Auditory Canal Insert Patents (Class 181/130)
  • Patent number: 10271119
    Abstract: The present invention prevents a three-dimensional fabric arranged in front surfaces of speakers from flapping due to sound. In the respective front surface sides of, sound-emitting direction regulating members that include annular portions that project forward by a predetermined distance are arranged. A three-dimensional fabric is tensioned and arranged so as to cover the front surface sides of the sound-emitting direction regulating members. When the three-dimensional fabric is pressed against the annular portions configuring the sound-emitting direction regulating members, the annular portions bite into the three-dimensional fabric since the three-dimensional fabric has a predetermined thickness. The annular portions are provided so as to surround diaphragms of the speakers. Sound output from the speakers passes inside the annular portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Yumi Ogura, Takao Uchiyama, Kazuhiro Takenaka, Kazunari Yasui
  • Patent number: 10251789
    Abstract: The present invention provides a customizable ear insert for fitting within a user's outer ear or ear canal or both and methods therefor. In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a customizable ear insert having: a body formed of photocurable polymer, the body having a first shape configured for insertion into the outer ear canal of a user; a light source, the light source positioned adjacent the body, and wherein the body can be cured into a second shape by application of light generated by the light source, the second shape snugly conforming to the interior surface of the user's outer ear or ear canal or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LOGITECH CANADA, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Blumer, Navi Cohen
  • Patent number: 10257628
    Abstract: A hearing aid device adapted for use within the ear canal and of partially exposed in the canal types. This aid allows an air gap to substantially surround the hearing aid shell and air passages which communicate with the inner ear minimizing occlusion sensations and providing the user with an enhanced natural hearing experience. An aspect of this device is the provision of air passages in the mounting insert which securely positions the hearing aid shell in the wearer's canal. These passages are designed to stay open after insertion of the aid in the ear canal. In use, unamplified sound from the outside passes around the hearing aid shell, through the air passages in the mounting insert blending with the amplified sound emanating from the receiver. The area of air passages in the mounting insert can be tailored by the technician adapting to the hearing loss characteristics of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Anova Hearing Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: James F. Caldarola
  • Patent number: 10227229
    Abstract: A headrest in which a pad layer is integrally formed, including a portion with a narrow gap, between a mechanism having various types of incorporated functions and a skin member. A shock absorbing member that is an injection-passage-forming member having a foaming raw material injection passage formed so as to run substantially along a direction that is the vertical direction of the headrest in orientation of when a seat is attached, is set in the inside of a skin member, and a foaming raw material for forming the pad layer is injected through the foaming raw material injection passage. The configuration preferably causes the foaming raw material to spread by the foaming start time, as the foaming raw material spreads to the outer side of the headrest, that is, to the inner surface of the skin member, where the pad layer is required to be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Kazuhiro Takenaka, Kazunari Yasui, Shigeki Wagata
  • Patent number: 10171902
    Abstract: An improved in-ear monitor that incorporates high frequency balanced armature driver tuning, both low frequency dynamic driver and balanced armature driver tuning, mid range and high range frequency balanced armature driver tuning. It also utilizes a stacked metalized plastic film chip capacitor style of crossover component to filter the mid and low frequency signals from the high frequency driver/s for enhanced clarity and to impart a wider image to the fidelity sound. I has a spout that has a series of stanchions or stanchions and resonator box cavities for the simplified connection and disconnection of sound tubes and resonator boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Campfire Audio LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Ball
  • Patent number: 10142748
    Abstract: An at least partially acoustically sealing element for retaining an in-the-ear device within an ear canal is characterized in that the element comprises at least one textile layer and that it is manufactured by means of thermoforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Erdal Karamuk, Markus Müller
  • Patent number: 10142746
    Abstract: A hearing prosthesis including an actuator. The actuator includes a material that deforms in response to an electrical signal and that is adapted to, upon implantation in a recipient, transmit vibrations representative of a sound signal to an organ of the recipient, wherein the material is at least partially exposed to at least one of body tissue and fluid of the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Andersson, Bart Valckaerts
  • Patent number: 10079009
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for providing mechanical vibrations at a distance from a vibrating transducer, the system for coupling to a housing of the vibrating transducer and comprising: at least one remote vibrating unit that comprises vibration pads operatively coupled by a vibration conducting element to the vibration transducer with a selectively switchable connector in the path between the vibration pad and the transducer, to selectively disconnect the vibration conducting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Mor Efrati
  • Patent number: 10070214
