“Tumultuous” captures the essence of Big 6 doings of late.  It’s also an apt descriptor  for the Exciting World of Hearing Device Patents, which really is the place to be these days.  For example, Panasonic’s battery patent (USPTO #9088050) describes a whirlwind New World of Batteries:

“the batteries for supplying electric power… small-size electronic devices are required to be thinner and more flexible. Thin batteries that have been already developed include paper batteries, thin flat batteries and plate-like batteries.”

What could astound us more than Old World hearing aids and previously-solved conundrums resurrected and recreated in Hearables? As examples:

  • The feature image above illustrates Kyocera’s patent (USPTO #9105261) for a Sound Outputting Device. What looks suspiciously like an old-fashion set of eye glass hearing aids (with a mysterious little box hovering nearby) turns out to be a:

“(headset) that is configured to be mounted on user’s head…that reduces a burden on a user’s ear.”

  • Nokia’s Head-Mounted Sound capture Device (USPTO 9094749) also worries about the ear’s burden:

“…the use of headsets raises new issues of styling, comfort, and most of all, ambient noise, which often causes voice quality to be sacrificed.”

New patent applications excite and astound the most, per usual.  In the Wow category, Samsung wins, but it’s a tie for runner-up.  There’s no room in this post to describe patent applications but their titles say it all and interested readers can read them by clicking the links.

  • Runner-up:  Personal Noise Meter in a Wearable Audio Device, #20150223000 (posted 8/06/15, Plantronics, Inc))
  • Runner-up:  Identity Confirmation Using Wearable Computerized Earpieces and Related Methods, #20150172828 (posted 6/25/15, unassigned)
  • WINNER:  Hearing Aid for Playing Audible Advertisement or Audible Data, #20150723 (posted 7/30/15,  Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.)

List of US Patents for Hearing Aids and Devices

 

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Acoustic Transmission Method and Listening Device 9066188 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 6/23/2015
Speech Processing Device and Speech Processing Method 9064501 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP) 6/23/2015
Apparatus and Method for Processing an Audio Signal for Speech Enhancement Using a Feature Extraction 9064498 Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Munich, DE) 6/23/2015
Dual transducer with Shared Diaphragm 9066187 Sonion Nederland B.V. (Hoofddorp, NL) 6/23/2015
Hearing Aid with a Pump Arrangement 9066190 Sonion Nederland B.V. (Hoofddorp, NL) 6/23/2015
Non-Pressure Sensitive Implantable Microphone 9066189 MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 6/23/2015
Channel specific gain control including lateral suppression 9067068 MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 6/30/2015
Method of Implanting a Medical Implant to Treat Hearing Loss in a Patient 9066797 Terry D. Daglow (Bonham, TX) 6/30/2015
Cochlear Implant Fitting System 9067069 New York University (New York, NY) 6/30/2015
Channel Specific Gain Control Including Lateral Suppression 9067068 MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 6/30/2015
Load Impedance Detection for Static or Dynamic Adjustment of Passive Loadspan 9071284 Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA) 6/30/2015
Pharmaceutical Compositions for the Treatment of Inner Ear Disorders 9066865 Auris Medical AG (Basel, CH) 6/30/2015
Acoustic Attenuators Based on Porous Nanostructured Materials 9068346 The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX) 6/30/2015
Personal Hands-Free Accessory for Mobile Device 9071694 Sony Corporation (Tokyo, JP) 6/30/2015
Streaming of Digital Data to a Portable Device 9077461 Disney Enterprises, Inc. (Burbank, CA) 7/07/2015
Method and Apparatus for Hearing Aid Location 9078074 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 7/07/2015
Metal-Air cell Having High Capacity 9077049 Varta Microbattery GmbH (DE) 7/07/2015
Hearing Aid and Method for Eliminating Acoustic Feedback in the Amplification of Acoustic Signals 9078073 Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tuebingen Universitaetsklinikum (Tuebingen, Germany) 7/07/2015
Hearing Instrument Controller 9078070 Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) 7/07/2015
Methods for the Treatment of Tinnitus Induced by Cochlear Excitotoxicity 9072662 Auris Medical AG (Basel, CH) 7/07/2015
Apparatus and Methods for Acoustically or Mechanically Stimulating a Cochlea and Intracochlear Recording of Mechanically or Acoustically Evoked Auditory Potentials in the Cochlea 9072468 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) 7/07/2015
Driving of Parametric Speakers 9078062 Philips N.V., Koninklijke (Eindhoven, NL) 7/07/2015
Method to Reduce Artifacts in Algorithms with Fast-Varying Gain 9082411 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 7/14/2015
Systems and Methods for Remapping an Audio Range to a Human Perceivable Range 9084050 ELWHA LLC (Bellevue, WA) 7/14/2015
Unknown Speaker Identification System

