Hearing Aids, Electrical Patents (Class 381/312)
  • Patent number: 10412513
    Abstract: A hearing device comprising a first shell member and a second shell member constituting a housing when assembled is disclosed. The hearing device comprises a chassis provided with attachment structures for attachment of the first shell member and the second shell member to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventor: Lars Monroy
  • Patent number: 10412509
    Abstract: A binaural hearing aid system includes: a first hearing aid having a first microphone, a first processing unit, a first receiver, and a first communication unit; and a second hearing aid having a second microphone, a second processing unit, a second receiver, and a second communication unit; wherein the first communication unit of the first hearing aid is configured to transmit a filtered signal for reception by the second communication unit of the second hearing aid in response to a signal associated with a phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventors: Andrew Burke Dittberner, Erik Cornelis Diederik Van Der Werf
  • Patent number: 10409545
    Abstract: A first device receives a bit sequence from a second device via a serial communication cable having one or more wires that connect the first device to a first set of one or more pins of a first chip of the second device. The first chip has a second set of pins. For each respective pin of the second set of pins, the bit sequence includes a set of one or more bits for the respective pin that are based at least in part on whether a first voltage or a second voltage is applied to the respective pin. The first device determines, based on the bit sequence, a type of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Olson
  • Patent number: 10404802
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the computer field, and specifically, to a method and an apparatus for coordinating body devices for communication. The method includes: obtaining, by a mobile personal station, an identifier of a body device, and a location parameter and an ambient parameter that are of a user that carries the body device; obtaining, according to the identifier of the body device, a communication mode supported by the body device; obtaining, according to the identifier of the body device, a communication mode supported by the body device; determining, a networking mode of the body device according to the scenario and the communication mode supported by the body device; and establishing, a connection to the body device according to the networking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xijun Xue, Tao Huang, Yingtao Li
  • Patent number: 10405111
    Abstract: A hearing device includes: a microphone for providing an audio signal; a signal processor for generating a processed audio signal; a first subtractor having a first input for receiving the processed audio signal, a second input, and an output for providing a first combined audio signal; a receiver for converting the first combined audio signal into an output sound signal; an ear canal microphone configured to provide an ear canal audio signal; a second subtractor having a first input for receiving the ear canal audio signal, a second input, and an output for providing a second combined audio signal; a first filter for receiving the second combined audio signal and for providing a filtered second combined audio signal to the second input of the first subtractor; and a second filter for providing a filtered processed audio signal to the second input of the second subtractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventor: Erik Cornelis Diederik Van Der Werf
  • Patent number: 10397686
    Abstract: An earpiece includes an earpiece housing, a processor disposed within the housing and a sensor system associated with the earpiece housing, the sensor system operatively connected to the processor. The sensor system is configured to detect skin touches proximate the earpiece housing. The sensor system may include an emitter and a detector which may be a light emitters/light detectors or other types of emitters and detectors. The skin touches may be skin touches on an ear of the housing while the earpiece is positioned within the ear. The earpiece may further include a speaker and wherein the earpiece provides audio feedback through the speaker in response to the skin touches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Christian Förstner, Martin Steiner, Engin Ça{hacek over (g)}atay, Nikolaj Hviid, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10390150
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes: a hearing aid assembly having an antenna for emission of an electromagnetic field, a transceiver for wireless data communication, the transceiver interconnected with the antenna, and a housing for accommodation of the antenna; wherein the antenna comprises a first section having a length between at least one sixteenth wavelength and a full wavelength of the electromagnetic field, the antenna being positioned so that current flows in the first section in a direction that corresponds with an ear-to-ear axis of a user when the housing is worn in its operational position by the user, whereby the electromagnetic field emitted by the antenna propagates along a surface of a head of the user with its electrical field substantially orthogonal to the surface of the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Sinasi Ozden
  • Patent number: 10388137
