US Hearing Device Patents for December 2016

The number of hearing device patents granted annually to the Big 6 manufacturers tripled in the last decade (see feature image above), peaking in 2012 and leveling off since then, by Hearing Economic’s estimation.1   The 2012 peak is mainly due to a flurry of patents awarded to Siemens (now Sivantos) that year.   Sivantos…

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US Hearing Device Patents in October 2016

“Hearing Health Matters have been charting granted patents in this area since 2012, updating their list every few months. It should be mandatory reading for any company entering this arena.” (Nick Hunn, The Market for Hearable Devices, 2016-2020) Hearing Economics is happy that an industry consultant of the likes of Mr. Hunn benefits from our…

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Patents Jul/Aug 2016: Game of Patent Thrones

Patents, a fantastical realm of imagination, are a wonderful place to explore and gain understanding of new concepts. What better place to stumble on new definitions than in newly-issued patents from  companies in the brain realm?  What better place to implement new concepts than the ear? (editor’s note:  This post was updated 9/11/2016 to correct…

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US Hearing Device Patents May-June 2016

“Space is a scarce resource in a hearing aid.” That simple but powerful observation heralds the purpose of Oticon’s US patent #9338569 (Portable Electronic Device Comprising a Folded Substrate), shown in the title image. That purpose is to cram as much amplification technology as possible into the smallest space. Oticon’s next patented step is to use…

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US Hearing Device Patents March-April 2016

Some anecdotal observations precede the current hearing aid patent list, some superficial, others not so much. Best Name for a New Entrant:  Brain Basket, LLC (Auditory Comprehension and Audibility Device, #9301066)   Who’s Got the Power   The big developing technology–accounting for over 10% of today’s list–is extended, connected, sustainable, or implantable power solutions. Big…

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