Wow, the last two months saw a lot of patent activity for hearing devices from a lot of competitors, most outside the US.  Click the links for previous lists (Jan-Feb 2013 and  Nov-Dec 2012), neither of which matches today’s in length.  Widex jumped in with a bunch of patents, Samsung won most innovative title (“small hearing aid”).  Just kidding.  South Korea tossed its hat in the ring.  The only individual to get a patent was Daniel Schumaier, president of Ear Technology, who also snagged one on the last list.

Description Patent Number Assignee Filed Issued
Hearing Aid with Adaptive Feedback Suppression 8379894 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 5/8/2008 2/19/2013
Achieving Hearing Aid Compatibility on Handsets with Low Acoustic Impedance Receivers 8385512 Cisco Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) 8/31/2007 2/26/2013
Handheld Electronic Device 8378901 HTC Corporation (Taoyuan, Taoyuan County, TW) 1/27/2010 2/19/2013
Hearing Aid Device 8379895 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, DE) 10/18/2007 2/19/2013
System and Method for Measuring and Recording Skull Vibration in Situ 8376967 Audiodontics, LLC (Betheda, MD) 4/13/2010 2/19/2013
Electro-Acoustical Transducer and a Transducer Assembly 8379899 Sonion Nederland B.V. (Amsterdam, NL) 10/31/2005 2/19/2013
Transmission Facility for a Hearing Apparatus with Film Conductor Shielding and Naturally Shielded Coil 8379898 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG) 9/04/2008 2/19/2013
Hearing Aid, Hearing Aid System, Walking Detection Method, and Hearing Aid Method 8391524 Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)

6/02/2010

3/05/2013
Circuit for Operating a Hearing Device and Hearing Device 8385571 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 4/29/2009 2/26/2013
Method for compensating for a feedback signal, and hearing device 8396236 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 2/09/2011 3/12/2013
Hearing aid with interference compensation and method for configurating the hearing aid 8396235 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 2/03/2010 3/12/2013
Methods and apparatuses for setting a hearing aid to an omnidirectional microphone mode or a directional microphone mode 8396224 GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 3/02/2007

3/12/2013
Preprogrammed hearing assistance device with program selection using a multipurpose control device 8396237 Daniel R. Schumaier (Elizabethton, Tenn.) 4/8/2009 3/12/2013
Methods and Apparatus for Reduced Distortion Balanced Armature Devices 8385583 The Penn State Research Foundation (University Park, PA) 4/28/2009 2/26/2013
Audio-Separating Apparatus and Operation Method 8391509 National Chiao Tung University (Hsinchu, TW) 11/27/2009 3/05/2013
Methods and Systems for Presenting an Audio Signal to a Cochlear Implant Patient 8391988 Advanced bionics (Valencia, CA)

1/11/2011

3/05/2013
Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Detection of Uncorrelated Component 8391507 QUALCOMM Inc (San Diego, CA) 8/29/2008 3/05/2013
in the Ear Hearing Device with a Valve Formed with an Electroactive Material Having a Changeable Volume and Method of Operating the Hearing Device 8391527 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 7/27/2010 3/05/2013
Transmitter with adjustable transmit level for magnetic link 8401470 NXB B (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

5/08/2008

3/19/2013
User-adaptable hearing aid comprising an initialization module 8406441 Dietmar Ruwisch (Berlin)

7/17/2008

3/26/2013
Hearing Aid Apparatus 8406442 SWAT/ACR Portfolio LLC (Cupertino, CA)

8/22/2011

3/26/2013
Hearing aid and method of operating a hearing aid 8406440 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

4/17/2008

3/26/2013
Adjustment of electromagnetic fields produced by wireless communications devices 8406831 Symbol Technologies Inc. (Holtsville, NY)

5/05/2010

3/26/2013
Cable Length Adjustment in Auditory Devices 8396238 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

5/07/2009

3/12/2013
Bone anchored bone conductive hearing aid 8406443 Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, Denmark)

5/14/2010

3/26/2013
Combined Optical and Electrical Neural Stimulation 8396570 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

