Ear Patents (Class 181/129)
  • Patent number: 10993015
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piece of ear jewelry having at least one ear part to be worn on each ear of a user, wherein each ear part has a jewelry body, to be worn in a predetermined wearing position on an outside of the ear, and a retaining device for retaining the jewelry body in the wearing position on the ear, wherein the auditory canal of the ear remains free. The piece of ear jewelry incorporates all of the following electrical components completely and so as to be invisible from the outside: a microphone device, a loudspeaker device and a communication unit for providing a bidirectional, wireless communication link to a portable terminal of the user, in order to use the communication link to transmit a microphone signal from the microphone device to the terminal and to receive a loudspeaker signal for the loudspeaker device from the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NOVA PRODUCTS GMBH
    Inventor: Judith Gampe
  • Patent number: 10959005
    Abstract: A headphone in which the air pressure in a front cavity can be released to an external space, and whose characteristics in a low frequency range can be simply and finely adjusted is provided. The headphone includes: a driver unit; a baffle member holding the driver unit; the passage forming member attached to the baffle member and forming a vent passage with the baffle member; an ear pad defining a first space; and a cover member defining a second space. The baffle member includes: a first surface facing the first space; a second surface facing the second space; and a first through hole communicating with an internal space of the vent passage. The passage forming member includes a second through hole communicating with the internal space of the vent passage. The second space communicates with an external space of the cover member. The first space communicates with the second space through the first through hole, the vent passage, and the second through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: AUDIO-TECHNICA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 10911857
    Abstract: A stable wearing state on an ear is secured. A speaker that outputs sound; a speaker arrangement portion in which the speaker is arranged therein; and a sound guiding pipe in which one end portion is continuous with the speaker arrangement portion and an internal space is formed as a sound guiding space that leads the sound outputted from the speaker are provided, in which an opening that emits the sound toward an ear is formed at the other end of the sound guiding pipe. The sound output apparatus is worn on the ear by sandwiching the outer peripheral portion of the auricle between the sound guiding pipe and the speaker arrangement portion or by the sound guiding pipe so that a stable wearing state on the ear can be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Mihara, Yasuhide Hosoda
  • Patent number: 10887680
    Abstract: An audio headset may include at least one headset earpiece including a speaker. The audio headset may include a removable ear cushion removably attached to the at least one headset ear piece. The audio headset may be configured to recognize a type of the removable ear cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Muzik Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Hardi, Eric Gregory White
  • Patent number: 10867593
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present applications sets forth a wearable device that includes an interface layer configured to extend into an ear canal and a first audio emitter configuration coupled to the interface layer. The first audio emitter configuration is configured to produce a first plurality of soundwaves that are each directed towards a first point proximate to the first audio emitter configuration. The first plurality of soundwaves generates a first target soundwave that radiates in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William Owen Brimijoin, II, Philip Robinson
  • Patent number: 10835931
    Abstract: A guard configured to form an air flow channel with a space access device and to clear debris therefrom includes a surface configured to interface with an opposing surface of the space access device to form the air flow channel. A connector is configured to attach the guard to the space access device so that the surface and the opposing surface are oriented in predetermined positions to establish the air flow channel. A wiper extends from at least a portion of the surface, the wiper being configured such that upon rotation of the guard relative to the space access device, the wiper contacts and moves the debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Eargo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Sarjeant Aase, Michael Barrett
  • Patent number: 10805713
    Abstract: Intra-concha earphones are disclosed. In an embodiment, an intra-concha earphone includes a housing having a rear space divided into a back volume, a bass duct, and a vent chamber between a driver and a rear wall. The vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with the back volume through both an acoustic port and the bass duct. Furthermore, the vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with a surrounding environment through a vent port, which may be a sole acoustic opening in the rear wall. Thus, sound emitted by the driver may propagate through the acoustic port and the bass duct to meet in the vent chamber before being discharged through the vent port to the surrounding environment. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yacine Azmi, Esge B. Andersen, Jonathan S. Aase, Michael B. Howes
