Hearing aid manufacturers are pursuing market power with a vengeance, if you credit the comment in last week’s post that “Patents and patent protection… extend a firm’s market power.”

Siemens wins for Most Patents Issued, a good place to be if they’re once again putting themselves up for top-dollar sale. Panasonic and Phonak tie for Title Brevity (“Hearing Aid“).  Sonic Innovation snags the Retro Award (“Hearing Device with Volume Control“).  Best All-Around Patent Title goes, without dispute, to Resound (“Hearing Aid with a Flexible Elongated Member“).  That one’s going to be a winner.  I’ve asked for an in-office demo.

Description Patent Number Assignee Filed Issued
Fully Learning Classification System and Method for Hearing Aids [1]

 

8335332  Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, DE)

 

6/23/08 12/18/12
Hearing Device with a Sound Transducer and Method for Producing a Sound Transducer[2] 8345904 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 5/19/10 1/1/13
Programmable Integrated Microphone Interface Circuit[3] 8335328 Winbond Electronics Corporation (Hsin-Chu, TW) 10/24/07 12/18/12
Battery Life Optimizer[4] 8334677 Single, Peter Scott (Lane Cove, AU) 10/13/04 12/18/12
Hearing Aid with Means for Decorrelating Input and Output Signals[5] 8345902 GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 10/16/09 1/1/13
Diaphonic Acoustic Transduction Coupler and Ear Bud[6]

 

8340310 Asius Technologies, LLC (Beaverton, OR) 7/23/08 12/25/12
Hearing Device with Mechanical Adjustment of Sound Properties[7] 8345907 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 12/09/10 1/01/13
Hearing Aid with an Identifier[8] 8351627 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 8/17/10 1/08/13
Hearing Aid[9]  8345905 Panasonic Corporation (Osaka, JP) 3/8/10 1/1/13
Dynamic Noise Reduction in Auditory Prosthesis Systems[10] 8345901 Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA) 9/10/10 1/1/13
Hearing Aid with Means for Decorrelating Input and Output Signals[11]  8345902 GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, DK) 10/16/09 1/1/13
Housing for a Hearing Device with Securing Element[12] 8345903 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG) 2/18/10 1/1/13
Hearing Aid Circuit with Feedback Transition Adjustment[13]  8355517 IntriCon Corp. (Arden Hills, Minn. 9/30/10 1/15/13
Hearing Apparatus with a Special Situation Recognition Unit and Method for Operating a Hearing Apparatus.[14]  8,355,516 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 10/28/09 1/15/13
Tool for Fitting and Removing a Receiver of a Hearing Aid[15]  8355519 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 2/01/11 1/15/13
Hearing Aid[16]  8355518 Phonak AG (Stafa, Switzerland) 1/09/07 1/15/13
Method and Apparatus for Measurement of Gain Margin of a Hearing Assistance Device[17] 8351613 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/31/09 1/08/13
Method for Side Definition During Adjustment of Hearing Aids[18] 8358794 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany) 12/11/07 1/22/13
Sound Processing Assembly for Use in a Cochlear Implant System[19]  8352046 Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA)

1/29/10

1/8/13
Actuator Systems for Oral-Based Appliances[20] 8358792 Sonitus Medical Inc. (San Mateo, Calif.)

12/23/09

1/22/13
Hearing System with Wideband Pulse Transmitter[21] 835878 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

5/29/07

1/22/13
Switch for a Hearing Aid[22] 8358797 Intricon Corp. (Arden Hills, Minn.)

8/12/09

1/22/13
Hearing Aid Circuit with Feedback Transition Adjustment[23] 8355517 Intricon Corp. (Arden Hills, Minn.)

9/30/10

1/15/13
Tool for Fitting and Removing a Receiver of a Hearing Aid[24] 8355519  Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)

2/01/11

1/15/13
Magnetic Earpiece Coupling[25]  8363872 Dan Wiggins (Edmonds, Wash.) and Donald L Bowie (Burien, Wash.)

