Hearing Aid Device Patent Activity for July and August 2013

The list of hearing device patents approved in the last two months is longer than the last list, which was longer than the one before that, etc.  There seem to be more players and the time from application to approval may be getting shorter, though I’m not tracking either metric methodically.

Kudos to GNResound for pushing a patent through in just 18 months (#8520875).

For past lists, click on May-June 2013Mar-April 2013Jan-Feb 2013 and  Nov-Dec 2012.  


Patent Number




Insertion Tool System for an Electrode Array8460315Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)10/31/20056/11/2013
Apparatus for Transmitting and Receiving Sound8462974LG Electronics Inc. (Seoul, KR)2/04/20086/11/2013
Ear mold with adapter seal8462971Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)5/15/20086/11/2013
Tinnitus Rehabilitation Device and Method8465411Neuromonics Pty Limited (Chatswood, New South Wales, AU)11/05/20106/18/2013
Methods and Systems for Representing Different Spectral Components of an Audio Signal Presented to a Cochlear Implant Patient8467881Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA)9/29/20096/18/2013
Method, Hearing Device and Configuration for Calibrating an Acoustic Tuning System8467554Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)11/10/20106/18/2013
Observer-Based Cancellation System for Implantable Hearing Instruments8472654Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)10/30/20076/25/2013
Automatic gain control with out of band blocking signal compensation8472573Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)7/28/20116/25/2013
Hearing Assistance System with Own Voice Detection8477973Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)3/30/20107/02/2013
Portable electronic device and antenna8477069Mediatek Inc,. (Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, TW)11/24/20097/02/2013
Hearing device with supporting hook recognition8477971Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)2/09/20107/02/2013
Open fit canal hearing device8477978Anova Hearing Labs Inc. (Springfield, Mass.)5/05/20117/02/2013
Middle ear direct action improved hearing aid and related installation method8475530Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innbruck, Austria)5/11/20117/02/2013
Audio system with feedback detection means8477952Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)4/07/20117/02/2013
Differential Amplifier and Method for the Operation of a Differential Amplifier8476974AMS AG (Unterpremstaetten, AT)


