Patents Examined by Suhan Ni
  • Patent number: 10356516
    Abstract: A bone conduction microphone device that registers speech signals from a user. The microphone device includes a housing having an abutment or contact part, which has a central axis substantially parallel to a predetermined distal direction and a predetermined proximal direction. The abutment, during use, abuts against and is in vibratory contact with tissue of a head or neck of the user, and receives, during use, vibrations, representing a speech signal and propagating through at least a part of the user's tissue or bone structures in the head or neck when the user is speaking. The housing further includes or is connected to at least one sealing element, which substantially or at least partly encircles the abutment or contact part about the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nextlink IPR AB
    Inventors: Jan Larsen, Dennis Normann Andersen
  • Patent number: 10356529
    Abstract: A film speaker includes a metal foil; a diaphragm apart from and opposed to the metal foil; an elastomer for supporting the diaphragm; and a voice coil disposed on the metal foil for producing magnetic field. The diaphragm includes a substrate layer and a magnetic material layer attached to a surface of the substrate layer for interacting with a magnetic field produced by the voice coil so as to drive the diaphragm to vibrate for generating sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Yao Hui, Shujuan Li
  • Patent number: 10342976
    Abstract: A binaural cochlear implant system (system) includes first and second microphones associated with first and second ears of a patient, respectively. The microphones detect an audio signal presented to the patient and output first and second signals representative of the audio signal as detected at the first and second ears, respectively. The system also includes a first sound processor that receives the first signal from the first microphone and the second signal from a second sound processor by way of a communiation link with the second sound processors. The first sound processor generates first and second fine structure signals representative of fine structure information of the first and second fine structure signals, respectively, and generates a timing pulse signal based on the first and second fine structure signals. The first sound processor uses the timing pulse signal to represent to the patient an interaural time difference between the first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Chen Chen, Leonid M. Litvak
  • Patent number: 10349185
    Abstract: An MEMS microphone comprises a substrate (100), a support portion (200), a superimposed layer (600), an upper plate (300) and a lower plate (400). The substrate (100) is provided with an opening (120) penetrating the middle thereof; the lower plate (400) is arranged above and spanning the substrate (100); the support portion (200) is fixed on the lower plate (400); the upper plate (300) is attached on the support portion (200); an accommodation cavity (500) is formed from the support portion (200), the upper plate (300) and the lower plate (400); the superimposed layer (600) is attached on an central region of the upper plate (300) or the lower plate (400), and insulation is achieved between the upper plate (300) and a lower plate (400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Yonggang Hu
  • Patent number: 10341780
    Abstract: A miniature speaker comprises a first housing body and a second housing body, which are combined together. A vibrating system and a magnetic circuit system are accommodated in a space defined by the first housing body and the second housing body. The miniature speaker is characterized in that the sidewall at the end of the second housing body, which is combined with the first housing body, surrounds the periphery of the first housing body; a gap is provided between the outer edge of the first housing body and the inner side of the sidewall of the second housing body; the miniature speaker further comprises a sealing member which covers the first housing body, and the edge of the sealing member is located in the gap, which makes the gap between the first housing body and the second housing body sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventors: Zhibing Wang, Gang Chen, Minghui Shao, Guanglei Liu
  • Patent number: 10335591
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for processing an auditory signal to generate auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli in response to an incoming acoustic signal are disclosed. An example method includes dividing the incoming acoustic signal into one or more frequency envelopes. The example method also includes determining which auditory prosthesis electrodes to stimulate. The example method additionally includes determining a temporal reference point to which auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli are referenced. The example method further includes determining a delay for each of the auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli from the temporal reference point. The example method yet further includes determining amplitudes of the auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli. The example method also includes determining a wait period length before each successive temporal reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Stefan Mauger, Mohit Shivdasani
  • Patent number: 10334355
