Patents by Inventor Jon C. Taenzer

Jon C. Taenzer 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).

  • Patent number: 6700985
    Abstract: A highly discreet and accurate voice pickup device includes a standard miniature pressure gradient type microphone element provided and mounted very close to the side of the user's head, preferably near the user's ear. The microphone element is oriented so that its direction of maximum sensitivity is parallel to the side of the user's head, and points toward the user's mouth so that it will pick up the user's speech sounds as the sounds diffract and travel along the side of the user's face and head, to the microphone element. The microphone element can be configured with low pass networks at front and rear ports of the microphone element, which cooperate with air volumes within the microphone to provide additional directional properties that advantageously vary with frequency and further enhance the noise-rejection capability of the microphone element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: GN ReSound North America Corporation
    Inventor: Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 6681022
    Abstract: The two-way communication earpiece is a small, inconspicious, and comfortable earpiece which fits behind the ear for sound delivery and pickup. The earpiece may be used with a variety of communication devices, such as telephones, cellular telephones, two-way radios, radios, tape players, CD players, and televisions. The earpiece is configured to be received behind the ear of a user with a sound delivery tube extending from behind the ear into the ear canal of the user. An eartip positioned on the sound delivery tube is preferably a non-occluding type eartip which allows ambient sound to enter the ear canal around the eartip. A microphone is positioned on the earpiece above the ear for voice pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: GN ReSound North Amerca Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Puthuff, Patrick A. Mavrakis, Jon C. Taenzer, David L. Luger, William N. Buchele
  • Patent number: 6631197
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a communication system wherein bone conducted ultrasonic signals are used as carriers to efficiently produce high fidelity, wide audio bandwidth sound. Exemplary embodiments rely on the use of modulation techniques which can achieve high fidelity audible sound, such as carrier plus single sideband (SSB) modulation. Known non-linearities within the ear itself can be exploited to demodulate the modulated ultrasonic carrier without producing audible sounds at the input to the user's ear. The non-linearities of the ear itself, in conjunction with the human brain's perception of audible frequencies generated in response to modulated ultrasonic stimulation, are relied upon to detect audio information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: GN ReSound North America Corporation
    Inventor: Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 6631196
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a communication system wherein ultrasonic signals can be used as carriers to efficiently produce high fidelity, wide audio bandwidth sound. Exemplary embodiments rely on the airborne transport of an inaudible ultrasonic carrier directly into the ear canal of a user, such that the non-linearities within the ear itself can be exploited to demodulate the ultrasonic carrier without producing audible sounds at the input to the user's ear. The non-linearities of the ear itself, in conjunction with the human brain's perception of audible frequencies generated in response to ultrasonic stimulation, are relied upon to detect audio information. The ultrasound-to-audio-sound conversion in the confined volume of the inner ear appears to be constant pressure, as opposed to constant velocity, such that all frequencies of the audio bandwidth (including low frequency bass signals) are produced with comparable sound intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: GN ReSound North America Corporation
    Inventors: Jon C. Taenzer, Robert J. Higgins, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030156722
    Abstract: A highly discreet and accurate voice pickup device includes a standard miniature pressure gradient type microphone element provided and mounted very close to the side of the user's head, preferably near the user's ear. The microphone element is oriented so that its direction of maximum sensitivity is parallel to the side of the user's head, and points toward the user's mouth so that it will pick up the user's speech sounds as the sounds diffract and travel along the side of the user's face and head, to the microphone element. The microphone element can be configured with low pass networks at front and rear ports of the microphone element, which cooperate with air volumes within the microphone to provide additional directional properties that advantageously vary with frequency and further enhance the noise-rejection capability of the microphone element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: Jon C. Taenzer
  • Publication number: 20030152244
    Abstract: A high comfort sound delivery system (10) for use with a personal communications device such as a telephone. The high comfort sound delivery system (10) has a behind the ear piece (12) for holding the device on or near an ear of the user, and a sound horn (14) to be positioned at or near the ear canal of the user. Sound is produced by a speaker (26) in a speaker enclosure portion (15) of the behind the ear piece (12) and is delivered to the sound horn (14) through a generally flexible connecting member (16). Rotational adjustment is provide to rotating the connecting member (16) in relation to a speaker tube connection projection (20) and/or a sound horn tube connection projection (46). A length adjustment is provided by moving an elongated portion (66) of the connecting member (16) of the sound horn tube connection projection (46). Alternate sound horn bodies (42a, 42b, 42c, 42d, 42e, 42f) provide addition rotational adjustment points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventors: David Q. Dobras, Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 6603860
