barotrauma headset patent

US Ear Device Patents in May 2020

 Stylish,  Cute, Functional

 

The stylish headset shown in the feature image allows wearers to adjust pressure change to reduce barotrauma, or let the headset do it automatically  (#10659865).  

Figure 1. Sennheiser patent #10643597, Method and device for generating and providing an audio signal for enhancing a hearing impression at live events

At first glance, the cute cartoon in Fig 1 seems to depict days of yore when people flocked to concerts without Covid-19 worries. In one embodiment, patent #10643597 is designed for just that, “…enabling two viewers (labeled 30a&b) who are at a rock concert near loudspeakers to talk and hear each other.” 

Other embodiments enlarge on the patent’s vision of creating  audio for individual listeners  without affecting listening wishes of others in concert-type environments. Moreover, the patent describes remote mixing and remote listening for situations in which we find ourselves nowadays:  different artists in a joint performance need not be on the same stage but may be interconnected electronically via the service network to provide audio and video to remote audiences. (paraphrased from patent)

 

The May 2020 List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Handheld radio device for assessing cognitive, auditory, visual, and speech function

10638967

United States of America as represented by the Navy (Washington, DC)

 

5/05/2020

Hearing protector and a method of making a hearing protector

10639201

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

 

5/05/2020

Ear cleaning device with personal and medical applicator uses

10639214

Applicant: Britvan, Jack J (Jericho, NY)

 

5/05/2020

Hearing aid system and a method of operating thereof

10639474

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK) & University College London (London, GB)

 

5/05/2020

Systems and methods for using an evoked response to determine a behavioral audiogram value

10639475

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

 

5/05/2020

Method and device for generating and providing an audio signal for enhancing a hearing impression at live events

10643597

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co KG (Wedemark, DE)

5/05/2020

In-ear headphone for improved fit and function, and related methods

10645478

Skullcandy Inc (Park City, UT)

 

5/05/2020

In-ear NFMI device with bone conduction Mic communication

10645479

Acouva Inc (San Francisco, CA)

 

5/05/2020

Systems and methods for emulating a remote listening environment for a recipient of a cochlear implant system

10645501

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

 

5/05/2020

Spanning connector for implantable hearing instrument

10645502

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

5/05/2020

Method for producing a housing part of a hearing device, housing part for a hearing device and hearing device

10645503

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

 

5/05/2020

Headphones execute voice command to move binaural sound

10645511

Norris, Glen A (Tokyo, JP) & Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH)

 

5/05/2020

Controlling a location of binaural sound with a command

10645512

Norris, Glen A (Tokyo, JP) & Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH)

 

5/05/2020

Systems and methods for emulating a remote listening environment for a recipient of a cochlear implant system

10645501

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

 

5/05/2020

Spanning connector for implantable hearing instrument

10645502

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

5/05/2020

Method for producing a housing part of a hearing device, housing part for a hearing device and hearing device

10645503

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

 

5/05/2020

Method and apparatus for objective assessment of in-ear device acoustical performance

10645505

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

 

5/05/2020

Headphones execute voice command to move binaural sound

10645511

Norris, Glen A (Tokyo, JP) & Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH)

 

5/05/2020

Controlling a location of binaural sound with a command

10645512

Norris, Glen A (Tokyo, JP) & Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH)

 

5/05/2020

Cochlear implants having MRI-compatible magnet apparatus

10646712

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

5/05/2020

Cochlear implants and magnets for use with same

10646718

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

5/05/2020

In-ear device

D883491

SmartEar Inc (San Francisco, CA)

5/05/2020

Single-channel, binaural and multi-channel dereverberation

10650796

Accusonus Inc (Lexington, MA)

 

5/12/2020

Adjustable in-ear plug

10652643

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC (Redmond, WA)

5/12/2020

Ear tip designed to enable in-ear detect with pressure change in acoustic volume

10652644

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

 

