Patents by Inventor Michael Munk

Michael Munk 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: 20180077502
    Abstract: A hearing aid device is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises means to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the surroundings of the user, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. The hearing aid device comprises a sensor member for detecting the movement and/or acceleration and/or orientation (or spatial position) of the hearing aid device. The hearing aid device comprises at least two hearing aid microphones and a control unit for determining the position or a deviation from an intended position of the hearing aid device or hearing aid microphones. The hearing aid device is configured to compensate for a possible dislocation of the hearing aid microphones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind PEDERSEN, Kenneth Rueskov MØLLER, Svend Oscar PETERSEN, Niels Stubager KIEMER, Jesper Kofoed NIELSEN, Björn OHL, Marianne Kleist ELMLUND, Karin CARVALHO, Henrik BENDSEN, Regin Kopp PEDERSEN, Christian C. BÜRGER, Steen Michael MUNK, Morten CHRISTOPHERSEN, Julie Hefting PEDERSEN, Bo WESTERGÅRD, Maria OXENBØLL
  • Publication number: 20180070185
    Abstract: A hearing device comprising a first and a second input sound transducers, a processing unit, and an output sound transducer. The first transducer is configured to be arranged in an ear canal or in the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate first electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The second transducer is configured to be arranged behind a pinna or on, behind or at the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate second electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The processing unit is configured to process the first and second electrical acoustic signals and apply a direction dependent gain. The output sound transducer is configured generate acoustical output sound signals in accordance with the applied direction dependent gain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind PEDERSEN, Thomas KAULBERG, Anders THULE, Steen Michael MUNK, Karsten Bo RASMUSSEN
  • Patent number: 9860653
    Abstract: A hearing aid device configured to be partly or fully inserted into the ear canal of a user is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises a receiver (loudspeaker) adapted to generate and send an air-borne acoustic signal towards the eardrum when the hearing aid device is partly or fully inserted into the ear canal. The hearing aid device further comprises a microphone configured to receive acoustic signals. The hearing aid device comprises a processing unit configured to determine if the hearing aid device is positioned in a correct position in the ear canal on the basis of the acoustic signals received by the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Thor Højlund Olsen, Povl Koch, Troels Holm Pedersen, Claus Nielsen, Søren Laugesen, Karsten Bo Rasmussen, Peter Sommer, Kåre Tais Christensen, Svend Oscar Petersen, Jørn Johansen, Bent Severin, Jan Frantzen, Lars Lund Jørgensen, Glenn Jensen, Anders Højsgaard Thomsen, Steen Michael Munk, Henrik Lodberg Olsen, Anders Hebsgaard, Vijay Kumar Bhat
  • Patent number: 9843873
    Abstract: A hearing device comprising a first and a second input sound transducers, a processing unit, and an output sound transducer. The first transducer is configured to be arranged in an ear canal or in the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate first electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The second transducer is configured to be arranged behind a pinna or on, behind or at the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate second electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The processing unit is configured to process the first and second electrical acoustic signals and apply a direction dependent gain. The output sound transducer is configured generate acoustical output sound signals in accordance with the applied direction dependent gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Thomas Kaulberg, Anders Thule, Steen Michael Munk, Karsten Bo Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 9826318
    Abstract: A hearing aid device is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises means to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the surroundings of the user, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. The hearing aid device comprises a sensor member for detecting the movement and/or acceleration and/or orientation (or spatial position) of the hearing aid device. The hearing aid device comprises at least two hearing aid microphones and a control unit for determining the position or a deviation from an intended position of the hearing aid device or hearing aid microphones. The hearing aid device is configured to compensate for a possible dislocation of the hearing aid microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Kenneth Rueskov Møller, Svend Oscar Petersen, Niels Stubager Kiemer, Jesper Kofoed Nielsen, Björn Ohl, Marianne Kleist Elmlund, Karin Carvalho, Henrik Bendsen, Regin Kopp Pedersen, Christian C. Bürger, Steen Michael Munk, Morten Christophersen, Julie Hefting Pedersen, Bo Westergård, Maria Oxenbøll
  • Patent number: 9807522
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing device comprising an ITE-part adapted for being located at or in an ear canal of a user, a configurable signal processing unit for processing an input signal, and a feedback estimation unit for providing a current estimate of an acoustic feedback path from an output transducer to an input transducer, a memory for storing frequency dependent reference estimates of the acoustic feedback path the real ear to coupler difference, when the ITE-part is correctly mounted, an optional probe signal generator for generating a probe signal at least in a specific measurement mode, wherein the hearing device is configured to perform measurement of the current estimate of the acoustic feedback path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Steen Michael Munk, Jacob Lindvig
  • Patent number: 9769574