4/14/10

1/29/13
Genetic Algorithm in Mixed Mode l Device[26] 8355794 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

7/13/10

1/15/13
Optical Neural Stimulating Device Having a Short Stimulating Assembly[27]  8355793 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

1/02/09

1/15/13
Hearing Aid, Hearing-Aid Apparatus, Hearing-Aid Method and Integrated Circuit Thereof[28] 8363868 Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)

4/07/09

1/29/13
Genetic Algorithms with Robust Rank Estimation for Hearing Assistance Devices[29] 8359283  Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

8/31/09

1/22/13
Switch for a Hearing Aid[30] 8358797 Intricon Corporation (Arden Hills, MN)

8/12/09

1/22/13
Adaptive Microphone System for a Hearing Device and Associated Operating Method[31] 8358789 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)

11/04/09

1/22/13
Receiver System and Method for Transmitting Information for an Otological Device[32] 8358795  Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, DE)

7/19/07

1/22/13
Microphone for a Hearing Aid[33] 8369552 Sonion Nederland B

7/17/07

20/5/13
Hearing Aid with Wireless Signal Transmission[35] 8369551 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

3/05/09

2/05/13
Open Tip for Hearing Aid[36]  8369554 Zounds Hearing Inc. (Phoenix)

10/03/08

2/05/13
Systems and Methods for Detecting One Or More Central Auditory Potentials[37] 8364274 Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA)

12/21/07

1/29/13
Low Power Signal Transmission[38] 8363867 MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

1/5/10

1/29/13
Hearing Aid Housing Apparatus[39] 8363869 Sonic Innovations, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)

5/12/08

1/29/13
Hearing Aid Device with a Volume Control[40] 8374368 Sonic Innovations, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)

3/25/10

2/12/13
System and Method for Adaptive Microphone Matching in a Hearing Aid[41]  8374366 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

4/17/07

2/12/13
Hearing Aid with a Flexible Elongated Member[42]  8374367 GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)

8/05/08

2/12/13
Hearing Aid Device[43]  8379895 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

10/18/07

2/19/13
Hearing Assistance Device with Stacked Die

 

8369553 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

12/19/08

2/05/13
Microphone for a Hearing Aid 8369552 Sonion Nederland B.V. (Hoofddorp, NL)

7/17/07

2/05/13
Open Tip for Hearing Aid[44] 8369554 Zounds Hearing, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ)

10/03/08

2/05/13
Independent and Concurrent Processing Multiple Audio Input Signals in a Prosthetic Hearing Implant 8369958 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

/20/06

2/05/13
Simplified Implantable Hearing Aid Transducer Apparatus  8366601 Cochlear Limited (NSW, AU)

9/24/07

2/05/13
Hearing Aid with Adaptive Feedback Suppression[45] 8379894  Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

8/05/08

2/19/13
Hearing Assistance Device Having Reduced Mechanical Feedback  

8379897

Daniel R. Schumaier (Elizabethton, Tenn.)

9/17/08

 

2/19/13

Systems and Methods for Customizing a Hearing Aid Casing 8379893 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

5/23/08

2/19/13

For previous lists of hearing device patents see posts on January 8 2013 and February 21 2012.

 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

photo courtesy of Portland Business Journal

References    (↵ returns to text)

  1. Patent Issued for Fully Learning Classification System and Method for Hearing Aids.” Journal of Mathematics. NewsRX. 2013.HighBeam Research. 25 Feb. 2013.
  2. US Patent Issued to Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. on Jan. 1 for “Hearing Device with a Sound Transducer and Method for Producing a Sound Transducer” (German Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 25 Feb. 2013
  3. Patent Issued for Programmable Integrated Microphone Interface Circuit.” Electronics Newsweekly. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.25 Feb. 2013 < http://www.highbeam.com>.

    [1] “Patent Issued for Battery Life Optimizer.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.25 Feb. 2013.

