Hearing Device Patent Activity for March and April 2013

Wow, the last two months saw a lot of patent activity for hearing devices from a lot of competitors, most outside the US.  Click the links for previous lists (Jan-Feb 2013 and  Nov-Dec 2012), neither of which matches today’s in length.  Widex jumped in with a bunch of patents, Samsung won most innovative title (“small hearing aid”).  Just kidding.  South Korea tossed its hat in the ring.  The only individual to get a patent was Daniel Schumaier, president of Ear Technology, who also snagged one on the last list.

DescriptionPatent NumberAssigneeFiledIssued
Hearing Aid with Adaptive Feedback Suppression8379894Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)5/8/20082/19/2013
Achieving Hearing Aid Compatibility on Handsets with Low Acoustic Impedance Receivers8385512Cisco Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)8/31/20072/26/2013
Handheld Electronic Device8378901HTC Corporation (Taoyuan, Taoyuan County, TW)1/27/20102/19/2013
Hearing Aid Device8379895Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, DE)10/18/20072/19/2013
System and Method for Measuring and Recording Skull Vibration in Situ8376967Audiodontics, LLC (Betheda, MD)4/13/20102/19/2013
Electro-Acoustical Transducer and a Transducer Assembly8379899Sonion Nederland B.V. (Amsterdam, NL)10/31/20052/19/2013
Transmission Facility for a Hearing Apparatus with Film Conductor Shielding and Naturally Shielded Coil8379898Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)9/04/20082/19/2013
Hearing Aid, Hearing Aid System, Walking Detection Method, and Hearing Aid Method8391524Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)

6/02/2010

3/05/2013
Circuit for Operating a Hearing Device and Hearing Device8385571Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)4/29/20092/26/2013
Method for compensating for a feedback signal, and hearing device8396236Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)2/09/20113/12/2013
Hearing aid with interference compensation and method for configurating the hearing aid8396235Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)2/03/20103/12/2013
Methods and apparatuses for setting a hearing aid to an omnidirectional microphone mode or a directional microphone mode8396224GN ReSound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)3/02/2007

3/12/2013
Preprogrammed hearing assistance device with program selection using a multipurpose control device8396237Daniel R. Schumaier (Elizabethton, Tenn.)4/8/20093/12/2013
Methods and Apparatus for Reduced Distortion Balanced Armature Devices8385583The Penn State Research Foundation (University Park, PA)4/28/20092/26/2013
Audio-Separating Apparatus and Operation Method8391509National Chiao Tung University (Hsinchu, TW)11/27/20093/05/2013
Methods and Systems for Presenting an Audio Signal to a Cochlear Implant Patient8391988Advanced bionics (Valencia, CA)

1/11/2011

3/05/2013
Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Detection of Uncorrelated Component8391507QUALCOMM Inc (San Diego, CA)8/29/20083/05/2013
in the Ear Hearing Device with a Valve Formed with an Electroactive Material Having a Changeable Volume and Method of Operating the Hearing Device8391527Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)7/27/20103/05/2013
Transmitter with adjustable transmit level for magnetic link8401470NXB B (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

5/08/2008

3/19/2013
User-adaptable hearing aid comprising an initialization module8406441Dietmar Ruwisch (Berlin)

7/17/2008

3/26/2013
Hearing Aid Apparatus8406442SWAT/ACR Portfolio LLC (Cupertino, CA)

8/22/2011

3/26/2013
Hearing aid and method of operating a hearing aid8406440Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

4/17/2008

3/26/2013
Adjustment of electromagnetic fields produced by wireless communications devices8406831Symbol Technologies Inc. (Holtsville, NY)

5/05/2010

3/26/2013
Cable Length Adjustment in Auditory Devices8396238Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

5/07/2009

3/12/2013
Bone anchored bone conductive hearing aid8406443Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, Denmark)

5/14/2010

3/26/2013
Combined Optical and Electrical Neural Stimulation8396570Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