    Abstract: A bone conduction device, including a bone fixture adapted to be fixed to bone, a vibratory element adapted to be attached to the bone fixture and configured to vibrate in response to sound signals, and a vibration isolator adapted to be disposed between the vibratory element and the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Carl Van Himbeeck, Marcus Andersson, David N. Morris, Gunnar Kristian Åsnes
  • Patent number: 10057696
    Abstract: Provided are a vibration transducer and an implantable hearing aid device. In one embodiment, the implantable hearing aid device includes a signal processing part implantable in a subject, the signal processing part processing a signal from a microphone to output a sound signal, a sound transmission tube configured for transmitting the sound signal to a round window of the subject, and a bellows member disposed at an end side of the sound transmission tube to transmit vibration due to the sound signal to the round window. In other embodiment, the implantable hearing aid device includes a signal processing part implantable in a subject, the signal processing part processing a signal from a microphone to output an electrical signal, a vibration generation part configured for receiving the electrical signal to generate vibration, and a bellows member disposed at an end side of the vibration generation part to transmit the vibration to a round window of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jin-Ho Cho, Ki Woong Seong, Jyung Hyun Lee, Hyung Gyu Lim, Dong Ho Shin
  • Patent number: 10052234
    Abstract: An earpiece body with a convoluted acoustic horn and a hearing protection device that includes the earpiece body. The convoluted acoustic horn that is configured to receive airborne sound waves through a first, sound-receiving opening and to emit airborne sound waves through a second, sound-emitting opening, wherein the first, sound-receiving opening is larger in cross-sectional area than the second, sound-emitting opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Jacob H. Ely
  • Patent number: 10029095
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hearing prosthesis comprising a first housing containing a primary signal processor that receives signals output by a microphone; and a second housing removably connectable to the first housing; wherein a user interface is provided on the second housing that provides control of one or more features of the operation of the primary signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Gunther Van Der Borght, Jan Janssen
  • Patent number: 10021493
    Abstract: A suspension assembly for a hearing aid receiver is described in which the receiver is contained within a receiver can. A cover assembly may be provided for covering the open top end of the receiver can and for containing the receiver's spout when the receiver is mounted within the receiver can. To dampen or reduce the transmission of receiver vibrations within the receiver can, a spout seal and corner bumpers may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney A. Higgins, Brian Dobson
  • Patent number: 9980031
    Abstract: A modular ear phone assembly includes a pair of ear buds. Each of the ear buds may be positioned in ears thereby facilitating each of the ear buds to emit audible sound into the ears. A pair of cords is provided. Each of the cords is selectively electrically coupled to an associated one of the ear buds. A coupler is provided and each of the cords is selectively electrically coupled thereto. A conductor is provided and the conductor is selectively electrically coupled to the coupler. The conductor may be selectively electrically coupled to an audio source. Thus, the ear buds may emit audible sound received from the audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Samuel Witt
  • Patent number: 9930437
    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: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Matsuo, Takashi Ohta, Koji Nageno, Tomohiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9906880
    Abstract: A listening support device, such as in particular a hearing aid, includes a part (6) worn in the ear, wherein the part worn in the ear includes an electro-acoustic converter (61) and optionally also includes a microphone (62). The part worn in the ear includes a device housing (6) which is inserted releasably in a compressible case (30) which at least partially encircles the device housing laterally. The compressible case (30) is provided with at least one continuous channel (31,32,33) which provides for an open communication between a proximal side directed toward an outlet of the auditory canal and an opposite, distal side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EXSILENT RESEARCH B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Marinus Van Doorn, Randall Carey Dillon, Mark Alan Bren, Timothy Scott Peterson
  • Patent number: 9867572
    Abstract: Methods and systems for rapidly determining and displaying the depth of ear tip placement to improve the reliability of hearing tests may comprise in a hearing assessment system comprising a control system and a probe with a sealing ear tip, a microphone, and a sound source: measuring a pressure versus frequency of an ear canal, determining a first half-wavelength frequency of the ear canal using the measured pressure versus frequency and/or or from the phase of the ear canal reflectance, and calculating a distance between the hearing probe and an eardrum in the ear canal based on the determined first half-wavelength frequency. Subsequent measurements of the ear canal may be performed using the calculated distance. The calculated distance may be stored in a memory in the control system for the subsequent measurements of the ear canal. The calculated distance may be displayed on a gauge on the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: ETYMOTIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Mead Killion, Jonathan Siegel, Sumitrajit Dhar
  • Patent number: 9866978