    Abstract: A method of limiting noise damage to an individual includes receiving, by an ototoxicity application stored in a non-transitory memory and executed on a processor, a first individual exposure level to a first ototoxic condition in an area, correlating the first individual exposure level to an ototoxic effect, determining a noise level threshold based on the correlating, receiving a noise level exposure in the area, comparing the noise level threshold with the noise level exposure, and sending an alert when the noise level exposure exceeds the noise level threshold. The noise level threshold is below a standard noise level threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Edukondalu Yarlagadda, Praveen Sharma, Thomas Negre, James Liu, Peter Hsi, Neal Muggleton, Swapnil Patil, Aleks Todorovic
  • Patent number: 10382854
    Abstract: An earpiece includes an earpiece housing, a processor disposed within the earpiece housing, and a gesture based interface operatively connected to the processor and configured to detect changes in an energy field associated with user gestures. The processor is configured to interpret the changes in the energy field to determine the user gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Nikolaj Hviid, Friedrich Christian Förstner, Eric Christian Hirsch
  • Patent number: 10382872
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a hearing device with selective adjustment of processor settings based on various characteristics of an input sound, in response to adjustment of output sound volume by a user. This addresses problems of undesirable sound effects resulting from applying same changes to processor settings to input sounds of all levels, frequencies, and classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Swapan Gandhi, Karrie LaRae Recker, Donald James Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10362410
    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: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventor: Sinasi Ozden
  • Patent number: 10362416
    Abstract: A binaural hearing system comprises A) left and right hearing devices, each comprising a1) an input unit providing an electric input signal representing sound; and a2) an output unit, B) a binaural level and/or gain estimator comprising b1) left and right level estimators, each comprising respective fast and slow level estimators configured to provide respective fast and slow level estimates of respective electric input signals, b2) a fast binaural level comparison unit receiving the fast level estimates of the respective left and right fast level estimators and providing a fast binaural level comparison estimate; and b3) a fast binaural level and/or gain enhancer providing respective left and right binaural level and/or gain modification estimates, in dependence of said fast binaural level comparison estimate at said left and right ears, respectively, of the user. The binaural hearing system provides that the interaural level cues are either compressed, maintained or enhanced independent of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventor: Lars Bramsløw
  • Patent number: 10356505
    Abstract: Attenuation of a wireless signal, particularly a short range wireless pairing signal, is accommodated immediately and automatically by a device in response to detection of presence of an object. When a user provides input to the device, such as by touching the device with a finger, presence of the finger may interfere with a signal emitted from the device. To accommodate for such interference, the device may immediately increase its transmission power upon detection of the finger, without waiting for link quality measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Laura Rabb, David Sparks
  • Patent number: 10356534
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a dynamic compressor of a hearing aid includes a combination signal analyzer for determining the binaural similarity of a left and right audio signal and an amplification adjuster for providing an amplification value for a band of the left or right audio signal in dependence on the binaural similarity and a level of the left or right audio signal in the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Oetting, Volker Hohmann, Stephan D Ewert, Jens Ekkehart Appell
  • Patent number: 10356536
    Abstract: A hearing device, e.g. a hearing aid, adapted for being arranged at least partly on a user's head or at least partly implanted in a user's head is provided. The hearing device comprises an own voice detector comprising first and second signal strength detectors for providing signal strength estimates of first and second electric input signals. The own voice detector comprises a comparison unit operationally coupled to the first and second signal strength detectors and configured to compare the signal strength estimates of the first and second electric input signals and to provide an indication of the difference between said signal strength estimates; and a control unit for providing an own voice detection signal indicative of a user's own voice being present or not present in the current sound in the environment of the user, the own voice detection signal being dependent on said signal strength comparison measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Svend Oscar Petersen, Anders Thule
  • Patent number: 10348891
