Ear device patents for February 2023

hearing aid patents february 2023
Holly Hosford-Dunn
April 16, 2023

Big Tech has had the ear in its sights since AirPods became the big consumer electronics thing. They’re now sighting in on specific features of hearing and hearing loss. As examples:

  • Meta Platform’s patents #11575999 (Systems and methods for hearing assessment and audio adjustment) and  #11589176 (Calibrating an audio system using a user’s auditory steady state response)
  • Apple’s patent #11595766 (Remotely updating a hearing aid profile)

The February 2023 Patent List

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Electrically conductive ear tips 11571563 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 2/07/2023
Compact hearing aids 11571571 Nanoear Corporation Inc (Houston, TX) 2/07/2023
Audio-based near field communication 11573761 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 2/07/2023
Voice assistant for wireless earpieces 11573763 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 2/07/2023
Mass loaded earbud with vent chamber 11575985 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 2/07/2023
Method and system for customized amplification of auditory signals based on switching of tuning profiles 11575998 Listen and Be Heard LLC (Portland, OR) 2/07/2023
Systems and methods for hearing assessment and audio adjustment 11575999 Meta Platforms Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA) 2/07/2023
Monaural hearing device with parts that are interconnected utilizing near-field wireless communication 11576000 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 2/07/2023
Hearing aid comprising binaural processing and a binaural hearing aid system 11576001 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 2/07/2023
Sensor hub in connector plug or cable for a hearing assistance device 11576002 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 2/07/2023
Method and apparatus for objective assessment of in-ear device acoustical performance 11576003 3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN) 2/07/2023
Implantable auditory stimulation system and method with offset implanted microphones 11577078 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 2/14/2023
Systems and methods for improving functional hearing 11581008 Quid Pro Consulting, LLC (Incline Village, NV) 2/14/2023
Open audio device 11582547 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 2/14/2023
Port placement for in-ear wearable with active noise cancellation 11582550 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 2/14/2023
Acoustic receiver and method of making same 11582558 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 2/14/2023
Hearing system comprising a personalized beamformer 11582562 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 2/14/2023
Hearing instrument charger device and system, and a method of manufacturing a holder therefor 11582566 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 2/14/2023
Hearing device with an antenna 11582567 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 2/14/2023
Fitting agent and method of determining hearing device parameters 11582569 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 2/14/2023
Cochlear implant headpiece 11583677 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 2/21/2023
Hybrid noise suppression 11587575 Plantronics (Santa Cruz, CA) 2/21/2023
Communication device and methods for use by hearing impaired 11588936 Ultratec Inc (Madison, WI) 2/21/2023
Generalized method for providing one or more stimulation coding parameters in a hearing aid system for obtaining a perceivable hearing loudness 11589170 Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK) 2/21/2023
Hearing aid comprising a record and replay function 11589173 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 2/21/2023
Calibrating an audio system using a user’s auditory steady state response 11589176 Meta Platforms Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA) 2/21/2023
Treatment of hearing loss 11590152 Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Boston, MA) 2/28/2021
Electrical techniques for biomarker detection in a cochlea 11590343 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 2/28/2021
Methods and systems for generating customized audio experiences 11593065 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 2/28/2021
Hearing device or system comprising a user identification unit 11594228 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 2/28/2021
Sensory-based environmental adaptation 11595763 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 2/28/2021
Remotely updating a hearing aid profile 11595766 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 2/28/2021
Rechargeable hearing devices and chargers for use with same 11595767 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 2/28/2021
Wax protection for in-canal hearing device 11595769 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 2/28/2021
Method for operating a hearing device, and hearing device 11595770 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 2/28/2021
Discrete binaural spatialization of sound sources on two audio channels 11595775 Meta Platforms Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA) 2/28/2021


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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