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for providing hearing aid. An open ear canal hearing aid may be provided in accordance with an embodiment of the invention. The hearing aid may include a part that contains electronic components, a passive amplifier, and a securing mechanism. The securing mechanism may include bristles or balloons. The securing mechanism may have various configurations and be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Eargo, Inc
    Inventors: Florent Michel, Raphael Michel, Daniel Shen
  • Patent number: 9843854
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to an earpiece having a balloon and a stent where the balloon is mounted on the stent and the stent incorporates two or more channels including at least an inflation channel and an acoustic channel. In some embodiments the stent is configured to pass audio signals through the acoustic channel where the acoustic channel is independent of the inflation channel of the balloon. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: John Patrick Keady
  • Patent number: 9826323
    Abstract: A miniature speaker and speaker cabinet are provided, wherein the speaker is enclosed in an oblong capsule with a sound output opening at one end and leads passing from a speaker coil inside the capsule to connection points externally on the capsule, and where the cabinet encloses the capsule and at one end thereof comprise a lead input opening with leads passing there through to the connection points on the capsule, and where the cabinet further comprise a sound exit opening opposite the lead input opening, which is in fluid communication with the sound output opening of the capsule, wherein the cabinet has an internal space surpassing external measures of the capsule in all directions defining a gap between the capsule and cabinet wherein the thus defined gap is filled out with a hardening silicone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Kenneth Rueskov Møller, Lars Steen Christensen
  • Patent number: 9820062
    Abstract: Certain types of hearing aids are designed to be worn completely in the ear. Examples of such hearing aids include in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), completely-in-the-canal (CIC) type, or invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids. Described herein are structures to help prevent wax accumulation in the sound port that conveys sound to the microphone. In one embodiment, an injection molded T-fitting connects to a microphone and provides both a microphone inlet pathway and a wax relief pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Stewart
  • Patent number: 9813807
    Abstract: An ear-canal earpiece having an electroacoustic sound transducer, a sound guide unit having a first and a second end for guiding the sound from the electroacoustic sound transducer to an ear of a user and at least one portion. The ear canal earpiece has a canal having a first end open towards the ear canal and a second outwardly open end. A diaphragm is provided in the canal and extends over the entire cross-section of the canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinz Epping
  • Patent number: 9794675
    Abstract: A circuit assembly (600) includes a printed circuit board assembly (100). The printed circuit board assembly includes a first circuit board (101), a second circuit board (102), and a first flexible substrate (103) interposed between, and continuous with, the first circuit board and the second circuit board. A second flexible substrate (108) extends from, and is continuous with, the second circuit board. One or more electronic circuits comprising electronic components (301,302,303,304,305) are disposed along one or more of the first circuit board or the second circuit board. The printed circuit board assembly is folded about a battery (601), with the first circuit board adjacent to the first major face, the second circuit board adjacent to the second major face, and the first flexible substrate spanning the one or more side faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Ryan P. Rye, Christopher B. Houghton, Hae Rim Jeong, Peter Nanni, Peter M. Pavlov, Martin H. Ramsden
  • Patent number: 9788094
    Abstract: A wireless earpiece may include a local memory for storing audio files that can be played back by the user. The wireless earpiece may fit entirely within the user's ear canal. Audio files, for example music files, may be loaded on the wireless earpiece by docking the wireless earpiece with a mobile device, which includes a larger memory storing the user's library of music files. The stored audio files may be received from a mobile device that were automatically selected from a library of music files by the mobile device without intervention from the user. To provide stereo sound, two wireless earpieces may be worn by the user and docked separately with the mobile device. Each of the two wireless earpieces may store a single channel of an audio file, which is separated by the mobile device during synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9724241
    Abstract: A novel hearing aid allowing the user to clearly hear necessary sounds while cutting off noises is provided. The hearing aid includes a cylindrical body to be inserted into the external auditory meatus. The body has an outer surface of such a shape that when the body is inserted into the external auditory meatus, the outer surface substantially sticks firmly to the inner wall of the external auditory meatus. The body has an opening on its insertion end and another opening on its end opposite to the insertion end, both openings communicating without a substantially tapered portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Moritaka Ogura
  • Patent number: 9661426
    Abstract: A hearing aid having a hearing aid housing, includes: a microphone; a processing unit configured to process an audio signal for compensating a hearing loss of a user; a battery provided closer to a second end of the hearing aid housing than to a first end of the hearing aid housing; one or more wireless communication units for wireless communication; at least a part of a first antenna for electromagnetic field emission and/or electromagnetic field reception, the at least a part of the first antenna being interconnected with one of the one or more wireless communication units; and a second antenna for electromagnetic field emission and/or electromagnetic field reception, the second antenna being interconnected with one of the one or more wireless communication units; wherein the second antenna is between a center axis of the battery and the second end of the hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Sinasi Ozden
