Patents by Inventor Neil Hockley

Neil Hockley 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: 10362412
    Abstract: A hearing device, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Christophe Lesimple, Neil Hockley, Miguel Sans
  • Patent number: 10085099
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing aid system comprising a hearing aid device comprising a configurable signal processing unit, a programming device configured to program the configurable signal processing unit, and a communication link allowing the exchange of data between the hearing aid device and the programming device. The application further relates to a method of programming configurable signal processing unit to provide an increased speech intelligibility by frequency lowering. The hearing aid system is configured to program the configurable signal processing unit of the hearing device according the claimed method. The invention may e.g. be used in hearing aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: Bernafon AG, Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Martin Kuriger, Christophe Lesimple, Neil Hockley, Claus Forup Corlin Jespersgaard, Thomas Ulrich Christiansen
  • Publication number: 20180184213
    Abstract: A hearing device, e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Christophe LESIMPLE, Neil HOCKLEY, Miquel SANS
  • Patent number: 9980053
    Abstract: A method of programming a configurable signal processing unit of a hearing aid device comprises Providing a frequency transposition algorithm in the hearing aid device where content from more than one upper-lying source frequency band is copied or moved into one and the same lower lying destination frequency band; Providing a number of frequency transposition configurations, each comprising a specific combination of source regions and a destination region; Providing a weight parameter that specifies the amount of gain applied to a lowered signal resulting from a given frequency transposition configuration; and Providing a prescription algorithm that selects an optimum frequency transposition configuration for an ear of a user taking an audiogram for the ear in question and an amplification capability of the hearing aid device in question into account. A purpose of the disclosure is to provide an improved audibility of high frequency sound for users with severe-to-profound hearing losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: OTICON A/S, BERNAFON AG
    Inventors: Martin Kuriger, Christophe Lesimple, Neil Hockley, Claus Forup Corlin Jespersgaard, Thomas Ulrich Christiansen, Kamilla Angelo
  • Publication number: 20170127192
    Abstract: A method of programming a configurable signal processing unit of a hearing aid device comprises Providing a frequency transposition algorithm in the hearing aid device where content from more than one upper-lying source frequency band is copied or moved into one and the same lower lying destination frequency band; Providing a number of frequency transposition configurations, each comprising a specific combination of source regions and a destination region; Providing a weight parameter that specifies the amount of gain applied to a lowered signal resulting from a given frequency transposition configuration; and Providing a prescription algorithm that selects an optimum frequency transposition configuration for an ear of a user taking an audiogram for the ear in question and an amplification capability of the hearing aid device in question into account. A purpose of the disclosure is to provide an improved audibility of high frequency sound for users with severe-to-profound hearing losses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicants: Oticon A/S, Bernafon AG
    Inventors: Martin KURIGER, Christophe LESIMPLE, Neil HOCKLEY, Claus Forup Corlin JESPERSGAARD, Thomas Ulrich CHRISTIANSEN, Kamilla ANGELO
  • Publication number: 20170127200
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing aid system comprising a hearing aid device comprising a configurable signal processing unit, a programming device configured to program the configurable signal processing unit, and a communication link allowing the exchange of data between the hearing aid device and the programming device. The application further relates to a method of programming configurable signal processing unit to provide an increased speech intelligibility by frequency lowering. The hearing aid system is configured to program the configurable signal processing unit of the hearing device according the claimed method. The invention may e.g. be used in hearing aids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicants: Oticon A/S, Bernafon AG
    Inventors: Martin KURIGER, Christophe LESIMPLE, Neil HOCKLEY, Claus Forup Corlin JESPERSGAARD, Thomas Ulrich CHRISTIANSEN
  • Patent number: 9571949
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining cochlear dead region comprising a sound generation unit, an output transducer, and a control unit. The control unit causes the sound generation unit to provide a first electrical sound signal representing a first frequency band adjacent to a frequency region of interest, with a first bandwidth, a first sound pressure level and a first subsequent electrical sound signal representing a first subsequent frequency band comprising the frequency region of interest with a first subsequent bandwidth, a first subsequent sound pressure level, and a first subsequent time delay to the first electrical sound signal. In response, the output transducer generates a first output sound and a first subsequent output sound with the first subsequent time delay. A user compares the first output and first subsequent output sounds and decides, whether he hears a difference between the two sounds and gives a positive or negative decision input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: OTICON A/S, BERNAFON AG
    Inventors: Karsten Bo Rasmussen, Barbara Simon, Neil Hockley, Christophe Lesimple, Thomas Ulrich Christiansen, Monika Bertges Reber
  • Publication number: 20150222999
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining cochlear dead region comprising a sound generation unit, an output transducer, and a control unit. The control unit causes the sound generation unit to provide a first electrical sound signal representing a first frequency band adjacent to a frequency region of interest, with a first bandwidth, a first sound pressure level and a first subsequent electrical sound signal representing a first subsequent frequency band comprising the frequency region of interest with a first subsequent bandwidth, a first subsequent sound pressure level, and a first subsequent time delay to the first electrical sound signal. In response, the output transducer generates a first output sound and a first subsequent output sound with the first subsequent time delay. A user compares the first output and first subsequent output sounds and decides, whether he hears a difference between the two sounds and gives a positive or negative decision input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicants: BERNAFON AG, OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Karsten Bo RASMUSSEN, Barbara SIMON, Neil HOCKLEY, Christophe LESIMPLE, Thomas Ulrich CHRISTIANSEN, Monika Bertges REBER
  • Patent number: 8259972
    Abstract: A hearing aid having a microphone for converting an ambient sound signal to an electric sound signal, a voice detector adapted to determine if a voice is present in said electric sound signal and a frequency analyzer to determine a fundamental frequency of a voice present in said electric sound signal, a signal processor adapted to process said electric sound signal, or an electric signal derived from it, independent of adjustable processing parameters, a memory having corresponding sets of processing parameters and fundamental voice frequencies, a decision unit to select and forward from the memory to the signal processor a set of processing parameters in accordance with a fundamental frequency determined by the frequency analyzer. Further, a method of adapting a hearing aid and to the use of such hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Bernafon AG
    Inventor: Neil Hockley
  • Publication number: 20090185704
    Abstract: A hearing aid having a microphone for converting an ambient sound signal to an electric sound signal, a voice detector adapted to determine if a voice is present in said electric sound signal and a frequency analyzer to determine a fundamental frequency of a voice present in said electric sound signal, a signal processor adapted to process said electric sound signal, or an electric signal derived from it, independent of adjustable processing parameters, a memory having corresponding sets of processing parameters and fundamental voice frequencies, a decision unit to select and forward from the memory to the signal processor a set of processing parameters in accordance with a fundamental frequency determined by the frequency analyzer. Further, a method of adapting a hearing aid and to the use of such hearing aid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Bernafon AG
    Inventor: Neil Hockley