Patents Examined by Phylesha Dabney
  • Patent number: 10812905
    Abstract: A device and a method for audio signal processing for a piezoelectric speaker for generating sound waves in the audible wavelength spectrum includes a signal input for a digital audio signal, a digital correction unit for correcting a nonlinearity of the speaker, a digital PWM generator that converts the signal corrected by the correction unit into a pulse-width modulated switch signal, a power stage controllable by the switch signal such that the speaker can be charged with a voltage for deflecting a membrane, and a closed-loop control circuit that feeds the voltage back as a feedback signal, which includes a first signal noise in the audible frequency range. The closed-loop control circuit of the device includes a noise shaping unit in that shifts a noise energy of the first signal noise outside of the audible frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: USOUND GMBH
    Inventors: Andrea Rusconi Clerici Beltrami, Ferruccio Bottoni, Drago Strle
  • Patent number: 10812916
    Abstract: A hearing instrument includes: a wireless receiver configured for reception of a message relating to a ticket issued for a user of the hearing instrument by a ticket management system; a processing unit configured for processing the message according to a hearing loss of the user; and a speaker configured to convert the processed message into an acoustic signal for transmission towards an eardrum of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Brian Dam Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10812915
    Abstract: A method, comprising receiving at least one sound at an electronic device. The at least one sound is enhanced for the at least one user based on a compound metric. The compound metric is calculated using at least two sound metrics selected from an engineering metric, a perceptual metric, and a physiological metric. The engineering metric comprises a difference between an output signal and a desired signal. At least one of the perceptual metric and the physiological metric is based at least in part on input sensed from the at least one user in response to the received at least one sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Joao F. Santos, Tao Zhang, Yan Zhao, Buye Xu, Ritwik Giri
  • Patent number: 10812910
    Abstract: An electrodynamic transducer includes a rear frame defining an open frame interior, and a front frame enclosing the open frame interior and attached to the rear frame, the front frame including a center hub disposed about a central axis of the transducer. A movable diaphragm is positioned within the open frame interior and operably connected to the rear frame. A magnet assembly is disposed forward of the diaphragm and coupled to the center hub, the magnet assembly defining a magnetic air gap annularly disposed about the central axis. A voice coil is disposed in the magnetic air gap surrounding the magnet assembly and operably connected to the diaphragm. A first spider is coupled between the voice coil and the rear frame behind the diaphragm, and a second spider coupled between the diaphragm and the front frame and disposed forward of the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Toni Otto Lilienthal, Alexander Voishvillo
  • Patent number: 10807858
    Abstract: A device transmits a movement and a force between a first zone and a second zone which are insulated from one another in a sealed manner. The device includes a planar support, a transmission element that is rotatably movable with respect to the support by a pivot joint having an axis of rotation that is parallel to a plane of the support, an opening in the support through which the transmission element passes and level with which the pivot joint is positioned. The transmission element includes at least one first transmission arm on one side of the plane of the support and one second transmission arm on the other side of the plane of the support, and sealed insulation positioned in the opening, such that it insulates the first zone from the second zone in a sealed manner and allows the rotational movement of the transmission element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Loic Joet
  • Patent number: 10805706
    Abstract: A battery changeable-type earbud includes a body from which an acoustic signal is provided to a user, including: a slot with which a battery of the earbud is removably disposed, and an inlet of the slot open at an outer surface of the body and through which the battery is removably disposed with the slot; and an insertion unit protruded from the body, which is insertable to an orifice of the user and through which the acoustic signal is provided from the body of the earbud to the orifice of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huisu Jeong, Kyounghwan Kim, Hwiyeol Park, Jeongkuk Shon, Jaemyung Lee, Junhyeong Lee, Sungjin Lim, Jin S. Heo
  • Patent number: 10798497
    Abstract: A hearing aid device comprising: a body, accommodating a circuit unit; a ear mold, capable of being accommodated in ear canal to convey sound; a connecting portion, capable of connecting the body with the ear mold; a wireless transmission unit, electrically coupled with the circuit unit, capable of communicating with at least one wireless device; and a rechargeable battery unit, coupled with the body and provided with a convex structure on a side facing the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Tom Yu-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 10791400
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided an electroacoustic transducer, comprising: a first electrode; a second electrode; a piezoelectric material at least partially sandwiched between the first electrode and the second electrode; and an optical aperture extending through the electroacoustic transducer, to allow for optical communication to take place through the electroacoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventor: Lionel William John Kent
  • Patent number: 10785580
    Abstract: A method adjusts parameters of a hearing system which has a hearing aid device and a communication device, which is separate from the hearing aid device. A component for acoustic coupling of the hearing aid device to the ear of a hearing-aid wearer is fitted to the hearing aid device. A camera of the communication device is used to capture at least one image of the component used for acoustic coupling. A product identity of the component is identified from the captured image and acoustic transfer characteristics are assigned to the previously identified component. The parameters of the hearing system are adjusted on the basis of these acoustic transfer characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Stefan Aschoff, Roland Weidner, Markus Mueller
  • Patent number: 10785579
    Abstract: A hearing assistance device is discussed that has one or more accelerometers, a user interface, and optionally a left/right determination module is configured to receive input data from the one or more accelerometers from user actions causing control signals as sensed by the accelerometers to trigger a program change for an audio configuration for the device selected from a group consisting of a change in amplification/volume control, a change in a mute mode, a change of a hearing loss profile loaded into that hearing assistance device, and a change in a play-pause mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Eargo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Sarjeant Aase, Jeffrey Baker, Beau Polinske, Gints Klimanis