  • Patent number: 9629575
    Abstract: A filter device for a hearing test probe and a method of manufacturing a filter device are disclosed. The filter device extends along a center axis in a first direction from a first end to a second end. The filter device comprising: a first part having a first filter structure, a second part having a second filter structure, a first channel extending along the center axis. The first part and second part are joined together, and the first filter structure and the second filter structure define a filter element with a first set of filter openings for the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Natus Medical Incorporated
    Inventor: Thomas Geertsen
  • Patent number: 9628895
    Abstract: An animal headphone apparatus is a modified headphone device specifically suited for use with dogs, so that an owner may allow their dog or other pet to listen to music, or the owner may use the headphones to command, train or monitor their pet. A first earpiece and a second earpiece are oriented inward and downward to account for the substantially vertical structure of a canine ear canal. A chipset and a power source provide capability for several features, including an integrated music player, at least one camera, a microphone, a vibration producing device, a global positioning system device, and at least one digital display for video viewing by the dog or other pet. A wireless communication device allows a user to control the various features through a smart phone or remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Lalkrushna Malaviya
  • Patent number: 9566023
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an earphone apparatus adapted for use in audiometry examinations. The earphone apparatus comprises a housing and a receiver having an acoustic output adapted to connect with an audio signal source. The earphone apparatus can also include a circuit board with an electrical equalization network connected to the receiver. A coupling can be connected to the acoustic output of the receiver. A sound tube can be connected to the acoustic output and extends out from the housing to an ear piece. The earphone also includes a resonance cancellation assembly comprising a damping chamber and a tubing section acoustically connecting the damping chamber to the coupling. The damping chamber can provide an acoustic compliance to the sound delivered by the receiver. The earphone can also comprise an electrical connector with a protector that is adapted to connect with a female connector delivering electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: ETYMOTIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Mead C. Killion, Charles J. Aldous, Viorel Drambarean, Donald Wilson, Jonathan K. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9555243
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of calibrating a cochlea implant and present disclosure relates to a cochlea implant. Further, the present disclosure relates to use of cochlea implants and use of calibration method for cochlea implants. The methods, uses, and implants of the present disclosure provides improved auditory experience for the users of cochlea implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON MEDICAL A/S
    Inventors: Niels Henrik Pontoppidan, Morten Eduard Hartvig, Filip Marchman Rønne
  • Patent number: 9538272
    Abstract: An acoustically permeable material is disposed within an aperture of an electronic device to provide aesthetic appeal for the electronic device and protection for an acoustic device mounted within the electronic device. A stiffener is used in conjunction with the acoustically permeable material to improve its ability to resist permanent mechanical deformation from external forces. In some embodiments the stiffener may have multiple cavities enabling improved isolation between multiple acoustic devices within the same aperture. Other methods of employing acoustically permeable materials are disclosed that improve the aesthetic appeal, acoustic performance and/or manufacturability of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Martin J. Auclair, Jared M. Kole, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Scott A. Myers, David A. Pakula, Marwan Rammah
  • Patent number: 9538281
    Abstract: An earbud adapter or in-ear monitor includes an Ear Interface that fits the human ear and further permits the wearer of these devices to adjust parameters of the fit. In additional aspects, the Ear Interface portion of these devices permits the user to adjust the transmission of ambient sound. The Ear Interface portion also allows the user to change ornamentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Seth D. Burgett, Richard J. Daniels, Melvin Joshua Leedle
  • Patent number: 9491533
    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: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Matsuo, Takashi Ohta, Koji Nageno, Tomohiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9462366
    Abstract: Among other things, an ear tip for an earpiece is described. The ear tip comprises a body and two flexible flaps extending from the body. The two flexible flaps together form a generally frusto-conical shape around the body and at least part of the body is partially enclosed by the two flexible flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Silvestri, Michael D. Ting
  • Patent number: 9344819
    Abstract: A securing mechanism comprising a plurality of outwardly projecting members having a plurality of contact points that are configured to contact a surface of an opening when disposed on a space access device that is inserted in the opening, the securing mechanism being configured to apply a pressure to a contact surface within the opening less than approximately 10000 kPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Eargo, Inc.
