Ear device patents for July 2023

hearing aid patents july 2023
Holly Hosford-Dunn
September 7, 2023

The aptly named MDIdeaFactory Inc has come up with an uncomfortable new application for in-ear devices, melding autonomic response with classic Skinnerian psychology to shape wearers’ behaviors. Negative reinforcement isn’t a new idea but adopting ear calorics for that purpose may explain the MDIdea part of the company’s name.

Their patent #11707380, Ear apparatus and methods of use, describes a

“Selectively controllable apparatus for insertion into an ear canal …includ(ing) … thermal mechanisms which enable selective increase or decrease of temperature … to mitigate cravings for food, alcohol, narcotics, or other potentially deleterious substances.”

If you’re having trouble grappling with this idea, the authors offer helpful examples, e.g.,

a mild nausea or pre-nausea condition is created within the user according to a time-temperature profile so as to induce … behavioral modification.

Hearing Economics is all for multipurpose ear devices and audiologists are all for new clinical markets for their devices. But we all may want to pass on this idea and leave it to the psychologists or the MDs with Ideas.

The July 2023 Patent List


Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Combination hearing aid and cochlear implant system 11697019 Envoy Medical Corporation (White Bear Lake, MN) 7/11/2023
In-ear liveness detection for voice user 11699449 Jvckenwood Corporation (Yokoyama, JP) 7/11/2023
Telephone system for the hearing impaired 11700325 Eugenious Enterprises LLC (Medina, OH) 7/11/2023
Earpiece with GPS receiver 11700475 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 7/11/2023
Hearing aid comprising a left-right location detector 11700493 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 7/11/2023
Hearing aid connector 11700494 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 7/11/2023
Device and method to reduce ear wax clogging of acoustic ports, hearing aid sealing system, and feedback reduction system 11700495 Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL) 7/11/2023
Hearing device, hearing device-based systems and methods for determining a quality metric for an optical measurement 11701057 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 7/18/2023
Optimization tool for auditory devices 11701516 Soundwave Hearing (Glendale Heights, IL) 7/18/2023
Dynamic sound masking based on monitoring biosignals and environmental noises 11705100 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 7/18/2023
Contaminant-proof microphone assembly 11706551 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 7/18/2023
Open audio device 11706552 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 7/18/2023
Dual-diaphragm moving-coil audio transducer for hearing device 11706570 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 7/18/2023
Prosthesis state and feedback path based parameter management 11706572 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 7/18/2023
Nearfield inductive coupling in a contact hearing system 11706573 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 7/18/2023
Binaural hearing system for identifying a manual gesture, and method of its operation 11706575 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 7/18/2023
Acoustically probed over-the-ear hearing assessment devices and methods 11707210 3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN) 7/25/2023
Ear apparatus and methods of use 11707380 MDIdeaFactory Inc (San Diego, CA) 7/25/2023
Antenna assemblies for use with transcutaneously powered medical implants 11707631 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 7/25/2023
Method and device for acute sound detection and reproduction 11710473 Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL) 7/25/2023
Voice detection using ear-based devices 11711647 Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA) 7/25/2023
RF immune microphone 11711641 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 7/25/2023
Wireless ear buds with proximity sensors 11711643 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 7/25/2023
Method for audio signal noise cancellation, apparatus for audio signal processing, and electronic device 11711649 Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN) 7/25/2023
Execution and initialisation of processes for a device 11711655 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 7/25/2023
Hearing device comprising an amplifier system for minimizing variation in an acoustical signal caused by variation in gain of an amplifier 11711656 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 7/25/2023
Demodulation in a contact hearing system 11711657 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 7/25/2023
Implantable middle ear transducer having diagnostic detection sensor 11711658 Envoy Medical Corporation (White Bear Lake, MN) 7/25/2023
Modular connection assembly for a hearing assistance device 11711660 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 7/25/2023
Conformable vented eartip 11711661 Team IP Holdings LLC (Fort Worth, TX) 7/25/2023
Wireless earpieces for hub communications 11711695 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 7/25/2023



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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