    Abstract: A loudspeaker array has a cabinet in which is formed a continuously open circumferential horn for controlling sound produced by a number of transducers which are positioned in the cabinet, at a throat of the horn. The continuously open circumferential horn may 1) improve the power efficiency of the transducers without unwanted aliasing effects in audible frequency ranges and 2) provide vertical control for sound emitted by the transducers by flaring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Christopher Wilk, John H. Sheerin, Suzanne Hardy, Tom-Davy William Jendrik Saux
  • Patent number: 10321218
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ear device for fixing an earphone, comprising: a fixing body which is formed in the shape of a C-shaped ring so as to be worn on and fixed to an auricle while surrounding the rear part of the auricle; an earphone module, positioned in a groove in the front part of the auricle, for transferring sound to an ear hole; and a support connector which extends in the shape of a ring that traverses a user's auricle from one portion of the fixing body to the earphone module, the support connector being formed of an elastic body or flexible metal so as to, according to deformation of the support connector, enable the fixing body and the earphone module to be separated from each other or to approach each other so that the fixing body and the earphone module are engaged with and fixed to each other on the auricle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Seung Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 10306385
    Abstract: A passive vibration cancellation system manufactured of a plurality of waterproof diaphragms and a more rigid support structure is sized to cover a microphone of an auditory prosthesis. The system includes multiple flexible diaphragms that deform in opposite directions when acted upon by sound, but deform in the same direction when acted upon by vibrations. The system can further include a collar or other compliant element to help secure a microphone assembly into the auditory prosthesis housing, while further reducing vibration transmission between the housing and the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Patrik Kennes, James Vandyke
  • Patent number: 10306345
    Abstract: A headphone having a pair of housings including speaker units, an ear accommodating portion having a frame surrounding an ear and in contact with a head part and a connection portion connecting the frame and the housing, covering the ear, and providing ventilation to the ear, and an arm connecting the pair of housings to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Vie Style, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Imamura
  • Patent number: 10306347
    Abstract: Provided is a sound reproduction device including: speakers; light emitting elements provided to a part of each of the speakers, or in a vicinity of each of the speakers; a detecting section configured to detect a beat of an audio signal reproduced by the speakers, and output a detection signal corresponding to the beat; and a light emission control signal outputting section configured to output a light emission control signal for controlling a light emission mode of the light emitting elements according to the detection signal. The light emission control signal outputting section outputs a first light emission control signal according to the detection signal, and outputs a second light emission control signal when a period in which the beat is not detected exceeds a set period, the second light emission control signal being for controlling the light emitting elements to perform a predetermined light emission mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Saijo, Satoshi Akagawa, Hiroshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10306349
    Abstract: An earphone, comprising a rear housing, a front housing, and a loudspeaker unit which divides a cavity formed by the rear housing and the front housing into a front and rear acoustic cavities; wherein the earphone further comprises a sound adjusting element; the front housing is provided with a sound outlet hole and mode posts, and the sound adjusting element is provided with a sound adjusting hole corresponding to the sound outlet hole and a mode adjustment groove corresponding to the mode posts; when the sound adjusting element rotates, the mode adjustment groove may be limited by different mode posts, thus adjusting the volume of the front acoustic cavity and the area of a sound hole for the front acoustic cavity. Use of the above-described invention enables the middle and high frequency responses of the earphone to be adjusted and enables a single earphone to provide different sound characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Yanpeng Zhao, Qigao Chen, Tonghui Guo, Ping Xie
  • Patent number: 10291980
    Abstract: A retaining member for an earphone includes an outer layer of a first material surrounding an inner core of a second material. The retaining member extends from the earphone, and is curved to generally match the shape the antihelix of a human ear. The second material is harder than the first material, providing a stiffness to the retaining member that causes it to apply an upward and backward force against the antihelix when the retaining member is bent to fit under the antihelix of a particular user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Silvestri, Eric M. Wallace, Kevin P. Annunziato, Stephen D. Boyle, Joshua Kevin Dryden
  • Patent number: 10284967
    Abstract: A hearing device, particularly a hearing aid, has a housing, a signal processing unit arranged in the housing, a first sound generator disposed in the housing, and a second sound generator. The first sound generator and the second sound generator are configured to convert an output signal from the signal processing unit into sound. The second sound generator is a thermo-acoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuan Foong Lee, Eduardo Jr Bas, Hoong Yih Chan
