed Mechanical Force Using a Rotationally Moving Mass 8509461 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 1/15/2010 8/13/2013
Compensation Current Optimization for Cochlear Implant Systems 8509907 Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA). 3/21/2012 8/13/2013
System and method for optimizing the strength and orientation of the inductive field of a hearing aid compatible device 8509466 AT&T Mobility II LLC (Atlanta) 12/07/2010

8/16/2013
Hearing Aid with Automatic Mode Change Capabilities 8515110 Audiotoniq Inc. (Austin, Texas) 8/23/2011 8/20/2013
Hearing Aid with Beamforming Capability 8515109 GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 11/19/2009 8/20/2013
In-the-Ear Hearing Aid 8515111 Rion Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) 5/23/2008 8/20/2013
Method for Signal Processing in a Hearing Aid 8515107 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany) 7/17/2008 8/20/2013
Wireless System for Hearing Communication Devices Providing Wireless Stereo Reception Modes

 

8515114 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 10/11/2011 8/20/2013

 

Method of Determining a Gain Setting of a Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid 8517910 Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 9/13/2010 8/27/2013
Hearing Aid with Improved Localization 8520875 GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 1/17/2012 8/27/2013
Hearing Aid with an Operational Based Switch 8520874 Gary Beutler (Rancho Cordova, Calif.) 7/26/2011  8/27/2013
Method of Producing a Housing Shell or Ear Mold to Be Worn in the Ear 8521319 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 9/28/2010 8/27/2013

 editor’s note:  The Patent Series is updated every two months.  Click links for patents approved in Jan/Feb 2014Nov/Dec 2013September/October 2013Jul/Aug 2013May/Jun 2013Mar/Apr 2013Jan/Feb 2013Nov/Dec 2012