Patents by Inventor Harald Krueger

Harald Krueger has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200037074
    Abstract: A method for the broadcasting of sound to persons (10, 20, 30) with mobile hearing systems (11, 21, 31) at a meeting with a speaker (1) and with an audiovisual system (2, 3, 4), the audiovisual system having a computer (2), a screen (3) and a microphone (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: SONOVA AG
    Inventors: Hans-Ueli RÖCK, Hilmar MEIER, Harald KRUEGER, Manuela FEILNER
  • Publication number: 20190242171
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a drive assembly of a closure element assembly of a motor vehicle, wherein the drive assembly comprises a drive motor and, connected to the drive motor, a feed gearing for generating linear drive movements along a geometrical drive axis, wherein the drive motor and the feed gearing are arranged in a drive train of the drive assembly and the drive train extends between two mechanical drive connections for putting out drive movements and wherein the drive assembly comprises a brake for braking at least a portion of the drive train. It is proposed that the brake is designed such that the braking action of the brake is reduced with an increasing load in the drive train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, Matthias Fischer, Harald Krueger, Michael Buchheim, Sebastian Schoedel
  • Publication number: 20190160940
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filler tube for a fuel tank, having a tube portion made of plastic material and a tubular adapter, which is connected to the tube portion, for coupling the filler tube to the fuel tank, wherein a lateral surface of the adapter is integrally bonded, in particular welded, to a lateral surface of the tube portion, wherein the adapter and the tube portion overlap in the region of the integrally bonded connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Dieter SCHMITZ, Daniela SELIG, Claus KRUEGER, Harald LORENZ
  • Publication number: 20190158969
    Abstract: Provided is a method of adapting settings of a hearing device. The method includes the step of providing start settings and target settings of a user control, wherein the start settings and target settings define an effect of the user control at a start time and at an acclimatization completion time, and wherein the user control is for adjusting at least one setting of the hearing device. Further the method includes the steps of configuring an acclimatization transfer behavior of the user control from the start settings to the target settings, wherein the configuration defines how the settings, which determine an effect of the user control, change over time; and causing, during an acclimatization phase, the hearing device to adjust user control settings from the start settings to the target settings according to the configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Elmar Fichtl, Harald Krueger
  • Publication number: 20190110143
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method for fitting a hearing device to needs and preferences of a user and/or for operating the hearing device. The method comprises determining whether a personal token of the user is located in proximity of the hearing device (10). The method further comprises enabling fitting of the hearing device to the needs and preferences of the user and/or enabling operating of the hearing device only if the personal token has been determined to be located in proximity of the hearing device, otherwise disabling fitting and/or operating of the hearing device (20). Furthermore, a corresponding fitting system and a set of associated hearing devices as well as a use of the latter are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Michael Boretzki, Harald Krueger
  • Patent number: 10225670
    Abstract: A method for operating a hearing system including a hearing device, a camera and an auxiliary device, the method including the steps of providing an input signal to the hearing device, capturing an image or a sequence of images of at least sections of a surrounding of a user wearing the hearing device, processing the image or the sequence of images in the auxiliary device) for obtaining consolidated data of a sound source being important for the user, transmitting the consolidated data to the hearing device, generating an output signal in the hearing device by processing the audio signal and by taking into account the consolidated data, and feeding the output signal to an output transducer of the hearing device. Thereby, a hearing system having improved capabilities is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONOVA AG
    Inventors: Manuela Feilner, Michael Boretzki, Harald Krueger
  • Patent number: 10219727
    Abstract: A method for fitting a hearing device to the needs and preferences of a user of the hearing device is disclosed. In a first step of the disclosed method, a first range for a parameter setting of a first parameter is determined based on a first audiological test performed with the user. In a second step of the disclosed method, the first parameter is adjusted to a first final parameter setting within the first range and/or a second parameter of the hearing device is adjusted to a second final parameter setting based on a second audiological test performed with the user. The second parameter is functionally related to the first parameter such that the first parameter is expressible as a function of the second parameter, and the adjusting is performed such that the first parameter setting remains within the first range. Additionally, corresponding fitting apparatuses and computer-readable media are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Harald Krueger, Juliane Raether, Silvia Allegro-Baumann, Julia Rehmann, Timo Boeld
  • Publication number: 20190046089