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing device comprising a) a forward path between an input transducer for converting an input sound to an electric input signal and an output transducer for converting an electric output signal to an output sound, the forward path comprising a signal processing unit for applying a level and/or frequency dependent gain to the electric input signal or a signal originating therefrom and for providing a processed signal, and feeding the processed signal or a signal originating therefrom to the output transducer, an acoustic feedback path being defined from said output transducer to said input transducer; b) a configurable anti-feedback system comprising a feedback estimation unit for providing an estimate of said acoustic feedback path; c) a number of detectors, each providing a detector signal for characterizing a signal of the forward path. The object of the present application is to save power in a hearing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Smed Kristensen, Anders Meng, Steen Michael Munk
  • Publication number: 20170142527
    Abstract: A hearing aid device is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises means to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the surroundings of the user, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. The hearing aid device comprises a sensor member for detecting the movement and/or acceleration and/or orientation (or spatial position) of the hearing aid device. The hearing aid device comprises at least two hearing aid microphones and a control unit for determining the position or a deviation from an intended position of the hearing aid device or hearing aid microphones. The hearing aid device is configured to compensate for a possible dislocation of the hearing aid microphones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind PEDERSEN, Kenneth Rueskov MØLLER, Svend Oscar PETERSEN, Niels Stubager KIEMER, Jesper Kofoed NIELSEN, Björn OHL, Marianne Kleist ELMLUND, Karin CARVALHO, Henrik BENDSEN, Regin Kopp PEDERSEN, Christian C. BÜRGER, Steen Michael MUNK, Morten CHRISTOPHERSEN, Julie Hefting PEDERSEN, Bo WESTERGÅRD, Maria OXENBØLL
  • Publication number: 20170078805
    Abstract: A hearing device comprising a first and a second input sound transducers, a processing unit, and an output sound transducer. The first transducer is configured to be arranged in an ear canal or in the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate first electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The second transducer is configured to be arranged behind a pinna or on, behind or at the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate second electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The processing unit is configured to process the first and second electrical acoustic signals and apply a direction dependent gain. The output sound transducer is configured generate acoustical output sound signals in accordance with the applied direction dependent gain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind PEDERSEN, Thomas KAULBERG, Anders THULE, Steen Michael MUNK, Karsten Bo RASMUSSEN
  • Patent number: 9596551
    Abstract: A hearing aid device is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises means to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the surroundings of the user, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. The hearing aid device comprises a sensor member for detecting the movement and/or acceleration and/or orientation (or spatial position) of the hearing aid device. The hearing aid device comprises at least two hearing aid microphones and a control unit for determining the position or a deviation from an intended position of the hearing aid device or hearing aid microphones. The hearing aid device is configured to compensate for a possible dislocation of the hearing aid microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Kenneth Rueskov Møller, Svend Oscar Petersen, Niels Stubager Kiemer, Jesper Kofoed Nielsen, Björn Ohl, Marianne Kleist Elmlund, Karin Carvalho, Henrik Bendsen, Regin Kopp Pedersen, Christian C. Bürger, Steen Michael Munk, Morten Christophersen, Julie Hefting Pedersen, Bo Westergård, Maria Oxenbøll
  • Publication number: 20160309266
    Abstract: A hearing aid device configured to be partly or fully inserted into the ear canal of a user is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises a receiver (loudspeaker) adapted to generate and send an air-borne acoustic signal towards the eardrum when the hearing aid device is partly or fully inserted into the ear canal. The hearing aid device further comprises a microphone configured to receive acoustic signals. The hearing aid device comprises a processing unit configured to determine if the hearing aid device is positioned in a correct position in the ear canal on the basis of the acoustic signals received by the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Thor Højlund OLSEN, Povl KOCH, Troels Holm PEDERSEN, Claus NIELSEN, Søren LAUGESEN, Karsten Bo RASMUSSEN, Peter SOMMER, Kåre Tais CHRISTENSEN, Svend Oscar PETERSEN, Jørn JOHANSEN, Bent SEVERIN, Jan FRANTZEN, Lars Lund JØRGENSEN, Glenn JENSEN, Anders Højsgaard THOMSEN, Steen Michael MUNK, Henrik Lodberg OLSEN, Anders HEBSGAARD, Vijay Kumar BHAT
  • Patent number: 9473858
    Abstract: A hearing device comprising a first and a second input sound transducers, a processing unit, and an output sound transducer. The first transducer is configured to be arranged in an ear canal or in the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate first electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The second transducer is configured to be arranged behind a pinna or on, behind or at the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate second electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The processing unit is configured to process the first and second electrical acoustic signals. The output sound transducer is configured to be arranged in the ear canal of the user and to generate acoustical output sound signals from electrical acoustic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Thomas Kaulberg, Anders Thule, Steen Michael Munk, Karsten Bo Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 9432783
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining an estimated transfer function of an acoustic feedback path during fitting of a hearing device, which receives acoustic signals from an individual's surroundings, modifies the acoustic signals electronically and transmits the modified acoustic signals into the individual's ear or ear canal. In order to save resources in the hearing device, the hearing device reuses a start-up jingle for determining an estimated transfer function during a fitting session upon reception of a predefined message from a fitting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventor: Steen Michael Munk
