Ear Device Patents for June 2022

Minding Our Auditory Manners

OtoUSA’s patent #1367348 aims to outfit traffic signals to automate and improve IDing and chastising those who scorn noise ordinances on the road:

“for a mobile audio signal source which makes loud noise at arbitrary places and time, for example illegally modified car, old vehicle or speeding motorcycle, it is hard to give evidence, or a lot of manpower would be required to collect evidence.”

Oticon’s 11375322 patent introduces a new term and interesting data to Hearing Economics. Entitled Hearing aid determining turn-taking, it defines turn-taking as the dynamic behaviour of a conversation or dialog between two persons…quantified by gaps or overlaps in their speech (paraphrased).

Figure 1, Patent #D956232

It turns out that those with hearing difficulties and the type of background noise influence gaps and overlaps in turn taking. Overlaps decrease, gaps increase and speaking rate decreases when one of the speakers in the conversation has hearing loss.

 

A New Twist on an Old Idea?

 

Amidst all the earbud design patenting, here comes Vincent-Yuval R&D’s Therapeutic ear device (see Figure 1), which looks like a vintage ear horn (D956232).

 

The June 2022 Patent List

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Issued

Monophasic stimulation pulses with alternating polarity and extraordinary polarity changes

11351373

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

6/07/2022

Charging-induced implant operation

11351389

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/07/2022

Venue seat assignment based upon hearing profiles

11354604

AT & T Intellectual Property I, L.P.)

6/07/2022

Ear-worn electronic device incorporating an antenna substrate comprising a dielectric gel or liquid

11355834

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

6/07/2022

Communication architecture between ear bud device and charging device based on fewer pins

11355946

Audiowise Technology Inc (Hsinchu, TW)

6/07/2022

Individually assignable transducers to modulate sound output in open ear form factor

11356757

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

6/07/2022

Dynamic earbud profile

11356764

Sonos Inc (Santa Barbara, CA)

6/07/2022

Hearing device comprising an own voice processor

11356783

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

6/07/2022

Method of operating a hearing device system, and hearing device system

11356784

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/07/2022

Method for hearing test and hearing test system

11357424

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

6/14/2022

Wireless streaming sound processing unit

11357982

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/14/2022

System for articulation training for hearing impaired persons

11361677

King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah, SA)

6/14/2022

Method and apparatus for using hearing assistance device as voice controller

11361766

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

6/14/2022

Audio control using auditory event detection

11362631

Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

6/14/2022

Ear tip including partition wall structure with improved active noise canceling function

11363368

Azla Inc (Seoul, KR)

6/14/2022

Audio/visual device with central control, assistive listening, or a screen

11363379

Galaxy Next Generation Inc (Toccoa, GA)

6/14/2022

Dynamic adjustment of earbud performance characteristics

11363383

Logitech Europe SA (Lausanne, CH)

6/14/2022

Hearing device comprising a beamformer filtering unit for reducing feedback

11363389

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

6/14/2022

Perceptually guided speech enhancement using deep neural networks

11363390

Starkey Laboratories Inc (Eden Prairie, MN)

6/14/2022

Systems and methods for biomarker analysis on a hearing device

11363391

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/14/2022

Method for influencing an auditory direction perception of a listener and arrangement for implementing the method

11363400

Technische Universitat Dresden (Dresden, DE)

6/14/2022

Communication device having a wireless interface

11363440

Sonova AG (Staefa, CA)

6/14/2022

Cochlear implants having impact resistant MRI-compatible magnet apparatus

11364384

Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, CH)

6/21/2022

Earbud

D954684

Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)

6/21/2022

Distributed hearing system for use with traffic signals

11367348

OtoUSA Inc (Rowland Heights, CA)

6/21/2022

Local auditory display using ultrasonic encoding and decoding

11368231

Facebook Technologies LLC (Menlo Park, CA)

6/21/2022

Method of manufacturing a hearing device housing, a preform of a hearing device housing, a hearing device housing and a hearing device

11368773

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/21/2022

Ear tip including comfortable wearing structure

11368774

AZLA Inc (Seoul, KR)

6/21/2022

Hearing aid for placement in a user’s ear canal

11368795

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

6/21/2022

Binaural hearing system comprising bilateral compression

11368796

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

6/21/2022

Compact hearing aids

11368797

Nanoear Corporation Inc (Houston, TX)

6/21/2022

Method for the environment-dependent operation of a hearing system and hearing system

11368798

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/21/2022

Hearing device customization systems and methods

11368799

Securboration Inc (Melbourne, FL)

6/21/2022

Implantable vibratory device using limited components

11368802

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/21/2022

Implant tool

D955578

Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, AU)

6/21/2022

Implant magnet distance determination

11369283

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Innsbruck, AT)

6/28/2022

Earmuff hearing-protection device comprising sound-attenuating members

11369521

3M Innovative Properties Company (St Paul, MN)

6/28/2022

Compositions, systems, and methods for generating inner ear hair cells for treatment of hearing loss

11369607

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Inc (Boston, MA) & Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

6/28/2022

Efficient delivery of therapeutic molecules to cells of the inner ear

11370823

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Boston, MA) & President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)

6/28/2022

Online automatic audio transcription for hearing aid users

11373654

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/28/2022

System for real time, remote access to and adjustment of patient hearing aid with patient in normal life environment

11375061

Manchester, Deborah M (Studio City, CA)

6/28/2022

Near to the ear subwoofer

11375303

Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America (Peachtree City, GA)

6/28/2022

Eartip venting in a contact hearing system

11375321

Earlens Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)

6/28/2022

Hearing aid determining turn-taking

11375322

Oticon A/S (Smorum, DK)

6/28/2022

Hearing device with model control and associated methods

11375323

GN Hearing A/S (Ballerup, DK)

6/28/2022

Method for operating a hearing device, and hearing device

11375325

Sivantos Pte Ltd (Singapore, SG)

6/28/2022

Customizable ear insert

11375326

Logitech Canada Inc (Mississauga, CA)

6/28/2022

Sleep aiding in-ear audio device with noise-reduction finish

11375327

Bose Corporation (Framingham, MA)

6/28/2022

Extended bandwidth hearing aid with dynamically adjustable sampling rate for power optimized deployment of coordinated reset (CR) neuromodulation for the treatment of subjective tonal tinnitus

11375328

Aureliym GmbH (Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, DE)

6/28/2022

Charging unit for hearing aid

D955986

Sonova AG (Staefa, CH)

6/28/2022

Wireless earbud

D956018

Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)

6/28/2022

Wireless earbud

D956019

Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)

6/28/2022

Wireless earbud

D956020

Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)

6/28/2022

Therapeutic ear device

D956232

Vincent-Yuval R&D Limited (Hong Kong, HK)

6/28/2022

 

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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