hearing aid patents september 2021

Ear Device Patents for September 2021

The Sound of Music and Group Dynamics

 

UT’s patent 1120816 describes a natural ear to aid the “tonally challenged,” who have trouble singing on pitch or “carrying a tune.”  A wearable device (e.g., glasses, BT hearable) emphasizes the fundamental frequency sung versus the intended fundamental so that singers can detect differences and adjust their vocal organs as they sing the note. It can also be an app on a cell phone, allowing it to serve as a convenient cell headset useful for media content and phone calls.

Or hearing aids.

For instance,  better musicality could influence group listening choices, either drawing or repelling device wearers to or from singers. Sonova and Oticon are thinking of group dynamics like this among device wearers, depending on location, subject matter (Sonova, #11128962) or listening effort (Oticon, #11134351).

Consider the possibilities: a singer is singing off-tune in a noisy subway, with bystanders blocking him/her by streaming other content. Suddenly, the natural ear gets the singer in tune, thereby creating a listening pod of the bystanders whose ear devices automatically zero in on the singer, reduce background noise and monitor pulse transmission for those in the pod. Then, something happens — the singer stops, the train comes in, a better musician starts up –the pod vanishes or morphs as the devices go on the hunt for other potential group listening situations. Fascinating.

 

Patent List for September 2021

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Subscription-based wireless service for a hearing device

11115519

K/S HIMPP (Lynge, DK)

9/07/2021

Systems and methods for antenna and ground plane mounting schemes for in-ear headphone

11115745

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

9/07/2021

In-ear active noise-cancelling earphone

11115749

Austrian Audio GmbH (Vienna, AT)

9/07/2021

System and method for multiplexed ultrasound hearing

11115758

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

9/07/2021

System and method for aiding hearing

11115759

Texas Institute of Science Inc (Richardson, TX)

9/07/2021

Signal amplifier

11115760

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/07/2021

Methods and systems for hearing device signal enhancement using a remote microphone

11115761

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/07/2021

Hearing device for own voice detection and method of operating a hearing device

11115762

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/07/2021

Low-power differential communication architectures

11115763

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

9/07/2021

Hearing systems, sensor systems, and methods for detecting a physiological attribute of a user

11115764

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/07/2021

Binaural dialogue enhancement

11115768

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

9/07/2021

Surgical tool

11116963

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/07/2021

Extended length antenna assembly for use within a multi-component system

11116984

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

9/07/2021

Earbud case

D929961

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

9/07/2021

Earbud case

D929962

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

9/07/2021

Earbud case

D929963

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

9/07/2021

Natural ear

11120816

Board of Regent, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)

9/14/2021

Systems and methods for wirelessly transmitting power and data to an implantable stimulator

11121586

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

9/14/2021

Method and apparatus for on ear detect

11122350

Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd (Austin, TX)

9/14/2021

Hearing sensitivity acquisition methods and devices

11122354

Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL)

9/14/2021

Hearing device comprising a vent with an adjustable acoustic valve

11122358

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/14/2021

Hearing test system and method for a hearing test

11122369

Merry Electronics (Shenzhen) Co Ltd (Guangdong, CN)

9/14/2021

Method and device for the improved perception of one’s own voice

11122372

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

9/14/2021

Hearing device configured to utilize non-audio information to process audio signals

11122373

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

9/14/2021

System and method for personalizing a hearing aid

11122375

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

9/14/2021

Ear-worn electronic device incorporating magnetically coupled feed for an antenna

11122376

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

9/14/2021

Volume control for external devices and a hearing device

11122377

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/14/2021

Hearing aid dryer and disinfection kit

11122378

Applicant: Schumaier, Daniel R (Elizabethton, TN)

9/14/2021

Devices and methods for binaural spatial processing and projection of audio signals

11122384

The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)

9/14/2021

Hearing aid

D930839

Xiamen Retone Hearing Technology Co Ltd (Xiamen, CN)

9/14/2021

Cochlear implants including electrode arrays and methods of making the same

11123551

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

9/21/2021

Acoustic output device with antenna

11123559

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/21/2021

Antenna apparatus for use with medical implants

11123567

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

9/21/2021

Sound processing with increased noise suppression

11127412

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/21/2021

Hearing device with acoustic shock control and method for acoustic shock control in a hearing device

11128946

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/21/2021

Electronic devices with protective capacity

11128960

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/21/2021

Hearing aid device comprising a sensor member

11128961

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

9/21/2021

Grouping of hearing device users based on spatial sensor input

11128962

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/21/2021

Hearing aid and method for use of same

11128963

Texas Institute of Science Inc (Richardson, TX)

9/21/2021

Filter for a microphone system, a microphone system, a miniature electronic device and a method of equipping a printed circuit board

11128964

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/21/2021

Implantable medical device comprising a wireless transcutaneous link

11128965

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

9/21/2021

Charging and drying station for hearing aid device

11128966

Applicant: Serene Group Inc (Norwalk, CA)

9/21/2021

Transducer placement for growth accommodation

11128967

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/21/2021

Bone conduction skin interface

11128968

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/21/2021

Bone bed drilling template

11129692

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

9/28/2021

Wireless earbud

11134329

Amazon Technologies Inc (Seattle, WA)

9/28/2021

Earbud speech estimation

11134330

Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd (Austin, TX)

9/28/2021

Acoustic receiver-in-canal ear tip

11134332

Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL)

9/28/2021

Hearing aid and method for use of same

11134347

Texas Institute of Science Inc (Richardson, TX)

9/28/2021

Method of operating a hearing aid system and a hearing aid system

11134348

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

9/28/2021

Hearing assistance device with smart audio focus control

11134349

International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

9/28/2021

Dual wireless audio streams transmission allowing for spatial diversity or own voice pickup (OVPU)

11134350

Sonova AG (Stafa, CH)

9/28/2021

Hearing aid comprising a physiological sensor

11134351

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

9/28/2021

Hearing device with wax guard interface

11134352

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/28/2021

Hearing aid

D932022

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

9/28/2021

 

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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