    Abstract: Real time, remote access to and adjustment of the hearing aid of a patient while the patient is located in a normal life environment that is remote from a hearing professional. A session request initiates a programming session. Adjustable settings from the patient's hearing aid are wirelessly streamed to the patient's mobile device and from the mobile device to a streaming cloud server. The settings are stored on the cloud, streamed from the cloud to a hearing professional's computer or mobile device and displayed. The hearing professional then changes at least one of the adjustable hearing aid settings and the changed settings are streamed to the cloud, stored on the cloud, streamed from the cloud to the patient's mobile device, wirelessly transmitted to the hearing aid and stored there. A telephonic voice connection between the hearing professional and the patient's mobile device is used to transmit the patient's evaluation of changed settings to the hearing professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Deborah M. Manchester
  • Patent number: 10349192
    Abstract: A hearing assistance device such as a hearing aid includes an antenna for wireless communication with another device. The antenna includes two antenna elements and a cross-feed that provides for electrical connection between the two antenna elements. The cross-feed having a flared structure configured to reduce an effect of head loading on the performance of the wireless communication by approximately minimizing capacitive coupling between the cross-feed and a wearer when the hearing assistance device is worn by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Nasser Thomas Pooladian, Brent Anthony Bauman
  • Patent number: 10341787
    Abstract: A hearing aid system according to some examples includes a hearing aid which includes a microphone, amplifier, speaker, and a telecoil. In some examples, the hearing aid may include a battery or a capacitor for storing power wirelessly received from a distance separated wireless power transfer unit. The telecoil may be configured to receive audio signals and couple the audio signals to audio processing circuitry of the hearing aid. The telecoil may be further configured to receive power signals from the base unit and couple the power signals to power supply circuitry of the hearing aid, for example for charging the battery of the hearing aid. Examples of transmitter and receiver coils, and of distance and orientation optimization are described. Examples of wireless charging systems that may be used with hearing aids or other medical assistance devices are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PogoTec, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Blum, William Kokonaski, Stefan Bauer, Jean-Noel Fehr, Amitava Gupta, Richard Clompus
  • Patent number: 10335591
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for processing an auditory signal to generate auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli in response to an incoming acoustic signal are disclosed. An example method includes dividing the incoming acoustic signal into one or more frequency envelopes. The example method also includes determining which auditory prosthesis electrodes to stimulate. The example method additionally includes determining a temporal reference point to which auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli are referenced. The example method further includes determining a delay for each of the auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli from the temporal reference point. The example method yet further includes determining amplitudes of the auditory prosthesis electrode stimuli. The example method also includes determining a wait period length before each successive temporal reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Stefan Mauger, Mohit Shivdasani
  • Patent number: 10327078
    Abstract: A hearing aid comprises a BTE-part adapted for being located behind an ear (ear) of a user, and comprising a) a multitude M of microphones, which—when located behind the ear of the user—are characterized by respective transfer functions, HBTEi(?, ?, r, k), representative of propagation of sound from sound sources S to the respective microphones b) a memory unit comprising complex, frequency dependent constants Wi(k)?, i=1, . . . , M, c) a beamformer filtering unit for providing a beamformed signal Y as a weighted combination of the microphone signals using said complex, frequency dependent constants The frequency dependent constants are determined to provide a resulting transfer function Hpinna(?,?,r,k)=?i=1MWi(k)·HBTEi(?,?,r,k), so that a difference between the resulting transfer function Hpinna(?, ?, r, k) and a transfer function HITE(?, ?, r, k) of a microphone located close to or in the ear canal fulfills a predefined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Andreas Thelander Bertelsen
  • Patent number: 10327071
    Abstract: The present disclosures relates to a head-wearable hearing device comprising an ambient microphone arrangement configured to receive and convert environmental sound into a microphone input signal and an ear canal microphone configured to receive and convert ear canal sound pressure into an electronic ear canal signal. The head-wearable hearing device further comprises a mixer combining a compensated ear canal signal and the microphone input signal to produce a hybrid microphone signal. The hybrid microphone signal may be transmitted to a far end recipient through a wireless or wired data communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventor: Soren Christian Voigt Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10321248
    Abstract: A shell for a hearing device, includes: a shell body having an inner surface, the shell body extending from a first end to a second end, the shell body comprising a rim defining an opening at the second end, the rim defining a rim plane, the shell comprising a guide structure at the inner surface for guiding an antenna, wherein the guide structure comprises a first guide member at the inner surface, wherein at least a part of the first guide member extends along the inner surface at an angle that is anywhere from 45 degrees to 135 degrees with respect to a normal of the rim plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventor: Jesper Thaysen