    Inventors: Florent Michel, Raphael Michel, Daniel Shen, Michael Perry
  • Patent number: 9301067
    Abstract: A miniature speaker and speaker cabinet are provided, wherein the speaker is enclosed in an oblong capsule with a sound output opening at one end and leads passing from a speaker coil inside the capsule to connection points externally on the capsule, and where the cabinet encloses the capsule and at one end thereof comprise a lead input opening with leads passing there through to the connection points on the capsule, and where the cabinet further comprise a sound exit opening opposite the lead input opening, which is in fluid communication with the sound output opening of the capsule, wherein the cabinet has an internal space surpassing external measures of the capsule in all directions defining a gap between the capsule and cabinet wherein the thus defined gap is filled out with a hardening silicone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Kenneth Rueskov Møller, Lars Steen Christensen
  • Patent number: 9282390
    Abstract: A multi-piece dual mode headphone, including: a molded elongated member, a rear molded insert member and an intermediate member all together forming a headphone with a channel extending through the interior of the headphone. A small speaker for transmitting sound energy is positioned in the headphone to direct the sound energy through the channel to the eardrum. The molded rear insert member includes a cap member and with positioning of the cap member providing for the headphone being in a first mode of operation where the channel extending through the interior of the headphone is open and a second mode of operation where the channel extending through the interior of the headphone is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: MOLDEX-METRIC, INC.
    Inventor: Crest Turdjian
  • Patent number: 9216114
    Abstract: A head-mounted support device for carrying at least one un-inflated inflatable or expandable inner portion of an in-ear device thereon includes a main body adjustably mountable on a user's head, with at least one settable compound delivery device mounted thereon, and a at least one receptacle to receive an inflatable in-ear device inner portion. The invention also refers to a head-mounted settable compound delivery system kit, along with the earphone wire assembly that receives the customized in-ear device inner portions thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: SONOMAX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jérémie Voix, Michael C. Turcot, Katrin Braun, Steve Boa, Lawrence Yane
  • Patent number: 9210522
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes a receiver with a receiver housing, the receiver having a sound port opening, and being configured to be placed at least partly in an ear canal of a user, and a sound tube acoustically connected to the sound port opening of the receiver, the sound tube having a longitudinal extension in at least two directions, wherein the sound tube has a total length of at least 16 mm. A hearing aid includes a behind the ear (BTE) unit configured to process sound and generate an electrical signal, an earpiece, and a signal conductor configured to communicate the electrical signal to the earpiece, wherein the earpiece comprises a receiver that is configured to convert the electrical signal into a sound signal, and wherein the earpiece further comprises a sound tube that is coupled to a sound port opening at the receiver, the sound tube having a longitudinal extension in at least two directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: GN RESOUND A/S
    Inventors: Gojko Obradovic, Henrik Nielsen, Poul Rosenkilde Kristensen
  • Patent number: 9161114
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to an apparatus for retaining an earpiece in the ear during physical movement and exercise. In various instances, the apparatus may include a thinned region a posterior arch and ribs to allow deformation of the earmold and facilitate securing of the earmold in the concha bowl of the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TREEFROG DEVELOPMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian C. Bone, Nicholas J. Murrells, Feng Feng
  • Patent number: 9138353
    Abstract: An earplug is provided. The earplug includes at least a partially flexible distal end; an inflatable element; and a flexible anti-distal end. The anti-distal end has at least one portion that is deformable. The inflatable element is operatively attached to the distal end by an inflation channel. When the at least one portion is deformed the inflatable element expands to an adjustable pressure. At least one portion of the anti-distal end provides a pressurizing force to maintain the expansion of the inflatable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Personics Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: John P. Keady
  • Patent number: 9131308
    Abstract: There is disclosed a passive acoustical filter including two or more filter elements coupled between an ambient and a listener's ear, each of the filter elements selected from the group consisting of a low pass filter element, a high pass filter element, a band reject filter element, and a band pass filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Dopler Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Kraft, Richard Fritz Lanman, Dan Wiggins, Jonathan Oswaks, Nils Jacob Palmborg
