hearing device patents

US Ear Device Patents for February 2021

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Fig 1. GN Hearing patent 10932070

GN Hearing’s two distinct lines of business have long covered diverse hearing needs, ranging from medical devices for hearing loss to head-worn devices for communications and streaming.  Its newly proposed device (Fig 1, right) may like a molar tooth but GN remains firmly situated in the ear (#114 in the illustration).  True to its history of wide-ranging innovation for auditory diversity, the patent specifies many options, including:

Optionally, the hearing device is a hearing aid…a hearing protection device…. includes a processing unit configured to perform signal processing based on a hearing loss characteristic of a user of the hearing device.

 

The February 2021 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Hearing and monitoring system

10905337

Applicant: Tran, Bao (Saratoga, CA)

2/02/2021

Perception change-based adjustments in hearing prostheses

10905343

 Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

2/02/2021

Ear protection device, communications system and protective helmet

10905593

Pfanner Schutzbekleidung GmbH (Koblach, AT)

2/02/2021

In-the-ear hearing aid device, a hearing aid, and an electro-acoustic transducer

10911867

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

2/02/2021

Hearing device with adaptive binaural auditory steering and related method

10911877

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

2/02/2021

Modularization of components of an ear-wearable device

10911878

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/02/2021

Speech processor cases

10911879

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

2/02/2021

Method for determining distance between ears of a wearer of a sound generating object and an ear-worn, sound generating object

10911886

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

2/02/2021

Custom fit in-ear monitors utilizing a single piece driver module

RE48424

Logitech Europe SA (Lausanne, CH)

2/02/2021

Connection joints for joining wires and pads constructed of different conductive materials and methods of making the same

10912940

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

 

 

2/09/2021

 

 

User-interfaces for audio-augmented-reality

10915291

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

2/09/2021

Sound adjustment method for hearing protection and sound adjustment device performing the same

10915294

Pixart Imaging Inc (Hsin-chu County, TW)

2/09/2021

Intelligent hearing aid

10916245

International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

2/09/2021

Earbud system

10916830

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

2/09/2021

Flanged earbud and hearing device including same

10917711

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/09/2021

Neutralizing the effect of a medical device location

10917729

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

2/09/2021

Retention magnet system for medical device

10917730

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

2/09/2021

Defining a zone with a HPED and providing binaural sound in the zone

10917737

Applicant: C Matter Limited (Wadsworth, OH)

2/09/2021

Method and apparatus for automatically identifying and annotating auditory signals from one or more parties

10917761

Eolas Technologies Inc (Tyler, TX)

2/09/2021

Speech extraction method, system, and device based on supervised learning auditory attention

10923136

Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, CN)

2/16/2021

Charging system with compressible contacts

10923929

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/16/2021

Acoustic device

10924837

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

2/16/2021

In-ear headphone

10924839

Merry Electronics (ShenZhen) Co Ltd (ShenZhen, CN)

2/16/2021

Use of periauricular muscle signals to estimate a direction of a user’s auditory attention locus

10924869

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/16/2021

Acoustic feedback event monitoring system for hearing assistance devices

10924870

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/16/2021

Method for the identification of an earpiece, hearing aid system and earpiece set

10924871

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

2/16/2021

Augmented hearing system

10924878

Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

2/16/2021

Implantable stimulating assembly

10926081

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

2/23/2021

Implantable electrode array

10926082

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

2/23/2021

Charger

D910553

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

2/23/2021

Earbud

D910602

Applicant: Shenzhen Humboldt Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN)

2/16/2021

Hearing device incorporating a primary antenna in conjunction with a chip antenna

10931005

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/23/2021

Universal charging and drying station for hearing aid

10932065

Serene Group Inc (Norwalk, CA)

2/23/2021

Hearing device comprising a beamformer filtering unit for reducing feedback

10932066

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

2/23/2021

Head-wearable hearing device with impact enabled reboot

10932067

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

2/23/2021

Power and signal transmission devices for auditory prosthesis

10932068

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

2/23/2021

Acoustic valve for hearing device

10932069

Knowles Electronics LLC (Itasca, IL)

2/23/2021

Hearing device with receiver back-volume and pressure equalization

10932070

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

2/23/2021

Methods and systems for loading hearing instrument parameters

10932071

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/23/2021

Automatic control of binaural features in ear-wearable devices

10932076

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

2/23/2021

Acoustical listening area mapping and frequency correction

10932079

Harman International Industries Inc (Stamford, CT)

2/23/2021

Headtracking for pre-rendered binaural audio

10932082

Dolby Laboratory Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

2/23/2021

*featured image credit: Cochlear patent #10926081

 

 

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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