  4. Patent Issued for Battery Life Optimizer.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.25 Feb. 2013
  5. US Patent Issued to GN ReSound on Jan. 1 for “Hearing Aid with Means for Decorrelating Input and Output Signals” (Danish, Swedish Inventors).”US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 25 Feb. 2013
  6. Patent Issued for Diaphonic Acoustic Transduction Coupler and Ear Bud.Journal of Technology. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 25 Feb. 2013
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  8. US Patent Issued to Siemens Medical Instruments on Jan. 8 for “Hearing Aid with an Identifier” (German, Singaporean Inventors).”US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 25 Feb. 2013.
  9. [1] “Patent Issued for Hearing Aid.Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  10. Patent Issued for Dynamic Noise Reduction in Auditory Prosthesis Systems.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.27 Feb. 2013.
  11. Patent Issued for Hearing Aid with Means for Decorrelating Input and Output Signals.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  12. Patent Issued for Housing for a Hearing Device with Securing Element.” Health & Medicine Week. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.27 Feb. 2013.
  13. US Patent Issued to IntriCon on Jan. 15 for “Hearing Aid Circuit with Feedback Transition Adjustment” (Minnesota Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  14. US Patent Issued to Siemens Medical Instruments on Jan. 15 for “Hearing Apparatus with a Special Situation Recognition Unit and Method for Operating a Hearing Apparatus” (German Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  15. US Patent Issued to Siemens Medical Instruments on Jan. 15 for “Tool for Fitting and Removing a Receiver of a Hearing Aid” (German Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  16. [1] US Patent Issued to Phonak on Jan. 15 for “Hearing Aid” (Swiss Inventor).”US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  17. Patent Issued for Method and Apparatus for Measurement of Gain Margin of a Hearing Assistance Device.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.27 Feb. 2013.
  18. US Patent Issued to Siemens Audiologische Technik on Jan. 22 for “Method for Side Definition During Adjustment of Hearing Aids” (German Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  19. Patent Issued for Hearing Aid Housing Apparatus.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 28 Feb. 2013.
  20. US Patent Issued to Sonitus Medical on Jan. 22 for “Actuator Systems for Oral-Based Appliances” (New Hampshire, California Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  21. [1] US Patent Issued to Siemens Audiologische Technik on Jan. 22 for “Hearing System with Wideband Pulse Transmitter” (German Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  22. US Patent Issued to Intricon on Jan. 22 for “Switch for a Hearing Aid” (Minnesota Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  23. Patent Issued for Hearing Aid Circuit with Feedback Transition Adjustment.Journal of Mathematics. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  24. Patent Issued for Tool for Fitting and Removing a Receiver of a Hearing Aid.” Electronics Newsweekly. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.27 Feb. 2013.
  25. US Patent Issued on Jan. 29 for “Magnetic Earpiece Coupling” (Washington Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  26. Patent Issued for Using a Genetic Algorithm in Mixed Mode Device.Medical Devices & Surgical Technology Week. NewsRX. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013 .
  27. Patent Issued for Optical Neural Stimulating Device Having a Short Stimulating Assembly.” Medical Devices & Surgical Technology Week. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  28. [1] US Patent Issued to Panasonic on Jan. 29 for “Hearing Aid, Hearing-Aid Apparatus, Hearing-Aid Method and Integrated Circuit Thereof” (Japanese Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  29. Patent Issued for Genetic Algorithms with Robust Rank Estimation for Hearing Assistance Devices.” Journal of Mathematics. NewsRX. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  30. Patent Issued for Switch for a Hearing Aid.” Journal of Mathematics. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.27 Feb. 2013.
  31. Patent Issued for Adaptive Microphone System for a Hearing Device and Associated Operating Method.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.27 Feb. 2013.
  32. Patent Issued for Receiver System and Method for Transmitting Information for an Otological Device.Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  33. US Patent Issued to Sonion Nederland on Feb. 5 for “Microphone for a Hearing Aid” (Dutch Inventors).”US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  34. US Patent Issued to Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. on Feb. 5 for “Hearing Aid with Wireless Signal Transmission” (German Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  35. US Patent Issued to Zounds Hearing on Feb. 5 for “Open Tip for Hearing Aid” (Arizona Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 27 Feb. 2013.
  36. [1] “Patent Issued for Systems and Methods for Detecting One Or More Central Auditory Potentials.” Biotech Week. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 28 Feb. 2013.
  37. [1] Patent Issued for Low Power Signal Transmission.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research.28 Feb. 2013.
  38. Patent Issued for Hearing Aid Housing Apparatus.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 28 Feb. 2013.
  39. US Patent Issued to Sonic Innovations on Feb. 12 for “Hearing Aid Device with a Volume Control” (Utah Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 28 Feb. 2013.
  40. US Patent Issued to Widex on Feb. 12 for “System and Method for Adaptive Microphone Matching in a Hearing Aid” (Danish Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 4 Mar. 2013.
  41. US Patent Issued to GN ReSound on Feb. 12 for “Hearing Aid with a Flexible Elongated Member” (American, Canadian, Danish Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 4 Mar. 2013.
  42. US Patent Issued to Siemens Audiologische Technik on Feb. 19 for “Hearing Aid Device” (German Inventors).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013.HighBeam Research. 4 Mar. 2013.
  43. Patent Issued for Open Tip for Hearing Aid.” Journal of Engineering. NewsRX. 2013. HighBeam Research. 4 Mar. 2013.
  44. US Patent Issued to Widex on Feb. 19 for “Hearing Aid with Adaptive Feedback Suppression” (Danish Inventor).” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2013. HighBeam Research. 4 Mar. 2013.