hearing aid patents 2019

US Ear Device Patents for November 2019

Home Alone with Your Ear Devices

Zipline Health’s patent #10463241 laments time lost and illness exacerbated by the inconvenient fact that “diagnosing external and middle ear infections requires a live in-person physician appointment and consultation.” The ear’s unclaimed territory beckons as a solution (image above).

Zipline envisions  fully-loaded earpieces–light source, magnification lens, air conduction channel, miniature camera–coupled to an air conduction tube,  insufflator, and electrical wiring/data tube connectivity to some combination of  smart phone/computer/cloud.  The result is a bulky set of at-home earpieces functioning as thermometer, otoscope, tympanometer, etc., with all data interpreted, diagnosed and treatment prescribed remotely. 

Ear device wearers don’t have to be sick in bed to optimize home time by maximizing ear space use. Figure 1 is for  iHear Medical’s patent #10489833, affording device wearers the opportunity to conduct e-commerce transactions, at least with their device providers. Eventually this will likely include Amazon and everybody else as Voice platforms and apps gain ubiquity.  An added benefit of iHear’s approach is  that the transaction process automatically take the wearer through verification steps for security (e.g., ID device and/or user) and device functionality (e.g., calibration and/or system performance). 

 

The November 2019 List

 

Private audio streaming at point of sale

10477327

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

11/12/2019

Auditory augmentation system and method of composing a media product

10467999

Time Machine Capital Limited (Warwickshire, GB)

11/05/2019

Above (Time Machine I think?) great practical use of AR – not just for gamers anymore!  Maybe transition to “Your dog is barking” and turn of outside audio when dog barks??? 

Converting multi-microphone captured signals to shifted signals useful for binaural signal processing and use thereof

10477335

Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, FI)

11/12/2019

Multiple microphones can be used to capture efficiently audio events. However, often it is difficult to convert the captured signals into a form such that the listener can experience the event as if being present in the situation in which the signal was recorded. Particularly, the spatial representation tends to be lacking, i.e., the listener does not sense the directions of the sound sources, as well as the ambience around the listener, identically as if he or she was in the original event. NOTE: Dolby patent in list is doing similar question

Symmetric binaural rendering for high-order ambisonics

10492018

Google Inc (Mountain View, CA)

11/26/2019

Binaurally rendered high-order ambisonics (HOA) refers to the creation of many (e.g., at least 9) virtual loudspeakers which combine to provide a pair of signals to left and right headphone speakers. Frequently, such rendering takes into account the effect of a human auditory system using a set of Head Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs). Performing convolutions on signals from each loudspeaker with the set of HRTFs provides the listener with a faithful reproduction of the sound source.

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Ear ailment diagnostic device and method

10463241

Zipline Health Inc (San Francisco, CA)

11/05/2019

Hearing test method and system, readable record medium and computer program product

10463281

Invictumtech Inc (Dover, DE)

 

11/05/2019

Body noise reduction in auditory prostheses

10463476

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/05/2019

MRI-compatible magnet apparatus and associated methods

10463849

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

11/05/2019

Ear horn assembly for headworn computer

10466492

Mentor Acquisition One LLC (Plantation, FL)

11/05/2019

Auditory augmentation system and method of composing a media product

10467999

Time Machine Capital Limited (Warwickshire, GB)

 

11/05/2019

Multi mode voice assistant for the hearing disabled

10468022

Motorola Mobility LLC (Chicago, IL)

11/05/2019

Over-ear speaker system for head-mounted display unit

10469946

Facebook Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA)

11/05/2019

Method of operating a hearing aid system and a hearing aid system

10469959

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

11/05/2019

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

10469960

Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

11/05/2019

Binaural hearing systems and methods for preserving an interaural level difference between signals generated for each ear of a user

10469961

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

 

 

11/05/2019

Systems and methods for facilitating interaural level difference perception by enhancing the interaural level difference

10469962

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

 

 

11/05/2019

Suspended components in auditory prostheses

10469963

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/05/2019

Hearing device

10469964

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

11/05/2019

Wireless sound transmission system and method

RE47716

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

 

11/05/2019

Binaural multi-channel decoder in the context of non-energy-conserving upmix rules

10469972

Dolby International AB (Amsterdam Zuidoost, NL

 

11/05/2019

Method to expedite playing of binaural sound to a listener

10469974

Applicant: Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH)

11/05/2019

Headphone with biological feature detection function, interaction system and biological feature detection method

10470673

Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co Ltd

 

11/12/2019

Earphone having acoustic impedance branch for damped ear canal resonance and acoustic signal coupling

10475435

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

11/12/2019

Systems and method for adjusting auditory prostheses settings

10477325

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/12/2019

Private audio streaming at point of sale

10477327

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

11/12/2019

Antenna structure for hearing devices

10477329

Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

11/12/2019

Low-power active bone conduction devices

10477331

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/12/2019

Integrity management of an implantable device

10477332

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/12/2019

Converting multi-microphone captured signals to shifted signals useful for binaural signal processing and use thereof

10477335

Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, FI)

11/12/2019

Ear cleaning apparatus

D866763

Applicant: Telebrands Corp (Fairfield, NJ)

11/12/2019

Removable auditory prosthesis interface

D866767

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/12/2019

Elastic sensor for measuring vital parameters in the auditory canal

10478123

Cosinuss GmbH (Munich, DE)

11/19/2019

Adhesive earplugs useful for sealing the ear canal

10478344

Tusker Medical Inc (Meno Park, CA)

11/19/2019

Dereverberation device and hearing aid

10482894

Rion Co Ltd (Tokyo, JP)

11/19/2019

Ear wearable device

10484777

Samsung Electronics Co ltd (Samsung-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, KR)

 

11/19/2019

Configurable hearing aid comprising a beamformer filtering unit and a gain unit

10484800

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

11/19/2019

Configuration of hearing prosthesis sound processor based on visual interaction with external device

10484801

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

11/19/2019

Hearing aid for people having asymmetric hearing loss

10484802

Domestic Legacy Limited Partnership (Indianapolis, IN)

11/19/2019

Hearing assistance device ear-to-ear communication using an intermediate device

10484804

Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

11/19/2019

Method for obtaining ear drum standard image and the related design of otoscope and software

10485414

Syncvision Technology Corp (New Taipei, TW)

11/26/2019

Electronic hearing protector with switchable electrical contacts

10485706

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

11/26/2019

Implantable hearing prosthesis

10485973

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/26/2019

Relay interface for connecting an implanted medical device to an external electronics device

10485974

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

11/26/2019

Remote verification of hearing device for e-commerce transaction

10489833

iHear Medical Inc (San Leandro, CA)

 

11/26/2019

Acoustic in ear detection for a hearable device

10491981

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

11/26/2019

Relay interface for connecting an implanted medical device to an external electronics device

10491024

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

11/26/2019

Impulse-aware sound processing

10492007

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

11/26/2019

Hearing device with neural network-based microphone signal processing;

10492008

Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

11/26/2019

Hearing aid with distributed processing in ear piece

10492009

Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

11/26/2019

Damping in contact hearing systems

10492010

EarLens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

11/26/2019

Non-surgical bone conduction hearing aid

10492011

Applicant: Haynes, Joel E (Tarzana, CA)

11/26/2019

Symmetric binaural rendering for high-order ambisonics

10492018

Google Inc (Mountain View, CA)

11/26/2019

Binaural audio calibration

10492019

International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

11/26/2019

 

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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