Ear Device Patents for May 2024

hearing aid ear device patents
Holly Hosford-Dunn
July 8, 2024

Sonova’s patent #11997457 (Hearing device for providing physiological information, and method of its operation) takes on the entire Hearable/Hearing Aid/Sensor/Wearable space. The patent is long in length and careful consideration of many aspects. For example,

  • Ear devices cover the gamut from CIs to RICs, any/all of which can include
  • Biometric sensors used to measure an organism’s biological characteristics, defined as any form of energy and/or matter intrinsic to the living organism and/or emitted from the living organism;
  • Other sensors to measure non-intrinsic characteristics, defined as any activity of a human within an ambient environment in a vicinity of the human’s body and/or a characteristic of the ambient environment.

That’s just the broad outline; the patent goes on to define and include a full taxonomy of  human physiological and behavioral parameters.

The May 2024 patent list

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Inner ear apparatus 11975192 Chen, Taiting (Taipei, TW) 5/07/2024
Cochlea implant system with measurement unit Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK) 5/07/2024
Active noise cancelling earbud devices 11978429 Google LLC (Mountain View, CA) 5/07/2024
Ambient noise aware dynamic range control and variable latency for hearing personalization 11978469 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 5/07/2024
Mobile terminal having hearing aid function, and earphone-based hearing aid system using the same 11979512 AlgorKorea Co Ltd (Seoul, KR) 5/07/2024
Multiple sound source encoding in hearing prostheses 11979715 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 5/07/2024
Hearing device with neural network-based microphone signal processing 11979717 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 5/07/2024
Contact hearing device and retention structure materials 11979718 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 5/07/2024
Objective determination of acoustic prescriptions 11979719 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 5/07/2024
Wearable device with directional audio 11979721 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 5/07/2024
Earphone D1025957 Zound Industries International AB (Stockholm, SE) 5/07/2024
Earphone D1025958 Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT) 5/07/2024
Hearing aid determining listening effort 11980477 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 5/14/2024
Cochlear implant device with a flexible electrode array 11980754 Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK) 5/14/2024
Systems and methods for intra-surgical monitoring of cochlear trauma during an electrode lead insertion procedure 11980755 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 5/14/2024
Methods and systems for determining position and orientation of a device using acoustic beacons 11982738 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 5/14/2024
Hearing sensitivity acquisition methods and devices 11985467 The Diablo Canyon Collective LLC 5/14/2024
Hearing device comprising a sound path component 11985480 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 5/14/2024
Hearing compensation device and hearing compensation method 11985481 Rehear Audiology Company Ltd (Taipei, TW) 5/14/2024
Neural network-driven feedback cancellation 11985482 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 5/14/2024
Method for operating a hearing aid, hearing aid and computer program product 11985483 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 5/14/2024
Implement to be worn on outer ear 11985484 ListeningAssist Corporation (Nagoya, JP) 5/14/2024
Method of fitting a hearing aid gain and a hearing aid fitting system 11985485 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 5/14/2024
Earphone with in-ear piece D1026865 Zound Industries International AB (Stockholm, SE) 5/14/2024
Ear clip D1027184 Socrates Health Solutions Inc (Dallas, TX) 5/14/2024
Ecole De Technologie Superieure (Montreal, CA) 11986374 Ecole De Technologie Superieure (Montreal, CA) 5/21/2024
Methods of making cochlear implant electrode arrays 11986654 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 5/21/2024
Noise reduction for implantable hearing prostheses 11986655 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 5/21/2024
Cochlear implants having MRI-compatible magnet apparatus and associated methods 11986656 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 5/21/2024
Display eyewear with auditory enhancement 11990129 Innovega Inc (Bellevue, WA) 5/21/2024
Audio system equalizing 11990880 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 5/21/2024
Method for operating a hearing aid and hearing aid 11991498 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 5/21/2024
Hearing aid system comprising a database of acoustic transfer functions 11991499 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 5/21/2024
Audio synchronization for hearing devices 11991501 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 5/21/2024
System and method for personalized hearing aid adjustment 11991502 Tuned Ltd (Gan Yos, IL) 5/21/2024
Hearing assistance device with multipurpose microphone 11991503 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 5/21/2024
System for capturing electrooculography signals 11992324 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 5/28/2024
Efficient wellness measurement in ear-wearable devices 11992340 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 5/28/2024
Compositions and methods for treating non-age-associated hearing impairment in a human subject 11993777 Akouos Inc (Boston, MA) 5/28/2024
Neural network chip for ear-worn device 11995531 Chromatic Inc (New York, NY) 5/28/2024
Real-time detection of feedback instability 11996078 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 5/28/2024
Hearing device and circuit board for a hearing device 11996701 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 5/28/2024
Method of operating an ear level audio system and an ear level audio system 11996812 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 5/28/2024
Open-ear headphone 11997442 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 5/28/2024
Device for charging electronic devices and in-ear headphones 11997444 Molonlave Group LLC (Long Island City, NY) 5/28/2024
Systems and methods for live conversation using hearing devices 11997445 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Suwon-si, KR) 5/28/2024
Method and apparatus for earpiece audio feedback channel to detect ear tip sealing 11997447 Dell Products LP (Round Rock, TX) 5/28/2024
Hearing device for providing physiological information, and method of its operation 11997457 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 5/28/2024
Contact hearing systems, apparatus and methods 11997458 Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) 5/28/2024
Spatial audio array processing system and method 11997474 Wave Sciences LLC (Charleston, SC) 5/28/2024
Earbud case D1028947 Nothing Technology Limited (London, GB) 5/28/2024
Personal hearing device


D1029271 Relajet Tech (Taiwan) Co Ltd (Taipei, TW) 5/28/2024

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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