Ear device patents for December 2022

hearing aid audio patents
Holly Hosford-Dunn
February 2, 2023

No need to pay attention, just check in with your ear once in awhile

Eolas envisions a device system that goes the extra mile and will probably control your every moment once it gets to know you. Patent #11540093 notes that it’s hard for parties to keep track of all that’s said in a conversation so critical information may be lost. The (loosely paraphrased) patent remedy is to

identify the mention of specific entities, e.g. telephone numbers, email addresses, dates and times, locations, etc. [display to the parties] who may indicate actions to perform … including disregarding due to non-relevance, inaccuracy, imprecision [and] train the system on contexts which …are relevant and what additional action, e.g. adding to contacts, calendar, or other applications on the mobile device.

The patent doesn’t specify an ear device but why not go that path? The ear’s a good place for starting the listening process, whether it’s you or your assistant doing the work.

The December 2022 Patent List

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Using a hearable to generate a user health indicator 11517252 Invensense Inc (San Jose, CA) 12/06/2022
Ear-worn electronic device for conducting & monitoring mental exercises 11517708 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/06/2022
Audio processing for wind noise reduction on wearable devices 11521633 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/06/2022
Wearable audio device with user own-voice recording 11521643 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/06/2022
Hearing devices including biometric sensors & associated methods 11523202 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 12/06/2022
Ear-mountable listening device with multiple transducers 11523204 Iyo Inc (Redwood City, CA) 12/06/2022
Eartips for in-ear listening devices 11523205 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 12/06/2022
Wireless earbud charging 11523206 Sonos Inc (Santa Barbara, CA) 12/06/2022
Eartip & a wearable device including an eartip 11523208 Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (Kaohsiung, TW) 12/06/2022
Multifunctional earphone system for sports activities 11523218 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 12/06/2022
Audio apparatus & method of operation therefor 11523219 Koninklijke Philips NV (Eindhoven, NL) 12/06/2022
Hearing device cable 11523225 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/06/2022
Systems & methods for configuring hearing devices 11523226 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 12/06/2022
System & method for adaptive calibration of subcutaneous microphone 11523227 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/06/2022
Hearing devices with eye movement detection 11523229 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 12/06/2022
Methods & systems for assessing insertion position of hearing instrument 11523231 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/06/2022
Wireless binaural hearing device system with adaptive control of transmission voltage 11523232 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 12/06/2022
Open fit canal hearing device 11523233 Anova Hearing Labs Inc (Springfield, MA) 12/06/2022
Miniature ear canal type hearing aid 11523234 Xiamen Newsound Technology Co Ltd (Fujian, CN) 12/06/2022
Cover plate for an earpiece, earpiece & method of producing earpiece 11523235 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 12/06/2022
Combined HRTF for spatial audio plus hearing aid support & other enhancements 11523242 Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc (Tokyo, JP) 12/06/2022
Augmented hearing system 11523245 Dolby Laboratory Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA) 12/06/2022
Ear plug D972146 Ear Labs AB (Malmo, SE) 12/06/2022
Headphone D971886 Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT) 12/06/2022
Device and method for detecting and compensating for an oblique ear problem insertion 11523755 Interacoustics A/S (Middlefart, DK) 12/13/2022
Detecting middle ear abnormalities using a smartphone-based tympanometer 11523756 Jetly, Anushka Sameer (applicant, Friendswood, TX) 12/13/2022
Devices for application of localized hypothermic therapy to the human ear 11523941 King, Curtis S (applicant, Kirkland, WA) 12/13/2022
Navigatable implantable electrode and collapsing lubricant reservoir 11524154 MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT) 12/13/2022
Compositions and methods for treating non-age-associated hearing impairment in a human subject 11525139 Akous Inc (Boston, MA) 12/13/2022
Hearing device 11526033 Finewell Co Ltd (Osaka, JP) 12/13/2022
Hearing device cable 11528564 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/13/2022
Power management features 11528565 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/13/2022
Battery life estimation for hearing instruments 11528566 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/13/2022
Sound capture focus adjustment for hearing prosthesis 11528567 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/13/2022
Assisted hearing aid with synthetic substitute 11528568 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 12/13/2022
Method for transmitting information for adapting a hearing aid and networked computer infrastructure 11528569 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 12/13/2022
Electro-acoustic transducer including a miniature voice coil 11528572 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/13/2022
Audio signal amplifier gain control 11533033 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/20/2022
Hearing device comprising a noise reduction system 11533554 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/20/2022
Wearable audio device with enhanced voice pick-up 11533555 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/20/2022
Hearing aid device comprising a sensor member 11533570 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/20/2022
Receiver housing with integrated sensors for hearing device 11533573 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 12/20/2022
Composition for preventing or treating hearing loss, containing Vitis vinifera leaf extract as active ingredient 11534473 Ajou University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation (Suwon-si, KR) 12/27/2022
Earphones for measuring and entraining respiration 11534572 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/27/2022
Methods and apparatuses for transdermal stimulation of the outer ear 11534608 Ist LLC (Dover, DE) 12/27/2022
Audio conferencing using a distributed array of smartphones 11539844 Dolby Laboratory Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA) 12/27/2022
Caption modification and augmentation systems and methods for use by hearing assisted user 11539900 Ultratec Inc (Madison, WI) 12/27/2022
Flanged earbud and hearing device including same 11540036 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/27/2022
Method of rejecting inherent noise of a microphone arrangement, and hearing device 11540042 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 12/27/2022
Active noise reduction earbud 11540043 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/27/2022
Hearing prosthesis system having interchangeable housings 11540062 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/27/2022
Hearing device comprising a detector and a trained neural network 11540063 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/27/2022
Hearing aid including induction coil 11540064 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/27/2022
Contact hearing systems, apparatus and methods 11540065 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 12/27/2022
Hearing device and method for operating a hearing device 11540068 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 12/27/2022
Objective determination of acoustic prescriptions 11540069 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/27/2022
Method of fine tuning a hearing aid system and a hearing aid system 11540070 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 12/27/2022
Hearing protection calibration adapter device 11540071 Rae Systems Inc (Sunnyvale, CA) 12/27/2022
Method and apparatus for automatically identifying and annotating auditory signals from one or more parties 11540093 Eolas Technologies Inc (Tyler, TX) 12/27/2022


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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