  • Patent number: 10791403
    Abstract: A device, including a behind-the-ear (BTE) device ear interface fixture, the fixture including a loop portion configured to enable a pinna of a recipient to be inserted there through and an attachment portion configured to removably attach the fixture to a BTE electronics module and/or a BTE battery, wherein the inner perimeter of the loop portion is non-circular when the loop portion is in a relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Phillip Stallard, Peter John Russell, Slobodan Ilic
  • Patent number: 10785556
    Abstract: In order to control the output in a low-pitched sound domain zone or a specific frequency domain zone of an earphone, provided is an earphone comprising: a driver unit; a housing forming an electric component part so as to load the driver unit; a groove formed along a first path on the inner surface of the housing; a pipeline damper covering the inner surface of the housing so as to form a pipeline along the groove; a first external base hole formed in the housing at a first point of the pipeline; and an internal base hole formed in the pipeline damper at a second point of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yonghyuk Na, Byungkil Choi
  • Patent number: 10779083
    Abstract: A sound bar is provided which includes a generally elongate rectangular structure, with one angled output face having a plurality of speakers disposed therein, to thereby provide enhanced audio output. The sound bar is beneficially provided with a single mounting surface configured and arranged such that the sound bar can be mounted on both a table/shelf (horizontal orientation) and a wall (vertical orientation) via the single mounting surface by rotating the sound bar 180°, wherein the audio output in both mounting orientations is a multi-directional 3D audio output that travels to and bounces off both the walls and the ceiling of a room in which the sound bar is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: D&M Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendon Stead, Achim Schulz
  • Patent number: 10771880
    Abstract: An apparatus for charging a portable wireless listening device including a housing having a socket to receive the portable wireless listening device; a battery; wireless circuitry that enables the apparatus to communicate wirelessly with a host device; power transmitting circuitry configured to provide power to the portable wireless listening device when the device is received in the socket to charge a battery within the portable wireless listening device; and a processor configured to configured to establish a wireless communication protocol between the portable wireless listening device and the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: M. Evans Hankey, Emery A. Sanford, Christopher D. Prest, Way Chet Lim
  • Patent number: 10764674
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for a headset with force isolation, where the headset comprises a headband having two upper headband sections coupled by a center block and two ear cups, where each ear cup is coupled to one of the two upper headband sections. The two upper headband sections may include side support strips between which a movable strip may be placed, thereby increasing the rigidness of the headband when fully extended between the side support strips. The rigidness of the headband may decrease when the movable strips are retracted from between the side support strips and into the center block utilizing a slider knob. The side support strips may be plastic and the movable strip may be metal. The center block may be more rigid than the side support strips. The center block may be plastic. The headband may include headband endcaps at lower ends of the headband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Cochran, Tim Wiley, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10727578
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide devices, methods, and systems that support electrical connection, signal delivery, and/or communication between internal and external portions of a Faraday cage. In some embodiments, devices and methods are provided for transmitting electrical signals through a waveguide port of a Faraday cage. In some embodiments, aspects of the present disclosure are employed to adapt a magnetic resonance imaging system for communications between a scanner room and a control room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Kevan Anderson, Garry Liu
  • Patent number: 10716710
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing a generally circular, oval or rectangular sealing ring for an acoustic device, the sealing ring being configured for being in contact with the skin of a user during use. The method includes: forming, in an injection molding step, a covering being generally U-shaped in cross-section; and attaching the end sections of the covering to a support element. The invention also relates to a sealing ring of the above-mentioned type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: WIKMANSHYTTAN SAFETY AB
    Inventors: Arne Back, Martin Bonnevier, Per Moller
  • Patent number: 10701473