  • Patent number: 10271122
    Abstract: In a modular approach to complement a miniature multimedia recorder with additional components, provision is made for a miniature multimedia recorder set comprising a main device and an additional device, the main device comprising at least a sensor such as an audio or audio/video acquisition unit, a processor, a memory and a battery, and the additional device comprising an optional circuit for the main device, said main device comprising a first housing and said additional device comprising a second housing, characterized in that the first housing or the second housing comprises at least one magnet cooperating with a metallic part on the second or the first housing, respectively, said first and second housing comprising guiding elements to ensure proper positioning between the first and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Pascal Mauroux, Loic Ray, Sebastien Howald, Patrick Camina, Jean-Francois Herminjard
  • Patent number: 10251002
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods for noise characterization and attenuation for hearing assistance devices. In various embodiments, a method of operating a hearing assistance device includes receiving an audio signal using a microphone of the hearing assistance device and identifying a transient in the audio signal. Linear predictive coding (LPC) is used to isolate speech segments and non-speech segments of the transient and fluctuating noise, and the non-speech segments of the transient and fluctuating noise are attenuated to reduce annoyance of the noise and maintain audibility of perceptually important transients in speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Salvetti, Martin McKinney
  • Patent number: 10250961
    Abstract: A speaker module is disclosed, which comprises an inner cavity defined by a shell, and a magnetic circuit system and a vibrating system arranged inside the inner cavity, wherein the vibrating system comprises a vibrating diaphragm fixed in the inner cavity, a voice coil is fixed to a lower end of the vibrating diaphragm, a first induction coil is provided to an upper end of the vibrating diaphragm, the voice coil is electrically connected with the first induction coil via its down-lead, and a second induction coil is provided above the first induction coil for electrically connecting a terminal device. When the speaker module operates, the terminal device conducts a current signal of an external audio to the second induction coil, so that the second induction coil generates a magnetic field which changes along with the change of the audio signal current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Zhibing Zhang, Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 10250991
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vibration loudspeaker, comprising a housing, a back lid matching the housing, and a vibration system and a magnetic circuit system in the housing; the housing and the back lid are both square-shaped structures; the four corners of the square-shaped structure of the housing are provided with a recess, and the four corners of the back lid corresponding to the four corners of the housing are provided with a step, such that the back lid and the housing snap together and fix to each other. The vibration loudspeaker of the present invention effectively enhances the firmness of the fitting between the back lid and the housing, thereby enhancing the overall strength of the vibration loudspeaker product of the present invention. The vibration loudspeaker of the present invention has high overall strength, good reliability, and strong shock resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Jizong Wang, Dong Li, Chao Xu
  • Patent number: 10244325
    Abstract: The invention relates to audio transducers, such as loudspeaker, microphones and the like, and includes improvements in or relating to hinge systems for rotational action audio transducers. The hinge systems of the invention being configured to operatively support a diaphragm in use, and comprising a hinge assembly having one or more hinge joints, wherein each hinge joint comprises a hinge element and a contact member. The contact member comprises a contact surface and the configuration is such that during operation each hinge joint is configured to allow the hinge element to move relative to the associated contact member, while maintaining a substantially consistent physical contact with the contact surface. The hinge assembly biases the hinge element towards the contact surface. Preferably the hinge assembly is configured to apply a biasing force to the hinge element of each joint toward the associated contact surface, compliantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: David John Palmer, Michael Ian Palmer
  • Patent number: 10237643
    Abstract: A loudspeaker comprising at least three first emitting heads (11) adapted to emit in a first frequency range, and at least one second emitting head (13) adapted to emit in a second frequency range, the first emitting heads (11) are located in close proximity to each other in the vertices of a virtual regular polygon with the number of vertices equal to the number of first emitting heads (11), and the second emitting head (13) is located in proximity to the geometric center of said virtual polygon, wherein the first emitting heads have conical diaphragms (14), oriented with their convex side in the direction of the listener, and the emission axes of the first emission heads are inclined at an angle (?) to a perpendicular drawn through the center of the polygon, where the angle (?) is in a range of from 5 to 25 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Eugeny Boguslavskiy