US Ear Device Patents in August 2018

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that require attention, such as how to keep track of your sunglasses and Hearables (c.f. USPTO #10052235: Lanyard with integrated ear plugs and retractable sheath).  

Sometimes it’s the little ones in life that deserve attention. “Headset enabling extraordinary hearing” (USPTO #10051372 ) by Bose doesn’t bestow auditory superpowers on children. But it does teach them about sound and headphones.   If you’re wondering why Bose cares, look to Lee Zamir, Director of BoseBuild and inventor of record for this patent, who wants to get kids excited about sound. His vision is to have children “…build their own great-sounding Bluetooth headphones while exploring the world of sound, learning about how their ears work and how to keep them working.”  

Fig 1. Silent Partner ANC body noise device for dog barking

And sometimes it’s your own little things that don’t deserve attention (feature image).  Silent Partner, Ltd.  has you covered with patent #10056069 . It’s Wearable noise cancellation device consists of one or more acoustic transducers which are placed near or over some noise-making part of your body “so as to direct the noise canceling sounds they produce in a direction …away from the surface of the body  part.

According to the patent, strategic placement of Silent Partner devices can control a variety of body sounds, including snoring, teeth grinding, mumbling,  heavy breathing, stomach noises, intestine noises and flatulence. Besides enhancing people’s attractiveness by silencing their bodily functions, cat burglers and stalkers are likely to find some appeal in the devices.  

And the noise cancellation device can be customized to silence barking of different breeds and sizes of dogs (see Fig 1), so long as they’re close by.

 

The August 2018 List 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Vibro-electro tactile ultrasound hearing device

10039672

Inventor: Aghamohammadi, Ali Mohammad (Bakersfield, CA)

8/07/2018

Ear stimulation with neural feedback sensing

10039928

Elwha, LLC (Bellevue, WA)

8/07/2018

Mobile devices and methods employing acoustic vector sensors

10042038

Digimarc Corp. (Beaverton, OR)

8/07/2018

Human auditory system modeling with masking energy adaptation

10043527

Digimarc Corp. (Beaverton, OR)

8/07/2018

Wireless communication between endpoint devices

10045105

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/07/2018

Eartip that conforms to a user’s ear canal

10045107

Harman International Industries, Inc. (Stamford, CT)

8/07/2018

On/off head detection using capacitive sensing

10045111

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/07/2018

Earpiece positioning and retaining

10045113

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/07/2018

Ear attachment apparatus

10045114

Human, Inc. (Seattle, WA)

8/07/2018

Hearing device test system for non-expert user at home and non-clinical settings

10045128

iHear Medical, Inc. (San Leandro, CA)

8/07/2018

Measurement apparatus for a bone conduction hearing device

10045129

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

8/07/2018

In-ear utility device having voice recognition

10045130

SmartEar, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

8/07/2018

System and method for automated hearing aid profile update

10045131

III Holdings 4, LLC (Wilmington, DE)

8/07/2018

Method of fitting a hearing aid system, a hearing aid fitting system and a computerized device

10045132

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

8/07/2018

Variable sound attenuator with hearing aid

10045133

Applicants: Bauman, Natan (Hamden, CT), Campagna, Ralph T. (Danielson, CT)

8/07/2018

Apparatus for secure hearing device communication and related method

10045207

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

8/07/2018

Adaptive channel mapping for wireless communications

10045354

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

8/07/2018

Connectorized cochlear implant systems

10046163

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

8/14/2018

Audio systems and method for perturbing signal compensation

10049686

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/14/2018

Communication device and methods for use by hearing impaired

10051120

Ultratec, Inc. (Madison, WI)

8/14/2018

Methods and devices for occluding an ear canal having a predetermined filter characteristic

10051356

Applicant: Goldstein, Steven W. (Delray Beach, FL)

8/14/2018

Pressure equalization in earphones

10051357

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/14/2018

Headphone on-head detection using differential signal measurement

10051371

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/14/2018

Headset enabling extraordinary hearing

10051372

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/14/2018

Method and apparatus for noise suppression based on inter-subband correlation

10051382

Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)

8/14/2018

Hearing aid comprising a receiver assembly

10051383

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) and Bernafon AG (Berne, CH)

8/14/2018

Distortion free filter bank for a hearing device

10051384

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

8/14/2018

Method and apparatus for a binaural hearing assistance system using monaural audio signals

10051385

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

8/14/2018

Hearing Aid

10051386

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

8/14/2018

Hearing device with adaptive processing and related method

10051387

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

8/14/2018

Radio frequency antenna for an in-the-ear hearing device

10051388

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

8/14/2018

Hearing device comprising an electric cable

10051389

Bernafon AG (Berne, CH)

