Patents by Inventor Mike Lind Rank

Mike Lind Rank 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: 10524065
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid (10) and personal communication device (20) connected via a short range data communication link. The hearing aid has a signal processor (13) processing an audio signal according to audio processing parameters, a sub-system applying respective sets of processing parameters for at least two modes, a classifier component (51) statistically analyzing the environment by comparing specific characteristics of an electrical input signal to one or more thresholds. A program selector component (16) selects automatically an appropriate mode for the signal processing sub-system according to the classifier output. The personal communication device offers the user an interface for controlling and interacting with the program selector component of the hearing aid, and for generating and transmitting a notification to the hearing aid. Upon reception of the notification, the processor adjusts at least one of the one or more thresholds used by the classifier component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Publication number: 20190349691
    Abstract: A hearing assistive system includes a personal communication device and a head-worn device. The personal communication device has a user interface for user interaction, a processor controlling the user interface and for running an application program, and input and output transducers. The head-worn device has an input transducer adapted for converting sound into an electric signal applied to a processor outputting a modified audio signal via an output transducer. The application program generates a data packet modulated on an audio carrier for output via the output transducer, decodes a data packet modulated on an audio carrier and received via the input transducer. The head-worn device has an audio signaling block having a detector block and a response block. The detector block detects and decodes the data packet received by the input transducer. The response block generates a data packet modulated on an audio carrier for output via the output transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: WIDEX A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Michael Johannes Pihl, Jan Hesselballe, Mike Lind Rank
  • Publication number: 20190282119
    Abstract: An ear device for arrangement at an ear of a person and provided with at least two electrodes for having skin contact and detecting a bioelectrical signal when in use, the ear device includes a deformable ear canal part adapted to be arranged in an ear canal of the person, and an external ear part adapted to be arranged at the ear external to the ear canal and being provided with at least one external ear electrode for detecting a bioelectrical signal, the external ear part includes at least one bendable arm which is connected to the ear canal part and is adapted to exert a pressure such that the at least one external ear electrode is pressed against the skin when in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: T&W Engineering A/S
    Inventors: Mikael ANDERSEN, Mike Lind RANK, Hans Olaf TOFT, Preben KIDMOSE, Simon Lind KAPPEL
  • Publication number: 20190281394
    Abstract: A mobile communication device (50) receives an audio stream as input and delivers a processed audio stream as output. The mobile communication device has a data connection providing access to the Internet, and a short range data connection for delivering a processed audio stream as output to a specific hearing aid (10). The mobile communication device acquires a data set containing hearing aid settings for the specific hearing aid from a remote server (71), and adjusts the emulation software application by means of the data set containing hearing aid settings for the specific hearing aid (10). The mobile communication device transmits the control signals and a processed audio stream to the specific hearing aid via the short range data connection and the specific hearing aid outputs the audio signal to the user without additional amplification. The invention also provides a method of signal processing in a mobile communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: WIDEX A/S
    Inventors: Michael UNGSTRUP, Mike Lind RANK
  • Patent number: 10390152
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid (10) and a personal communication device (20), and both have a short range data transceiver (15, 29) for short range data communication. The hearing aid (10) has a signal processor (13) processing an electric input signal according to predefined audio processing parameters, and a signal processing sub-system with at least two modes of operation applying respective sets of audio processing parameters. A program selector component (16) has a classifier (51) analyzing the electric input signal and classifies an auditory environment of the hearing aid (10). The personal communication device (20) has an auxiliary classifier component (24) monitoring the use of the personal communication device, and generates and transmits a notification upon detection of a change of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Patent number: 10356538
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid and a personal communication device connected via a short range data communication link. The hearing aid has a signal processor processing an input signal according to audio processing parameters, a sub-system applying respective sets of processing parameters for at least two modes, a classifier component analyzing the auditory environment statistically by comparing specific characteristics of the input signal to one or more thresholds. A program selector component selects automatically an appropriate mode for the signal processing sub-system according to the classifier output. The personal communication device offers the user a user interface for controlling and interacting with the program selector component of the hearing aid, and for generating and transmitting a notification to the hearing aid. Upon reception of the notification, the processor at least one of said one or more thresholds used by the classifier component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Publication number: 20190208340