  • Patent number: 10321242
    Abstract: A hearing aid system is provided that facilitates adjustment of signal processing parameters ? of the hearing aid system with minimum user intervention, wherein the hearing aid system is capable of calculating signal processing parameters ? for evaluation of the user when the user has entered an input, e.g. using a smartwatch, to this effect. The evaluation takes place for a certain time period and in the event that the user has entered a consent input indicating that he or she is pleased with the set ? of signal processing parameters under evaluation, the hearing aid system continues processing with those signal processing parameters; and if the user is not pleased with the signal processing parameters ? under evaluation, the hearing aid system calculates another set {circumflex over (?)} of signal processing parameters for evaluation of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Aalbert De Vries, Joris Kraak
  • Patent number: 10313806
    Abstract: A method of securing communication for a user application on a user accessory device of a hearing system comprising a hearing device is disclosed. Securing communication for the user application comprises obtaining challenge data in a server device; transmitting the challenge data from the server device to the user application; transmitting a challenge request comprising the challenge data from the user application to the hearing device; receiving a challenge response comprising response data from the hearing device; forwarding the response data from the user application to the server device; verifying the response data in the server device based on the challenge data; and approving the user application in the server device if verifying the response data is successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventor: Allan Munk Vendelbo
  • Patent number: 10299053
    Abstract: A device or a method using the device includes a balloon configured to seal a user's orifice, where the balloon is configured to produce an acoustic seal between a first side and a second side of the balloon in an ear canal. At least a second side of the balloon is fitted into the ear canal. Audio processing circuitry produces an audio signal for driving a speaker in the device and to measure sound level using output from the microphone in the device while the speaker is being driven by the audio signal. The device or method further includes control circuitry to evaluate a seal quality of the device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventors: John Usher, John P. Keady
  • Patent number: 10299050
    Abstract: An assistive listening device that comprises a receiver for a digital signal that is tuned to receive a particular digital signal and a connector that includes a permanently mounted Apple Lightning or a mini/micro type-B or type-C USB connector or a standard type-A USB connector that serves as a conduit for a digital signal to a recoding or retransmittal device and as a conduit for transferring power to the mobile assistive listening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Brian T. Gordon, Nadia M. Gordon
  • Patent number: 10299047
    Abstract: The hearing aid includes a signal processor having a level-dependent filter section and a level-independent filter section. The level-dependent filter section provides level-dependent gain wherein sound is attenuated or amplified depending on the level of the incoming sound. The level-independent filter section provides substantially constant gain wherein sound that passes through the filter section is not changed in level, and provides transparency in that it corrects for insertion loss caused by the earpiece of the hearing aid when worn by the user. The level dependent and level independent filter sections, when fitted to the user, greatly improve the user's perception of sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Meyer Sound Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: John D. Meyer, Toban A. Szuts
  • Patent number: 10291992
    Abstract: Provided is a method of mounting at least one hearing device component (14) inside a hearing device shell (12). Said method comprises the steps of threading a fixture means (16) through a hole (18) formed in the wall of the hearing device shell (12) and attaching the hearing device component (14) to the end of the portion of the fixture means (16) protruding into the inside of the hearing device shell (12). The method further comprises manipulating the portion of the fixture means (16) protruding to the outside of the hearing device shell (12) such to position the hearing device component (14) in a predetermined position, and fixing the positioned hearing device component (14) to the inner wall of the hearing device shell (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Andre Lucien Ochsenbein, Christoph Leist, Gabriel Perez
  • Patent number: 10264367
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to binaural hearing instruments and more particularly to reduction of processing time required in a binaural hearing aid system. According to the disclosure, there is provided a method comprising mono-directional transmission of data blocks comprising audio and/or information frames from one hearing instrument to the other hearing instrument or vice versa in a binaural hearing aid. According to the disclosure, the direction of transmission is determined by a quantity characterizing the presence of usable information content in the sound signal picked up by the hearing instruments of the binaural hearing aid. It is proposed to use one or more of local SNR, local voice activity detection indication, local level, local speech intelligibility estimate to determine the direction of transmission, although other quantities may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Jesper Jensen