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for monitoring magnetic hearing systems by receiving a magnetic hearing system in an acoustic hearing aid testing device and then detecting the magnetic field output by the magnetic hearing system with a magnetic-to-acoustic testing device when the magnetic hearing system is being tested by the acoustic hearing aid testing device. The magnetic-to-acoustic testing device then develops an acoustic output signal representative of the detected magnetic field which may then be used in traditional acoustic monitoring techniques, such as performing a listening check of the magnetic hearing aid system or performing standard ANSI types of measurements, by the audiologist or tester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: GN ReSound North America Corporation
    Inventors: Jon C. Taenzer, Jeffrey M. Sicurello
  • Patent number: 6445799
    Abstract: A communications earpiece comprises an ear canal tube sized for positioning in an ear canal of a user so that the ear canal is at least partially open for directly receiving ambient sounds. A microphone port in the ear canal tube is located in the ear canal for detecting sounds in the ear canal. A speaker port in the ear canal tube is located in the ear canal in close proximity to the microphone port for broadcasting sound signals into the ear canal. A sound processor amplifies the ambient sounds received by the microphone to produce processed analog signals. The sound processor also comprises noise cancellation means for producing an inverse noise signal of noise detected in the ear canal by the microphone. The inverse noise signal is sent to the speaker port so as to be broadcast into the ear canal thereby substantially canceling the ambient noise in the ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: GN Resound North America Corporation
    Inventors: Jon C. Taenzer, Steven H. Puthuff, Vincent Pluvinage
  • Patent number: 6438245
    Abstract: A mechanism for detachably mounting an earpiece having a receiver and an acoustic tube to any one of a variety of hearing aids includes using an adhesive and a clip attached to the acoustic tube to adhere the clip and thus the earpiece to a surface of the hearing aid, so that an open end of the acoustic tube is near an acoustic aperture of the hearing aid and can thus provide an acoustic sound signal to a microphone within the hearing aid. Alternatively, the clip can be provided with a magnet and a ferric plate can be fixed to a surface of the hearing aid, so that magnetic forces between the magnet and the ferric plate will attach the earpiece and the hearing aid together. The magnet and the ferric plate can be chosen so that the earpiece will separate from the hearing aid when a relative force between the earpiece and the hearing aid exceeds a predetermined threshold, thus preventing injury to a user wearing the hearing aid and the earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: ReSound Corporation
    Inventors: Jon C. Taenzer, William D. Mercer
  • Publication number: 20020076073
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a hearing aid apparatus which can function in a hearing aid state and a communications state, by automatically switching between the hearing aid state and the communications state. Exemplary embodiments combine the functions of headset operation and hearing aid operation into an apparatus which can connect with communication devices and which can automatically reconfigure itself to function as a hearing aid for addressing a hearing impairment of the user. Exemplary embodiments can be configured small and comfortable to permit wear over extended periods of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Jon C. Taenzer, Steven H. Puthuff, David Q. Dobras
  • Patent number: 6308074
    Abstract: A tetherless handset telephone with an earpiece connection port is disclosed. The handset is small in size and has an internal antenna. Thus, the handset can easily be placed within the user's pocket. A belt carrier for use with the handset holds the handset upside-down with the connection port easily accessible. The handset is arranged so that it can be cradled within a base unit and recharged while the handset is face-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: ReSound Corporation
    Inventors: Sunil Chandra, John P. Fairbanks, Jon C. Taenzer, Steven H. Puthuff, Arthur W. Astrin, Patrick A. Mavrakis
  • Patent number: 6181801
    Abstract: A communications earpiece is disclosed which can be used by hearing impaired and non-hearing impaired users so as to be able to communicate with an external device such as personal communications nodes or cellular phones. A communications earpiece comprises a ear canal tube sized for positioning in an ear canal of a user so that the ear canal is at least partially open for directly receiving ambient sounds. A sound processor amplifies received ambient sounds to produced processed analog signals. A bidirectional wired connector is used for connecting the communications earpiece to external devices wherein the processed analog signals produced by the sound processor are sent to the external devices through the connector and signals from the external device are sent to the earpiece through the connector. The signals sent from the external device to the earpiece are then applied to the speaker in the earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Resound Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Puthuff, Vincent Pluvinage, Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 6021207
    Abstract: A communications earpiece is disclosed which can be used by hearing impaired and non-hearing impaired users so as to be able to communicate with an external device such as personal communications node or cellular phone via a wireless link. A communications earpiece comprises an ear canal tube sized for positioning in an ear canal of a user so that the ear canal is at least partially open for directly receiving ambient sounds. A sound processor amplifies the received ambient sounds to produce a processed analog signal. The processed analog signal is then converted into digital signals and transmitted to a remote unit via a wireless link. The earpiece also receives signals from the remote unit which are then processed and applied to a speaker in the earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Resound Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Puthuff, Vincent Pluvinage, Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 6009183