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for audio amplification devices are provided herein. In certain configurations, an audio amplification device includes a device body, at least one speaker, an electrical system housed in the device body, and one or more light elements integrated into the device body. The electrical system is configured to control an output of sound to the at least one speaker. Additionally, the electrical system controls the one or more light elements, such as by controlling light intensity, flashing rate, and/or color, to thereby enhance safety to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TEAM IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Boyer, Timothy D. Schnell
  • Patent number: 10701505
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an apparatus, system, and method for generating a head related audio transfer function in real time. Specifically, the present invention utilizes unique structural components including a tragus structure and an antihelix structure in connection with a microphone in order to communicate the location of a sound in three dimensional space to a user. The invention also utilizes an audio processor to digitally process the head related audio transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BONGIOVI ACOUSTICS LLC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Copt, Joseph G. Butera, III, Robert J. Summers, III, Anthony Bongiovi, Glenn Zelniker, Phillip Fuller
  • Patent number: 10687140
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for enhancing noise reduction amount of a feedback active noise reduction headphone and active noise reduction headphones. The method includes: arranging a noise reduction microphone of the feedback active noise reduction headphone at a position away from directly in front of a loudspeaker; and adjusting a relative position between the noise reduction microphone and an ear canal opening of a wearer, and enabling an open-loop transfer function at the ear canal opening L2(s0) and an open-loop transfer function at the noise reduction microphone L1(s0) to satisfy a relation of |L2(s0)|>|L1(s0)|, to enhance an actual noise reduction amount at the ear canal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Qingdao GoerTek Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Hua, Peng Li, Ruohui Wang
  • Patent number: 10674244
    Abstract: An audio device with a body configured to be worn on or abutting an outer ear of a user, wherein the body is configured to contact at least one of the outer ear and the portion of the head that abuts the outer ear, at two separate spaced contact locations, and wherein the body is compliant at a body portion that defines one of the contact locations. The device also has an acoustic module carried by the body and configured to locate a sound-emitting opening anteriorly of and proximate the user's ear canal opening when the body is worn on or abutting the ear of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew D. Dominijanni, Nathan A. Jeffery, David W. Beverly, Yang Liu, Christopher Pare, Paul T. Bender, Eric M. Wallace, George Chute
  • Patent number: 10674282
    Abstract: An ear hook apparatus, including an ear hook tip, an ear hook chassis, and a male connector, wherein the ear hook apparatus is configured such that the male connector attaches to one or more components of a BTE device at and/or below a base of a BTE electronics module of the BTE device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Peter John Russell, Slobodan Ilic, Eddie Sze Chuen Chan
  • Patent number: 10659863
    Abstract: Provided is a sound output device worn on an ear of a listener and used, and having listening characteristics of an ambient sound in a wearing state. A sound output device 100 includes a sound generating portion 110 that generates a sound, a sound guiding portion 120 that takes in the sound generated in the sound generating portion 110 from one end 121, and a holding portion 130 that holds the sound guiding portion 120 in the vicinity of the other end 122. The holding portion 130 is engaged with an intertragic notch, and supports the sound guiding portion 120 such that a sound output hole of the other end 122 of the sound guiding portion 120 to face a depth side of an ear canal. Even in a state where the listener wears the sound output device 100, the sound output device 100 does not block an ear cavity of the listener, and the listener can listen to the ambient sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Go Igarashi, Satoshi Suzuki, Kohei Asada, Koji Nageno
  • Patent number: 10609471
    Abstract: The invention provides a speaker module and a sound-adsorbing material, comprising: a housing and a speaker unit accommodated in the housing, wherein the speaker unit separates a cavity formed by the housing into a front sound cavity and a rear sound cavity; the rear sound cavity is filled with a sound-adsorbing material; and heteroatoms are doped in a crystal structure of the sound-adsorbing material. The application of the above invention can reduce the adsorption of alien molecules by the sound-adsorbing material inside the speaker module, and even reject the alien molecules, thereby ensuring the long-term effectiveness of the sound-adsorbing material and improving the stability of the acoustic performance of the speaker module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventor: Xiaodong Cao
  • Patent number: 10560786
