hearing aid patents march 2021

US Ear Device Patents for March 2021

A Better Mouse Trap, Revisited

 

Included in this month’s list is patent #10950211, by Kah. Entitled External ear insert for hearing comprehension enhancement, it appears to be a Helmhotz-type resonating device placed somewhere in the ear to shift natural pinna and canal resonances. Compare this to Goode’s patent #4556122, Ear acoustical hearing aid, which aimed in the same direction in the 1980s.

Goode’s device, called the Earesonator actually made it to market as a sort of battery-free OTC, though the acronym wasn’t on hand back then. It was billed as a non-electric device for mild hearing losses for people who are anxious to avoid the expense and bother of hearing aids (paraphrased from page 15 in this 1983 New Jersey newspaper article). 

 

The March 2021 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

System and method of otoscopy image analysis to diagnose ear pathology

10932662

Ohio State Innovation Foundation (Columbus, OH)

3/02/2021

Device and method for hearing threshold-adapted acoustic stimulation

10933213

The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford, CA) and Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH (Julich, DE)

3/02/2021

Systems and methods for non-obtrusive adjustment of auditory prostheses

10933239

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

3/02/2021

Missing data packet compensation

10937433

EarLens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

3/02/2021

Wireless earbud cover with antenna element

10938431

Penumbra Brands Inc (North Salt Lake, UT)

3/02/2021

In-ear detection method for a wireless earphone and a wireless earphone

10939193

Ifory Limited (Hong Kong, CN)

3/02/2021

Avoidance of user discomfort due to pressure differences by vent valve, and associated systems and methods

10939215

Sonova AG (Stafa, CH)

3/02/2021

Health monitoring with ear-wearable devices and accessory devices

10939216

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/02/2021

In-ear noise dosimetry system

10940044

Red Tail Hawk Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)

3/09/2021

Distributed implantable hearing systems

10940320

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

3/09/2021

System and method for recognition of the gesture of bringing a mobile electronic device to a user ear

10942578

STMicroelectronics SRL (Agrate Brianza, IT)

3/09/2021

Hearing device incorporating user interactive auditory display

10942700

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/09/2021

Microphone assembly

10945056

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

3/09/2021

Headphone with off-ear and on-ear detection

10945062

Avnera Corporation (Hillsboro, OR)

3/09/2021

Hearing protection system with own voice estimation and related methods

10945073

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

3/09/2021

Hearing system configured to localize a target sound source

10945079

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/09/2021

Configurable hearing device for use with an assistive listening system

10945082

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/09/2021

Hearing aid configured to be operating in a communication system

10945083

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/09/2021

Magnetic retention device

10945085

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

3/09/2021

Hearing device with user driven settings adjustment

10945086

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/09/2021

Hearing protection system with own voice estimation and related methods

10945073

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

3/09/2021

Personal hearing device

10945084

Sonion Nederland BV (Hoofddorp, NL)

3/09/2021

Magnetic retention device

10945085

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

3/09/2021

Hearing device with user driven settings adjustment

10945086

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/09/2021

Open-ear headphones

D912644

Shenzhen Alex Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN)

3/09/2021

Earbud

D912647

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

3/09/2021

Earbud

D912648

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

3/09/2021

Ear thermometer

10945611

Bio Echo Net Inc (Sapporo, JP)

3/16/2021

Hearing protection system with own voice estimation and related methods

10945073

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

3/16/2021

Magnetic retention device

10945085

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

3/16/2021

External ear insert for hearing comprehension enhancement

10950211

Applicant: Kah Jr, Carl LC (North Palm Beach, FL)

3/16/2021

Binaural rendering method and apparatus for decoding multi channel audio

10950248

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (Daejeon, KR)

3/16/2021

Binaural level and/or gain estimator and a hearing system comprising a binaural level and/or gain estimator

10951995

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/16/2021

Binaural hearing device system with binaural active occlusion cancellation

10951996

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

3/16/2021

Hearing device incorporating antenna arrangement with slot radiating element

10951997

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/16/2021

Antenna with flared cross-feed in a hearing assistance device

10951998

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/16/2021

Displaying a location of binaural sound outside a field of view

10952012

Lyren, Philip Scott (Bangkok, TH)

3/16/2021

Method for hearing system communication and related devices

10952070

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

3/16/2021

Wireless earbud cradle with charging pad

D913224

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

3/16/2021

Battery drawer

D913502

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/16/2021

Hearing assist device fitting method and software

10952649

IntriCon Corporation (Arden Hills, MN)

3/23/2021

Composition and method for improving sensorineural hearing

10953074

Applicant: Lippman, Richard D (Honolulu, HI)

3/23/2021

Full postoperative insertion of partially inserted cochlear implants

10953226

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

3/23/2021

Telemetry of implanted electrode contacts during MRI

10953232

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

3/23/2021

In-ear wireless listening device

10959006

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

3/23/2021

Adaptive tapping for hearing devices

10959008

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

3/23/2021

Partial HRTF compensation or prediction for in-ear microphone arrays

10959026

X Development LLC (Mountain View, CA)

3/23/2021

Method for operating a hearing device and hearing device

10959028

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

3/23/2021

System for rendering and playback of object based audio in various listening environments

10959033

Dolby Laboratory Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

 

3/23/2021

Method for operating a hearing device and hearing device

10959028

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

3/30/2021

Method for charging a hearing device, hearing device system, hearing device and charging unit

10966031

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

3/30/2021

Hearing apparatus with a facility for reducing a microphone noise and method for reducing microphone noise

10966032

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

3/30/2021

Method of operating a hearing device and a hearing device providing speech enhancement based on an algorithm optimized with a speech intelligibility prediction algorithm

10966034

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/30/2021

Antennas for standard fit hearing assistance devices

10966035

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

3/30/2021

Hearing device including an external antenna and an internal parasitic element

10966036

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/30/2021

RF antenna and hearing device with RF antenna

10966037

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/30/2021

Method of fitting a hearing device to a user’s needs, a programming device, and a hearing system

10966038

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

3/30/2021

Charger

D914591

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

 

3/30/2021

Hearing aid for the deaf

D914885

LG Electronics Inc (Seoul, KR)

3/30/2021

*featured image credit Starkey patent #10939216

 

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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1 Comment

  1. Fantastic! Your monthly patent listing keeps me up-to-date with what is going on in the world of hearing technology!

    Thanks!

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