  • Publication number: 20160249139
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing device comprising a) a forward path between an input transducer for converting an input sound to an electric input signal and an output transducer for converting an electric output signal to an output sound, the forward path comprising a signal processing unit for applying a level and/or frequency dependent gain to the electric input signal or a signal originating therefrom and for providing a processed signal, and feeding the processed signal or a signal originating therefrom to the output transducer, an acoustic feedback path being defined from said output transducer to said input transducer; b) a configurable anti-feedback system comprising a feedback estimation unit for providing an estimate of said acoustic feedback path; c) a number of detectors, each providing a detector signal for characterizing a signal of the forward path. The object of the present application is to save power in a hearing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Michael Smed KRISTENSEN, Anders MENG, Steen Michael MUNK
  • Publication number: 20160183012
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing device comprising an ITE-part adapted for being located at or in an ear canal of a user, a configurable signal processing unit for processing an input signal, and a feedback estimation unit for providing a current estimate of an acoustic feedback path from an output transducer to an input transducer, a memory for storing frequency dependent reference estimates of the acoustic feedback path the real ear to coupler difference, when the ITE-part is correctly mounted, an optional probe signal generator for generating a probe signal at least in a specific measurement mode, wherein the hearing device is configured to perform measurement of the current estimate of the acoustic feedback path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Steen Michael Munk, Jacob Lindvig
  • Patent number: 9269343
    Abstract: An audio processing device comprises a feedback estimation system for estimating feedback from an output transducer to an input transducer, the feedback estimation system comprising an adaptive filter comprising a variable filter part for filtering an input signal according to variable filter coefficients and an algorithm part comprising an adaptive algorithm for dynamically updating filter coefficients, a control unit for controlling the de-correlation unit and the adaptive algorithm, and a correlation detection unit for determining a) the auto-correlation of a signal of the forward path and providing an AC-value and/or b) the cross-correlation between two different signals of the forward path and providing an XC-value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Steen Michael Munk, Anders Meng
  • Publication number: 20150341730
    Abstract: A hearing device comprising a first and a second input sound transducers, a processing unit, and an output sound transducer. The first transducer is configured to be arranged in an ear canal or in the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate first electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The second transducer is configured to be arranged behind a pinna or on, behind or at the ear of the user, to receive acoustical sound signals from the environment and to generate second electrical acoustic signals from the received acoustical sound signals. The processing unit is configured to process the first and second electrical acoustic signals. The output sound transducer is configured to be arranged in the ear canal of the user and to generate acoustical output sound signals from electrical acoustic signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind PEDERSEN, Thomas KAULBERG, Anders THULE, Steen Michael MUNK, Karsten Bo RASMUSSEN
  • Publication number: 20150230036
    Abstract: A hearing aid device is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises means to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the surroundings of the user, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. The hearing aid device comprises a sensor member for detecting the movement and/or acceleration and/or orientation (or spatial position) of the hearing aid device. The hearing aid device comprises at least two hearing aid microphones and a control unit for determining the position or a deviation from an intended position of the hearing aid device or hearing aid microphones. The hearing aid device is configured to compensate for a possible dislocation of the hearing aid microphones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind PEDERSEN, Kenneth Rueskov MØLLER, Svend Oscar PETERSEN, Niels Stubager KIEMER, Jesper Kofoed NIELSEN, Björn OHL, Marianne Kleist ELMLUND, Karin CARVALHO, Henrik BENDSEN, Regin Kopp PEDERSEN, Christian C. BÜRGER, Steen Michael MUNK, Morten CHRISTOPHERSEN, Julie Hefting PEDERSEN, Bo WESTERGÅRD, Maria OXENBØLL
  • Publication number: 20140146977
    Abstract: An audio processing device comprises a feedback estimation system for estimating feedback from an output transducer to an input transducer, the feedback estimation system comprising an adaptive filter comprising a variable filter part for filtering an input signal according to variable filter coefficients and an algorithm part comprising an adaptive algorithm for dynamically updating filter coefficients, a control unit for controlling the de-correlation unit and the adaptive algorithm, and a correlation detection unit for determining a) the auto-correlation of a signal of the forward path and providing an AC-value and/or b) the cross-correlation between two different signals of the forward path and providing an XC-value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Steen Michael MUNK, Anders MENG
  • Publication number: 20130294610
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining an estimated transfer function of an acoustic feedback path during fitting of a hearing device, which receives acoustic signals from an individual's surroundings, modifies the acoustic signals electronically and transmits the modified acoustic signals into the individual's ear or ear canal. In order to save resources in the hearing device, the hearing device reuses a start-up jingle for determining an estimated transfer function during a fitting session upon reception of a predefined message from a fitting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventor: Steen Michael MUNK