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US Ear Device Patents for January 2021

Use a 9 Iron and Watch for Innocent Bystanders

 

Added features keep popping up on Hearables, as expected, but they’re also showing up in clever ways on hearing aids, targeting specific and general needs of wearers. Here are two fun forays in that direction from this month’s patent list:

  • Starkey’s 10894194 for an Ear-wearable device providing golf advice data

and

  • GN Hearing’s 10896020 for a System for processing service requests relating to unsatisfactory performance of hearing devices, and components of such system

In the future, will hearing-aid wearing golfers file complaints and report unsatisfactory hearing aid performance when their balls land in sand traps or water features? Might people hit by golf balls file complaints against golfers as well as the manufacturers of advise-giving ear devices worn by the assailants? 

 

The January 2021 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Temperature-monitoring earbud device

10881349

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

1/05/2021

Auditory prosthesis for middle-ear and related coating method

10881506

Sil-Co SRL (Pavia, IT)

1/05/2021

Fast fitting for cochlear implants

10881855

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

1/05/2021

Obfuscating audible communications in a listening space

10885221

International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

1/05/2021

Noise reduction system and method for audio device with multiple microphones

10885907

Cirrus Logic Inc (Austin, TX)

1/05/2021

Hearing device incorporating conformal folded antenna

10886603

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

1/05/2021

Hearing device and a hearing system comprising a multitude of adaptive two channel beamformers

10887703

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

1/05/2021

Method for beamforming in a binaural hearing aid

10887704

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

1/05/2021

Electronic circuit and in-ear piece for a hearing device

10887705

Sonion Nederland BV (Hoofddorp, NL)

1/05/2021

Transducer modules for auditory communication devices and auditory communication devices

10887706

Hear-Wear Technologies LLC (Tulsa, OK)

1/05/2021

Hearing aid device

10887707

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

1/05/2021

Communication device with spatial source separation, communication system, and related method

10887721

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

1/05/2021

Passive middle ear prosthesis

10888418

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

1/12/2021

Ultrasonic wave generation device for hearing recovery treatment

10888462

Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shenzhen, CN)

1/12/2021

Vestibular stimulation device

10888696

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

1/12/2021

Single-channel, binaural and multi-channel dereverberation

10891931

Accusonus Inc (Lexington, MA)

1/12/2021

Antenna and device with such an antenna

10893368

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

1/12/2021

Controlled fitting of an implantable medical device

10893369

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

1/12/2021

System and method for aiding hearing

10893370

Texas Institute of Science Inc (Richardson, TX)

1/12/2021

Apparatus and method for treating a neurological disorder of the auditory system

10893371

Neuromod Devices Limited (Dublin, IE)

1/12/2021

Headtracking for parametric binaural output system and method

10893375

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

1/12/2021

Hearing aid for the deaf

D907779

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

1/12/2021

Implantable medical devices having resilient mounting tabs and associated methods

10894156

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

1/19/2021

Ear-wearable device providing golf advice data

10894194

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

1/19/2021

System for processing service requests relating to unsatisfactory performance of hearing devices, and components of such system

10896020

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

1/19/2021

Training a filter for noise reduction in a hearing device

10897675

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

1/19/2021

Customized device for insertion of a deep-cana (sic) hearing aid and a method for manufacturing and using such an insertion device

10897676

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

1/19/2021

Shock and impact management of an implantable device during non use

10897677

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

1/19/2021

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

10897678

Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL)

1/19/2021

BTE hearing aid

D908221

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

1/19/2021

Treating hearing loss

10898492

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Boston, MA)

1/26/2021

Robust instantaneous frequency estimation for hearing prosthesis sound coding

10898712

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

1/26/2021

Earbud case with insert

10904652

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

1/26/2021

Audio rendering system

10904666

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

1/26/2021

System for presentation of audio using wearable device

10904669

Amazon Technologies Inc (Seattle, WA)

1/26/2021

Hearing aid charger case

10904673

Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co Ltd (Xiamen, CN)

1/26/2021

Hearing prosthesis system having interchangeable housings

10904675

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

1/26/2021

Ultrasonic hearing system and related methods

10904676

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

1/26/2021

System and method for managing a customizable configuration in a hearing aid

10904677

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

1/26/2021

Reducing noise for a hearing device

10904678

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

1/26/2021

Method for enhancing signal directionality in a hearing instrument

10904679

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

1/26/2021

Battery-based systems and methods for managing sound processor programming for a cochlear implant system

10904680

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

1/26/2021

Fitting devices, server devices and methods of remote configuration of a hearing device

10904681

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

1/26/2021

Method of manufacturing a component of a hearing device and component

10904682

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

1/26/2021

BTE hearing aid

D908885

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

1/26/2021

 

 

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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