Patents Examined by Phylesha Dabney
  • Patent number: 12028684
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are systems and methods for spatially differentiated noise reduction for hearing device applications. A method includes sensing sound signals with a hearing device. A front-facing directional beam and a rear-facing directional beam are produced using the sensed sound signals, and the front-facing directional beam and the rear-facing directional beam are combined to obtain an output directional beam. The front-facing directional beam or the output directional beam is compared to the rear-facing directional beam to determine a front-rear differential. Responsive to a determination that the front-rear differential indicates that the rear-facing directional beam is dominant, the amount of noise reduction of the output directional beam is increased. Responsive to a determination that the front-rear differential indicates that the rear-facing directional beam is not dominant, an amount of noise reduction of the output directional beam is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Scheller
  • Patent number: 12028688
    Abstract: There is provided a hearing aid with a Receiver In The Ear speaker assembly comprising a connecting member with electric conductors connecting a connector at one end, and a receiver housing with a receiver at the opposite end. A microphone housing with a microphone is attached to the connecting member. The microphone housing with the microphone is separated by a distance from the receiver in the receiver housing, thus reducing acoustic or mechanical feedback problems. Especially, the microphone and connector may share one common housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Jacob Anders Roug, Peter Sommer, Martin Larsen, Anders Højsgaard Thomsen, Peter H. Weis, Bjarke Mejnertsen
  • Patent number: 12003919
    Abstract: Provided is a speaker box, including: an upper cover, an upper steel sheet; a lower cover, a lower steel sheet; a receiving space, an acoustic unit; and an insert plate arranged in the rear cavity. Upper and lower sides of the insert plate abut against the upper steel sheet and the lower steel sheet, respectively, a position of at least one of the upper steel sheet or the lower steel sheet aligned with the insert plate is provided with a fixing groove passing therethrough, and the insert plate is fixed to at least one of the upper steel sheet or the lower steel sheet through glue injection in the fixing groove. The speaker has characteristics of convenient mounting, good anti-shell vibration effect, and reduced mounting space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: AAC Microtech (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li Ren, Chaoyuan Li
  • Patent number: 12003921
    Abstract: A hearing aid comprises a) an ITE-part adapted for being located at or in an ear canal of the user, b) a forward path for processing sound from the environment of the user. The forward path comprises b1) at least one first input transducer providing at least one first electric input signal representing said sound as received at the respective at least one first microphone, said at least one first input transducer being located to allow picking up sound from the environment of the user, b2) an audio signal processor comprising a gain unit for applying a frequency and/or level dependent prescribed gain to compensate for a hearing impairment of the user to said at least one first electric input signal, or a signal or signals originating therefrom, and configured to provide a processed signal in dependence thereof, b3) an output transducer for providing stimuli perceivable as sound to the user in dependence of said processed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Lars Bramsløw, Svend Oscar Petersen
  • Patent number: 11998354
    Abstract: A hearing aid having one or more biometrical sensors, where the hearing aid comprises at least one microphone configured to receive a sound of the surroundings, a signal processor configured to process the sound received from the microphone and a speaker unit configuration configured to emit the processed sound into the ear of a user, wherein one or more sensors is positioned substantially in the ear together with at least a part of the hearing aid, wherein the one or more sensors is configured as biometrical sensors configured for recording health data of a hearing aid user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Svend Oscar Petersen, Mathias Bruun Larsen, Sergi Rotger Griful, José Antonio Esparza Isasa, Mikkel Nielsen, Kim Mølholm Hejlesen, Henrik Bendsen, Preben Kvist, Svend Erik Elgaard, Jeanette Bülow Nielsen, Zenia Holtzmann Lausten, Malte Kiewning, Jesper B. Johansen, Nicolai Westergren, Tanveer Bhuiyan, Sudershan Y. S
  • Patent number: 11980477
    Abstract: Hearing aid system comprising at least one hearing aid is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Tanveer Bhuiyan, Nicolai Westergren
  • Patent number: 11979716
    Abstract: A hearing aid system for selectively conditioning audio signals associated with a recognized object may include at least one processor. The processor may be programmed to receive audio signals acquired by a wearable microphone; analyze the received audio signals to obtain an isolated audio stream associated with a sound-emanating object in the environment of the user; determine an audioprint from the isolated audio stream; and use the audioprint to retrieve from a database information relating to the particular sound-emanating object. Based on the retrieved information, the processor may cause selective conditioning of at least one audio signal received by the wearable microphone from a region associated with the at least one sound-emanating object; and cause transmission of the at least one conditioned audio signal to a hearing interface device configured to provide sounds to an ear of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: OrCam Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Tai Rosenwein, Roi Nathan, Yonatan Wexler, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 11979729