    Abstract: A method of performing real ear measurements by a measuring system is described herein. The measuring system comprises a probe element adapted to be inserted in the ear canal of an individual; a loudspeaker configured to deliver a sample sound signal to the ear canal; at least one microphone configured to detect a response to the sample sound signal, wherein the probe element is in acoustic communication with the loudspeaker and cooperates with the at least one microphone; and a signal processing unit for performing an acoustic measurement of a response to the sample sound signal, based on an electrical input signal from the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: SONOVA AG
    Inventors: Stefan Pislak, Alfred Stirnemann, Michael Boretzki, Manfred Duerst, Harald Krueger, Ullrich Sigwanz, Martina Schuepbach-Wolf
  • Publication number: 20190024427
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a drive arrangement of a flap arrangement of a vehicle, wherein the flap arrangement has a flap which can be displaced between an open position and a closed position, wherein the drive arrangement has two mechanical drive connections for the technical drive connection of the drive arrangement and a helical spring arrangement for producing a total resilient force between the two drive connections. It is proposed that the helical spring arrangement have at least one integral helical spring element, in particular a helical compression spring element, having a helical spring axis, that a displacement, in particular a closure displacement, of the flap be associated with a deflection of the helical spring element and that, in order to produce the curve progression of the total resilient force which has different curve gradients, the helical spring element has a progressive resilient behavior at least over a deflection portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, Harald Krueger, Michael Buchheim, Matthias Seidl, Christoph Belz
  • Publication number: 20180371821
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a spindle drive for a tailgate of a vehicle which can be adjusted between two drive end positions, in particular between a retracted position and an extended position, two drive connections being provided for diverting drive movements and a drive train between the drive connections, the drive train comprising a motor unit and a drive worm gear downstream of the motor unit in drive terms, the drive worm gear having a spindle with an external spindle drive and a spindle nut with an internal spindle nut thread which is in screw engagement with the external spindle thread, a brake assembly being provided for braking at least a part of the drive train of the spindle drive. The brake assembly can be adjustable in relation to its braking action and that the brake assembly is coupled for adjustment thereof with a component of the drive train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Heiner Fees, Dominik Hahne, Ulrich Hohl, Harald Krueger, Andreas Ryf
  • Patent number: 9906871
    Abstract: Distant support is provided to a personal hearing system user by a support provider over a network. Support provider and user communicate with each other by speech transmitted over the network. The user depends in regard to understanding speech on his or her hearing aids. During the support session the hearing aids may have to be removed, may have to be switched off or may be programmed in an unfavorable way. In this case, the user may not be able to understand the speech of the support provider any more. The system enables the support provider to select a message from a list of available messages which is then presented as a visual image to the user. The obstructed acoustical channel is bypassed by relying on visual communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Phonak AG
    Inventors: Markus Flu{umlaut over (c)}kiger, Katarina Matthes, Jean Anne Jordan, Harald Krueger
  • Publication number: 20170289712
    Abstract: A method for operating a hearing system including a hearing device, a camera and an auxiliary device, the method including the steps of providing an input signal to the hearing device, capturing an image or a sequence of images of at least sections of a surrounding of a user wearing the hearing device, processing the image or the sequence of images in the auxiliary device) for obtaining consolidated data of a sound source being important for the user, transmitting the consolidated data to the hearing device, generating an output signal in the hearing device by processing the audio signal and by taking into account the consolidated data, and feeding the output signal to an output transducer of the hearing device. Thereby, a hearing system having improved capabilities is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Manuela Feilner, Michael Boretzki, Harald Krueger
  • Patent number: 9774965
    Abstract: An exemplary method for fitting a hearing device to a hearing device user performed by a fitting system operatively connected to but remote from the hearing device includes providing, to the hearing device, an adjustable parameter identified by a fitter using a fitting system and a specification comprising an allowed range for the adjustable parameter defined by the fitter using the fitting system. The method further includes transferring the adjustable parameter and the specification to a user interface operatively connected to the hearing device and located with the hearing device for use by the hearing device user, receiving an adjusted parameter value for the adjustable parameter adjusted by the hearing device user with aid of the user interface to be within the allowed range, and updating the adjustable parameter in a transfer function of the hearing device based on the adjusted parameter value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Jha Siddhartha, Ralph Peter Derleth, Silvia Allegro-Baumann, Harald Krueger
  • Publication number: 20160337769
    Abstract: An exemplary method for fitting a hearing device to a hearing device user performed by a fitting system operatively connected to but remote from the hearing device includes providing, to the hearing device, an adjustable parameter identified by a fitter using a fitting system and a specification comprising an allowed range for the adjustable parameter defined by the fitter using the fitting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Jha Siddhartha, Ralph Peter Derleth, Silvia Allegro-Baumann, Harald Krueger
