US Ear Device Patents for September 2020

The Mind Boggles

 

Here are a few questions as food for thought while contemplating how the myriad computations, calculations, decompositions, re-creations and retrieval- from- storage audio outputs can be massaged to complement, supplement and creatively enhance our individual hearing capabilities and preferences. 

 

Q1. Which do you prefer, Reality or an Upgrade? Both require binaural processing, by whatever name it’s called. Both will make you feel as though you were there, wherever there is, and maybe you are.

  •  Binaural sound reproduction for AR/VR audio is presented through ear devices in such a way that listeners’ audio hear is congruent with real-world 3D sound.  Apple, 10764684 
  • Headphone virtualization (or binaural rendering) … aims to deliver a surround sound experience or immersive sound field using standard stereo headphones. Dolby 10771914

 

Q2. When is a device a hearing aid, a hearing assistance device, a hearing instrument, a Hearable or just a plain old ear-plug? Does it make a difference in the long game?

  • Hearing aids are only one type of hearing assistance device…audio information can be…transferred…to and from the hearing instruments for the purpose of streaming entertainment, carrying on phone conversations, playing announcements, alarms and reminders.   Starkey 10764694
  • An ear-plug assembly presents audio content to an ear canal of a user. The audio content may be based in part on sound in a local area surrounding the user… The detected sounds may be amplified, attenuated, filtered, and/or augmented when presented by the speaker assembly.  Facebook Technologies, 10771888
D896382 Ear Nose Cleaner

Finally, consider the Ear and nose cleaner (D896382, Shenzhen Tuojia Technology).  It’s cute and probably OTC, but given Covid-19 and whatnot, it may not fly off the shelves.

 

The September 2020 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Clinical fitting assistance using software analysis of stimuli

10758177

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/01/2020

Fixation of a removable magnet or a similar element in an elastic implant material

10758736

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

 

9/01/2020

Capacitance loaded antenna for ear-worn electronic device

10764666

Amazon Technologies Inc (Seattle, WA)

9/01/2020

Ear-wearable device having tunnel with electrical contact pins

10764667

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

9/01/2020

Binaural audio using an arbitrarily shaped microphone array

10764684

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

 

9/01/2020

Hearing assistance device using unencoded advertisement for eavesdropping on bluetooth host device

10764694

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

 

9/01/2020

BTE hearing instrument comprising an open-end transmission line antenna

10764695

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

 

9/01/2020

Identifying hearing prosthesis actuator resonance peak(s)

10764696

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/01/2020

Ear-mountable bio-sensor device

D895125

Inova Design Solutions Ltd (London, GB)

9/01/2020

Ear canal plug for detecting bio-electrical signals

10765337

T&W Engineering A/S (Lynge, DK)

9/08/2020

Battery alarm for a hearing aid, a hearing aid and a method for the use in a battery alarm

10768209

Widex A/S (Varlose, DK)

 

9/08/2020

Dual earpieces for same ear

10771877

Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE)

9/08/2020

In-ear wireless device

10771880

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

9/08/2020

User interface for an earbud device

10771882

Sony Corporation (Tokyo, JP)

9/08/2020

Hearing assistance device that uses one or more sensors to autonomously change a power mode of the device

10771883

Eargo Inc (Mountain View, CA)

 

9/08/2020

Ear-plug assembly for hear-through audio systems

10771888

Facebook Technologies LLC

9/08/2020

Hearing device comprising a microphone adapted to be located at or in the ear canal of a user

10771905

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

 

9/08/2020

Hearing assistance device with improved microphone protection

10771906

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

9/08/2020

Generating binaural audio in response to multi-channel audio using at least one feedback delay network

10771914

Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

 

9/08/2020

Wireless earbud

D895579

Shenzhen Ginto E-Commerce Co Limited (Shenzhen, CN)

9/08/2020

Hearing aid

D895806

Applicant: Zheng, Weifeng (Shenzhen, CN)

9/08/2020

Ear-mountable bio-sensor device

D895811

Inova Design Solutions Ltd (London, GB)

9/08/2020

Dual-ear heart rate detection using asymmetry

10772517

Plantronics Inc (Santa Cruz, CA)

