Patents Assigned to Cochlear Limited
  • Patent number: 10179240
    Abstract: A method, including obtaining data relating to electric hearing, obtaining data relating to acoustic hearing and preparing a prescription for a multimodal hearing prosthesis for an individual based on the obtained data relating to the electric hearing and the acoustic hearing. In an exemplary embodiment, the method entails comparing the data relating to electric hearing to the data relating to acoustic hearing and preparing the prescription based on the results of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Peter Andrew Busby
  • Patent number: 10178484
    Abstract: A bone conduction device configured to couple to an abutment of an anchor system anchored to a recipient's skull. The bone conduction device includes a vibrating electromagnetic actuator configured to vibrate in response to sound signals received by the bone conduction device, and a coupling apparatus configured to attach the bone conduction device to the abutment so as to impart to the recipient's skull vibrations generated by the vibrating electromagnetic actuator. The vibrating electromagnetic actuator includes a bobbin assembly and a counterweight assembly. Two axial air gaps are located between the bobbin assembly and the counterweight assembly and two radial air gaps are located between the bobbin assembly and the counterweight assembly. No substantial amount of the dynamic magnetic flux passes through the radial air gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Kristian Asnes
  • Patent number: 10166389
    Abstract: Tissue-stimulating prostheses that include a single-wire electrode array for delivery of electrical stimulation signals (current stimulation) to a recipient. The single-wire electrode array comprises a plurality of electrode devices that are all connected to a stimulator unit via a single-wire connection (i.e., only one wire or lead). Each of the plurality of electrode devices is individually addressable by the stimulator unit for delivery of the current signals to the recipient via the single-wire connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Paul Michael Carter, Torsten Lehmann
  • Patent number: 10165374
    Abstract: A method including obtaining data based on a current and/or anticipated future state of a hearing prosthesis and adjusting a set gain margin of the hearing prosthesis based on the current or anticipated future state of the hearing prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Martin Hillbratt, Mark Flynn, Bjorn Davidsson
  • Patent number: 10159831
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein are generally directed to a stimulating assembly of a cochlear implant that includes a perimodiolar flexure. The perimodiolar flexure is formed in a basal section of the stimulating assembly and has elastic properties and a shape so as to, after insertion into the cochlea, position the stimulating contacts disposed in the basal section of the stimulating assembly adjacent to a modiolar wall of the cochlea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Jason Leavens
  • Patent number: 10154354
    Abstract: A method, including the actions of obtaining access to a virtual reality system; activating a cochlear implant such that the cochlear implant evokes a hearing percept based on first input; and receiving second input from the virtual reality system in temporal proximity with the evocation of the hearing percept based on the first input, wherein the cochlear implant evokes a hearing percept based on the first input, and the second input is correlated with the first input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Fung, Alexander Von Brasch, Kieran Reed
  • Patent number: 10149068
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a sound signal and identifying a plurality of components of the sound signal. The plurality of components may include a tonal component and an atonal component. The method may further include generating a first stimulation signal based on the tonal component of the sound signal, wherein the first stimulation signal is configured for application by a first stimulator to provide an acoustic output from a hearing prosthesis system. In addition, the method may include generating a second stimulation signal based on the atonal component of the sound signal, wherein the second stimulation signal is configured for application by a second stimulator to provide an electrical output from the hearing prosthesis system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Chris Warren, Naomi Croghan
  • Patent number: 10148809
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for dynamically adjusting a user interface provided by an external unit of a hearing device. In an example method, the external unit determines whether a state of the external unit is one of (i) a coupled state when the external unit and the stimulation unit are coupled or (ii) a decoupled state when the external and the stimulation unit are decoupled. The external unit then provides one of (i) a first user interface when the determined state is the coupled state or (ii) a second user interface when the determined state is the decoupled state. The second user interface provides access to a greater number of functions of the hearing device than first user interface provides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Jan Patrick Frieding, Ivana Popovac
  • Patent number: 10149072
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for preservation/retention of binaural cues in a bilateral system, such as a bilateral hearing/auditory prosthesis system. The bilateral system comprises first and second bilateral prostheses, each of which includes an automatic gain control (AGC) system. The first and second bilateral prostheses communicate with one another over a AGC update channel/link to exchange AGC updates in a power-efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Long, Lakshmish Ramanna
  • Patent number: 10142740