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sound-producing device including a voice coil, comprising a bobbin and a voice coil body wound outside the bobbin; and a damper having a first connecting part and a second connecting part; wherein the first connecting part is fixedly connected to the voice coil, and the second connecting part is fixed on the sound-producing device; there is provided a planar elastic member between the first connecting part and the second connecting part, the planar elastic member is bent and extends from the first connecting part to the second connecting part; the damper is made of conductive material, and is configured to establish electrical communication with the voice coil; the sound-producing device has a height in a vibration direction thereof ranging from 5 mm to 200 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventors: Jianbin Yang, Shousong Qiang, Chunfa Liu
  • Patent number: 11979731
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sound-producing device, including: a voice coil configured to be able to be input an electrical signal; and a damper including a first connecting part, a planar elastic part and a second connecting part. The first connecting part is configured to be connected to the voice coil; the second connecting part is configured to be fixed to the sound-producing device; the planar elastic part is formed by the first connecting part being bent and extending toward the second connecting part; the damper has a mechanical stiffness Kms of 0.2 N/mm to 2 N/mm; the sound-producing device has a resonance frequency F0 of 50 Hz to 300 Hz; the sound-producing device has a total harmonic distortion THD of less than 10% in a frequency range of 100 Hz to 300 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventors: Jianbin Yang, Shousong Qiang, Chunfa Liu
  • Patent number: 11979711
    Abstract: A speaker unit that has a housing, a lower substrate that is fixed to the housing, a plurality of first ultrasonic vibrators that are arranged on the lower substrate, an upper substrate that is fixed to the housing and has a plurality of openings (OP) formed therein at locations that correspond to the first ultrasonic vibrators, and a plurality of second ultrasonic vibrators that are arranged on the upper substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: AFUR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Furuhira
  • Patent number: 11974112
    Abstract: Disclosed are a damper and a sound-producing device. The damper includes a first connecting part, a planar elastic part and a second connecting part. One side of the first connecting part is cooperatively connected to a voice coil; an end of the first connecting part is bent and extends toward the other side of the first connecting part to form the planar elastic part, the planar elastic part and the first connecting part being in the same plane; the second connecting part is connected to one end of the planar elastic part away from the first connecting part and is configured to be fixedly connected; the damper is of a line-like shape formed by winding of a metal wire, a Young's modulus of a wire rod of the metal wire is 0.7e11 pa to 3e11 pa, a mechanical stiffness Kms of a wire rod of the metal wire is 0.2 N/mm to 2 N/mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventors: Jianbin Yang, Shousong Qiang, Chunfa Liu
  • Patent number: 11974100
    Abstract: A hearing device, in particular an in-the-ear hearing device, has a housing shell which encloses an electronics chamber like a cup. A cover plate is connected to the housing shell to terminate the electronics chamber. An electronics frame protrudes from the cover plate into the electronics chamber and by which an electric and/or an electronic component of the hearing device is reversibly mounted at least in directions parallel to the cover plate. At least one frame lock is reversibly coupled to the electronics frame, by which the electrical and/or electronic component is fixed on the electronics frame in a direction perpendicular to the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tobias Merkl, Pascal Schreiber
  • Patent number: 11962974
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for customizing an auditory prosthesis or other medical device. Customizing the auditory prosthesis includes obtaining and evaluating system data. The system data includes data from multiple sensors, including one or more sensors of an auditory prosthesis and one or more sensors of a recipient computing device. Based on the evaluation of the system data, a target behavior is determined, such as operating the auditory prosthesis in a particular sonic environment or with particular auditory prosthesis settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Jan Patrick Frieding, Carl Uvesten, Fredrik Breitholtz, Nicholas Feeney
  • Patent number: 11962978