  • Patent number: 10785557
    Abstract: A MEMS microphone includes a substrate having a cavity, a back plate disposed over the substrate to cover the cavity and having a plurality of acoustic holes, a diaphragm disposed over the substrate to cover the cavity, the diaphragm being disposed under the back plate, including a venting hole communicating with the cavity, and sensing an acoustic pressure to create a displacement, and a first insulation layer interposed between the substrate and the diaphragm to support an end portion of the diaphragm to separate the diaphragm from the substrate, and the first insulation layer having an opening formed at a position corresponding to the cavity to expose the diaphragm. Thus, since the process of forming an anchor may be omitted, the process may be simplified, and process time may be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: DB HITEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Chun Park, Han Choon Lee
  • Patent number: 10779092
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a rechargeable hearing device (1). The proposed hearing device (1) comprises a power supply system (6) with a control unit (10) adapted to control operation of a sound system (2) of the hearing device (1) dependent on a control input signal, wherein the control input signal depends on a type information provided by an external power source (11) indicative of the type of external power source (11) from which the hearing device (1) is receiving a power signal. Moreover, the present invention provides a hearing system (100) comprising such a hearing device (1) and an external power source (11) as well as a method for operating such a hearing device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Sudan Jürg, Aazami Sahba
  • Patent number: 10771877
    Abstract: A system, method and device for a set of wireless earpieces anatomically conformed for wearing in the same ear is disclosed. Each wireless earpiece includes an earpiece housing, a speaker disposed within the earpiece housing, a memory device disposed within the earpiece housing, a transceiver disposed within each earpiece housing; and a processor disposed within each earpiece housing and operatively connected to the speaker and the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Darko Dragicevic, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10771905
    Abstract: A hearing device, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Svend Oscar Petersen, Michael Syskind Pedersen, Anders Thule
  • Patent number: 10743094
    Abstract: A helmet having a dual mode headphone has a helmet. A band is attached to an interior of the helmet. A pair of first housings is provided wherein one of the first housings is formed on each end of the band. A dual mode headphone circuit is provided having a dual-output acoustic transducer module positioned in each of the pair of first housings, the dual-output acoustic transducer module allowing for both air conduction and bone conduction of sound waves. The band is adjustable to position the pair of first housings on the user when the helmet is worn by the user based on a mode of operation of the dual mode headphone circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Jonathan Jan
  • Patent number: 10743119
    Abstract: A hearing assistance device includes a housing component (12) adapted for containing a transceiver (68) and processing circuitry arranged in a compact block structure (50). A feed line (52) is electrically connected to the transceiver (68). An antenna element (30, 80) is electromagnetically coupled with the feed line (52) via a feed element. The feed element is configured as a small feed loop (40) electrically connected with the feed line (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Jan Hesselballe, Martin Rosqvist
  • Patent number: 10735869
    Abstract: An operation method of a terminal may include: executing a voice call service between the terminal and at least one terminal; determining at least one short-range terminal existing within a preset range from among the at least one terminal, based on location information of the terminal; detecting a howling frequency band in which howling occurs between the terminal and the at least one short-range terminal from among a plurality of frequency bands in which the voice call service is performed, based on information of the plurality of frequency bands; and removing the howling by adjusting a gain of the howling frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jun-seong Hong, Jeong-wun Jee
  • Patent number: 10735871
    Abstract: A hearing assistance device such as a hearing aid includes an antenna system that has an adaptive antenna configuration that can be dynamically optimized for communicating with one or more other devices at different locations. The hearing assistance device determines an approximately optimal antenna configuration and adjusts the antenna configuration to that approximately optimal antenna configuration using one or more switches coupled between the antenna system and a communication circuit of the hearing assistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Trevor Webster, Sasidhar Vajha, Jeffrey Paul Solum, Gregory John Haubrich
  • Patent number: 10720275
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a detent assembly are disclosed. The detent assembly includes a base having a major surface, a first magnetic region, and a second magnetic region, where the first and second magnetic regions are disposed on or within the major surface. Each of the first and second magnetic regions includes a magnetic polarity. The detent assembly further includes an actuator connected to the base, where the actuator includes a major surface and a magnetic region disposed on or within the major surface. The magnetic region of the actuator includes the same magnetic polarity as the magnetic polarity of the first and second magnetic regions of the base. The base and the actuator are adapted to move relative to each other. Further, the first and second magnetic regions of the base repel the magnetic region of the actuator to define detent positions between the base and the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Young, Sidney A. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10715644
    Abstract: A port for an electronic device is described that is common to an acoustic transducer and an indicator lamp. On example pertains to an apparatus that includes an external housing, an acoustic port through a surface of the external housing, an acoustic transducer, a tube between the port and the acoustic transducer having a channel to conduct audio from the port to the acoustic transducer, and a lamp to illuminate the channel so that the channel conducts light out the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ajesh Kunnathu Kulangara, Devanathan Kannan