    Abstract: A speech intelligibility system. Embodiments comprise a talker unit, a listener unit and an earpiece. The talker unit includes a microphone to receive audible speech content and to produce electrical signals representative of the speech content, and a transmitter coupled to the microphone to produce wireless transmissions containing the speech content. The listener unit includes a receiver to receive the wireless transmissions and to produce electrical signals representative of the speech content. At least one of the talker unit and the listener unit includes an amplifier to amplify spectral components of the speech content within a frequency range having a lower end between about 800 Hz and 1,700 Hz and an upper end between about 7,000 Hz and 11,000 Hz. The earpiece is coupled to the listener unit and includes a speaker to produce audible speech content having the amplified spectral components and a tube to direct the audible speech content from the speaker toward a user's ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Michael J. Cevette, Jan Stepanek, Mead C. Killion, Charles J. Aldous
  • Patent number: 10546570
    Abstract: A simple hearing enhancement device that takes the normally adequately loud sound levels and optimizes selective frequency gain of the patient's ear passage to improve speech comprehension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Carl L. C. Kah, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10536782
    Abstract: A hearing enhancement device using wave amplification in the outer ear cavities of a user and transducer placement to provide frequency based enhancement of speech and music sounds without blocking the user's auditory canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Carl L. C. Kah, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10536771
    Abstract: A dynamic receiver for an earphone is provided. The dynamic receiver has a Helmholtz resonance space provided on a protector. The dynamic receiver includes: a frame; a magnetic circuit disposed in the frame; a vibration system disposed in the frame and configured to generate sound by a mutual electromagnetic force with the magnetic circuit; and a protector coupled to the frame and configured to protect components disposed in the frame. The protector includes a sound emitting hole passing through the protector and emitting sound generated in the frame to the outside, and a resonance space defined on a top surface of the protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: EM-TECH. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Ju Ji, Jung Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 10531987
    Abstract: A sound-absorbing device of the type adapted to cover the ears of a user and comprising a sound-absorbing material, wherein the sound-absorbing material comprises of a thixotropic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Restored Hearing Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Carolan, Rhona Togher, Eimear O'Carroll
  • Patent number: 10499137
    Abstract: Systems, and methods for use thereof, are provided for eyewear accommodating headset with audio compensation. An example system may include a headset, which includes an ear cup shaper, and circuitry for controlling at least some functions associated with the headset. The ear cup shaper may be configurable into at least two configurations. The circuitry may determine a configuration that the ear cup shaper is configured into, and may control based on the determined configuration, one or more audio functions that affect audio output via the headset. The ear cup shaper may include a strap and/or a plunger. The circuitry may control and/or adjust one or both of a gain applied to the audio output via the headset, and a bass boost setting applied to the audio output via the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10448145
    Abstract: A protective headphone cover can comprise a cover member configured to interface with an outer side of a headphone, and an elastic locking member attached to the cover member and defining an elastic opening operable to wrap around the headphone. The protective headphone cover can also comprise at least one inner panel pivotally attached to the cover member and interfaceable to an inner side of the headphone. The at least one inner panel can comprise an audio opening to facilitate passage of audio waves from the headphone to the user. The at least one inner panel can comprise a first inner panel and a second inner panel attached to each other about an intermediate joint attachment section. A method of making a protective headphone cover, and a method of protecting headphones, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: JLBF Enterprises
    Inventor: Joshua Aaron Lewis
  • Patent number: 10365493
    Abstract: A head-mounted display that is modular and configured for securement to an item of headwear is provided. The head-mounted display may comprise a selection of components that are desired for a particular application, such as a display boom, camera, microphone, position-tracking component, etc., and may include an attachment mechanism for securing the selection of components to the item of headwear. The head-mounted display may include a display module having a corresponding display characteristic that provides a visual display and/or display functionality that is appropriate for a particular application. The display module may include a micro display that is non-transparent and/or a waveguide optic that is at least partially transparent, and may be configured to provide an augmented reality display for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: RealWear, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen A. Pombo, George Henry Hines, Christopher Iain Parkinson, Andrew Michael Lowery, Kenneth Lustig
