US Hearing Aid Device Patent Activity for Jul-Aug 2015

“Tumultuous” captures the essence of Big 6 doings of late.  It’s also an apt descriptor  for the Exciting World of Hearing Device Patents, which really is the place to be these days.  For example, Panasonic’s battery patent (USPTO #9088050) describes a whirlwind New World of Batteries:

“the batteries for supplying electric power… small-size electronic devices are required to be thinner and more flexible. Thin batteries that have been already developed include paper batteries, thin flat batteries and plate-like batteries.”

What could astound us more than Old World hearing aids and previously-solved conundrums resurrected and recreated in Hearables? As examples:

  • The feature image above illustrates Kyocera’s patent (USPTO #9105261) for a Sound Outputting Device. What looks suspiciously like an old-fashion set of eye glass hearing aids (with a mysterious little box hovering nearby) turns out to be a:

“(headset) that is configured to be mounted on user’s head…that reduces a burden on a user’s ear.”

  • Nokia’s Head-Mounted Sound capture Device (USPTO 9094749) also worries about the ear’s burden:

“…the use of headsets raises new issues of styling, comfort, and most of all, ambient noise, which often causes voice quality to be sacrificed.”

New patent applications excite and astound the most, per usual.  In the Wow category, Samsung wins, but it’s a tie for runner-up.  There’s no room in this post to describe patent applications but their titles say it all and interested readers can read them by clicking the links.

  • Runner-up:  Personal Noise Meter in a Wearable Audio Device, #20150223000 (posted 8/06/15, Plantronics, Inc))
  • Runner-up:  Identity Confirmation Using Wearable Computerized Earpieces and Related Methods, #20150172828 (posted 6/25/15, unassigned)
  • WINNER:  Hearing Aid for Playing Audible Advertisement or Audible Data, #20150723 (posted 7/30/15,  Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.)

List of US Patents for Hearing Aids and Devices


DescriptionPatent NumberAssigneeIssued
Acoustic Transmission Method and Listening Device9066188Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)6/23/2015
Speech Processing Device and Speech Processing Method9064501Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP)6/23/2015
Apparatus and Method for Processing an Audio Signal for Speech Enhancement Using a Feature Extraction9064498Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Munich, DE)6/23/2015
Dual transducer with Shared Diaphragm9066187Sonion Nederland B.V. (Hoofddorp, NL)6/23/2015
Hearing Aid with a Pump Arrangement9066190Sonion Nederland B.V. (Hoofddorp, NL)6/23/2015
Non-Pressure Sensitive Implantable Microphone9066189MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)6/23/2015
Channel specific gain control including lateral suppression9067068MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)6/30/2015
Method of Implanting a Medical Implant to Treat Hearing Loss in a Patient9066797Terry D. Daglow (Bonham, TX)6/30/2015
Cochlear Implant Fitting System9067069New York University (New York, NY)6/30/2015
Channel Specific Gain Control Including Lateral Suppression9067068MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)6/30/2015
Load Impedance Detection for Static or Dynamic Adjustment of Passive Loadspan9071284Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA)6/30/2015
Pharmaceutical Compositions for the Treatment of Inner Ear Disorders9066865Auris Medical AG (Basel, CH)6/30/2015
Acoustic Attenuators Based on Porous Nanostructured Materials9068346The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)6/30/2015
Personal Hands-Free Accessory for Mobile Device9071694Sony Corporation (Tokyo, JP)6/30/2015
Streaming of Digital Data to a Portable Device9077461Disney Enterprises, Inc. (Burbank, CA)7/07/2015
Method and Apparatus for Hearing Aid Location9078074Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)7/07/2015
Metal-Air cell Having High Capacity9077049Varta Microbattery GmbH (DE)7/07/2015
Hearing Aid and Method for Eliminating Acoustic Feedback in the Amplification of Acoustic Signals9078073Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tuebingen Universitaetsklinikum (Tuebingen, Germany)7/07/2015
Hearing Instrument Controller9078070Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA)7/07/2015
Methods for the Treatment of Tinnitus Induced by Cochlear Excitotoxicity9072662Auris Medical AG (Basel, CH)7/07/2015
Apparatus and Methods for Acoustically or Mechanically Stimulating a Cochlea and Intracochlear Recording of Mechanically or Acoustically Evoked Auditory Potentials in the Cochlea9072468The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)7/07/2015
Driving of Parametric Speakers9078062Philips N.V., Koninklijke (Eindhoven, NL)7/07/2015
Method to Reduce Artifacts in Algorithms with Fast-Varying Gain9082411Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)7/14/2015
Systems and Methods for Remapping an Audio Range to a Human Perceivable Range9084050ELWHA LLC (Bellevue, WA)7/14/2015
Unknown Speaker Identification System