    Abstract: A remote-control unit (10) is adapted for sending a control signal with instructions as an acoustic signal for controlling a hearing assistive device (20). A calibration method comprises outputting tone frequencies applied by the control signal, receiving the output tone frequencies and compare tone frequency levels relatively to a reference, adjusting relative volumes of the tone frequencies applied by the control signal in dependence of the comparison, and storing the adjusted relative volumes of the tone frequencies for use when sending a control signal with instructions as acoustic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Johannes Pihl, Sven Creutz Thomsen, Johan Andersen, Michael Ungstrup, Martin Soderlind, Nanna Elkjaer Moller
  • Patent number: 11956598
    Abstract: A loudspeaker box that is particularly suitable for a hearing aid, includes a cup-like box bottom shell, which delimits a box interior for at least partially receiving a loudspeaker, and a cup-like box cover shell, which, in the intended assembly state of the loudspeaker box, is placed on the box bottom shell overlapping it for a part of its cup height to enclose the box interior and to house the loudspeaker. In the intended assembly state, the box bottom shell and the box top shell form a fluid-tight seal of the box interior in the region of their overlap by the use of a material with increased elasticity relative to the box bottom shell and/or the box cover shell. The box bottom shell and cover shell are reversibly connected to one another in a nondestructively releasable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin Bayer, Stefanie Beyfuss, Holger Kral, Hartmut Ritter
  • Patent number: 11943588
    Abstract: An exemplary method, comprising generating an inductance signal utilizing an external component held against skin of a recipient, and receiving the inductance signal via an implanted inductance coil implanted in the recipient, wherein a layer of skin is located between the inductance coil and a skull a recipient in which the inductance coil is implanted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Andersson, Marcus Vardfjäll, Kristian Gunnar Asnes
  • Patent number: 11937034
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system including at least one loudspeaker unit, at least one mounting device, wherein the at least one loudspeaker unit is connectable to the at least one mounting device. The at least one mounting device is designed as an overlay, which has at least two countersunk grooves towards the interior, which correspond to protrusions on the exterior of the at least one loudspeaker unit when the overlay receives the at least one loudspeaker unit, wherein the at least two countersunk grooves each have a tangential offset approximately centrally, wherein in the path of the tangential offset there is a latch protrusion which gives the protrusions on the exterior of the at least one loudspeaker unit a tight fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: BXM Development B.V.
    Inventor: Dave Gerichhausen
  • Patent number: 11937049
    Abstract: A hearing device comprises an input transducer; a signal processor; an output transducer; a transceiver configured for wireless data communication, an antenna for electromagnetic field emission and electromagnetic field reception, the antenna coupled to the transceiver, and a module. The module comprises a transceiver interface coupled to the transceiver, an antenna interface coupled to the antenna, a transmission path configured for sending signals from the transceiver to the antenna, the transmission path comprising a transmission amplifier, a reception path configured for sending signals from the antenna to the transceiver, the reception path comprising a reception amplifier, and a bypass path configured for sending signals between the transceiver and antenna by bypassing the transmission path and the reception path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: GN HEARING 2 A/S
    Inventors: Hans Erik Gram, Birol Akdeniz, Kim Fälling Andersen
  • Patent number: 11937038
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for earphones with motion sensitive inflation. Information may be obtained relating to a user of an audio output element that outputs audio signals, with at least portion of the audio output element being in contact with the user. One or both of outputting of the audio signals and the contact between the audio output element and the user may be assessed based on the obtained information. Based on the assessing, one or more adjustments applicable to the audio output element may be determined, with at least one adjustment applying to positioning of the at least portion of the audio output element. The determining includes configuring the at least one adjustment to account for and/or counteract effects of the positioning on one or both of outputting of the audio signals and the contact between the audio output element and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: VOYETRA TURTLE BEACH, INC
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Christopher Church
  • Patent number: 11930324
    Abstract: An illustrative system includes a hearing device and a charging device configured to provide a power signal to the hearing device while the hearing device is within a charging range of the charging device. The hearing device and the charging device are configured to establish a primary communication channel between the hearing device and the charging device and participate in an authenticated pairing procedure for the primary communication channel in which authentication information is transmitted from one device to the other by way of a secondary communication channel that allows for communication only over distances that are below a threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Georg Dickmann, Alexander Maksyagin, Michael von Tessin, Andreas Breitenmoser