Ear device patents for December 2023

hearing aid patents december 2023
Holly Hosford-Dunn
February 7, 2024

Selective Listening Ups Its Game

Magic Leap’s patent #11843931, Efficient rendering of virtual soundfields, proposes different processing methods, depending on the number of sounds in your surround. There’s one method for small numbers of sounds and another for large numbers. The goal is to develop an audio system … that increases the efficiency based on the number of sound sources (present) at a given time.

Efficiency is not the same as enhancement, which is what Harman International is after with patent #11843909, Systems and methods for vehicle sound enhancement.  It wants to curate a bunch of your car engine’s internal combustion noises (e.g.,  engine configuration,  arrangement of engine cylinders, timing of intake and exhaust valves) to design the engine sound you’d like to hear:

… some drivers may prefer a louder, raspier engine sound and thus may prefer to drive a sports car, while other drivers may prefer a smoother and quieter engine sound. 

In the future, you can pretend your Alfa Romeo is a Harley.

The December 2023 patent list

Description Patent Number Assignee Issued
Methods and systems for evaluating hearing using cross frequency simultaneous masking 11832936 Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH (Berlin, DE) 12/05/2023
Monitoring system comprising a master device in wireless communication with at least one slave device having a sensor 11832949 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 12/05/2023
System and method for generating and recording auditory steady-state responses with a speech-like stimulus 11832952 Interacoustics A/S (Middelfart, DK) 12/05/2023
Non-planar ingress protection element for a sensor device 11838708 Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL) 12/05/2023
Hearing protection device, hearing protection system, and related method 11838718 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 12/05/2023
Active noise reduction earbud 11838719 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/05/2023
Hearing aids with parallel neural networks 11838727 Chromatic Inc (New York, NY) 12/05/2023
Sound awareness medical device 11838728 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/05/2023
Flexible ear piece for hearing aid 11838729 Widex A/S (Lynge, DK) 12/05/2023
Robust open-ear ambient sound control with leakage detection 11842717 Maxim Integrated Products Inc (San Jose, CA) 12/12/2023
Systems and methods for vehicle sound enhancement 11843909 Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT) 12/12/2023
Hearing aid with voice or image recognition 11843916 OrCam Technologies Ltd (Jerusalem, IL) 12/12/2023
Hearing device comprising an input transducer in the ear 11843917 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/12/2023
Bone conduction implant 11843918 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/12/2023
Improving musical perception of a recipient of an auditory device 11843919 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/12/2023
Systems and methods for remote administration of hearing tests 11843920 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 12/12/2023
Efficient rendering of virtual soundfields 11843931 Magic Leap Inc (Plantation, FL) 12/12/2023
Digital hearing device with microphone in ear band 11849268 Olive Union Inc (Seoul, KR) 12/19/2023
Audio device 11849271 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/19/2023
Noise reduction method and system 11849275 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/19/2023
Mitigating acoustic feedback in hearing aids with frequency warping by all-pass networks 11849283 The Regents of The University of California (La Jolla, CA) 12/19/2023
Feedback control using a correlation measure 11849284 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/19/2023
Hearing aid device 11849285 Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/19/2023
Ear-worn device configured for over-the-counter and prescription use 11849286 Chromatic Inc (New York, NY) 12/19/2023
Hearing system to be worn at a user’s head 11849287 Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/19/2023
Usability and satisfaction of a hearing aid 11849288 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 12/19/2023
Personal audio assistant device and method 11849297 Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL) 12/19/2023
Systems, devices, and methods for determining hearing ability and treating hearing loss 11850043 Anderson, Dean et al (applicants, Orem, UT) 12/26/2023
Noise-induced hearing loss susceptibility test method and test apparatus 11850044 NewSouth Innovations Pty Limited (Sydney, New South Wales, AU) 12/26/2023
Feedthrough placement 11850417 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/26/2023
Wireless headset supporting messages and hearing enhancement


11852901 IngenioSpec LLC (San Jose, CA) 12/26/2023
Adaptive active noise cancellation based on head movement 11854524 Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT) 12/26/2023
Determining input for speech processing engine 11854550 Magic Leap Inc (Plantation, FL) 12/26/2023
Wearable system speech processing 11854566 Magic Leap Inc (Plantation, FL) 12/26/2023
Transport and/or storage container for rechargeable wireless earphones 11856353 Sonova Consumer Hearing GmbH (Wedemark, DE) 12/26/2023
Wireless earbud, charging box and charging system for wireless earbud 11856354 Goertek Inc (Weifang, CN) 12/26/2023
Open-ear headphone 11856356 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/26/2023
Hearing device comprising a noise reduction system 11856357 Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) 12/26/2023
Hearing system, hearing device and method for providing an alert for a user 11856367 Sonova AG (Staefa, CH) 12/26/2023
Custom electronic switchable hearing protection system 11856368 Schumaier, Daniel R (applicant, Elizabethton, TN) 12/26/2023
Methods and systems implementing phonologically-trained computer-assisted hearing aids 11856369 Rafii, Abbas (applicant, Palo Alto, CA) 12/26/2023
System for audio rendering comprising a binaural hearing device and an external device 11856370 GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK) 12/26/2023
Method and apparatus for own-voice sensing in a hearing assistance device 11856371 Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN) 12/26/2023
Hearing device system and method for operating a hearing device system 11856372 Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG) 12/26/2023
Method & device for in-ear echo suppression 11856375 Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL) 12/26/2023
Active noise reduction audio devices and systems 11856377 Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA) 12/26/2023
Method for processing an audio signal in accordance with a room impulse response, signal processing unit, audio encoder, audio decoder, and binaural renderer 11856388 Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Munich, DE) 12/26/2023
Components of a BTE prosthesis D1009268 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU) 12/26/2023



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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