9083808GE Aviation Systems Limited (Cheltenham, GB)7/14/2015
Integrated Microphone Package9079760Invensense, Inc. (San Jose, CA)7/14/2015
Hearing Aid Compatible Audio Device with Acoustic Noise Cancellation9084063Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)7/14/2015
Converting Audio to Haptic Feedback in an Electronic Device9083821Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)7/14/2015
Hearing System and Method for Operating the Same9084065Phonak AG (Stafa, CH)7/14/2015
Conversation Detection Apparatus, Hearing Aid, and Conversation Detection Method9084062Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP)7/14/2015
Optimization of Hearing Aid Parameters9084066GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)7/14/2015
Systems and Methods for Managing Wireless Communication Links for Hearing Assistance Devices9084064Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)7/14/2015
Sound Processor for a Cochlear Implant9084892Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)7/21/2015
Disengagement Tool for a Modular Canal Hearing Device and Systems Including Same9088852iHear Medical, Inc. (San Leandro, CA)7/21/2015
Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for a High Power Factor Single Phase Rectifier9088222Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA)7/21/2015
Receiver System for a Hearing Aid9088853Phonak AG (Stafa, CH)7/21/2015
Electrode Group for Thin Batteries, Thin Battery, and Electronic Device9088050Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP)7/21/2015
Progressive Parameter Scan for Cochlear Implants9084894MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)7/21/2015
Wireless Power Transmitter Tuning9094055Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA)7/28/2015
Push-Pull Driver for Generating a Signal for Wireless Power Transfer9093215Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA)7/28/2015
Head-Mounted Sound Capture Device9094749Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, FI)7/28/2015
Hearing Aid That Facilitates Removal of Earwax and Trapping of Moisture9094770Vixccot Medical LLC (East Hanover, NJ)7/28/2015
Loudspeaker, Inner-Ear Headphone Including Loudspeaker, and Hearing Aid Including Loudspeaker9094750Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP)7/28/2015
Acoustic Source Separation9093078The University of Surrey (Guildford, Surrey, GB)7/28/2015
Hearing Assistance System with Own Voice Detection9094766Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)7/28/2015
Hearing Aid Operating in Dependence of Position9094769GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)7/28/2015
Implantable Component Having an Accessible Lumen and a Drug Release Capsule for Introduction into Same9089450Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)7/28/2015
Vestibular Stimulation Device9089692Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)7/28/2015
Active Noise Cancellation Decisions Using a Degraded Reference9099077Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)8/04/2015
Hearing Aid with Improved Localization9100762GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)8/04/2015
Docking Station Having Structure for Sound Amplification and Sound Quality Enhancement9100751Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-Si-, South Korea8/04/2015
Metal-Air Battery and Gas Impermeable Anodic Conductive Matrix9099753ZAF Energy Systems, Inc. (Columbia Falls, MT)8/04/2015
Determining Stimulation Signal Strength in an Auditory Prosthesis9100763Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)8/04/2015
Transitioning Operating Modes in a Medical Prosthesis9095708Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)8/04/2015
Sound Pressure Assessment System, and Method and Program9100758Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP)8/04/2015
Systems for Providing Power to a Hearing Assistance Device9100764Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)8/04/2015
Hearing Assistance System with Own Voice Detection9094766Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)8/04/2015
Mobile Communication Terminal, Digital Hearing Aid, and Method of Controlling the Digital Hearing Aid Using the Mobile Communication Terminal9100491Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-Si-, South Korea8/04/2015
Control of an Adaptive Feedback Cancellation System Based on Probe Signal Injection9100736Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)8/04/2015
System for Automatic Fitting Using Real Ear Measurement9107015Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)8/11/2015
Hearing Aids Configured for Directional Acoustic Fitting9101299Dean Robert Gary Anderson as Trustee of the D/L Anderson Family Trust8/11/2015
Drug-Delivery Accessory for an Implantable Medical Device9101732Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)8/11/2015
Hearing Prosthesis with a Piezoelectric Actuator9107013Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)8/11/2015
Method and Apparatus for Providing Information about the Source of a Sound Via an Audio Device9105187Woox Innovations Belgium N.V. (Anderlecht, BE)8/11/2015