  • Patent number: 10257619
    Abstract: A system, including an adaptive noise cancellation sub-system, wherein the system is configured to adjust operation of the sub-system from a first operating state to a second operating state upon a determination that operation of the adaptive noise cancellation sub-system will be effectively affected by an own voice body conducted noise phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Filiep J. Vanpoucke, Scott Allen Miller
  • Patent number: 10238870
    Abstract: Described is a system for the therapeutic modification of human behavior and, more specifically, a system for the transcranial control of procedural memory reconsolidation for the purposes of enhanced skill acquisition. During operation the system records a practice pattern. The practice pattern is a recording of a sensed brain activity from a sensor array when a subject is performing a skill. The practice pattern is converted to brain activity voxels and stored as both an uncompressed practice pattern and a compressed practice pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Praveen K. Pilly, Michael D. Howard, Rajan Bhattacharyya
  • Patent number: 10237663
    Abstract: A device to transmit an audio signal to a user comprises a transducer and a support. The support is configured for placement on the eardrum to drive the eardrum. The transducer is coupled to the support at a first location to decrease occlusion and a second location to drive the eardrum. The transducer may comprise one or more of an electromagnetic balanced armature transducer, a piezoelectric transducer, a magnetostrictive transducer, a photostrictive transducer, or a coil and magnet. The device may find use with open canal hearing aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: EarLens Corporation
    Inventors: Sunil Puria, Micha Rosen, Jonathan P. Fay, Paul Rucker, James Stone
  • Patent number: 10237382
    Abstract: A mobile telephone has a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall partly continuous with a side face, and a side wall, and includes a vibration-absorbing member between the top wall and each of the rear wall and the side wall, and a cartilage conduction vibration source on the inner side of the top wall. Opposite corner parts of the top wall partly continuous with the side face each serve as a cartilage conduction unit. Or a mobile telephone has a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, and a side wall, and includes a cartilage conduction vibration source that has a thin shape, that vibrates in a direction perpendicular to the thin shape, and that is affixed to the middle, in the left/right direction, of the inner side of the top wall in a direction parallel to the thin shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10231053
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to cancelling crosstalk vibrations due to the use of multiple bone conduction transducers by modifying bone conduction signals sent to the bone conduction transducers. The bone conduction signals are modified using an adaptive filter with its coefficients adjusted based on the vibrations generated at a bone conduction transducer and crosstalk vibrations sensed at a vibration sensor assembly. The bone conduction transducer for generating the calibration vibrations and the vibration sensor assembly for detecting the crosstalk vibrations may be placed at opposite sides of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ravish Mehra, Antonio John Miller
  • Patent number: 10231064
    Abstract: A method improves a picked-up signal in a hearing system. The hearing system has at least one hearing device, particularly a hearing aid. The hearing aid device has an associated first directional microphone that has an adjustable first directional characteristic with a preferential direction. The first directional microphone converts sound into a first signal that is adopted in the picked-up signal. A speech activity of a user of the hearing system is monitored, and recognition of a speech activity of the user prompts the preferential direction of the first directional characteristic to be adjusted in comparison with a frontal direction of the user such that the sound sensitivity of the first directional microphone undergoes attenuation in the frontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tobias Daniel Rosenkranz, Homayoun Kamkar-Parsi, Marko Lugger
  • Patent number: 10224975
    Abstract: The application relates to a portable electronic system comprising a first electronic device and an auxiliary device. The first electronic device comprises a first antenna defining a first spatial direction, and a first wireless unit operationally coupled to the first antenna. The auxiliary device comprises a second antenna defining a second spatial direction, the second antenna comprising a multitude of antenna elements, each defining a specific spatial direction, a second wireless unit operationally coupled to the second antenna, a direction detector configured to provide a direction-signal indicating an estimate of a current value of said second spatial direction relative to a reference direction, and a control unit configured to selectively control the connection of said multitude of antenna elements of the second antenna to said second wireless unit based on said direction-signal from the direction detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Morten Elo Petersen, Thomas Gleerup, Troels Andersen