8/14/2018

Hearing aid adapted for embedded electronics

10051390

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

8/14/2018

Spacer and hearing device comprising it

10051391

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

8/14/2018

Hearing aid configuration detection

10051392

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

8/14/2018

Ear bud

D825533

Fitbit, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

8/14/2018

Hearing protection device with convoluted acoustic horn

10052234

3M Innovative Properties Company (St. Paul, MN)

8/21/2/18

Lanyard with integrated ear plugs and retractable sheath

10052235

Applicants: Andersen, Cade; Andersen, Brian (Kaysville UT)

8/21/2018

Fitting bilateral hearing prostheses

10052480

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

8/21/2018

Cochlear implant apparatus, systems and methods with automatic contralateral signal routing

10052483

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

8/21/2018

Training algorithm for collision avoidance using auditory data

10055675

Ford Global Technologies, LLC

8/21/2018

Adaptive modeling of secondary path in an active noise control system

10056065

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/21/2018

Audio systems for providing isolated listening zones

10056068

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/21/2018

Wearable noise cancellation device

10056069

Silent Partner, Ltd. (Tekoa, IL)

8/21/2018

Integration of sensors into earphones

10057675

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/21/2018

Wearable wirelessly controlled enigma system

10057676

Applicant: Manning, Lloyd Douglas (Banner Elk, NC)

8/21/2018

System for fitting audio signals for in-use ear

10057683

Ace Communications Limited (Hong Kong, HK)

8/21/2018

Hearing device comprising an improved feedback cancellation system

10057692

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK) and Bernafon AG (Berne, CH)

8/21/2018

Method for predicting the intelligibility of noisy and/or enhanced speech and a binaural hearing system

10057693

Oticon A/S (Smourm, DK)

8/21/2018

Hearing device and method of updating a hearing device

10057694

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

8/21/2018

Charger

D826152

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

8/21/2018

Hearing aid battery door module

10057695

ZPower, LLC (Camarillo, CA)

8/21/2018

Vibration transducer and implantable hearing aid device

10057696

Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation (KR)

8/21/2018

Hearing device with a barrier element

10057697

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

8/21/2018

Thermoformed electrode arrays

10058697

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

8/28/2018

Asymmetric cochlear implant electrodes and method

10058698

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

8/28/2018

Implantable leads with flag extensions

10058699

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

8/28/2018

Implant magnet system

10058702

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

8/28/2018

Access to a wearable computing system using randomized input origins

10061934

Avaya, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)

8/28/2018

Wearable device configuration interaction

10062269

International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

8/28/2018

Voice band detection and implementation

10062394

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

8/28/2018

Interchangable ear cushions for headphones

10063956

Muzik, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)

8/28/2018

Hearing aid with power management

10063979

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

8/28/2018

Method for improving a picked-up signal in a hearing system and binaural hearing system

10063980

Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, SG)

8/28/2018

Bone conduction hearing aid system

10063981

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Inssbruck, AT)

8/28/2018

Hearing damage limiting headphones

10063954

III Holdings 4, LLC (Wilmington, DE)

8/28/2018

Methods for connecting a wire to a feedthrough pin and apparatus including a wire connected to a feedthrough pin by the method

10064288

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

8/28/2018

Wearable electronic device accessory

D826893

ONvocal, Inc. (Northborough, MA)

8/28/2018

Tri-tab ear retention fitment

D826905

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (Scottsdale, AZ)

8/28/2018

*feature image from imgurinc.com

 

Editor’s note:  Interested readers can click the following links for patents approved in July 2018, June 2018, May 2018April 2018Q1 2018Nov/Dec 2017October 2017September 2017August 2017June/July 2017May 2017April 2017March 2017February 2017January 2017December 2016November 2016,  October 2016Sept 2016,  Jul/Aug 2016,  May/Jun 2016Mar/Apr 2016Jan/Feb 2016,  Nov/Dec 2015Sept/Oct 2015,  Jul/Aug 2015May/Jun 2015,  Mar/Apr 2015Jan/Feb 2015,  Nov/Dec 2014,  Sep/Oct 2014,  July/Aug 2014,  May/Jun 2014,  Mar/Apr 2014,  Jan/Feb 2014Nov/Dec 2013September/October 2013Jul/Aug 2013May/Jun 2013Mar/Apr 2013Jan/Feb 2013Nov/Dec 2012

 

Holly Hosford-Dunn, Hearing Health MattersHolly 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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