9/15/2020

Detection of electrically evoked stapedius reflex

10772563

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

9/15/2020

Method for external ear canal pressure regulation to alleviate disorder symptoms

10772766

Nocira LLC (Tempe, AZ)

 

9/15/2020

Dexamethasone coating for use with electrode carrier

10772996

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

9/15/2020

Implantable stimulating assembly with limited components

10773081

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

 

9/15/2020

Single-interface connector assembly for hearing device fuel cell power pack

10777828

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

 

9/15/2020

Antenna

10777892

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

9/15/2020

System and method for reducing wind noise in an electronic hearing protector

10779069

Etymotic Research Inc (Elk Grove Village, IL)

 

9/15/2020

Body temperature hearing aid

10779090

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

9/15/2020

Hearing evaluation and configuration of a hearing assistance-device

10779091

Concha Inc (San Carlos, CA)

 

9/15/2020

Hearing device and hearing system as well as method for operating a hearing device

10779092

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

 

9/15/2020

Hearing system, devices and method of securing communication for a user application

10779093

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

 

9/15/2020

Damping in contact hearing systems

10779094

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

9/15/2020

RF antenna and hearing device with RF antenna

10779095

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

9/15/2020

Hearing device comprising an automatic power switching

10779096

Oticon Medical (Smorum, DK)

9/15/2020

 

Smartphone moves location of binaural sound

10779102

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

 

9/15/2020

Ear and nose cleaner

D896382

Shenzhen Tuojia Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CH)

 9/15/2020

Hearing aid

D896387

Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co Ltd (Fujian, CN)

9/15/2020

Main unit of hearing aid

D896388

Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co Ltd (Fujian, CN)

9/15/2020

Hearing aid

D896389

Applicant: Zhang, Chengxiang (Fujian, CN)

9/15/2020

Custom fit in-ear monitors utilizing a single piece driver module

RE48214

Logitech Europe SA (Lausanne, CH)

 

9/15/2020

Device and method for improving the quality of in-ear microphone signals in noisy environments

10783904

EERS Global Technologies Inc (Montreal, Quebec, CA)

 

9/22/2020

Method and system for establishing network connection to a hearing aid

10783996

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

 

9/22/2020

Hearing device with service mode and related method

10785578

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

9/22/2020

Hearing assistance device with an accelerometer

10785579

Eargo Inc (Mountain View, CA)

9/22/2020

Method for adjusting parameters of a hearing system and hearing system

10785580

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

9/22/2020

Recursive noise power estimation with noise model adaptation

10785581

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

 

9/22/2020

Ear-worn electronic hearing device incorporating an antenna with cutouts

10785582

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

9/22/2020

Hearing aid bowtie antenna optimized for ear to ear communications

10785583

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

 

9/22/2020

Hearing aid with electronics frame and antenna integrated therein

10785584

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

9/22/2020

Method of manufacturing a hearing device and hearing device with certificate

10785585

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

 

9/22/2020

Ear band apparatus

10791403

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/29/2020

Hearing-aid

D896968

Shenzhen Svote Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN)

9/22/2020

Hearing-aid

D896969

Shenzhen Svote Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN)

9/22/2020

Method for determining hearing thresholds in the absence of pure-tone testing

10786184

Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)

 

9/29/2020

Hearing protection method, apparatus and system

10789037

Shenzhen Grandsun Electronic Co (Shenzhen, CN)

9/29/2020

Dynamic thresholds for always listening speech trigger

10789041

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

9/29/2020

Encrypted audio streaming

10791101

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/29/2020

Ear-plug assembly for acoustic conduction systems

10791389

Facebook Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA)

9/29/2020

Hearing aid device for hands free communication

10791402

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

9/29/2020

Ear band apparatus

10791403

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/29/2020

Assisted hearing aid with synthetic substitution

10791404

applicant: Lasky, Michael B (Minneapolis, MN)

9/29/2020

Improving a user experience localizing binaural sound to an AR or VR image

10791409

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

 

9/29/2020

Wireless earbud

D897318

Gentex Corporation (Simpson, PA)

9/29/2020

 

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, Facebook Technologies patent #10771888


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