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems and methods for engaging in monitoring of audio signals received and processed by a hearing prosthesis. In accordance with one embodiment, a method includes a monitoring device detecting a trigger event, in response to the detecting, the monitoring device transmitting to a hearing prosthesis an instruction to switch transmission modes, and in response to the transmitting, the monitoring device receiving from the hearing prosthesis an audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Ridler, Ferdie Djunaedi
  • Patent number: 10142746
    Abstract: A hearing prosthesis including an actuator. The actuator includes a material that deforms in response to an electrical signal and that is adapted to, upon implantation in a recipient, transmit vibrations representative of a sound signal to an organ of the recipient, wherein the material is at least partially exposed to at least one of body tissue and fluid of the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Andersson, Bart Valckaerts
  • Patent number: 10136229
    Abstract: A binaural hearing device adapted to assist a recipient to segregate sounds from local and remote sources. Segregation can be achieved with two environmental microphones that are configured to mix right/left ambient sounds and divert them to the ear on one side of the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Brett Anthony Swanson
  • Patent number: 10130807
    Abstract: An implantable medical device, including a magnet and a body encompassing the magnet, wherein the implantable medical device includes structural components in the body configured to move away from one another upon initial rotation of the magnet relative to the body when the magnet is subjected to an externally generated magnetic field, thereby limiting rotation of the magnet beyond the initial rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Charles Roger Aaron Leigh, Grahame Michael David Walling, Mark Alan Von Huben, James Vandyke, Nam Long Tuong
  • Patent number: 10129666
    Abstract: A device including a prosthesis including an external component configured to output a signal in response to an external stimulus and a skin penetrating component configured to communicatively transfer the signal at least partially beneath skin of the recipient, wherein the device is configured such that the skin penetrating component can move in a plurality of degrees of freedom relative to the external component while retained to the external component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Johan Gustafsson, Marcus Andersson
  • Patent number: 10129667
    Abstract: A percutaneous bone conduction auditory prosthesis utilizes a multipole magnetic coupling system to secure the external device to an abutment that is secured to the skull of a recipient. With the multipole magnetic coupling system, a very strong retention force is formed between the device and the abutment. The multipole magnetic coupling system can include a complex array of exposed poles, such that the retention forces are coordinated with a mating abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventor: Johan Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 10123725
    Abstract: A method of forecasting subjective efficacy of a hearing prosthesis implanted in a recipient, including subjecting a recipient to a plurality of temporally spaced aural training tasks, the aural training tasks evoking hearing percepts with the hearing prosthesis, obtaining first data indicative of the recipient's ability to hear with the hearing prosthesis based on performance by the recipient of the temporally spaced aural training tasks, and forecasting second data based on the first data, wherein the second data are indicative of the recipient's ability to hear with the hearing prosthesis at one or more temporal locations in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Sean Lineaweaver
  • Patent number: 10129665
    Abstract: A device, including a vibratory apparatus having an actuator configured to generate vibrations upon actuation of the actuator, including plurality of lever arms, wherein the vibratory apparatus is configured such that at least a respective portion of respective lever arms of the plurality of lever arms move about at least one of a single or a respective hinge when the vibratory apparatus is generating vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Scott Allen Miller
  • Patent number: 10118043
    Abstract: A cochlear implant or other auditory prosthesis utilizes an external portion worn on a recipient's head and an internal portion implanted therein. Both portions include an associated coil that transmits a signal between the two portions. The external coil has a form factor substantially similar to the implantable coil. This form factor allows the external portion to be manufactured with a smaller footprint, since components that may otherwise interfere with signal transmission (e.g., batteries) may be installed closer to the external coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver John Ridler, Adam Mujaj
  • Patent number: 10118028
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for insertion of implantable medical devices, and more particularly to insertion of implantable devices with a vibrating insertion tool. More specifically, a vibrating insertion tool is described, the insertion tool comprising an insertion tool controllable by a user to support and guide movement of an object, the insertion tool comprising an elongate arm having a proximal end region and a distal end region, the distal end region having a receiving region, a user-controllable vibration source for generating vibrations in accordance with a selected vibration profile, and an elongate rigid spine, connected to the vibration source and the receiving region, configured to deliver the vibrations to the receiving region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: James G. E. Smith, John Thomas Roland, Jr., Frank Risi, Ben Johnston
  • Patent number: D832812
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Henrik Fyrlund, Stefan Magnander, Clas Johansson