  • Patent number: 10219727
    Abstract: A method for fitting a hearing device to the needs and preferences of a user of the hearing device is disclosed. In a first step of the disclosed method, a first range for a parameter setting of a first parameter is determined based on a first audiological test performed with the user. In a second step of the disclosed method, the first parameter is adjusted to a first final parameter setting within the first range and/or a second parameter of the hearing device is adjusted to a second final parameter setting based on a second audiological test performed with the user. The second parameter is functionally related to the first parameter such that the first parameter is expressible as a function of the second parameter, and the adjusting is performed such that the first parameter setting remains within the first range. Additionally, corresponding fitting apparatuses and computer-readable media are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Harald Krueger, Juliane Raether, Silvia Allegro-Baumann, Julia Rehmann, Timo Boeld
  • Patent number: 10219087
    Abstract: In a hearing aid (26) that can be inserted into the ear canal (12) of a patient, comprising an actuator (31) effecting a mechanical stimulation of the tympanic membrane (14), the actuator (31) comprises an inner surface (32) associated with the tympanic membrane (14) and an outer surface (42) associated with the ear canal (12) and is configured as an areal disk actuator, whose deformation stimulates the tympanic membrane (14) by areal deformation. On the actuator (31) at a distance from the outer surface (42) a cover plate (43) is arranged which together with the outer surface (42) delimits a preferably lenticular cavity (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen Medizinische Fakultat
    Inventors: Ernst Dalhoff, Hans-Peter Zenner
  • Patent number: 10212523
    Abstract: A method of operating a hearing aid system (400) based on processing two groups of interleaved frequency bands such that one of the two groups of frequency bands is attenuated with respect to the other and such that it alternates with time whether one or the other of the two groups are attenuated and a hearing aid system (100, 200, 300) for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Carsten Paludan-Muller, Anne Vikar Damsgaard, Morten Love Jepsen
  • Patent number: 10212511
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatus, method, and computer program product whereby a device receives an acoustic signal. In response to the received acoustic signal, the device outputs electrical signals from a first input audio transducer and a second input audio transducer. The second input audio transducer is less sensitive than the first input audio transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Andrew Duncan Phelps, Mikko Veli Aimo Suvanto
  • Patent number: 10187735
    Abstract: A hearing aid device includes: a hearing aid housing surrounding an inner space; a frame structure arranged in the inner space, the frame structure configured for mounting at least a microphone and a signal processing unit; a sound emitter sized for being arranged in an ear canal; a conductor, wherein the sound emitter is arranged on a first end of the conductor; a connector socket arranged in the frame structure, wherein the hearing aid housing comprises a passage located in front of the connector socket; a connector plug arranged on a second end of the conductor, the connector plug configured for insertion through the passage for connection to the connector socket; a recess at an outer surface of the connector plug; and a locking plug having a first part configured to extend through a housing opening at the hearing aid housing, and engage with the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Jan Johansen
  • Patent number: 10187733
    Abstract: A method for controlling and/or configuring a user-specific hearing system using a computing and/or communication device. The hearing system includes at least one hearing device customizable according to the individual hearing ability and/or preferences of a user of the hearing system. The method includes connecting the hearing system to a server via a network, connecting the computing and/or communication device to the server via the network, providing by the server a hearing system control and/or configuration service tailored to the user-specific hearing system to the computing and/or communication device, determining and/or selecting at the computing and/or communication device control data and/or configuration data using the hearing system control and/or configuration service, sending the control and/or configuration data from the computing and/or communication device to the hearing system, and adjusting the hearing system based on control and/or configuration data received at the hearing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SONOVA AG
    Inventors: Philipp Schneider, Nadim El Guindi
  • Patent number: 10182298
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing assistance device (HAD) comprising (a) an input transducer system comprising (a1) an audio input transducer (AIT), and (a2) a first supplementary input transducer (SIT1), (b) an output transducer (OT) for converting a processed output signal to a stimulus perceivable by said user as sound, and (c) a signal processing unit (SPU) operationally connected to said audio input transducer (AIT), to said first supplementary input transducer (SIT1), and to said output transducer (OT), said signal processing unit (SPU) being configured for processing said electric audio input signal, and said first supplementary electric input signal, and for providing said processed output signal. The audio input transducer (AIT) is adapted for being located in an ear of the user. In a NORMAL mode of operation, electric audio input signal is processed in the signal processing unit and the supplementary electric input signal(s) are used to control the processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: OTICFON A/S