    Abstract: A sound delivery system such as a hearing aid, a telephone headset, a multimedia headset, or other communications device is capable of being used on either the left or right ear of the user. The sound delivery system includes an integral case and ear hook having a rotatable connection for receiving a sound delivery tube. The sound delivery tube is preformed in a generally L-shaped tube. The sound delivery tube has an eartip at one end configured to be received in the ear canal of the user to secure the end of the sound delivery tube in the ear canal. The tube can be rotated about an axis between a left-ear position and a right-ear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignees: Resound Corporation, Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon C. Taenzer, Patrick A. Mavrakis, George V. Anastas, Gary M. Rapps
  • Patent number: 6000492
    Abstract: An earpiece for a sound delivery system has a sound output port for delivering sound into the ear canal of the user. A cerumen block is provided to prevent cerumen or earwax from blocking the sound output port of the earpiece. The cerumen block is formed by a small flap of material which covers the sound output port and blocks cerumen from entering the sound output port in a closed position while allowing sound to pass around the flap and enter the ear canal in an open position. A resilient hinge returns the cerumen flap to the open position once the earpiece has been placed within the ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Resound Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Puthuff, David L. Luger, Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 5987146
    Abstract: An open ear canal hearing aid system is disclosed which comprises a plurality of ear canal tubes sized for positioning in an ear canal of a user so that the ear canal is at least partially open for directly receiving ambient sounds. The open ear canal hearing aid system further comprises a sound processor for amplifying ambient sounds received through one of the ear canal tubes within a predetermined frequency range and to produce processed sounds and for supplying the processed sounds to the second ear canal tube. According to other embodiments of the present invention, the speaker and/or microphone can be located in the ear canal at the end of the ear canal tubes. In these embodiments, the speaker and/or microphone are electrically connected to the sound processor by wires in the ear canal tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: ReSound Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Pluvinage, Jon C. Taenzer, Steven H. Puthuff
  • Patent number: 5905473
    Abstract: A passive reflective antenna located near an active receiving antennas is used to change the energy at the receiving antenna. The change in energy may be such as to remove a null created by multipath or to provide directionality, or both. The receiving antennas is permanently connected to a single receiver. When the receiver's output signal degrades below an acceptable level of quality, the reflective phase of the passive antenna's load is changed to change the phase of the reflected energy and achieve a desired effect (remove a null, change directionality, etc.) at the receiving antenna. In the simplest embodiment, the termination of the passive antenna is switched from an open circuit to a short circuit, or vice versa, to invert the phase of the reflected energy. The use of reflective elements in antenna designs, usually to achieve directionality, is well known (see the common Yagi or corner reflector antenna designs, for example), but these use passive reflector elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: ReSound Corporation
    Inventor: Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 5751820
    Abstract: An integrated circuit chip set design for a wireless hearing aid communication system including a battery operated transceiver unit worn in the vicinity of the ear of the user and a compact battery operated transmitter/receiver unit worn by or in close range of the user. The basis of the integrated circuit chip set design is to optimize circuit size, speed, power, and manufacturability for a personal use wireless audio communication system using the reflective transmission technology. Power and speed consideration of the circuits are designed to accommodate wireless audio RF reflective transmissions for a close range to the user. The transceiver and the receiver of the system are designed to switch between certain transmission states in order to facilitate rapid switching between a first mode in which the transmitter is transmitting to the receiver and a second mode in which the transceiver is transmitting to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: ReSound Corporation
    Inventor: Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 4794286
    Abstract: The invention is a variable reluctance motor using a stator comprised of a plurality of single tooth poles, wound so that every other pole of the same phase is of oppposite polarity. A movable member is also provided with a plurality of single tooth pole members. The spacing of rotor and stator poles is equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Adept Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon C. Taenzer
  • Patent number: 4746843
    Abstract: A control system for a brushless DC torque motor is disclosed. The motor comprises three coils, the wires at the end of each coil being brought out and connected to an amplifier that provides the current control signals to the coils. These control signals are generated based on a combination of commutation input command bits which are effectively multiplied by a pulse-width modulation control input word to form a pseudo-sine wave current signal at the input to each coil. By combining the pulse width modulated (pwm) current command word with an input command which defines a square wave, a pseudo-sine wave signal is provided for each coil which effectively controls the current to the motor coil in accordance with the value of the pwm commands. In each amplifier, the current control signal is compared with a servo feedback signal from the coil to define an error signal which, when amplified, becomes the actual input current signal to the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Assignee: Adept Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon C. Taenzer