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid (10) and personal communication device (20) connected via a short range data communication link. The hearing aid has a signal processor (13) processing an audio signal according to audio processing parameters, a sub-system applying respective sets of processing parameters for at least two modes, a classifier component (51) statistically analyzing the environment by comparing specific characteristics of an electrical input signal to one or more thresholds. A program selector component (16) selects automatically an appropriate mode for the signal processing sub-system according to the classifier output. The personal communication device offers the user an interface for controlling and interacting with the program selector component of the hearing aid, and for generating and transmitting a notification to the hearing aid. Upon reception of the notification, the processor adjusts at least one of the one or more thresholds used by the classifier component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Patent number: 10285615
    Abstract: A personal wearable EEG monitor (1) is adapted to be carried at the head of a person. The EEG monitor comprises an EEG sensor part having skin surface electrodes (3) for measuring EEG signals from said person. The EEG monitor comprises an EEG signal analyzer (5, 5?) adapted for monitoring and analyzing the EEG signal. The EEG monitor (1) performs at least one of the following: providing a stimulus to the person, requesting the person to perform a stimuli creating act, or identifying a stimuli creating ambient sound. The EEG monitor comprises means for identifying an induced response from the EEG signal caused by the stimuli, and a classifier for deciding whether the skin surface electrodes receive EEG signals. The invention further provides a method of monitoring EEG signals of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: WIDEX A/S
    Inventors: Preben Kidmose, Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Publication number: 20190117105
    Abstract: A system for bi-hemispheric brain wave measurements including a first device and a second device, wherein at least said first device is adapted to be worn in or at a first ear of a person subject to the measurements and wherein the first and second device exchange data using at least one wireless link configured to allow first digital data at least derived from first brain wave measurements from the first device to be compared with second digital data at least derived from second brain wave measurements from the second device. The invention also provides a method for measuring a bi-hemispherical brain wave signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Soren Erik WESTERMANN, Preben KIDMOSE, Mike Lind RANK, Michael UNGSTRUP
  • Patent number: 10264368
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid (10) and personal communication device (20) connected via a short range data communication link. The hearing aid (10) has a signal processor (13) processing an audio signal according to audio processing parameters, a sub-system applying respective sets of processing parameters for at least two modes, a classifier component (51) statistically analyzing the environment by comparing specific characteristics of an electrical input signal to one or more thresholds. A program selector component (16) selects automatically an appropriate mode for the signal processing sub-system according to the classifier output. The personal communication device (20) offers the user an interface for controlling and interacting with the program selector component (16) of the hearing aid (10), and for generating and transmitting a notification to the hearing aid (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Publication number: 20190075409
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid (10) and a personal communication device (20), and both have a short range data transceiver (15, 29) for short range data communication. The hearing aid (10) has a signal processor (13) processing an electric input signal according to predefined audio processing parameters, and a signal processing sub-system with at least two modes of operation applying respective sets of audio processing parameters. A program selector component (16) has a classifier (51) analyzing the electric input signal and classifies an auditory environment of the hearing aid (10). The personal communication device (20) has an auxiliary classifier component (24) monitoring the use of the personal communication device, and generates and transmits a notification upon detection of a change of the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael UNGSTRUP, Mike Lind RANK
  • Patent number: 10206049
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid (10) and a personal communication device (20), and both have a short range data transceiver (15, 29) for short range data communication. The hearing aid (10) has a signal processor (13) processing an electric input signal according to predefined audio processing parameters, and a signal processing sub-system with at least two modes of operation applying respective sets of audio processing parameters. A program selector component (16) has a classifier (51) analyzing the electric input signal and classifies an auditory environment of the hearing aid (10). The personal communication device (20) has an auxiliary classifier component (24) monitoring the use of the personal communication device, and generates and transmits a notification upon detection of a change of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Publication number: 20190020959
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid and a personal communication device connected via a short range data communication link. The hearing aid has a signal processor processing an input signal according to audio processing parameters, a sub-system applying respective sets of processing parameters for at least two modes, a classifier component analyzing the auditory environment statistically by comparing specific characteristics of the input signal to one or more thresholds. A program selector component selects automatically an appropriate mode for the signal processing sub-system according to the classifier output. The personal communication device offers the user a user interface for controlling and interacting with the program selector component of the hearing aid, and for generating and transmitting a notification to the hearing aid. Upon reception of the notification, the processor at least one of said one or more thresholds used by the classifier component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael UNGSTRUP, Mike Lind RANK
