hearing aid patents may 2022

Ear Device Patents for May 2022

Just doin’ their thangs

  • Amazon and Apple came up with earbud designs this month (respectively, D951236 & D950526). It took two inventors to create Amazon’s bud while Apple’s took a whopping 20. Will Apple’s design be 10 times better, does Amazon make their inventors work 10 times as hard, or probably none of the above?
  • Bragi continues to do interesting things in the ear, including this month’s patent for 3D Audio gaming (11325039)
  • Mimi wants to use subjective hearing preferences to personalize fittings, noting that automated DSP algorithms may objectively improve the listening experience [but] may not be ideal as the fitting methodology fails to take user preferences into account (11330377
  • Vagus Health’s focus is on use of binaural earbuds for non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (not auditory input) in hopes of improving success rates for treatment of a variety of stress and health conditions (11324916).
  • Valencell continues its quest to load up hearing aids for multitasking (11330361) this time using an optical source to provide an accelerometer, a humidity sensor, an altimeter and/or a temperature sensor

 

The May 2022 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Systems and methods for self-fitting an electroacoustic stimulation system to a patient

11317842

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

5/03/2022

Efficient wellness measurement in ear-wearable devices

11317863

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/03/2022

Hearing protection devices, noise exposure sensors therefor, and sensor housings and associated methods for the same

11318051

Honeywell International Inc (Charlotte, NC)

5/03/2022

Systems and methods for intra-surgical monitoring of cochlear trauma during an electrode lead insertion procedure

11318298

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

5/03/2022

Speech processor headpiece

11318308

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH) bionics

5/03/2022

Hearing device using a cochlear implant system and control method thereof

11318312

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/03/2022

System and method for generating a full three-dimensional (3D) digital geometry for an ear

11321912

Xyken LLC (McLean, VA)

5/03/2022

Auditory communication devices and related methods

11322167

Ohio State Innovation Foundation (Columbus, OH)

5/03/2022

Dual-microphone methods for reverberation mitigation

11322168

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

5/03/2022

Method to process an audio signal with a dynamic compressive system

11323087

Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH (Berlin, DE) Hearing Technologies GmbH (Berlin, DE)

5/03/2022

Personal hearing device

11323794

Buderflys Technologies Inc (Denver, CO)

5/03/2022

In-ear earphone

11323795

Shenzhen Cannice Technology Co Ltd (Guangdong, CN)

5/03/2022

Method for controlling a sound output of a hearing device

11323809

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/03/2022

Earring hearing aid using RIT

11323824

Applicant: Jarng, Dong Soo (Seoul, KR)

5/03/2022

Adjusting treble gain of hearing device

11323825

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/03/2022

System and method for feature management in a hearing aid

11323826

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

5/03/2022

Self-fitting of hearing device with user support

11323827

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/03/2022

Speaker assembly for hearing aid

11323828

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/03/2022

Round window coupled hearing systems and methods

11323829

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

5/03/2022

Hearing aid for placement at an ear of a user

11323831

Oticon Medical A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/03/2022

Antenna structure for hearing devices

11323833

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/03/2022

Hearing device having a shell including regions with different moduli of elasticity and methods of manufacturing the same

11323834

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/03/2022

Communication device using two wireless protocols

11323889

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/03/2022

Earbud

D950526

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

5/03/2022

Fall detection using photoplethysmography detectors in ear-wearable devices

11324422

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/10/2022

Deep ear sensor for reducing noise from movement and environment

11324456

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/10/2022

Devices and methods for the non-invasive transcutaneous neurostimulation of the neck and ear vagus nerves via electrical, magnetic and haptic stimulation

11324916

Vagus Health Ltd (Cambridge, GB)

5/10/2022

Gaming with earpiece 3D audio

11325039

Bragi

5/10/2022

Hearing aid optical monitoring apparatus

11330361

Valencell Inc

5/10/2022

Portable device comprising a directional system

11330366

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/10/2022

Method of adaptive mixing of uncorrelated or correlated noisy signals, and a hearing device

11330375

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/10/2022

Hearing device with multiple delay paths

11330376

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/10/2022

Systems and methods for fitting a sound processing algorithm in a 2D space using interlinked parameters

11330377

Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH (Berlin, DE)

5/10/2022

Hearing device comprising a recurrent neural network and a method of processing an audio signal

11330378

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/10/2022

Hearing aid having an adaptive classifier

11330379

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

5/10/2022

Modularization of components of an ear-wearable device

11330380

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/10/2022

Dynamic fitting for bone conduction device

11330381

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

5/10/2022

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

11330390

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/10/2022

Earbud

D91236

Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)

 

5/10/2022

Hearing test system for non-expert user with built-in calibration and method

11331008

K/S HIMPP (Lynge, DK)

5/17/2022

Method for reversing hearing loss

11331486

Ng, Milly (Hong Kong, HK)

 

5/17/2022

Hearing device seal modules, modular hearing devices including the same and associated methods

11336982

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/17/2022

In-ear wireless device

11336985

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

5/17/2022

In-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system

11336986

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

5/17/2022

Earpiece with GPS receiver

11336989

Bragi

5/17/2022

Hierarchical environmental classification in a hearing prosthesis

11337011

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

5/17/2022

Battery coating for rechargable hearing systems

11337012

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

5/17/2022

Hearing aid, hearing aid set and hearing aid module

11337013

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

5/17/2022

Earpiece for a hearing device and method of producing an earpiece

11337014

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/17/2022

Closing assembly for an in the ear part of a hearing device

11337015

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/17/2022

Binaural rendering apparatus and method for playing back of multiple audio sources

11337026

Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America (Torrance, CA)

5/17/2022

Hearing aid maintenance system

D952179

MG Developpement (Perols, FR)

5/17/2022

Electronic hearing protector with switchable electrical contacts

11337861

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

5/24/2022

Ear splint to correct congenital ear deformities

11337862

The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

5/24/2022

Hearing assistance devices with motion sickness prevention and mitigation features

11338106

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/24/2022

Shielding device for signal transmission coil

11338147

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

5/24/2022

Earbud case with hall effect sensor and related holder

11340315

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

5/24/2022

Transmission system for a body-worn electronic device

11342949

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/24/2022

System and method for automatic right-left ear detection for headphones

11343605

Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA)

5/24/2022

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

11343616

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/24/2022

Modulation in a contact hearing system

11343617

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

5/24/2022

Intelligent, online hearing device performance management

11343618

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/24/2022

Binaural hearing system comprising frequency transition

11343619

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/24/2022

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

11343620

Widex A/S (Lynge, DK)

5/24/2022

Controlling a volume dynamic of a hearing device

11343621

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/24/2022

Multi-mode radio for hearing assistance devices

11343622

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/24/2022

Hearing device

11343627

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

5/24/2022

Hydrophobic structure for hearing device

11343628

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/24/2022

Hearing aid

D952861

Zhongshan Great-Ears Electronic Technology Co Ltd (Zhongshan, CN)

5/24/2022

External and implantable coils for auditory prostheses

11344736

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

5/31/2022

Hearing aid device with speech control functionality

11348580

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/31/2022

Inductance coil with varied geometry

11348720

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

5/31/2022

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

11349642

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/31/2022

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

11350211

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

5/31/2022

Hearing device with suppression of sound impulses

11350224

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

5/31/2022

Charging protocol for rechargeable hearing systems

11350226

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

5/31/2022

Hearing assistance device

11350227

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

5/31/2022

Rechargeable hearing aid

D953536

Xia, Wenbing (Shaoyang, CN)

5/31/2022

Hearing aid

D953537

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

5/31/2022

 

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.


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