    Inventors: Karsten Bo Rasmussen, Søren Stranne, Søren Laugesen
  • Patent number: 10178484
    Abstract: A bone conduction device configured to couple to an abutment of an anchor system anchored to a recipient's skull. The bone conduction device includes a vibrating electromagnetic actuator configured to vibrate in response to sound signals received by the bone conduction device, and a coupling apparatus configured to attach the bone conduction device to the abutment so as to impart to the recipient's skull vibrations generated by the vibrating electromagnetic actuator. The vibrating electromagnetic actuator includes a bobbin assembly and a counterweight assembly. Two axial air gaps are located between the bobbin assembly and the counterweight assembly and two radial air gaps are located between the bobbin assembly and the counterweight assembly. No substantial amount of the dynamic magnetic flux passes through the radial air gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Kristian Asnes
  • Patent number: 10165352
    Abstract: A passive ambient in-ear monitor includes an interchangeable unidirectional sonic filter that allows ambient sound to pass through to the ear canal and be combined with sound generated by internal drivers. A sonic low pressure equalization device of a predetermined spatial volume links the sonic filter with the internal drivers to deliver to the user a mixture of generated and ambient sound without any substantial degradation to low frequency sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: WESTONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Karl Cartwright, Kris Cartwright
  • Patent number: 10158953
    Abstract: A hearing device includes: a processing unit configured to compensate for hearing loss of a user of the hearing device; a memory unit; and an interface; wherein the hearing device is configured to operate according to one or more security settings of the hearing device, the one or more security settings of the hearing device being stored in the memory unit; and wherein the processing unit is configured to obtain one or more new security settings via the interface, the one or more new security settings comprising a new first hearing device key identifier indicative of a hearing device key, verify the one or more new security settings, and updating the hearing device based on the one or more new security settings if the one or more new security settings are verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventors: Brian Dam Pedersen, Allan Munk Vendelbo
  • Patent number: 10158932
    Abstract: A passive ambient in-ear monitor includes a unidirectional sonic filter that allows ambient sound to pass through to the ear canal and be combined with sound generated by internal drivers. A sonic low pressure equalization device of a predetermined spatial volume links the sonic filter with the internal drivers to deliver to the user a mixture of generated and ambient sound without any substantial degradation to low frequency sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: WESTONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Karl Cartwright, Kris Cartwright
  • Patent number: 10149072
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for preservation/retention of binaural cues in a bilateral system, such as a bilateral hearing/auditory prosthesis system. The bilateral system comprises first and second bilateral prostheses, each of which includes an automatic gain control (AGC) system. The first and second bilateral prostheses communicate with one another over a AGC update channel/link to exchange AGC updates in a power-efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Long, Lakshmish Ramanna
  • Patent number: 10149068
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a sound signal and identifying a plurality of components of the sound signal. The plurality of components may include a tonal component and an atonal component. The method may further include generating a first stimulation signal based on the tonal component of the sound signal, wherein the first stimulation signal is configured for application by a first stimulator to provide an acoustic output from a hearing prosthesis system. In addition, the method may include generating a second stimulation signal based on the atonal component of the sound signal, wherein the second stimulation signal is configured for application by a second stimulator to provide an electrical output from the hearing prosthesis system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Chris Warren, Naomi Croghan
  • Patent number: 10142740
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems and methods for engaging in monitoring of audio signals received and processed by a hearing prosthesis. In accordance with one embodiment, a method includes a monitoring device detecting a trigger event, in response to the detecting, the monitoring device transmitting to a hearing prosthesis an instruction to switch transmission modes, and in response to the transmitting, the monitoring device receiving from the hearing prosthesis an audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Ridler, Ferdie Djunaedi