Ear device patents for April 2024

hearing aid patents
Holly Hosford-Dunn
June 7, 2024

What will they think of next?

Apple’s patent #11950040 envisions an in-ear device with a volume control feature on the stem, which the user can rotate — up to increase volume, down to decrease. Not exactly a new concept but the patent goes further by enabling volume control with head nods or with head turns — right to increase volume, left to decrease, or head nodding.

apple patent volume control

As usual with an Apple patent, it covers the bases by describing many approaches, not all of which we may have thought of in the past.

Bragi’s patent #11956191 (Audio-based social media platform) envisions a future in which people can interact with others without the need to use keyboards or screens. Imagine that. Of course, the platform aims to enable communications with those who aren’t right in front of us, but still. The retro idea of just talking with folks wherever they are is pretty exciting.

The April 2024 patent list

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Hearing protection device having dosimeter with alerting function 11944517 Minuendo AS (Oslo, NO) 4/02/2024
Input and edit functions utilizing accelerometer based earpiece movement system and method 11947874 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 4/02/2024
Rechargeable hearing aid battery with slotted grommet 11949060 Energizer Brands LLC (St Louis, MO) 4/02/2024
Volume control of ear devices 11950040 Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) 4/02/2024
Method, apparatus and system for neural network hearing aid 11950056 Chromatic Inc (New York, NY) 4/02/2024
Hearing device comprising a speech intelligibility estimator 11950057 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 4/02/2024
Method, device and system for providing communication of data between a hearing device and an auxiliary device 11950058 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 4/02/2024
Antenna structure for hearing devices 11950059 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 4/02/2024
Hearing device 11950060 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 4/02/2024
Hearing device cerumen filter device 11950061 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 4/02/2024
Earbud D1020703 Zound Industries International AB (Stockholm, SE) 4/02/2024
Wireless communication in an implantable medical device system 11951315 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 4/09/2024
Ambient volume control in open audio device 11955107 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 4/09/2024
Audio signal processing method and system for noise mitigation of a voice signal measured by an audio sensor in an ear canal of a user 11955133 Analog Devices International Unlimited Company (Limerick, IE) 4/09/2024
Self-boosting amplifier 11955936 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 4/09/2024
Audio-based social media platform 11956191 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 4/09/2024
Microphone unit having a pressurized chamber 11956581 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 4/09/2024
Earpiece for a hearing device, dome and earpiece part 11956596 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 4/09/2024
Audio synchronization for hearing devices 11956597 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 4/09/2024
Loudspeaker box and hearing device 11956598 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 4/09/2024
Sub-surface indicator lighting 11956599 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 4/09/2024
Device and method to reduce ear wax clogging of acoustic ports, hearing aid sealing system, and feedback reduction system 11956600 The Diablo Canyon Collective LLC (Wilmington, DE) 4/09/2024
Dynamic transmission rates for isochronous streaming 11956676 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 4/09/2024
Charger for hearing aids D1021783 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 4/09/2024
Earbud D1021864 Zound Industries International AB (Stockholm, SE) 4/09/2024
Keyboard with wireless earbuds D1021902 J2 International Group Limited (Shenzhen, China) 4/09/2024
Hearing aid D1022214 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 4/09/2024
Methods of treating hearing loss 11957655 The Regents of The University of California (Oakland, CA) 4/16/2024
Methods and systems for visualizing sound and hearing ability 11961167 Zimmerman, Jay Alan (New York, NY) 4/16/2024
Method for operating a hearing system 11961382 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 4/16/2024
Wearable audio device with feedback instability control 11961502 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 4/16/2024
Earbud 11962963 Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America (Torrance, CA) 4/16/2024
Wireless earbud having external ear contact point 11962965 EM-TECH Co Ltd (Gyeongsangnam-do, KR) 4/16/2024
Systems and methods for customizing auditory devices 11962974 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 4/16/2024
Method for operating a hearing aid system, and hearing aid system with a hearing aid 11962976 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 4/16/2024
Custom electronic switchable hearing protection system 11962977 Schumaier, Daniel (Elizabethton, TN) 4/16/2024
Calibration of a remote-control unit for use in acoustic remote control 11962978 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 4/16/2024
Dynamic fitting for device worn on recipient’s body 11962979 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 4/16/2024
Hearing evaluation systems and methods implementing a spectro-temporally modulated audio signal 11962980 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 4/16/2024
Dual hearing protection system 11963849 3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN) 4/23/2024
Treatment of hearing loss 11963968 Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Boston, MA) 4/23/2024
Method for operating a hearing device based on a speech signal, and hearing device 11967334 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 4/23/2024
Adapters for microphones and combinations thereof 11968487 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 4/23/2024
Dome for hearing aids 11968490 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 4/23/2024
Earpiece with GPS receiver 11968491 Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE) 4/23/2024
Headset and/or hearing protection device comprising a waterproof speaker assembly with decompression 11968493 Invisio A/S (Hvidor, DK) 4/23/2024
Hearing aid and a method of operating a hearing aid 11968499 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 4/23/2024
Hearing device or system comprising a communication interface 11968500 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 4/23/2024
Hearing device comprising a transmitter 11968501 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 4/23/2024
Implantable medical device comprising a wireless transcutaneous link 11968502 Oticon Medical (Smorum, DK) 4/23/2024
Hearing-assist systems and methods for audio quality enhancements in performance venues 11968504 The Epstein Hear Us Now Foundation (Dallas, TX) 4/23/2024
Systems and methods for providing augmented audio 11968517 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 4/23/2024
Sleep-inducing earbud D1024032 LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR) 4/23/2024
Personal hearing device D1024335 Relajet Tech (Taiwan) Co Ltd (Taipei, TW) 4/23/2024
Therapeutic sound through bone conduction 11969556 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 4/30/2024
Systems and methods for detecting electrode lead proximity to cochlear tissue 11969595 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 4/30/2024
Slotted stiffening member for electrode lead insertion 11969603 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 4/30/2024
Wearable sound device 11972749 xMEMS Labs Inc (Santa Clara, CA) 4/30/2024
Systems and methods for wirelessly transmitting power and data to an implantable stimulator 11973354 Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) 4/30/2024
User-actuatable touch control for an ear-worn electronic device 11974088 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 4/30/2024
Hearing device system incorporating phased array antenna arrangement 11974096 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 4/30/2024
Systems and methods for visualizing effects of a frequency lowering scheme implemented by a hearing device 11974098 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 4/30/2024
Connector tip with bristles for hearing instruments 11974099 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 4/30/2024
Hearing device 11974100 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 4/30/2024
In-car headphone acoustical augmented reality system 11974103 Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT) 4/30/2024
Pair of wireless earbuds D1025023 Shenzhen Weitong Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN) 4/30/2024
Earbud D1025026 Google LLC (Mountain View, CA) 4/30/2024


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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