hearing aid patents april 2022

Ear Device Patents for April 2022

Among the many interesting patents in this month’s list, Oticon’s #11297444 for a Hearing Aid System is a standout for all its sensor-laden activity, as described here. Reading the description, it’s hard to envision how to know that the device is properly inserted in the ear, but the sensors probably tell you.

 … at least one surface electrode located at a surface of ear canal …at least one surface electrode to pick up a low voltage electric signal from the user’s skin. The sensor arrangement further comprises a light sensor … to allow emitting light through skin proximate to the light sensor and capturing reflected and/or scattered light ….  further comprises a sensor signal processing unit … configured to generate one or more sensor signals … The hearing aid system further comprises or is connected to an evaluation unit … to generate an electrocardiogram-representing signal (ECG) …and a plethysmographic-curve-representing signal from an output signal of the light sensor.

 

The April 2022 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Mastoid bone start drill bit

11291462

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/05/2022

Earplug and method for attenuating sound

11291586

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/05/2022

6′-sialyllactose for use in the treatment of hearing loss

11291675

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (Bonn, DE)

4/05/2022

Measurement of facial muscle EMG potentials for predictive analysis using a smart wearable system and method

11294466

Bragi

4/05/2022

Hearing device system, devices and method of creating a trusted bond between a hearing device and a user application

11295002

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/05/2022

Electronic collaboration and communication method and system to facilitate communication with hearing or speech impaired participants

11295720

Mitel Networks Inc (Mesa AZ)

4/05/2022

Trusted listening

11295758

Seagate technology LLC (Cupertino, CA)

4/05/2022

In-ear earpiece retaining structure

11297408

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

4/05/2022

Earbud stability anchor feature

11297410

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)e

4/05/2022

Hearing assistance using active noise reduction

11297443

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

4/05/2022

Hearing aid system

11297444

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/05/2022

Hearing device and method of updating a hearing device

11297447

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/05/2022

Portable system for gathering and processing data from EEG, EOG, and/or imaging sensors

11297448

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/05/2022

Method for operating a hearing system, a hearing system and a fitting system

11297450

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/05/2022

Pairing information for wireless communication

11297451

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/05/2022

Method for live public address, in a helmet, taking into account the auditory perception characteristics of the listener

11297454

Augmented Acoustics (Bonnelles, FR)

4/05/2022

Hearing aid case

D947532

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

4/05/2022

Charger for hearing aids

D947777

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/05/2022

System for inner ear drug delivery via trans-round window membrane injection

11298267

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc (Cambridge, MA)

4/12/2022

Implantable device having one or more screws

11298554

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/12/2022

Small earpiece enhanced on-ear detection with multiple cap sense

11303990

Plantronics Inc (Santa Cruz, CA)

4/12/2022

Beamforming using an in-ear audio device

11303991

Amazon Technologies Inc (Seattle, WA)

4/12/2022

Hearing device with sound impulse suppression and related method

11304010

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/12/2022

Assistive listening device systems, devices and methods for providing audio streams within sound fields

11304013

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

4/12/2022

Hearing aid device for hands free communication

11304014

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/12/2022

Concept for attaching a sound processor to the head via an interchangeable magnet

11304015

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/12/2022

Method for configuring a hearing-assistance device with a hearing profile

11304016

Concha Inc (San Carlos, CA)

4/12/2022

Enhanced hearing system

11304023

Applicant: Tran, Bao (Saratoga, CA)

4/12/2022

Apparatus and method for treating or/and refreshing an ear canal

11304850

Earways Medical Ltd (Rosh Haayin, IL)

4/19/2022

Monitoring stimulating assembly insertion

11305109

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

4/19/2022

Wireless communication device for communicating with multiple external devices via a wireless communication unit

11310171

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/19/2022

Securely sharing data between a hearing device, hearing device user, and data storage

11310211

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/19/2022

Methods and devices for radio frequency (RF) mitigation proximate the ear

11310580

Staton Techiya LLC (Delray Beach, FL)

4/19/2022

 

11310581

Amazon Technologies Inc (Seattle, WA)

4/19/2022

Optical electro-mechanical hearing devices with separate power and signal components

11310605

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

4/19/2022

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

11310607

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

4/19/2022

Method for training a listening situation classifier for a hearing aid and hearing system

11310608

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

4/19/2022

Hearing aid user account management

11310609

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

4/19/2022

Antenna configuration for a hearing aid system

11310610

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

4/19/2022

Hearing aid connector

11310611

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA) Corporation

4/19/2022

System and method for validation of hearing aids for infants using a speech signal

11310612

Interacoustics A/S (Middelfart, DK)

4/19/2022

Headphone

D949130

Bragi GmbH (Munich, DE)

4/19/2022

Combined wireless otoscope ear spoon and charging storage base

D949335

Wudaopu (Shenzhen) Technology Co Ltd (Shenzhen, CN)

4/19/2022

In-ear headphone

11317186

Merry Electronics (Shenzhen) C0 Ltd (Shenzhen, CN)

4/26/2022

Method and apparatus for in-ear acoustic readout of data from a hearing instrument

11317221

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/26/2022

Method of determining a status of an acoustic feedback path of a head wearable hearing device and a head wearable hearing device

11317222

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

4/26/2022

Hearing device with active feedback control

11317223

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/26/2022

High fidelity and reduced feedback contact hearing apparatus and methods

11317224

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

4/26/2022

In-ear housing with customized retention

11317225

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

4/26/2022

 

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.

 


About Holly Hosford-Dunn

Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD, graduated with a BA and MA in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State, completed a PhD in Hearing Sciences at Stanford, and did post-docs at Max Planck Institute (Germany) and Eaton-Peabody Auditory Physiology Lab (Boston). Post-education, she directed the Stanford University Audiology Clinic; developed multi-office private practices in Arizona; authored/edited numerous text books, chapters, journals, and articles; and taught Marketing, Practice Management, Hearing Science, Auditory Electrophysiology, and Amplification in a variety of academic settings.

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