Methods and Systems for Providing near Real Time Messaging to Hearing Impaired User during Telephone Calls8478316Mobile Captions Company LLC (San Diego, CA)8/09/20127/02/2013
Implant power control8478416Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)11/09/20107/02/2013
System and Method for Adaptive Stimulus-Response Signal Filtering484270Vivosonic Inc. (Etobicoke, ON., CA)7/12.20087/09/2013
Open ear hearing aid system8483419Auditory Licensing Company, LLC (Westport CT)7/02/20107/09/2013
Antenna system with parasitic element for hearing aid compliant electromagnetic emission8483415Motorola Mobility LLC (Libertyville, Ill.)6/18/20107/09/2013
Use of a sacrificial anode for corrosion protection of a portable device, e.g. a hearing aid8491761Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)1/20/20117/23/2013
Method for designing audio signal processing system for hearing aid, audio signal processing system for hearing aid, and hearing aid8488823Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan)8/03/20097/16/2013
Hearing aid and hearing aid system8488825Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)9/14/20117/16/2013
Antennas for custom fit hearing assistance devices8494197Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)12/19/20087/23/2013
Hearing aid microphone protective barrier8494200InSound Medical Inc. (Newark, Calif.)12/15/20107/23/2013
Stability improvements in hearing aids8494199GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, DK)4/08/20117/23/2013
Integrated circuit with configurable output cell8494173GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, DK)11/28/20117/23/2013
Methods for Inlet and Outlet Modelling of Vent as Large as Possible for Hearing Aid Devices8494814Siemens Corporation (Iselin, NJ)10/13/20107/23/2013
Replaceable hearing protection membrane for hearing devices8494202Phonak AG (Stafa, Switzerland)8/10/20107/23/2013
Input converter for a hearing aid and signal conversion method8493256Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)9/23/20117/23/2013
Hearing Aid8494194Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)7/22/20117/23/2013
Hearing aid with occlusion suppression8494201GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, DK)2/07/20117/23/2013
Neckloop for teleloop hearing aid system8494191Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)2/17/20107/23/2013
Method for operating a hearing system, hearing system and audio gateway devices8494198Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)12/07/20117/23/2013
Audio device comprising a microphone8494204Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)1/25/20117/23/2013
Electrical contacts using conductive silicone in hearing assistance devices8494195Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)2/06/20087/23/2013
FSK receiver for a hearing aid and a method for processing an FSK signal8498434Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)5/11/20107/30/2013
Hearing device with a conducting element, in particular a sound tube8498436Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)3/01/20117/30/2013
Online anti-feedback system for a hearing aid8503705Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)6/04/20088/06/2013
Automatic sound recognition based on binary time frequency units8504360Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)8/04/20108/06/2013
Hearing aid systems8503703Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)8/26/20058/06/2013
Signal transmission via body conduction8503930Sonitus Medical Inc. (San Mateo, Calif.)3/05/20098/06/2013
Localisation in a bilateral hearing device system8503704Cochlear Ltd. (Australia)4/07/20098/06/2013
Drug Retaining Surface Features in an Implantable Medical Device8504169Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)5/13/20118/06/2013
Hearing device with user control503706Phonak AG (Stafa, Switzerland)3/28/20088/06/2013
Hearing assistance device with programmable direct audio input port8503708Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)12/30/20108/06/2013
Sealing retainer for extended wear hearing devices8503707InSound Medical, Inc. (Newark, CA)12/23/20098/06/2013
Hearing-aid transducer having an engineered surface8506473SoundBeam LLC (Redwood City, Calif.)12/08/20098/13/2013
Entrainment avoidance with a transform domain algorithm8509465Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)10/23/20078/13/2013
Bone Conduction Devices Generating Tangentially-Directed Mechanical Force Using a Rotationally Moving Mass8509461Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)1/15/20108/13/2013
Compensation Current Optimization for Cochlear Implant Systems8509907Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA).3/21/20128/13/2013
System and method for optimizing the strength and orientation of the inductive field of a hearing aid compatible device8509466AT&T Mobility II LLC (Atlanta)12/07/2010

Hearing Aid with Automatic Mode Change Capabilities8515110Audiotoniq Inc. (Austin, Texas)8/23/20118/20/2013
Hearing Aid with Beamforming Capability8515109GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)11/19/20098/20/2013
In-the-Ear Hearing Aid8515111Rion Co. Ltd. (Tokyo)5/23/20088/20/2013
Method for Signal Processing in a Hearing Aid8515107Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)7/17/20088/20/2013
Wireless System for Hearing Communication Devices Providing Wireless Stereo Reception Modes


8515114Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn.)10/11/20118/20/2013


Method of Determining a Gain Setting of a Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid8517910Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, Denmark)9/13/20108/27/2013
Hearing Aid with Improved Localization8520875GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)1/17/20128/27/2013
Hearing Aid with an Operational Based Switch8520874Gary Beutler (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)7/26/2011 8/27/2013
Method of Producing a Housing Shell or Ear Mold to Be Worn in the Ear8521319Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)9/28/20108/27/2013

 editor’s note:  The Patent Series is updated every two months.  Click links for patents approved in Jan/Feb 2014Nov/Dec 2013September/October 2013Jul/Aug 2013May/Jun 2013Mar/Apr 2013Jan/Feb 2013Nov/Dec 2012

About Holly Hosford-Dunn

Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD, graduated with a BA and MA in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State, completed a PhD in Hearing Sciences at Stanford, and did post-docs at Max Planck Institute (Germany) and Eaton-Peabody Auditory Physiology Lab (Boston). Post-education, she directed the Stanford University Audiology Clinic; developed multi-office private practices in Arizona; authored/edited numerous text books, chapters, journals, and articles; and taught Marketing, Practice Management, Hearing Science, Auditory Electrophysiology, and Amplification in a variety of academic settings.