 

9083808 GE Aviation Systems Limited (Cheltenham, GB) 7/14/2015
Integrated Microphone Package 9079760 Invensense, Inc. (San Jose, CA) 7/14/2015
Hearing Aid Compatible Audio Device with Acoustic Noise Cancellation 9084063 Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA) 7/14/2015
Converting Audio to Haptic Feedback in an Electronic Device 9083821 Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA) 7/14/2015
Hearing System and Method for Operating the Same 9084065 Phonak AG (Stafa, CH) 7/14/2015
Conversation Detection Apparatus, Hearing Aid, and Conversation Detection Method 9084062 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP) 7/14/2015
Optimization of Hearing Aid Parameters 9084066 GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 7/14/2015
Systems and Methods for Managing Wireless Communication Links for Hearing Assistance Devices 9084064 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 7/14/2015
Sound Processor for a Cochlear Implant 9084892 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 7/21/2015
Disengagement Tool for a Modular Canal Hearing Device and Systems Including Same 9088852 iHear Medical, Inc. (San Leandro, CA) 7/21/2015
Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for a High Power Factor Single Phase Rectifier 9088222 Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA) 7/21/2015
Receiver System for a Hearing Aid 9088853 Phonak AG (Stafa, CH) 7/21/2015
Electrode Group for Thin Batteries, Thin Battery, and Electronic Device 9088050 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP) 7/21/2015
Progressive Parameter Scan for Cochlear Implants 9084894 MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 7/21/2015
Wireless Power Transmitter Tuning 9094055 Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA) 7/28/2015
Push-Pull Driver for Generating a Signal for Wireless Power Transfer 9093215 Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA) 7/28/2015
Head-Mounted Sound Capture Device 9094749 Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, FI) 7/28/2015
Hearing Aid That Facilitates Removal of Earwax and Trapping of Moisture 9094770 Vixccot Medical LLC (East Hanover, NJ) 7/28/2015
Loudspeaker, Inner-Ear Headphone Including Loudspeaker, and Hearing Aid Including Loudspeaker 9094750 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP) 7/28/2015
Acoustic Source Separation 9093078 The University of Surrey (Guildford, Surrey, GB) 7/28/2015
Hearing Assistance System with Own Voice Detection 9094766 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 7/28/2015
Hearing Aid Operating in Dependence of Position 9094769 GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 7/28/2015
Implantable Component Having an Accessible Lumen and a Drug Release Capsule for Introduction into Same 9089450 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 7/28/2015
Vestibular Stimulation Device 9089692 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 7/28/2015
Active Noise Cancellation Decisions Using a Degraded Reference 9099077 Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA) 8/04/2015
Hearing Aid with Improved Localization 9100762 GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 8/04/2015
Docking Station Having Structure for Sound Amplification and Sound Quality Enhancement 9100751 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-Si-, South Korea 8/04/2015
Metal-Air Battery and Gas Impermeable Anodic Conductive Matrix 9099753 ZAF Energy Systems, Inc. (Columbia Falls, MT) 8/04/2015
Determining Stimulation Signal Strength in an Auditory Prosthesis 9100763 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 8/04/2015
Transitioning Operating Modes in a Medical Prosthesis 9095708 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 8/04/2015
Sound Pressure Assessment System, and Method and Program 9100758 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP) 8/04/2015
Systems for Providing Power to a Hearing Assistance Device 9100764 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 8/04/2015
Hearing Assistance System with Own Voice Detection 9094766 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 8/04/2015
Mobile Communication Terminal, Digital Hearing Aid, and Method of Controlling the Digital Hearing Aid Using the Mobile Communication Terminal 9100491 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-Si-, South Korea 8/04/2015
Control of an Adaptive Feedback Cancellation System Based on Probe Signal Injection 9100736 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 8/04/2015
System for Automatic Fitting Using Real Ear Measurement 9107015 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 8/11/2015
Hearing Aids Configured for Directional Acoustic Fitting 9101299 Dean Robert Gary Anderson as Trustee of the D/L Anderson Family Trust 8/11/2015
Drug-Delivery Accessory for an Implantable Medical Device 9101732 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 8/11/2015
Hearing Prosthesis with a Piezoelectric Actuator 9107013 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 8/11/2015