  • Patent number: 10362381
    Abstract: Earpieces and methods of forming earpieces for radio frequency (RF) mitigation are provided. An earpiece is configured to be inserted in an ear canal. The earpiece includes an insertion element and a sealing section disposed on the insertion element and configured to conform to the ear canal. The sealing section is configured to substantially mitigate radio frequency (RF) transmission and to substantially isolate the ear canal from an ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Wayne Goldstein, Gideon Duvall
  • Patent number: 10362380
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a headphone including a housing defining a back chamber on a back side of a speaker unit. A headphone includes a speaker unit and a housing defining an internal space provided on an acoustic emission side as a back side of the housed speaker unit and an air chamber provided separately from the internal space. The housing includes a first housing member provided with a first hole allowing communication between an exterior and the air chamber, a second housing member attached to the speaker unit and coupled to the first housing member to define the internal space and the air chamber, and a third housing member fixed with the third housing member being sandwiched between the first and second housing members and provided with a second hole allowing communication between the air chamber and the internal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Onkyo Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Ito, Takashi Ouchi
  • Patent number: 10334351
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for headsets, such as multi-source audio amplification and ear protection devices, are provided herein. In certain configurations, protection headset system includes a removable growth band that fills the gap of the user and a headband of the device. The device may optionally have at least one microphone that generates an ambient sound signal based on detecting ambient sound, at least one speaker, and an electrical system that controls sound outputted by the at least one speaker based on amplifying the ambient sound signal and a secondary sound source signal. The electrical system receives a user-controlled volume signal that is operable to control an amount of amplification provided to the ambient sound signal, and/or an amount of amplification provided to the secondary sound source signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Team IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Boyer, Timothy D. Schnell
  • Patent number: 10299028
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for a headset with force isolation, where the headset comprises a headband having two upper headband sections coupled by a center block and two ear cups, where each ear cup is coupled to one of the two upper headband sections. The two upper headband sections may include side support strips between which a movable strip may be placed utilizing a slider knob, thereby increasing the rigidness of the headband when fully extended between the side support strips utilizing the slider knob. The rigidness of the headband may decrease when the movable strips are retracted from between the side support strips and into the center block utilizing the slider knob. The side support strips may be plastic and the movable strip may be metal. The center block may be more rigid than the side support strips. The center block may be plastic. The headband may include headband endcaps at lower ends of the headband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Cochran, Tim Wiley, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10277275
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an apparatus may include a media streaming device including electronic circuitry configured to receive media content wirelessly from a media content source, and an audio output cord segment having a first end portion configured to be coupled to an audio input port of the media streaming device, and a second end portion configured to be coupled to an audio rendering device, where the electronic circuitry is further configured to transmit audio content through the audio output cord segment to the audio rendering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Micah Thomas Collins, Michael Jon Sundermeyer, Kristen Beck, Wenson Chern, Philip Lee Ly, Colleen Mischke, Robert Jason Rose
  • Patent number: 10271124
    Abstract: An earphone including a housing, a first speaker and an audio outlet is provided. The housing includes an insertion end and a main body. The insertion end is into the entrance of a user's ear when worn by the user, and the main body extends from the insertion end and defines an auricle contact surface and an external connecting surface opposite to the auricle contact surface. The auricle contact surface faces the user's auricle and the external connecting surface communicates to the external environment when the earphone is worn. The first speaker is contained within the main body to divide into a front chamber and a first rear chamber. A part of the first rear chamber is adjacent to the auricle contact surface. A sound output surface of the first speaker faces the external connecting surface. The audio outlet is formed in the insertion end to let out the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Merry Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Chung Lin, Yun-Chun Wu
