Ear device patents for November 2022

hearing aid patents november 2022
Holly Hosford-Dunn
January 9, 2023

Another Pandemic-Inspired Innovation

Zoom fatigue was with all of us during the pandemic and may become endemic as we prefer to individualize our workplaces. T-Mobile is here to help with patent #11502861 Simulated auditory space for online meetings.

The title sounds a little Zoomy, but T-Mobile gets the problem and sees a better path ahead to enable our preferences. Here’s a heavily paraphrased version of their vision:

…conventional virtual meeting[s are] akin to talking to someone on the phone rather than in-person meeting. This can reduce participant engagement and interpersonal interactions, which can decrease productivity. What is needed is a more immersive virtual meeting system permitting participants to select their own virtual location upon entry to the virtual meeting, assigning the virtual location or adjust audio based on a participant’s requested or preset audio settings (e.g., hearing loss in the right ear), allowing parallel meetings (i.e., main speaker is heard by all and side conversations can be muted or have the audio settings reduced for non-participants).

The November 2022 Patent List

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Event detection in an implantable auditory prothesis 11484218 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 11/01/2022
Hearing test system and method for determining credibility of a hearing test 11484226 Merry Electronics (Shenzhen) Co Ltd (Guangdong, CN 11/01/2022
Implanted medical devices having electrode assemblies 11484704 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 11/01/2022
In-ear Electrode Assembly For Non-invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation 11484713 Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University (Scottsdale, AZ) 11/01/2022
Systems and methods for providing nature sounds 11485231 Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT) 11/01/2022
Adaptive, integrated, and interactive education and communication system for people with hearing loss and hearing healthcare providers and related methods 11488492 Healthcare technologies & Methods LLC (Fredericksburg, VA) 11/01/2022
Methods And Systems For Processing, Storing, And Publishing Data Collected By An In-ear Device 11488590 Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL) 11/01/2022
Hearing enhancement methods and systems 11488618 IpVenture Inc (San Jose, CA) 11/01/2022
Battery module and hearing device 11489369 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 11/01/2022
Method And Apparatus For In-ear Canal Sound Suppression 11489966 Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL) 11/01/2022
Directivity Hearing-aid Device And Method Thereof 11490211 AWNT Ltd (New Taipei, TW) 11/01/2022
Radio frequency mems devices for improved wireless performance for hearing assistance devices 11490212 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 11/01/2022
Binaural hearing aid system providing a beamforming signal output and comprising an asymmetric valve state 11490213 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 11/01/2022
Hearing aid electrical contact structure and hearing aid 11490214 Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co Ltd (Xiamen, CN) 11/01/2022
Hearing aid 11490215 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 11/01/2022
Compensating hidden hearing losses by attenuating high sound pressure levels 11490216 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 11/01/2022
Disposable sensor array wearable device sleeve system and method 11490858 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 11/01/2022
Acoustic output device with antenna 11491331 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 11/08/2022
Cochlear implant system and method for detecting electrode migration using electrically evoked compound action potentials 11491332 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 11/08/2022
Systems And Methods For Communicating With Vision And Hearing Impaired Vehicle Occupants


11492005 GM Global Technology Operation LLC (Detroit, MI) 11/08/2022
Headset for acoustic authentication of a user 11494473 Plantronics Inc (Santa Cruz, CA) 11/08/2022
Systems and methods for limiter functions 11496099 Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH (Berlin, DE) 11/08/2022
  Ear-plug device with in-ear cartilage conduction transducer


11496825 Meta Platforms Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA) 11/08/2022
Host detection & acoustic module detection 11496826 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/08/2022
Microphone natural speech capture voice dictation system & method


11496827 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 11/08/2022
Dynamic control of multiple feedforward microphones in active noise reduction devices


11496832 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/08/2022
Elecroacoustic transducer assembly


11496838 Audeze LLC (Santa Ana, CA) 11/08/2022
Hearing Device With Antenna Extending From The Hearing Device


11496843 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 11/08/2022
Completely-in-canal hearing aid 11496844 Xiamen Retone 11/08/2022
Horizontal abutment extender 11496845 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 11/08/22
Hearing aid 11496846 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 11/08/2022
Shielded case for wireless earpieces 11497150 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 11/08/2022
Cochlear implants having detachable fixation elements and associated systems and methods 11497910 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 11/15/2022
Simulated auditory space for online meetings 1502861 T-Mobile USA Inc (Bellevue, WA) 11/15/2022
Capturing & synchronizing data from multiple sensors 11503405 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/15/2022
Acoustic sensor & electrical circuits therefor 11503412 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 11/15/2022
Systems & methods for customizing auditory devices 11503413 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 11/15/2022
Hearing device comprising a speech presence probability estimator 11503414 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 11/15/2022
Detection of feedback path change


11503415 Eargo Inc (San Jose, CA) 11/15/2022
Low-latency communication protocol for binaural applications


11503416 Semiconductor Components Industries LLC (Phoenix, AZ) 11/15/2022
Mapping virtual sound sources to physical speakers in extended reality applications


11503422 Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT) 11/15/2022
Adaptive electronic hearing protection device 11504278 3M Innovative Properties Co (St Paul, MN) 11/22/2022
Smart relaxation masks with wired earpieces 11504497 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/22/2022
Systems & methods for detecting noise floor of a sensor 11508192 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/22/2022
Sub-miniature microphone 11509980 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 11/22/2022
Earbuds with detachable harness strap 11509989 Plantronics Inc 11/22/2022
Wearable audio device with control platform 11509992 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/22/2022
Artificial intelligence based system and method for generating silence in earbuds 11509995 Assignee:  Paranirupasingam, Abhivarman (Toronto, CA) 11/22/2022
Partial HRTF compensation or prediction for in-ear microphone arrays 11510013 Iyo Inc (Redwood City, CA) 11/22/2022
Dynamic stimulus resolution adaption 11510014 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 11/22/2022
Multiple sound source encoding in hearing prostheses 11510015 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 11/22/2022
Beam former calibration of a hearing device 11510016 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 11/22/2022
Hearing device comprising a microphone adapted to be located at or in the ear canal of a user 11510017 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 11/22/2022
Hearing system containing a hearing instrument & a method for operating the hearing instrument 11510018 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 11/22/2022
Hearing aid system for estimating acoustic transfer functions 11510019 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 11/22/2022
Systems & methods for coordinating rendering of a remote audio stream by binaural hearing devices 11510020 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 11/22/2022
Cochlear hearing device with cable antenna 11510021 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 11/22/2022
Implantable medical device and method of providing wire connections for it 11511123 Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK) 11/29/2022
Audio eyeglasses with double-detent hinge 11513366 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/29/2022
Systems and methods for preparing reference signals for an acoustic echo canceler 11514922 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 11/29/2022
Sensor arrangement and method 11516594 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 11/29/2022
Hearing device for providing physiological information, and method of its operation 11516598 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 11/29/2022
Feedback control using a correlation measure 11516600 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 11/29/2022
Hearing assistance device with an accelerometer 11516601 Eargo Inc (San Jose, CA) 11/29/2022
Damping in contact hearing systems 11516602 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 11/29/2022
Contact hearing device & retention structure materials 11516603 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 11/29/2022
Personal Hearing Device, External Acoustic Processing Device And Associated Computer Program Product 11518599 Relajet Tech (Taiwan) Co Ltd (Taipei, TW) 11/29/2022
Hearing aid D971413 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 11/29/2022
Hearing aid D971414 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 11/29/2022


Holly Hosford-Dunn, Hearing Health MattersHolly 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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