Patents Assigned to Cochlear Limited
  • Patent number: 10123138
    Abstract: Presented herein are transcutaneous bone conduction devices having seismic mass actuators that impart vibration to a recipient's skull via relative movement of an associated seismic mass and a coupling mass. The vibration may be generated based on sound signals received at one or more microphones that are suspended from the seismic mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Johan Gustafsson
  • 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: 10112041
    Abstract: A system for cleaning mating parts of an implantable connector includes an implantable connector and a cleaning structure. The implantable connector includes first and second detachable mating parts configured: to be implantable in living tissue; to terminate at least a first segment of a cable; and to have with first and second interfacing surfaces, respectively. The clean structure includes: a cleaning structure configured to clean the first and second interfacing surfaces as the first and second mating parts are being engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Powell, C. Roger Leigh, James Dalton
  • Patent number: 10117033
    Abstract: An implantable actuator system is disclosed. The system comprises a hermetically sealed housing; an actuator positioned in the housing, the actuator having at least one element displaceable relative to the housing; a coupling element connecting the actuator to the recipient's ear; and a diaphragm positioned at an end of the housing to provide a hermetic seal between the coupling element and the housing, wherein the diaphragm has sufficient flexibility to permit the coupling element to transmit vibrations to or from the actuator, wherein a liquid is positioned around the displaceable element of actuator to dampen the frequency response of the actuator, and in certain aspects, to make the system insensitive to differences in pressure between inside and outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Jan Vermeiren
  • Patent number: 10105539
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and devices for configuring a stimulation unit of a hearing device by determining whether the stimulation unit can process received stimulation data. In an example method, the stimulation unit receives one or more data signals, which comprise at least one stimulation signal that includes stimulation data, and processes one of the data signals to determine whether it can process the stimulation data in order to generate one or more stimuli. If the stimulation unit can process the stimulation data, the method includes operating the stimulation unit in a normal mode, in which case the stimulation unit processes the stimulation data to generate the one or more stimuli. On the other hand, if the stimulation unit cannot process the stimulation data, the method includes operating the stimulation in a safe mode, in which case the stimulation unit does not process the stimulation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Luk Macken, Frédéric Goddeeris, Koen Van Herck
  • Patent number: 10111017
    Abstract: A device, including an actuator configured to evoke a hearing percept via actuation thereof, wherein the device is configured to make a detection of at least one phenomenon related to the actuator that is indicative of a recipient of the device speaking and control circuitry, wherein the control circuitry is configured to control an operation of the device based on the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Martin Evert Gustaf Hillbratt, Tobias Good, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 10104482
    Abstract: A button sound processor, including an RF coil, such as an inductance coil, and a sound processing apparatus and a magnet, which can be a permanent magnet, wherein the button sound processor has a skin interface side configured to interface with skin of a recipient, and the button sound processor is configured such that the magnet is installable into the button sound processor from the skin interface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Tadeusz Jurkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10097934
    Abstract: Presented herein are low-power active bone conduction devices that comprise an actuator that is subcutaneously implanted within a recipient so as to deliver mechanical output forces to hard tissue of the recipient. The low-power active bone conduction devices include an energy recovery circuit configured to extract non-used energy from the actuator and to store the non-used energy for subsequent use by the actuator. The low-power active bone conduction devices may also include a multi-bit sigma-delta converter that operates in accordance with a scaled sigma-delta quantization threshold value to convert received signals representative of sound into actuator drive signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Werner Meskens, Wim Bervoets, Carl Van Himbeeck
  • Patent number: 10091589
    Abstract: A hearing prosthesis, the hearing prosthesis including a plurality of sound capture devices and a determinator configured to generate a parameter indicative of an orientation of the plurality of sound capture devices relative to a reference, wherein the hearing prosthesis is configured to adjust a direction of focus of the hearing prosthesis based on at least the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Ridler, Martin James Cosenza
  • Patent number: 10091594
    Abstract: An external component of a medical device, including an actuator including a static magnetic flux path that reacts with a dynamic magnetic flux path to actuate the actuator, and a magnetic retention system configured to retain the external component to a recipient via interaction with a ferromagnetic component attached to a recipient, the magnetic retention system including a magnetic flux path that encircles the static magnetic flux path of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Johan Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 10091591
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for dynamically setting, in real-time, a ratio of acoustical stimulation signals to electrical stimulation signals delivered by a hearing prosthesis. The ratio of the acoustical stimulation signals to the electrical stimulation signals is set based on one or more characteristics or attributes of the input sound signals that are received and processed by the hearing prosthesis in order to generate the acoustical and electrical stimulation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Michael Goorevich, Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 10080893
    Abstract: A prosthesis including an external device and an implantable component. The external device includes a first inductive communication component. The implantable component includes a second inductive communication component, wherein the implantable component is configured to be implanted under skin of a recipient. The external device is configured to transmit power via magnetic induction transcutaneoulsy to the implantable component via the second inductive communication component. The internal component is configured to receive at least a portion of the power transmitted from the external device via the inductive communication component. At least one of the first and second inductive communication components comprise an inductive communication component configured to vary its effective coil area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Werner Meskens
  • Patent number: 10065035
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems and methods for transmitting configuration between a command module and a stimulation module of a hearing prosthesis. In accordance with at least some embodiments of the disclosed systems and methods, a hearing prosthesis determines that a block of configuration data is queued for transmission. In response to this determination, the hearing prosthesis divides the amount of queued configuration data into a plurality of configuration data fragments and transmits the data fragments separately. In some embodiments, the command module appends each configuration data fragment to a different packet of stimulation commands and transmits to the stimulation module appended stimulation packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Koen Van den Heuvel, Koen Van Herck
  • Patent number: 10070214
    Abstract: A bone conduction device, including a bone fixture adapted to be fixed to bone, a vibratory element adapted to be attached to the bone fixture and configured to vibrate in response to sound signals, and a vibration isolator adapted to be disposed between the vibratory element and the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Carl Van Himbeeck, Marcus Andersson, David N. Morris, Gunnar Kristian Åsnes
  • Patent number: 10058702
    Abstract: A magnetic alignment system that can form part of a cochlear implant system. The magnetic alignment system prevents substantial movement of a magnet of an implanted component during an MRI procedure or allows for easy removal of the magnet to facilitate the MRI procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Peter Gibson, Charles Roger Aaron Leigh, Frank Risi, David Walker
  • Patent number: 10052480
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and computing devices for fitting bilateral hearing prostheses. An example method includes sending a signal to a first hearing prosthesis and a second hearing prosthesis. The signal causes the first hearing prosthesis to deliver a first stimulus to a body part in a left auditory pathway of a user. The signal also causes the second hearing prosthesis to deliver a second stimulus to a body part in a right auditory pathway of the user. The first stimulus and the second stimulus cause the user to perceive a sound and are delivered simultaneously. The method also includes receiving an indication of a perception of the sound by the user. The method further includes determining an adjustment to at least one of the first stimulus or the second stimulus based on the perception of the sound by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Zachary M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10029095
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hearing prosthesis comprising a first housing containing a primary signal processor that receives signals output by a microphone; and a second housing removably connectable to the first housing; wherein a user interface is provided on the second housing that provides control of one or more features of the operation of the primary signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Gunther Van Der Borght, Jan Janssen
  • Patent number: 10022535
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for implanting and securing an implanted medical device in a recipient. The implantable medical device of the generally includes an electrode assembly that comprises an elongate carrier member having at least one stimulating electrode positioned thereon. The carrier member further has a fixation structure positioned thereon configured to interact with a portion of the rigid structure to longitudinally secure the carrier member in the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Peter Gibson
  • 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