1/02/2009

3/12/2013
Method for Compensating for a Feedback Signal, and Hearing Device 8396236 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

2/09/2011

3/12/2013
Automatic Performance Optimization for Perceptual Devices 8401199 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

8/04/2008

3/19/2013
Hearing aid and a method of managing a logging device 8411888 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

5/24/2010

4/02/2013
Hearing aid with an audio signal generator 8411886 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

8/02/2007

4/02/2013
Hearing system with positioning device and corresponding positioning method 8411889 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

2/01/2011

4/02/2013
Hearing aid 8411890 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

3/27/2008

4/02/2013
Hearing aid, relay device, hearing-aid system, hearing-aid method, program, and integrated circuit 8411887 Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)

6/04/2010

4/02/2013
Eardrum Implantable Devices for Hearing Systems and Methods 8401214 EarLens Corporation (Redwood City, CA)

6/18/2010

3/19/2013
Spectral Profile Adjustment of Incoming Audio Signals for Cochlear Implant Patients 8401657 Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA)

12/01/2008

3/19/2013
Method and Apparatus for Hair Cell Stimulation Using Acoustic Signals 8398563 Earlogic Korea, Inc. (Seoul, KR)

2/05/2008

3/19/2013
Snap-Lock Coupling System for a Prosthetic Device 8401213 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

7/03/2008

3/19/2013
Genetic Algorithm Employing an Expedited Convergence Mechanism to at Least Partially Fit a Medical Implant to a Patient Using Patient Feedback 8401978 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

9/10/2009

3/19/2013
Perception-Based Parametric Fitting of a Prosthetic Hearing Device 8401656 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

8/13/2008

3/19/2013
Hearing Aid Housing 8416975 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

4/02/2008

4/09/2013
Hearing aid with connecting element serving for retention in concha 8416974 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

10/094/2007

4/09/2013
System and method for the objective measurement of hearing ability of an individual 84414502 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

9/21/2009

4/09/2013
Apparatus and method for operating a hearing aid 8422705 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

7/16/2007

4/16/2013
Method and system of noise reduction in a hearing aid 8422709 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

8/29/2008

4/16/2013
Method for designing and manufacturing a hearing aid device with an antenna 8422710 Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

2/17/2011

4/16/2013
Tonality-Based Optimization of Sound Sensation for a Cochlear Implant Patient 8412340 Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA)

7/14/2008

4/02/2013
Implantable acoustic sensor 8412342 Hearworks PTY, Limited (East Melbourne, Victoria, AU)

8/25/2009

4/02/2013
Channel Specific Gain Control Including Lateral Suppression 8412343 Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

1/28/2010

4/02/2013
Fitting Procedure for Hearing Devices and Corresponding Hearing Device 8412495 Phonak AG (Stafa, CH)

8/29/2007

4/02/2013
System and Method for the Objective Measurement of Hearing Ability of an Individual

 

8414502 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

9/21/2009

4/09/2013
Method of manufacturing standard ear shells for in-the-ear type general-purpose hearing aids 8428766 Algor Korea Co. Ltd. (Gwangju, South Korea)

9/30/2009

4/23/2013
Hearing aid with an interchangeable earpiece 8428280 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, Singapore)

7/15/2010

4/23/2013
Small hearing aid 8428281 SAMSUNG Electronics Co. Ltd. (South Korea)

1/06/2011

4/23/2013
Method and apparatus for modular hearing aid 8428282 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn)

9/29/2008

4/23/2013
Rate Matching for a Stimulating Medical Device 8417349 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

7/13/2010

4/09/2013
Hearing aid and method of compensation for direct sound in hearing aids 8433087 Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

8/05/208

4/30/2013
Switching structures for hearing aids 8433088 Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn)

4/22/2008

4/30/2013

 

 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

One Response to Hearing Device Patent Activity for March and April 2013

  1. Anonymous says:

    I find it amazing that many of these patents were filed over 4 years ago… Just goes to show how slow the process is, even for the Big Guns like Widex and Starkey.