1/02/2009

3/12/2013
Method for Compensating for a Feedback Signal, and Hearing Device8396236Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

2/09/2011

3/12/2013
Automatic Performance Optimization for Perceptual Devices8401199Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

8/04/2008

3/19/2013
Hearing aid and a method of managing a logging device8411888Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

5/24/2010

4/02/2013
Hearing aid with an audio signal generator8411886Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

8/02/2007

4/02/2013
Hearing system with positioning device and corresponding positioning method8411889Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

2/01/2011

4/02/2013
Hearing aid8411890Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

3/27/2008

4/02/2013
Hearing aid, relay device, hearing-aid system, hearing-aid method, program, and integrated circuit8411887Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)

6/04/2010

4/02/2013
Eardrum Implantable Devices for Hearing Systems and Methods8401214EarLens Corporation (Redwood City, CA)

6/18/2010

3/19/2013
Spectral Profile Adjustment of Incoming Audio Signals for Cochlear Implant Patients8401657Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA)

12/01/2008

3/19/2013
Method and Apparatus for Hair Cell Stimulation Using Acoustic Signals8398563Earlogic Korea, Inc. (Seoul, KR)

2/05/2008

3/19/2013
Snap-Lock Coupling System for a Prosthetic Device8401213Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

7/03/2008

3/19/2013
Genetic Algorithm Employing an Expedited Convergence Mechanism to at Least Partially Fit a Medical Implant to a Patient Using Patient Feedback8401978Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

9/10/2009

3/19/2013
Perception-Based Parametric Fitting of a Prosthetic Hearing Device8401656Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

8/13/2008

3/19/2013
Hearing Aid Housing8416975Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

4/02/2008

4/09/2013
Hearing aid with connecting element serving for retention in concha8416974Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

10/094/2007

4/09/2013
System and method for the objective measurement of hearing ability of an individual84414502Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

9/21/2009

4/09/2013
Apparatus and method for operating a hearing aid8422705Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

7/16/2007

4/16/2013
Method and system of noise reduction in a hearing aid8422709Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

8/29/2008

4/16/2013
Method for designing and manufacturing a hearing aid device with an antenna8422710Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH (Erlangen, Germany)

2/17/2011

4/16/2013
Tonality-Based Optimization of Sound Sensation for a Cochlear Implant Patient8412340Advanced Bionics, LLC (Valencia, CA)

7/14/2008

4/02/2013
Implantable acoustic sensor8412342Hearworks PTY, Limited (East Melbourne, Victoria, AU)

8/25/2009

4/02/2013
Channel Specific Gain Control Including Lateral Suppression8412343Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

1/28/2010

4/02/2013
Fitting Procedure for Hearing Devices and Corresponding Hearing Device8412495Phonak AG (Stafa, CH)

8/29/2007

4/02/2013
System and Method for the Objective Measurement of Hearing Ability of an Individual

 

8414502Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

9/21/2009

4/09/2013
Method of manufacturing standard ear shells for in-the-ear type general-purpose hearing aids8428766Algor Korea Co. Ltd. (Gwangju, South Korea)

9/30/2009

4/23/2013
Hearing aid with an interchangeable earpiece8428280Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, Singapore)

7/15/2010

4/23/2013
Small hearing aid8428281SAMSUNG Electronics Co. Ltd. (South Korea)

1/06/2011

4/23/2013
Method and apparatus for modular hearing aid8428282Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn)

9/29/2008

4/23/2013
Rate Matching for a Stimulating Medical Device8417349Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

7/13/2010

4/09/2013
Hearing aid and method of compensation for direct sound in hearing aids8433087Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

8/05/208

4/30/2013
Switching structures for hearing aids8433088Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn)

4/22/2008

4/30/2013

 

 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.

1 Comment

  1. I find it amazing that many of these patents were filed over 4 years ago… Just goes to show how slow the process is, even for the Big Guns like Widex and Starkey.

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