  • Patent number: 9124989
    Abstract: A hearing aid sleeve is made from a pliable and flexible rubber material. The sleeve is configured to minimize acoustic feedback in an ear canal by restricting movement of a hearing aid relative to the ear canal. The hearing aid sleeve includes a pliable rubber body configured to flex to the contours of an ear canal, the rubber body having an outer surface. The opposing ends of the sleeve form a tapered contour. An aperture passes from a first end to a second end. The aperture is configured to accept contact with the hearing aid. The outer surface of the body is configured to flex to the contour of the ear canal and grip the surface of the ear canal, thereby increasing the compressive forces around the hearing aid sufficient to minimize acoustic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Abraham Medina
  • Patent number: 9094760
    Abstract: Solution Means: Earphone 10 possesses an outer ear canal insertion member for which at least a portion can be inserted into the outer ear canal, housing 11 onto which the outer ear canal insertion member can be installed and removed, and driver unit 41 which is disposed within housing 11 and which generates sound, and driver unit 41 is maintained within the interior space of the support member by the rigid support member being installed within housing 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Tomonari Kaneko, Yoshimi Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 9042585
    Abstract: There is provided a method for optimizing performance of a multi-transducer earpiece, where the multi-transducer earpiece includes a perpendicular flange that partitions the cross sectional area of the acoustic delivery channel in a manner where mixing of signals from both the high frequency transducer and the mid/low frequency transducer is carried out in the ear canal of a user during reproduction of audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Creative Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Thean Kuie Christopher Chang, Hui Ying Alexa Phua
  • Patent number: 9028429
    Abstract: An acoustic sensor is configured to provide accurate and robust measurement of bodily sounds under a variety of conditions, such as in noisy environments or in situations in which stress, strain, or movement may be imparted onto a sensor with respect to a patient. Embodiments of the sensor provide a conformable electrical shielding, as well as improved acoustic and mechanical coupling between the sensor and the measurement site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Valery G. Telfort, Predrag Pudar, Dimitar Dimitrov, Phi Trang, Ammar Al-Ali
  • Patent number: 9013701
    Abstract: The attenuation and other optical properties of a medium are exploited to measure a thickness of the medium between a sensor and a target surface. Disclosed herein are various mediums, arrangements of hardware, and processing techniques that can be used to capture these thickness measurements and obtain dynamic three-dimensional images of the target surface in a variety of imaging contexts. This includes general techniques for imaging interior/concave surfaces as well as exterior/convex surfaces, as well as specific adaptations of these techniques to imaging ear canals, human dentition, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Douglas P. Hart, Federico Frigerio, Douglas M. Johnston, Manas C. Menon, Daniel Vlasic
  • Patent number: 9004223
    Abstract: An ear canal tip for a hearing instrument comprises a series of slits in the ear canal tip surface to allow the ear canal tip to conform to the shape of the ear canal when the ear canal tip is inserted into the ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Oleg Saltykov
  • Patent number: 8955519
    Abstract: An earplug insertion device can include a housing that is configured to hold a first earplug and a second earplug. The device can also include an ejection mechanism that can be configured to respond to a first user force by ejecting the first earplug from the device in a first ejection motion. The ejection mechanism can also being configured to respond to a second user force by ejecting the second earplug from the device in a second ejection motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: J3 Group, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Matthew Johnson, John Matthew Johnson, Joshua Ingvald Kenneth Johnson
  • Patent number: 8942406
    Abstract: An object of this invention is to provide a canal-type receiver capable of reproducing sound fields spanning front-to-rear and/or top-to-bottom. Thus, an ear piece of the canal-type receiver has a substantially cylindrical shape and includes a cylindrical portion including a sound guiding tube emitting a sound wave, radiated from a sound-emission unit in a receiver, to the inside of the external auditory canal, the sound guiding tube is configured so that a directional sound wave radiation axis of the sound wave faces a predetermined position of a wall of the external auditory canal in such a state that a cylindrical portion of the ear piece is mounted at a predetermined position in the external auditory canal, whereby the sound wave radiated from the sound guiding tube is reflected by a portion of the external auditory canal wall to arrive at the eardrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Isamu Koizumi