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US Ear Device Patents for June 2020

Hanging on Our Every Word

 

Those who’ve been there know that war is hell, not least due to blinding and deafening conditions that severely limit communications and compound the threat of imminent danger.  A present-day Richard III might well shout out “My Kingdom for some AirPods” instead of a horse.  The US Government’s patent #10681475 for a System and method for evaluating speech perception in complex listening environments (feature image), sketches out a wearable device to arm those in the field. 

You don’t have to be in battle to benefit from precise communication in the midst of noise and other distractions. Hence,  Big Tech telecommunications technologies are using Hearables to grab and process our every spoken word, manifest in patents by Amazon (10674257 Wearable device with bone conduction microphone) and Nokia (10685663, Enabling in-ear voice capture using deep learning). 

 

The June 2020 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Systems and methods for determining a stapedius reflex threshold based on electro-acoustic stimulation

10668284

Advanced Bionics (Staefa, CH)

 

6/02/2020

Islet1 (ISl1) and hearing loss

10670582

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (Boston, MA)

6/02/2020

Hearing protection earphone, hearing protection method and computer program storage medium for the same

10674247

Merry Electronics (Suzhou) Co Ltd (Suzhou, CN)

 

6/02/2020

Ear-hanging type structure and earphone including ear-hanging type structure

10674248

Dongguan Koppo Electronics Co LLD (Dongguan, CN)

 

6/02/2020

Wearable device with bone conduction microphone

10674257

Amazon Technologies Inc (Seattle, WA)

6/02/2020

Safety ear hook apparatus

10674282

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

6/02/2020

Method for distorting the frequency of an audio signal and hearing apparatus operating according to this method

10674283

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

 

6/02/2020

Method of operating a hearing device and a hearing device

10674284

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/02/2020

Cognitive benefit measure related to hearing-assistance device use

10674285

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

6/02/2020

Modular connection assembly for a hearing assistance device

10674286

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

6/02/2020

Magnet placement and antenna placement of an implant

10674287

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

 

6/02/2020

Antenna for a hearing assistance device

10674288

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

6/02/2020

Hearing aid having an adaptive classifier

10674289

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

6/02/2020

Communication channels between a personal communication device and at least one head-worn device

10674290

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

 

6/02/2020

Hearing device and connecting clip for a hearing device

10674291

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/02/2020

Method and apparatus for controlling a hearing instrument to relieve tinitus, hyperacusis, and hearing loss

10674292

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

6/02/2020

Coordinated tracking for

binaural audio rendering

10674308

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

6/02/2020

Method and apparatus for synchronizing hearing instruments via wireless communication

10674465

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

6/02/2020

Method and apparatus for synchronizing hearing instruments via wireless communication

10674465

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

6/02/2020

Systems and methods for in-ear control of remote devices

10678502

Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, CA)

6/09/2020

Hearing device with communication protection and related method

10681082

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

 

6/09/2020

Earbud case with pairing button

10681446

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

6/09/2020

Human-ear-wearable apparatus, system, and method of operation

10681454

Applicant: Barry, Christopher Robert

 

6/09/2020

Clip-on microphone assembly

10681457

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/09/2020

Hearing devices with activity scheduling for an artifact-free user experience

10681459

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

 

6/09/2020

System and method for evaluating speech perception in complex listening environments

10681475

The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Defense (Bethesda, MD)

 

6/09/2020

Hearing device and method with flexible control of beamforming

10681476

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

 

6/09/2020

Percutaneous vibration conductor

10681478

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

6/09/2020

Recognition of implantable medical device

RE48038

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

6/09/2020

Stimulation prosthesis with configurable data link

RE48039

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

6/09/2020

Device and system for doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the human middle ear

10682058

Technische Universitat Dresden (Dresden, DE)

 

6/16/2020

Hearing assistance device comprising an implanted part for measuring and processing electrically evoked nerve responses

10682513

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

 

6/16/2020

Enabling in-ear voice capture using deep learning

10685663

Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, FI)

6/16/2020

Hearing aid device including a self-checking unit for determine status of one or more features of the hearing aid device based on feedback response

10687151

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

 

6/16/2020

Feedback detector and a hearing device comprising a feedback detector

10687152

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

6/16/2020

Hearing device with contextually actuated valve

10687153

Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL)

6/16/2020

Hearing device with model control and associated methods

10687154

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

 

6/16/2020

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

10687156

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

6/16/2020

Head direction hearing assist switching

10687157

IntriCon Corporation (Arden Hills, MN)

6/16/2020

Auxiliary device

D887556

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

6/16/2020

Hearing aid component cap

D887557

Applicant: Szmanda, Jeffrey P (Big Bend, WI)

6/16/2020

Ear tip

D887558

Kim, Hyun Chul (Chungcheongbuk-Do, KR) & Cho, Jungsik (Gyeonggi-Do, KR)

 

6/16/2020

In-ear active noise reduction earphone

10692482

Shenzhen Cannice Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, Guangdong, CN)

6/23/2020

Inductance coil with varied geometry

10692642

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

6/23/2020

Inductance coil path

10692643

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

6/23/2020

Hearing aid

10694298

Applicants: Neumeier, Zeev (Berkeley, CA) & Hoarty, W Leo (Morgan Hill, CA)

 

6/23/2020

Ear-worn electronic device incorporating motor brain-computer interface

10694299

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

6/23/2020

Multi-mode radio for hearing assistance devices

10694300

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

6/23/2020

Audio transmission system

10694301

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/23/2020

Hearing Aid

10694302

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/23/2020

Hearing device and method of hearing device communication

10694360

Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)

6/23/2020

Device for cleaning a hearing aid

10695452

MG Development (Perols, FR)

6/30/2020

Mobile system with wireless earbud

10701197

Pinn Inc (Tustin, CA)

6/30/2020

Ear tip with increased material loading

10701471

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

6/30/2020

Earbud charging case

10701472

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

6/30/2020

Binaural recording for processing audio signals to enable alerts

10701489

Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)

 

6/30/2020

Method of monitoring state of health of a battery of a hearing device, a hearing device, a hearing device and an arrangement comprising a hearing device

10701492

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

 

 

6/30/2020

Method of operating a hearing aid, and hearing aid

10701493

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/30/2020

Hearing device comprising a speech intelligibility estimator for influencing a processing algorithm

10701494

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

6/30/2020

External device leveraged hearing assistance and noise suppression device, method and systems

10701495

The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA) & San Diego State University Research Foundation (San Diego, CA)

 

9/30/2020

Flexible ear tip for a hearing aid

10701496

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

9/30/2020

Hearing device seal modules, modular hearing devices including the same and associated methods

10701497

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

 

6/30/2020

Systems and methods for treating tinnitus and enhancing hearing

10701498

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

 

6/30/2020

Binaural dialogue enhancement

10701502

Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA) & Dolby International AB (Amsterdam Zuidoost, NL)

 

6/30/2020

Localizing binaural sound to objects

10701510

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

6/30/2020

Method for manufacturing a circuit

10701810

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/30/2020

Charger

D888662

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/30/2020

Combined ear muff and glasses

D889046

Loud and Clear Safety Pty Ltd (Victoria, AU)

6/30/2020

 

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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