Made for iPhone hearing aids came first and most smart hearing aids are still not “made” for android devices. The Internet of things reachable by hearing aids is limited to a small, picky universe. In the larger universe, my android phone and Samsung washing machine may be having lively discourse, but I’m not privy to their chats via my hearing aids.

I don’t really want to talk to my home appliances, but who knows what they’re plotting? 

 

Samsung to the Rescue

 

Samsung plans to fix this, noting in its patent #9654906 that there is a need to remedy

certain limitations existing in Android platform implementations.

Samsung’s solution is an electronic device comprising a processor coupled to a Bluetooth control module which stores a “modified Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol stack” of  a “plurality of audio-related commands (ATT)”. 

In that structure, “first and second” audio-related commands (ATTs) are transmitted at the same time (see flow chart labeled “Fig 6” from the patent). For example, if the electronic device is a hearing aid, the first and second ATTs could be a “media task layer and a hearing aid application layer.”

The Samsung universe of electronic device candidates with communication functions is huge and spelled out in the patent. The list is long but worth reprinting here, just to bring home the Samsung vision of non-stop communication bombardment.

 “… a smartphone, a tablet Personal Computer (PC), a mobile phone, a video phone, an electronic book (e-book) reader, a desktop PC, a laptop PC, a netbook computer, a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), a Portable Multimedia Player (PMP), an MP3 player, a mobile medical appliance, a camera, and a wearable device (e.g. a Head-Mounted-Device (HMD) such as electronic glasses, electronic clothes, an electronic bracelet, an electronic necklace, an electronic appcessory, electronic tattoos, or a smart watch)…

 a smart home appliance with a communication function [including]… a television, a Digital Versatile Disk (DVD) player, an audio, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a vacuum cleaner, an oven, a microwave oven, a washing machine, an air cleaner, a set-top box, a TV box,… a game console, an electronic dictionary, an electronic key, a camcorder, and an electronic picture frame.

… medical appliances (e.g. Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) machine, a movie camera, and an ultrasonic machine), navigation devices, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, Event Data Recorders (EDRs), Flight Data Recorders (FDRs), automotive infotainment devices, electronic equipment for ships (e.g. navigation equipment for ships, gyrocompasses, or the like), avionics, security devices, head units for vehicles, industrial or home robots, Automatic Teller Machines (ATM), and Point Of Sales (POS) systems…

.at least one of a part of furniture or a building/structure having a communication function, an electronic board, an electronic signature receiving device, a projector, and various kinds of measuring instruments (e.g., a water meter, an electric meter, a gas meter, a radio wave meter, and the like). The electronic device … may be a combination of one or more of the aforementioned various devices…. may be a flexible device….[and] is not limited to the aforementioned devices.”

 

The May List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Water resistant acoustic port in ear-mouthed hearing device

9636259

3M Innovative Properties Company (St. Paul, MN)

5/02/2017

Unobtrusive firmware updates for hearing assistance devices

9639342

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/02/2017

Method and apparatus for hearing assistance in multiple-talker settings

9641942

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/02/2017

Method of tuning capacitance for hearing assistance device flex antenna

9641944

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/02/2017

Bluetooth hearing aid system

9641945

UBDevice Corp. (Taoyuan, TW)

5/02/2017

Binaural hearing device and method to operate the hearing device

9641946

Sonova AG (Stafa, CH)

5/02/2017

Electrical feedthrough assembly

9643021

Advanced Bionics, AG (Staefa, CH)

5/09/2017

Utilization of different loudness encoding schemes in cochlear implant systems

9643007

Advanced Bionics, AG (Staefa, CH)

5/09/2017

Practitioner device for facilitating testing and treatment of auditory disorders

9642573

Zhao, Yong D & Zhao, Jennifer J (Simi Valley CA)

5/09/2017

User interfaces of a hearing device

9643018

Cochlear Ltd (Macquarie University,  NSW, AU)

5/09/2017

Hearing instrument comprising a rechargeable power source

9647462

Sonova AG (Stafa, CH)

5/09/2017

Wireless communication method and apparatus of hearing device

9648428

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)

5/09/2017

Hearing assistance device with improved microphone protection

9648429

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/09/2017

Learning Hearing Aid

9648430

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/09/2017

Adjusting a volume level of a phone for a detected hearing aid

9654618

International Business Machines Corp (Armonk, NY)

5/16/2017

Method of fitting a hearing instrument, and impression tool

9654884

Sonova AG (Stafa, CH)

5/16/2017

Methods and apparatus for allocating feedback cancellation resources for hearing assistance devices

9654885

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/16/2017

Hybrid hearing instrument connector

9654886

Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)

5/16/2017

Hearing aid adapted for embedded electronics

9654887

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/16/2017

Personal hearing device

9654888

Axil, LLC. (Draper, UT)

5/16/2017

Hearing aid having combined antennas

9661426

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/23/2017

Hearing aid with inductively coupled electromagnetic resonator antenna

9661427

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/23/2017

General purpose device to assist the hard of hearing

9662245

International Business Machines Corp (Armonk, NY)

5/30/2017

Hearing device with improved low frequency response and method for manufacturing such a hearing device

9668067

Sonova AG (Stafa, CH)

5/30/2017

Hearing device and external device based on life pattern

9668069

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)

5/30/2017

Hearing device with model control and associated methods

9668071

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/30/2017

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