hearing aid patents

US Ear Device Patents for June 2021

Successful hearing aid users and their audiologists know that regular follow-up appointments are de rigueur to monitor hearing ability and ear canal health; adjust hearing instruments to match hearing status and wearer needs; and check instrument performance against manufacturer’s specs.

That last step is important but routine and a bit boring. It also raises questions, at least in this audiologist’s mind:  How to check that noise cancelling mics are aligned and functioning properly? How to pinpoint when and for how long an instrument has been out of spec? How often to check? What if the patient drops the aids on the way out the door following the appointment? Will the mics be out of spec till the next appointment in 3 months? Will s/he notice or simply accommodate to substandard hearing performance?

Google’s patent #11026034 could eventually save the day for device wearers by automating spec checking, thereby ensuring optimal device performance on an ongoing basis and checking off one box that used to require a professional and an office visit:

“..audio devices can undergo changes during their lifespan, thus shifting the original specifications and affecting the user’s listening experiences over time. The one-time calibration that is performed during production does not sufficiently ensure audio quality over an extended period. Thus, improved techniques for maintaining audio quality over the life of an audio device are desirable.”

 

The Patent List for June 2021

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

System and method for enhancing the binaural representation for hearing-impaired subjects

11020593

University of Pittsburgh-Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Pittsburgh, PA) & Arizona Board of Regents Acting for and on Behalf of Arizona State University (Scottsdale, AZ)

6/01/2021

Systems and methods for noise cancelation in a listening area

11024283

Dish Network LLC (Englewood, CO)

6/01/2021

Portable listening device with sensors

11026010

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

6/01/2021

Wireless earbud

11026011

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

6/01/2021

Ear-worn electronic device incorporating an antenna actively loaded using a non-foster circuit

11026027

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

6/01/2021

Audio streaming system comprising an audio streamer and at least one ear worn device

11026028

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

6/01/2021

Hearing aid with a flexible carrier antenna and related method

11026029

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

6/01/2021

Earpiece with canal microphone, ambient microphone and receiver

11026030

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

6/01/2021

Magnet positioning in an external device

11026031

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/01/2021

Electromagnetic transducer with specific internal geometry

11026032

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

 

System and method for self-calibrating audio listening devices

11026034

Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)

6/01/2021

Assistive listening system that uses sound waves for device pairing

11026277

Galaxy Next Generation Inc (Toccoa, GA)

6/01/2021

System for hearing sensitivity testing and auto reinforcement

11026602

BITwave Ptd Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/08/2021

System and method for ear-arranged transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation

11027116

The General Hospital Corporation (Boston, MA)

6/8/2021

Headphone off-ear detection

11032631

Avnera Corporation (Hillsboro, OR)

6/8/2021

Sensory-based environmental adaption

11032653

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/8/2021

Method for providing sound to persons during a talk and system for performing the method

11032654

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/8/2021

Audition of hearing device settings, associated system and hearing device

11032656

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

6/8/2021

System and method for realistic rotation of stereo or binaural audio

11032660

Schaefer, Philip (Weaverville, NC)

6/8/2021

Inductively chargeable earbud case

11033087

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

6/15/2021

Solubilized compositions for controlled proliferation of stem cells / generating inner ear hair cells using a GSK3 inhibitor: I

11033546

Frequency Therapeutics Inc (Lexington, MA)

6/15/2021

Pharmaceutical composition for preventing or treating hearing loss comprising oat extract as an active ingredient

11033598

Industry Foundation of Chonnam National University (Gwangju, KR), Chonnam National University Hospital (Gwangju, KR), Republic of Korea (Management: Rural Development Administration) (Jeollabuk-Do, KR)

6/15/2021

Electromagnetic transducer with dual flux

11035830

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/15/2021

Wireless earbud charging and communication systems and methods

11039238

Royal Isle Design LLC (Howell, MI)

6/15/2021

Optical-based sensor for implantable prosthesis

11039256

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/15/2021

Auditory prosthesis system including sound processor apparatus with position sensor

11039257

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

6/15/2021

Cochlear hearing device with cable antenna

11039258

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

6/15/2021

Binaural reproduction of surround sound using a virtualized line array

11039266

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

6/15/2021

Charging case for hearing aid

D922315

Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co Inc (Xiamen, CN)

6/15/2021

Earbud

D922984

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

6/22/2021

Sound processing apparatus utilizing an electroencephalography (EEG) signal

11043210

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

6/22/2021

Hearing systems and methods for operating a hearing system

11044564

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/22/2021

Hearing device with a microphone structure

11044565

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

6/22/2021

Head-wearable apparatus to generate binaural audio

11044568

Snap Inc (Santa Monica, CA)

6/22/2021

Ear tip with three layer sleeves

D922987

Charjenpro (Los Angeles, CA)

6/22/2021

Systems, devices, and methods for determining hearing ability and treating hearing loss

11045118

Applicant: Anderson, Dean Gregory (Vernal, UT)

6/29/2021

Ear cleaning device

11045357

Quest Products LLC (Pleasant Prairie, WI)

6/29/2021

Fixation system for an implantable medical device

11045655

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/29/2021

Methods for promoting reinnervation of auditory hair cells

11046765

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (Boston, MA)

6/29/2021

Implantable middle ear transducer having diagnostic detection sensor

11051116

Envoy Medical Corporation (White Bear Lake, MN)

6/29/2021

Multiple transmission network

11051296

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

 

6/29/2021

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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