  • Patent number: 10257599
    Abstract: An assembly is provided including a flexible conduit and a device connectable to a generally central portion of the flexible conduit. The device includes a base. Movement of the base relative to an adjacent surface is restricted. At least one biasing assembly is attached to the base. The generally central portion of the flexible conduit is connected to the at least one biasing assembly. The at least one biasing assembly is configured to deform when a force is applied near a first end of the flexible conduit such that the force is not transmitted to a second end of the flexible conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wiren D. Becker, Marc H. Coq, Milnes P. David, Ryan N. Elsasser, Syed F. Hossain
  • Patent number: 10244304
    Abstract: Systems and methods for attaching or joining a personalization accessory to headphones, earphones, ear buds and listening devices that produce, enhance and/or cancel acoustics and go in, on, and/or over the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Parng
  • Patent number: 10244162
    Abstract: A directionality control system includes: a camera; a microphone provided as a separate body from the camera; a display that displays video data captured by the camera; and a processor that computes a sound collection direction, which is directed from the microphone toward a sound position corresponding to a designated position in the video data. The processor computes the sound collection direction by using parameters including: a first height of the camera from a reference surface, a second height of the microphone from the reference surface, a third height of a computation reference point from the reference surface, the computation reference point being positioned in the sound collection direction at a position different from the sound position, a direction which is directed from the camera toward the sound position, and a fourth height of the sound position from the reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Sawa, Toshimichi Tokuda, Shinichi Shigenaga, Shuichi Watanabe, Shojiro Matsuo, Takashi Hirabara, Tadashi Maki, Hisashi Tsuji, Teppei Fukuda, Akitoshi Izumi, Shintaro Yoshikuni, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Kazunori Hayashi, Kosuke Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 10219066
    Abstract: A headset system for interchangeable wearing styles is disclosed. A retention element is detachably coupled to an earpiece, allowing the headset to interchange between a headband, ear loop and neckband wearing style. The retention element comprises a security element that prevents rotation of the earpiece when coupled, providing a stable and ergonomic wearing experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Gougherty, John Kelley, Erik Tews
  • Patent number: 10207152
    Abstract: A waterproof audio system having an audio plug electrically connected to a y-adapter, a left coiled wire having a first end and a second end, said first end connected to said y-adapter and said second end connected to a left ear bud speaker; and a right coiled wire having a first end and a second end, said first end connected to said y-adapter and said second end connected to a right ear bud speaker, wherein said left coiled wire is releasably affixed to a left section of a stretchable goggle cord and said right coiled wire is releasably affixed to a right section of said stretchable goggle cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wade Schermerhorn
  • Patent number: 10200777
    Abstract: A system for securing headphone transducers is provided. In one aspect of the present invention, the system comprises a first transducer device having a first mechanical housing, which has an outer surface and an inner surface. A first coupling device is affixed to the outer surface of the first mechanical housing of the first transducer device. A second transducer device has a second mechanical housing, which has an outer surface and an inner surface. A second coupling device is affixed to the outer surface of the second mechanical housing of the second transducer device. The first coupling device is coupled to the second coupling device when in close proximity to each other, such that the inner surfaces of the first and second mechanical devices are opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KADDAN ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick Sean Harper
  • Patent number: 10057674
    Abstract: A headphone system includes a headphone body and a signal source device. The headphone body includes a connection kit, a first earmuff module, a second earmuff module, a connection port, and a processor. The first earmuff module is connected to a first terminal of the connection kit. The first earmuff module includes at least one first pressure sensor and a first speaker. The second earmuff module is connected to a second terminal of the connection kit. The second earmuff module includes at least one second pressure sensor and a second speaker. The connection port is used for receiving an audio source signal from the signal source device. The processor receives a plurality of pressure values detected by the at least one first pressure sensor and second pressure sensor and sets at least one set of equalizer gains of the first speaker and the second speaker according to the pressure values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Toong In Electronic Corp.