Method and Apparatus for Providing Information about the Source of a Sound Via an Audio Device 9105187 Woox Innovations Belgium N.V. (Anderlecht, BE) 8/11/2015
Sound Outputting Device 9105261 Kyocera Corp. (Kyoto, JP) 8/11/2015
Adaptive-Noise Canceling (ANC) Effectiveness Estimation and Correction in a Personal Audio Device 9106989 Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Austin, TX) 8/11/2015
Transpositional Acoustic Frequency Range in EAS Patients 9113270 Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 8/18/2015
Monitoring of hearing preservation during cochlear implant surgery using stapedial reflex measurement 9107621 MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 8/18/2015
Robust Diaphragm for an Acoustic Device 9113249 The Research Foundation fo the State University of New York (Binghamton, NY) 8/18/2015
Hearing Aid Security Aid 9113275 Linda Klem (Wakefield, Mass) 8/18/2015
Device for a Hearing Aid System Used to Register Radio Disturbances 9113274 CRAJ Development 8/18/2015
System and Method for Automatically Adjusting Hearing Aid Based on Acoustic Reflectance 9113278 Jont B Allen & Patricia S Jeng (Mahomet, Ill) 8/18/2015
Hearing-Ability Measurement Device and Method Thereof 9107620 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP) 8/18/2015
Method for Extending a Frequency Range of an Input Signal of a Hearing Device as Well as a Hearing Device 9113271 Phonak AG (Stafa, CH) 8/18/2015
Method for Adjusting a Hearing Device and a Hearing Device That Is Operable According to Said Method 9113272 Phonak AG (Stafa, CH) 8/18/2015
Settable Compound Delivery Device and System for Inflatable In-Ear Device 9107772 Sonomax Technologies Inc. (N/A) 8/18/2015
Hearing Aid and a Method of Improved Audio Reproduction 9111549 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 8/18/2015
Device and Method for Direction Dependent Spatial Noise Reduction 9113247 Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG) 8/18/2015
Method for Adjusting a Hearing Apparatus Via a Formal Language 9113279 Sivantos Group (Erlangen, DE) 8/18/2015
Automatic reconfiguration of a hearing assistance device based on battery 9113276 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 8/18/2015
Mobile Bluetooth Device 9113287 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 8/18/2015
Customized Drilling Jig for Implantation of a Hearing Aid 9113922 Phonak AG (Stafa, CH) 8/25/2015
Method of and Hearing Aid for Enhancing the Accuracy of Sounds Heard by a Hearing-Impaired Listener 9119007 Unlimiter MFA Co. Ltd. (Eden Island, Seychelles) 8/25/2015
Electronic Device with Shared near Field Communications Element 9118354 Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA) 8/25/2015
Hearing aid with improved localization 9118995 Hear-Wear Technologies LLC (Tulsa, Okla.) 8/25/2015
Hearing aid operating in dependence of position 9119006 GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) 8/25/2015
Recording and retrieval of sound data in a hearing prosthesis 9114259 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 8/25/2015
Hearing prosthesis echo location 9119008 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 8/25/2015
Interactive Hearing Aid Fitting System and Methods 9107016 iHear Medical, Inc. (San Leandro, CA) 8/27/2015
Howling Suppression Device, Hearing Aid, Howling Suppression Method, and Integrated Circuit 9123322 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) 9/01/2015
Apparatus and Method for near Field Communication 9124303 Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, Finland) 9/01/2015
System for Programming Special Function Buttons for Hearing Assistance Device Applications

 

9124994 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/01/2015
Revision Control within Hearing-Aid Fitting Software 9124995 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/01/2015
Method and apparatus for localization of streaming sources in hearing assistance 9124983 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/01/2015
Method and apparatus for hearing assistance in multiple-talker 9124990 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/01/2015
Hearing Aid Sleeve 9124989 Abraham Medina (Hurst, Texas) 9/01/2015
Cochlear implant system component having multiple electrode assemblies 9119957 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 9/01/2015
Sound Awareness Hearing Prosthesis 9124991 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU) 9/01/2015
Hearing aid with a wireless transceiver and method of fitting a hearing 9124993 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 9/01/2015
Hearing aid with adaptive noise reduction and method 9124988 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 9/01/2015
Hearing apparatus having an adaptive filter and method for filtering an audio 9124963 Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG) 9/01/2015
Feedback control in a listening device 9124986 Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark) 9/01/2015
Methods and systems for multi-monopolar current steering in an auditory prosthesis system 9119711 Advanced Bionics AG (Zug, CH) 9/01/2015

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