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US Ear Device Patents for April 2021

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Apple’s lengthy patent 10979796, In-ear wireless listening device, has 68 figures to support its comprehensive ambitions. The device form (above) is familiar to all by now, but this one purports to house a host of improvements to address the many aspects of headset design. Specifically it takes on size and weight, comfort, shape, individual fit, appearance/aesthetics, sound quality, background noise, intuitive & convenient of use, mass production, affordability, wireless connectivity protocols, power distribution & charging control. 

DTS patent 10979809, Combination of immersive and binaural sound, envisions separation and reproduction of sounds using  loudspeaker and headphone combinations to avoid occlusion effects while the listener clearly hears soundtracks and specific sounds nearby. 

 

The April 2021 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Hearing assessment system

10966640

dB Diagnostic Systems Inc (Weston, CT)

4/06/2021

Hearing protector with curved segments

10966868

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

4/06/2021

User interfaces of a hearing device

10967176

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/06/2021

Computer-implemented tools and methods for determining optimal ear tip fitment

10970868

Bose

4/06/2021

Complex computing network for enabling substantially instantaneous switching between conversation mode and listening mode on a mobile application

10972612

Stereo App Limited (Ashford, GB)

4/06/2021

In-ear headphones with an ergonomic cushion and an ergonomic cushion thereof

10972823

Kingston technology Corp (Fountain Valley, CA)

4/06/2021

Voice detection using ear-based devices

10972834

Amazon Technologies Inc (Seattle, WA)

4/06/2021

Hearing device and systems and methods for communicating with the same

10972845

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/06/2021

Microphone placement

10972846

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/06/2021

Calibration method for hearing protection devices

10972847

Honeywell International Inc (Morris Plains, NJ)

4/06/2021

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

10972858

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung eV (Munich, DE)

4/06/2021

Earbud holder

D915387

Intagliotech LLC (Ann Arbor, MI)

4/06/2021

Daily cognitive monitoring of early signs of hearing loss

10973458

International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

4/13/2021

Implantable microphone management

10973626

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/13/2021

Apparatus for treatment of meniere’s disease

10973627

MED-EL ELEKTROMEDIZINISCHE GERAETE GMBH (INNSBRUCK, AT)

4/13/2021

Device and method for auditory stimulation

10973733

Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Juelich, DE)

4/13/2021

Cochlear implant system for processing multiple sound source information

10974048

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/13/2021

Diverse eavesdropping for a hearing device

10979104

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/13/2021

In-ear wireless listening device

10979796

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

4/13/2021

Combination of immersive and binaural sound

10979809

DTS Inc (Calabasas, CA)

4/13/2021

Method of estimating a feedback path of a hearing aid and a hearing aid

10979827

widex

4/13/2021

Ear-worn electronic device incorporating chip antenna loading of antenna structure

10979828

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

4/13/2021

Bone conduction device including a balanced electromagnetic actuator having radial and axial air gaps

10979829

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/13/2021

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

10979831

Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL)

4/13/2021

Rights management in a hearing device

10979832

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/13/2021

Hearing prosthesis emitting ultrasonic pulses

10981006

Audisense GmbH (Luebeck, DE)

4/20/2021

Configuration of implanted devices

10981012

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/20/2021

Authentication of user using ear biometric data

10984083

Cirrus Logic Inc (Austin, TX)

4/20/2021

Antenna device

10985447

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/20/2021

Customized ear tips

10986432

Bose

4/20/2021

Electrostatic acoustic transducer utilized in a hearing aid or audio processing system

10986435

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

4/20/2021

Earbud

10986440

Goertek Inc (Weifang, CN)

4/20/2021

Methods and apparatuses for setting a hearing aid to an omnidirectional microphone mode or a directional microphone mode

10986450

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/20/2021

Antenna module

10985451

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Suwon-si, KR)

4/20/2021

Hearing aid mounting assembly

10986452

Applicant: Hilvers, Richard

4/20/2021

Variable transducer fixation

10986453

MED-EL ELEKTROMEDIZINISCHE GERAETE GMBH (INNSBRUCK, AT)

4/20/2021

Method of performing real ear measurements by placing a probe element at an intended position from a tympanic membrane of an individual’s ear canal and a measuring system configured to carry out such method

10987031

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/27/2021

Electronic hearing protector with switchable electrical contacts

10987251

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

4/27/2021

Methods and compositions for preventing and treating auditory dysfunctions

10987333

United States Government as represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, DC)

4/27/2021

Auditory and visual guidance system for emergency evacuation

10991216

Applicant: Alali, Khaled & Alhazza, Khaled (Safat, KW)

4/27/2021

Method for reducing noise in an audio signal and a hearing device

10991378

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

4/27/2021

Head-worn device having electrostatic discharge protection

10992130

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

4/27/2021

Telephone system for the hearing impaired

10992793

Eugenious Enterprises LLC (Medina, OH)

4/27/2021

In-ear wireless listening device

10993011

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

4/27/2021

Ear jewelry with integrated headset

10993015

Nova Products GmbH (Munich, DE)

4/27/2021

Smart earbud device of an earphone

10993017

Applicant: Singh, Ningombam Aryamann (Chandimandir, IN); Rewarie, Hritik (Panchkula, IN); Singh, Siya & Singh, Sanjeev Kumar (Alpharetta, GA)

4/27/2021

Hearing devices and methods for implementing automatic sensor-based on/off control of a hearing device

10993045

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/27/2021

System and method for aiding hearing

10993047

Texas Institute of Science Inc (Richardson, TX)

4/27/2021

Speech intelligibility-based hearing devices and associated methods

10993048

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/27/2021

Hearing device with neural network-based microphone signal processing

10993051

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

4/27/2021

Selecting audio input from a hearing device and a mobile device

10993052

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/27/2021

Hearing device including antenna unit

10993053

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/27/2021

Wax protection for in-canal hearing device

10993054

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

4/27/2021

Elastomeric wax barrier for hearing aid acoustic port

10993055

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

4/27/2021

Preprogrammed hearing assistance device with preselected algorithm

10993056

Schumaier, Daniel R (Elizabethton, TN)

4/27/2021

Remote control for hearing aids

D917700

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/27/2021

 

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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