5/12/2020

In-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system

10652646

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

5/12/2020

Controlling a link for different load conditions

10652667

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

5/12/2020

Method and hearing aid for the frequency distortion of an audio signal

10652668

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

5/12/2020

Method for operating a hearing aid and hearing aid

10652670

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

5/12/2020

Method of operating a hearing device

10652671

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/12/2020

Hearing assistance system with own voice detection

10652672

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/12/2020

Hearing instrument with an authentication protocol

10652673

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/12/2020

Hearing enhancement and augmentation via a mobile compute device

10652674

Applicant: Lederman, Jon (Moorestown, NJ)

 

5/12/2020

Power management in low power wireless link in a hearing aid system

10652675

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

5/12/2020

Granting access rights to a sub-set of the data set in a user account

10652676

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

 

5/12/2020

Hearing assistance device and method of forming same

10652677

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/12/2020

Improving computer performance of executing binaural sound

10652688

Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH) & Norris, Glen A (Tokyo, JP)

 

5/12/2020

Pair of ear loop ear buds

D883957

Plantronics Inc (Santa Cruz, CA)

5/12/2020

Auditory stimulus for auditory rehabilitation

10653341

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (Boston, MA)

5/19/2020

Use of (1S,3S)-3-amino-4-(difluoromethylidene) cyclopentane-1-carboxylic acid and (S)-3-amino-4-(difluoromethylenyl)cyclopent-1-ene-1-carboxylic acid in the treatment of tinnitus, acute sensorineural hearing loss, meniere’S disease, tourette’S syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and addiction

10653652

Ovid Therapeutics Inc (New York, NY)

 

 

 

 

 

5/19/2020

Implantable medical device with multi-band loop antenna

10658745

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

5/19/2020

Portable case for modular hearing assistance devices

10659859

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/19/2020

Modular in-ear device

10659862

X Development LLC (Mountain View, CA)

5/19/2020

Earbud charging storage case

10659864

Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co Ltd (New Taipei, TW)

5/19/2020

Headset and method for automatic reduction of ear pressure and barotrauma

10659865

Applicant: Royer, Brianna Marie

 

5/19/2020

Method for operating a hearing device and a hearing device

10659890

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

5/19/2020

Hearing device comprising a feedback detection unit

10659891

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/19/2020

Hearing device including antenna unit

10659892

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/19/2020

Providing and transmitting audio signal

10659893

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/19/2020

Personal communication device having application software for controlling the operation of at least one hearing aid

10659894

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

 

 

5/19/2020

Methods of an intelligent personal assistant moving binaural sound

10659896

Norris, Glen A (Tokyo, JP) & Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH)

 

5/19/2020

Switching binaural sound

10659898

Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH) &  Norris, Glen A (Tokyo, JP)

5/19/2020

Method and device for processing binaural audio signal

10659904

Gaudio Lab Inc (Seoul, KR)

 

5/19/2020

System and method to capture image of pinna and characterize human auditory anatomy using image of pinna

10659908

EmbodyVR Inc (San Mateo, CA)

 

5/19/2020

Methods and systems for reducing sound sensitivities and improving auditory processing, behavioral state regulation and social engagement behaviors

10661046

Polyvagal Science LLC (Atlantic Beach, FL)

 

 

5/26/2020

Securing an implanted medical device in a patient

10661076

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

5/26/2020

Implanted auditory prosthesis control by component movement

10661084

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

5/26/2020

Individualized auditory prosthesis fitting

10661086

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

5/26/2020

Portable charging unit with accelerated charging for hearing assistance devices

10666067

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

5/26/2020

Hearing aid having combined antennas

10667061

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/26/2020

System and method for personalizing a hearing aid

10667062

Wide A/S (Lynge, DK)

5/26/2020

Sound level control for hearing assistive devices

10667063

BITwave Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

5/26/2020

ITE hearing aid with improved wireless communication

10667064

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/26/2020

Hearing instrument having an antenna system

10667065

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/26/2020

Hearing aid and kit for a hearing aid

10667066

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

5/26/2020

 

 

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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