hearing aid patents july 2020

US Ear Device Patents for July 2020

It’s As If  You Had Your Own Personal …

Fill in the blank for whatever, whenever and however you wish to personalize sound in your ears. Nura Holdings’ aptly-named patent 10708680 (Personalization of auditory stimulus) envisions user(s) perceiv(ing) the audio signal as if the user had ideal hearing and/or desired hearing. 

No longer does the concept of desired hearing limit you to real sounds in your near vicinity. RevX Technologies’ patent 10715903 (System and method for configuring audio signals to compensate for acoustic changes of the ear) imagines you’re going to desire streamed content that sounds as if you’re there–not just getting a digitized, homogenized after-the-fact version.  It’s as if  your own personal sound engineer will be doing the mixing to give you a concert hall effect, get you better seats or … whatever you desire.

And leave it to Bragi to conceive a Hearing aid with added functionality (patent #0708699) to improve your workout, as if you had your own personal gym trainer. 

Not that long ago, Augmented Reality was a gaming phenomenon, far apart from what audiologists and many others think of as improved hearing. The as if examples above are only a few of many demonstrating how our thinking is shifting away from a passively perceived, shared world to an augmented, individualized world of actively shaped perception. 

 

The July 2020 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Estimation of harmonic frequencies for hearing implant sound coding using active contour models

10707836

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck AT)

 

7/07/2020

Link quality diagnostic application

10708157

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

7/07/2020

Normalization of soundfield orientations based on auditory scene analysis

10708436

Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

 

7/07/2020

Personalization of auditory stimulus

10708680

Nura Holdings Pty Ltd (Brunswick, Victoria, AU)

7/07/2020

Hearing aid with an antenna

10708697

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

7/07/2020

Hearing device including an external antenna part and an internal antenna part

10708698

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

7/07/2020

Hearing aid with added functionality

10708699

Bragi GmbH (Munchen, DE)

7/07/2020

Switching binaural sound

10708703

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

7/07/2020

Hearing Aid

D889664

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

7/07/2020

Hearing protector

D889754

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

7/07/2020

Method for adapting the firmware of a hearing aid of a hearing aid system and hearing aid system

10713033

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

7/14/2020

Pairing or associating electronic devices

10713936

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

7/14/2020

Wireless ear bud system with pose detection

10715902

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

7/14/2020

System and method for configuring audio signals to compensate for acoustic changes of the ear

10715903

RevX Technologies Inc (Austin, Tx)

 

7/14/2020

Hearing assistance system with own voice detection

10715931

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

7/14/2020

Active suppression of occlusion effect in hearing aid

10715932

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Aachen, DE)

 

7/14/2020

Bilateral hearing aid system comprising temporal decorrelation beamformers

10715933

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

 

7/14/2020

Hearing system and method of retrieving hearing device data

10715934

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

7/14/2020

Hearing instrument comprising a magnetic induction antenna

10715935

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

7/14/2020

Hearing device with wireless interface

10715936

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

7/14/2020

Ear-worn electronic device incorporating directional magnetic antenna

10715937

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

7/14/2020

Receiver / loud speaker

10715938

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

7/14/2020

Device and method to reduce ear wax clogging of acoustic ports, hearing aid sealing system, and feedback reduction system

10715940

Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL)

 

 

7/14/2020

Charger

D890091

Sivantos PTE Ltd (Singapore, SG)

7/14/2020

Cat ear headphones

D890124

Ruiboshi Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN)

7/14/2020

Wireless earbud

D890139

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

7/14/2020

Hearing aid earpiece covers

10716480

Valencell Inc (Raleigh, NC)

7/21/2020

Recipient-directed electrode set selection

10716934

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

7/21/2020

External unit for an implantable neuro stimulator system

10716945

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck AT)

 

7/21/2020

Light fixture and directional assistive listening device

10718509

Sonear LLC (Roscoe, IL)

7/21/2020

Name-sensitive listening device

10720153

Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT)

7/21/2020

Detent assembly

10720275

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

7/21/2020

Removable middle ear implant sensor

10721569

The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

7/21/2020

Hearing aid including a vibrator touching a pinna

10721572

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

7/21/2020

Non surgical bone anchored hearing system with improved vibration transfer

10721573

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

7/21/2020

Fitting unilateral electric acoustic stimulation for binaural hearing

10721574

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck AT)

 

7/21/2020

Method for processing an audio signal in accordance with a room impulse response, signal processing unit, audio encoder, audio decoder, and binaural renderer

10721582

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerederung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Munich, DE)E

 

 

7/21/2020

Earbud charging case

D890696

Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)

7/21/2020

Wireless earbud

D890726

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

7/21/2020

Wireless earbud

D890727

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

7/21/2020

Transmodiolar electrode array and a manufacturing method

10722702

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

7/28/2020

Portable case for modular hearing assistance devices

10728642

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

7/28/2020

Earbud devices with capacitive sensors

10728646

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

7/28/2020

Systems and methods for accelerometer-based optimization of processing performed by a hearing device

10728676

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

 

7/28/2020

Hearing device and a binaural hearing system comprising a binaural noise reduction system

10728677

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

7/28/2020

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

10728678

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

7/28/2020

Antenna system for a hearing aid

10728679

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

7/28/2020

Wax filter solution for a speaker of hearing aid

10728680

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

7/28/2020

Designating a sound localization point(SLP)for binaural sound at a location of a smartphone

10728682

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

 

7/28/2020

Computer performance of executing binaural sound

10728685

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

7/28/2020

Head related transfer function selection for binaural sound reproduction

10728690

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

 

7/28/2020

 

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.

 

*featured image used shows Bragi patent #0708699


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