Sound Outputting Device9105261Kyocera Corp. (Kyoto, JP)8/11/2015
Adaptive-Noise Canceling (ANC) Effectiveness Estimation and Correction in a Personal Audio Device9106989Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Austin, TX)8/11/2015
Transpositional Acoustic Frequency Range in EAS Patients9113270Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)8/18/2015
Monitoring of hearing preservation during cochlear implant surgery using stapedial reflex measurement9107621MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)8/18/2015
Robust Diaphragm for an Acoustic Device9113249The Research Foundation fo the State University of New York (Binghamton, NY)8/18/2015
Hearing Aid Security Aid9113275Linda Klem (Wakefield, Mass)8/18/2015
Device for a Hearing Aid System Used to Register Radio Disturbances9113274CRAJ Development8/18/2015
System and Method for Automatically Adjusting Hearing Aid Based on Acoustic Reflectance9113278Jont B Allen & Patricia S Jeng (Mahomet, Ill)8/18/2015
Hearing-Ability Measurement Device and Method Thereof9107620Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd (Osaka, JP)8/18/2015
Method for Extending a Frequency Range of an Input Signal of a Hearing Device as Well as a Hearing Device9113271Phonak AG (Stafa, CH)8/18/2015
Method for Adjusting a Hearing Device and a Hearing Device That Is Operable According to Said Method9113272Phonak AG (Stafa, CH)8/18/2015
Settable Compound Delivery Device and System for Inflatable In-Ear Device9107772Sonomax Technologies Inc. (N/A)8/18/2015
Hearing Aid and a Method of Improved Audio Reproduction9111549Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)8/18/2015
Device and Method for Direction Dependent Spatial Noise Reduction9113247Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)8/18/2015
Method for Adjusting a Hearing Apparatus Via a Formal Language9113279Sivantos Group (Erlangen, DE)8/18/2015
Automatic reconfiguration of a hearing assistance device based on battery9113276Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)8/18/2015
Mobile Bluetooth Device9113287Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)8/18/2015
Customized Drilling Jig for Implantation of a Hearing Aid9113922Phonak AG (Stafa, CH)8/25/2015
Method of and Hearing Aid for Enhancing the Accuracy of Sounds Heard by a Hearing-Impaired Listener9119007Unlimiter MFA Co. Ltd. (Eden Island, Seychelles)8/25/2015
Electronic Device with Shared near Field Communications Element9118354Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)8/25/2015
Hearing aid with improved localization9118995Hear-Wear Technologies LLC (Tulsa, Okla.)8/25/2015
Hearing aid operating in dependence of position9119006GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)8/25/2015
Recording and retrieval of sound data in a hearing prosthesis9114259Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)8/25/2015
Hearing prosthesis echo location9119008Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)8/25/2015
Interactive Hearing Aid Fitting System and Methods9107016iHear Medical, Inc. (San Leandro, CA)8/27/2015
Howling Suppression Device, Hearing Aid, Howling Suppression Method, and Integrated Circuit9123322Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan)9/01/2015
Apparatus and Method for near Field Communication9124303Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, Finland)9/01/2015
System for Programming Special Function Buttons for Hearing Assistance Device Applications


9124994Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)9/01/2015
Revision Control within Hearing-Aid Fitting Software9124995Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)9/01/2015
Method and apparatus for localization of streaming sources in hearing assistance9124983Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)9/01/2015
Method and apparatus for hearing assistance in multiple-talker9124990Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)9/01/2015
Hearing Aid Sleeve9124989Abraham Medina (Hurst, Texas)9/01/2015
Cochlear implant system component having multiple electrode assemblies9119957Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)9/01/2015
Sound Awareness Hearing Prosthesis9124991Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)9/01/2015
Hearing aid with a wireless transceiver and method of fitting a hearing9124993Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)9/01/2015
Hearing aid with adaptive noise reduction and method9124988Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)9/01/2015
Hearing apparatus having an adaptive filter and method for filtering an audio9124963Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)9/01/2015
Feedback control in a listening device9124986Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)9/01/2015
Methods and systems for multi-monopolar current steering in an auditory prosthesis system9119711Advanced Bionics AG (Zug, CH)9/01/2015

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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.