  • Patent number: 10178952
    Abstract: A system (100) for bi-hemispheric brain wave measurements including a first device (102) and a second device (103), wherein at least said first device (102) is adapted to be worn in or at a first ear of a person subject to the measurements and wherein the first (102) and second (103) device exchange data using a wireless link (104). The invention also provides a method for measuring a bi-hemispherical brain wave signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Soren Erik Westermann, Preben Kidmose, Mike Lind Rank, Michael Ungstrup
  • Patent number: 10136227
    Abstract: A method of processing sound in a hearing aid (100, 300, 400) comprises separating the input transducer signal into a periodic and aperiodic signal for further processing in the hearing aid (100, 300, 400). The invention also provides a hearing aid (100, 300, 400) adapted for carrying out such a method of sound processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Kristian Timm Andersen, Mike Lind Rank, Thomas Bo Elmedyb
  • Patent number: 10129662
    Abstract: A hearing system includes a hearing aid (10) and a personal communication device (20) being connected via a short range data communication link (15, 29). The hearing aid (10) has a signal processor (13) processing an input signal according to audio processing parameters, a sub-system applying respective sets of processing parameters for at least two modes, a classifier component (51) analyzing auditory environment statistically by comparing specific characteristics of the input signal to one or more thresholds. A program selector component (16) selects automatically an appropriate mode for the signal processing sub-system according to the classifier output. The personal communication device (20) offers the user a user interface (120) for controlling and interacting with the program selector component (16) of the hearing aid (10), and for generating and transmitting a notification to the hearing aid (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Publication number: 20180227684
    Abstract: A hearing assistive system comprises a personal communication device (10) and a head-worn device (20. The personal communication device (10) has a user interface (12) being adapted for user interaction, a processor (11) controlling the user interface (12) and being adapted to run an application program, a short-range radio (13), and an output transducer (15). The head-worn device (20) has an input transducer (24) adapted for converting sound into an electric signal applied to a processor (21) outputting a modified audio signal via an output transducer (25). The application program being adapted to generate and output a data packet (70) on an audio carrier via the output transducer (15). The head-worn device (20) comprises an audio signaling block (26) for detecting and decoding the data packet (70) received by the input transducer (24). The head-worn device (20) comprises a controller (27) for controlling the operation of a short-range radio (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael UNGSTRUP, Michael Johannes PIHL, Mike Lind RANK, Jan HESSELBALLE
  • Publication number: 20180227679
    Abstract: A hearing assistive system, comprises a personal communication device (10) and a head-worn device (20). The personal communication device (10) has a user interface (12) being adapted for user interaction, a processor (11) controlling the user interface (12) and being adapted to run an application program, a short-range radio (13), and an output transducer (15). The head-worn device (20) has an input transducer (24) adapted for converting sound into an electric signal applied to a processor (21) outputting a modified audio signal via an output transducer (25). The application program is adapted to generate and output a data packet (70) on an audio carrier via the output transducer (15). The head-worn device (20) has an audio signaling block (26) for detecting and decoding the data packet (70) received by the input transducer (24). The head-worn device (20) has a controller (27) for controlling the operation of a short-range radio (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Michael Johannes Pihl, Mike Lind Rank, Jan Hesselballe
  • Publication number: 20180206044
    Abstract: A mobile communication device (50) receives an audio stream as input and delivers a processed audio stream as output. The mobile communication device has a data connection providing access to the Internet, and a short range data connection for delivering a processed audio stream as output to a specific hearing aid (10). The mobile communication device acquires a data set containing hearing aid settings for the specific hearing aid from a remote server (71), and adjusts the emulation software application by means of the data set containing hearing aid settings for the specific hearing aid (10). The mobile communication device transmits the control signals and a processed audio stream to the specific hearing aid via the short range data connection and the specific hearing aid outputs the audio signal to the user without additional amplification. The invention also provides a method of signal processing in a mobile communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: WIDEX A/S
    Inventors: Michael UNGSTRUP, Mike Lind RANK
  • Publication number: 20180177421
    Abstract: A wearable EEG monitor for continuously monitoring the EEG of a user through capacitive coupling to an ear canal of a user includes an ear insert (1) for positioning within the human ear canal, having at least two capacitive electrodes (16) for recording a signal. The electrodes are coated with a dielectricum for electrical insulation. The electrodes are connected to an amplifier (17). The amplifier has an input impedance matched to the impedance of the electrodes. The invention further provides a method of monitoring brain waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: WIDEX A/S
    Inventors: Soren KILSGAARD, Mike Lind RANK, Michael UNGSTRUP, Morten Holm JENSEN, Preben KIDMOSE