  • Publication number: 20160324448
    Abstract: A method for fitting a hearing device to the needs and preferences of a user of the hearing device is disclosed. In a first step of the disclosed method a first range for a parameter setting of a first parameter is determined based on a first audiological test performed with the user. In a second step of the disclosed method, the first parameter is adjusted to a first final parameter setting within the first range and/or a second parameter of the hearing device is adjusted to a second final parameter setting based on a second audiological test performed with the user. The second parameter is functionally related to the first parameter such that the first parameter is expressible as a function of the second parameter, and the adjusting is performed such second step it is ensured that the first parameter setting remains within the first range Additionally, corresponding fitting apparatuses and computer-readable media are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Harald KRUEGER, Juliane RAETHER, Silvia ALLEGRO-BAUMANN, Julia REHMANN, Timo BOELD
  • Publication number: 20160208880
    Abstract: The application relates to a brake arrangement for braking a flap of a motor vehicle, wherein a connecting element, which is rotatable in a braked manner about a brake axis, for releasing the braking force is provided. It is proposed that a housing accommodating the connecting element and having a first housing part and a second housing part is provided, and that the braking force is adjustable by means of an adjustment movement of the two housing parts with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Harald Krueger, Nico Oertel, Alexander Reich, Niels Glage, Florian Hoefner
  • Patent number: 9398386
    Abstract: The present invention proposes two alternative methods for remote fitting of one or two hearing devices (5, 5?), i.e. where a hearing device fitter (1) located in a first room (R1) provides remote support to a user (6) of the one or two hearing devices (5, 5?) located in a distant second room (R2) in order to adjust the one or two hearing devices (5, 5?) to the individual needs of the user (6). According to a first method a voice rendering signal processing is applied to the fitter's voice, thus achieving that the fitter's voice is perceived by the user (6) as if the user (6) were at a virtual user location (L) in the first room (R1) wearing the one or two hearing devices (5, 5?). The same is achieved according to a second, alternative method, wherein the fitter's voice is picked up by at least one or two microphones of one or two further hearing devices located at the virtual user location (L) at a first position (P1) and/or at a second position (P2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SONOVA AG
    Inventors: Michael Boretzki, Harald Krueger, Stefan Launer
  • Publication number: 20160205482
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a hearing device to hearing preferences of a user. A frequency transposition device is configurable by at least two frequency modification parameters (CR, Fk, FHL, W). The method includes manually adjusting at least two control elements each associated with a different one of at least two auditory perceptive dimensions (H, D, V, A), and automatically setting the at least two frequency modification parameters (CR, Fk, FHL, W) based on the adjusting of said at least two control elements. An alternative method includes manually adjusting at least one control element associated with one of the at least two frequency modification parameters, and determining based on said adjusting a qualitative prediction value for each of at least two auditory perceptive dimensions. Moreover, corresponding apparatuses for adjusting a hearing device including a frequency transposition device are presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Juliane Raether, Harald Krueger, Siddhartha Jha
  • Publication number: 20150327797
    Abstract: A method includes: a first test including adjustment by the patient of the sound pressure level of an audio stimulus to a specified hearing perception level and selection of the corresponding sound pressure level, thereby generating a first test result corresponding to the value of the sound pressure level selected by the patient; a second test including adjustment by the patient of the sound pressure level of the audio stimulus to the same specified hearing perception level and selection of the corresponding sound pressure level, thereby generating a second test result corresponding to the value of the adjusted sound pressure level selected by the patient; comparing the first test result and the second test result. The result of the test is accepted or rejected based on the closeness of the test results, and feedback is provided to the patient based on this closeness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Nicola Schmitt, Michael Boretzki, Harald Krueger
  • Publication number: 20150296308
    Abstract: Distant support is provided to a personal hearing system user by a support provider over a network. Support provider and user communicate with each other by speech transmitted over the network. The user depends in regard to understanding speech on his or her hearing aids. During the support session the hearing aids may have to be removed, may have to be switched off or may be programmed in an unfavorable way. In this case, the user may not be able to understand the speech of the support provider any more. The system enables the support provider to select a message from a list of available messages which is then presented as a visual image to the user. The obstructed acoustical channel is bypassed by relying on visual communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: PHONAK AG
    Inventors: Markus Fluckiger, Katarina Matthes, Jean Anne Jordan, Harald Krueger