Ear device patents for September 2023

hearing aid patents september 2023
Holly Hosford-Dunn
October 25, 2023

Sonova’s patent #11758341 has an intriguing title: Coached fitting in the field.  Whatever the coaching, it seems to involve a hearing device [which] may comprise a plurality of preset hearing programs and at least one configurable hearing program.

Regents Of The University Of Minnesota’s patent #11765523, Ultrasonic hearing system and related methods, uses a microphone  and creates modulated ultrasound signals in the 20 Hz- 20 kHz range …delivered to the body and activates the auditory system via vibration of cerebrospinal fluids that vibrate cochlear fluids, bypassing the normal conductive pathway that uses middle ear bones and minimizing bone conduction and distortion through the skull (roughly paraphrased from the patent).

The September 2023 patent list

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Hearing protector having a unidirectional sound inlet 11744738 3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN) 9/05/2023
Systems and methods for sign language recognition 11747618 Meta Platforms Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA) 9/05/2023
Content output management in a head mounted wearable device 11747891 Google LLC (Mountain View, CA) 9/05/2023
Fall detector incorporating physiological sensing 11749086 Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Eindhoven, NL) 9/05/2023
Acoustic dampening compensation system 11750965 Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL) Techiya 9/05/2023
Machine learning based self-speech removal 11750984 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 9/05/2023
Spatial pre-filtering in hearing prostheses 11750985 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 9/05/2023
RF antenna and hearing device with RF antenna 11750986 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 9/05/2023
Methods for controlling a hearing device based on environment parameter, related accessory devices and related hearing systems 11750987 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 9/05/2023
Tympanic lens for hearing device with reduced fluid ingress 11750988 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 9/05/2023
Advanced hearing prosthesis recipient habilitation and/or rehabilitation 11750989 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 9/05/2023
Method for automatically setting a signal processing parameter of a hearing device 11750990 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 9/05/2023
Method for generating binaural signals from stereo signals using upmixing binauralization, and apparatus therefor 11750994 Gaudio Lab Inc (Seoul, KR) 9/05/2023
Hearing aid charging unit D997862 Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co Ltd (Xiamen, CN) 9/05/2023
Earphone D997918 Team IP Holdings LLC (Fort Worth, TX) 9/05/2023
Interchangeable/wearable hinged audio device D998028 Dragon Summit Group Inc (Grand Cayman, GB) 9/05/2023
Cochlear implants having impact resistant MRI-compatible magnet apparatus 11752338 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics 9/12/2023
MEMS device with electrodes and a dielectric 11753295 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL)


Combinatory directional processing of sound signals 11758336 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 9/12/2023
Authentication and encryption key exchange for assistive listening devices 11758338 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/12/2023
Hearing device antenna with optimized orientation 11758339 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/12/2023
Flexible circuit board of hearing aid and hearing aid 11758340 Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co. Ltd (Xiamen, CN) 9/12/2023
Coached fitting in the field 11758341 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 9/12/2023
Auditory origin synthesis; Audio can be rendered for playback with spatial filtering so that the audio is perceived to have spatial qualities 11758348 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 9/12/2023
Modular and detachable wearable devices for AR/VR/MR 11762209 Dolby Laboratory Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA) 9/19/2023
Computational architecture for active noise reduction device 11763794 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 9/19/2023
In-ear earphone 11765496 Merry Electronics (Shenzhen) Co Ltd (ShenZhen, CN) 9/19/2023
Earhole-wearable sound collection device, signal processing device, and sound collection method 11765497 Sony Group Corporation (Tokyo, JP) 9/19/2023
Hearing device for occlusion reduction and components thereof 11765521 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 9/19/2023
Ultrasonic hearing system and related methods 11765523 Regents Of The University Of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) 9/19/2023
Hearing aid with variable number of channels and method of switching number of channels of hearing aid 11765524 Korea Photonics Technology Institute (Gwaangju, KR) 9/19/2023
Hearing instrument charger device and system, and a method of manufacturing a holder therefor 11765525 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 9/19/2023
Wireless system for hearing communication devices providing wireless stereo reception modes 11765526 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/19/2023
Hearing aid bowtie antenna optimized for ear to ear communications 11765527 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/19/2023
Assembly for hearing aid 11765530 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 9/19/2023
Hearing aid adapted for embedded electronics 11765531 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/19/2023
Methods for the prevention and treatment of hearing loss 11766440 Ting Therapeutics LLC (Omaha, NE) 9/26/2023
Hearing device earpiece having intermediate module 11770652 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 9/26/2023
Multi-mode radio for hearing assistance devices 11770661 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 9/26/2023
Hearing aid housing with an integrated antenna 11770662 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 9/26/2023
Hearing device and earpiece with active vent 11770663 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 9/26/2023
Wax management system 11770664 Eargo Inc (San Jose, CA) 9/26/2023
Shielded case for wireless earpieces 11770918 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 9/26/2023


Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD, owned and operated a dispensing audiology practice in Tucson and was active in management of HearingHealthMatters.org through 2017.  She holds BA degrees in Communication Sciences, Psychology and Economics; MA in Communication Disorders; PhD in Hearing Sciences. Following post-doctoral work at Max Planck Institute (Munich, DE) and Eaton-Peabody Auditory Physiology Lab (Boston), she joined the Stanford medical school faculty as director of audiology. She has authored/edited numerous text books, chapters, journals, and articles and taught Marketing and Practice Management in a variety of academic settings. She continues to consult and write on topics related to hearing health care vis-à-vis consumer demands, professional training, technological advancement, capital investment, industry consolidation, regulatory control, product and service distribution, and strategic pricing.

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