    Inventors: Teng-Sung Tseng, Chi-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 10051357
    Abstract: An earphone includes an acoustic transducer and a housing that includes a first acoustic chamber acoustically coupled to a first side of the acoustic transducer and a second acoustical chamber acoustically coupled to a second side of the acoustic transducer. The housing further includes a port acoustically coupling the first acoustic chamber and the second acoustic chamber. Acoustic resistive material is positioned proximate the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan C. Silvestri, Joseph H. Cattell
  • Patent number: 10021487
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a headset, comprising a headband-like component, one or two external ear pieces, and one or more external speakers. The headband-like component comprises a first end and a second end. Each ear piece of the one or two external ear pieces covers one ear of a user and is connected to one of the first end and second end of the headband-like component. Each external speaker of the one or more external speakers has a predetermined design and each external speaker is mounted on the headband-like component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Axent Wear Inc.
    Inventors: Wenqing Yan, Victoria Hu
  • Patent number: 9986328
    Abstract: Apparatus including: an acoustic transducer, and a sound channel coupled to the acoustic transducer, the sound channel including an element having a shape that is electrically controllable, wherein the shape of the element is electrically controllable to change the acoustic properties of the sound channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Mikko Veli Aimo Suvanto, Koray Ozcan
  • Patent number: 9949007
    Abstract: An earphone device includes a housing having a driver unit, and a sound guide tube mounted on a front surface of the housing to protrude from the front surface, in which the sound guide tube is disposed at a position deviated from a center position of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Matsuo, Takashi Ohta, Koji Nageno, Tomohiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9942648
    Abstract: Intra-concha earphones are disclosed. In an embodiment, an intra-concha earphone includes a housing having a rear space divided into a back volume, a bass duct, and a vent chamber between a driver and a rear wall. The vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with the back volume through both an acoustic port and the bass duct. Furthermore, the vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with a surrounding environment through a vent port, which may be a sole acoustic opening in the rear wall. Thus, sound emitted by the driver may propagate through the acoustic port and the bass duct to meet in the vent chamber before being discharged through the vent port to the surrounding environment. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yacine Azmi, Esge B. Andersen, Jonathan S. Aase, Michael B. Howes
  • Patent number: 9902127
    Abstract: A composite foam cushion for a sound control device. The cushion includes a core formed of a polymeric foam material and a polymeric coating overlying at least a portion of the core of polymeric foam material. The polymeric coating includes an outer coating layer and an inner polymeric coating layer bonded to the core of polymeric foam material. The inner coating layer may provide the cushion with strength, while providing a high degree of flexibility and suppleness to closely conform around contours and obstructions. The outer coating layer may provide the cushion with enhanced abrasion resistance and/or chemical resistance while having an aesthetically pleasing feel and appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hearing Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin C. Peskar, William L. Parish
  • Patent number: 9889301
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved fitting and training system for a visual prosthesis. Fitting a visual prosthesis through automated means is challenging and fitting a visual prosthesis manually is tedious for clinician and patent, and provides great opportunity for error. A hybrid of computer controlled and manual fitting provides effective, efficient and controlled fitting process. The process includes testing a group of electrodes in random order by providing a prompt followed by stimulation and the patient responding if they saw a percept. After each set, a maximum likelihood algorithm is used to determine the next stimulation level, or if further stimulation is needed for each electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessy D Dorn, Arup Roy, Robert J Greenberg, Avraham I Caspi
  • Patent number: 9877125
    Abstract: A measurement device (10) is for evaluating an acoustic device (100) that allows sound to be heard via vibration transmission by having a housing (101) provided with a vibrating element (102) be held by a head including a human ear. The measurement device (10) includes an ear model unit (50) modeled after a human ear, a model of a human body that holds the acoustic device (100), and a vibration detector (55) disposed in the ear model unit (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyoshi Ikeda