Power Supply Or Programming Interface Terminals Patents (Class 381/323)
  • Patent number: 10820125
    Abstract: An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid comprising a body portion provided with a receiving space and a battery drawer configured to be received by the receiving space is disclosed. The battery drawer comprises a space configured to receive and maintain a battery in a fixed position. The battery drawer is slidably arranged in the receiving space of the body portion, in such a manner that the battery drawer is inserted into the receiving space in a slidable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventor: Poul Henriksen
  • Patent number: 10805743
    Abstract: A connector for a hearing instrument, in particular a receiver-in-canal behind-the-ear hearing aid, is small and visually inconspicuous. The connector should be as invisible as possible on the hearing instrument as it is worn, and the connector allows a microphone arrangement favorable for directionality and sound pick-up. The connector is disposed on an earpiece tube, which defines a longitudinal direction at the connector. The connector is connected by insertion into a connector receptacle of a hearing instrument transversely to the longitudinal direction. The hearing instrument has a laterally arranged connector receptacle, into which a connector is inserted transversely to the longitudinal direction. Because of the transverse insertion, the connector can be arranged laterally on the housing and because of the lateral placement, the front end face of the housing is smaller and the housing is overall flatter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Joachim Roland Barth, Holger Kral, Frank Naumann, Andreas Ratay, Markus Trautner
  • Patent number: 10785555
    Abstract: A positioning and retaining structure for an in-ear earpiece. An outer leg and an inner leg are attached to each other at an attachment end and attached to a body of the earpiece at the other end. The outer leg lies in a plane. The positioning and retaining structure have a stiffness that is greater when force is applied to the attachment end in a counterclockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg than when force is applied to the attachment end in a clockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg. The positioning and retaining structure position an earpiece associated with the earpiece in a user's ear and retains the earpiece in its position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Silvestri, Eric M. Wallace, Kevin P. Annunziato, Ian M. Collier, Michael J. Monahan
  • Patent number: 10779092
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a rechargeable hearing device (1). The proposed hearing device (1) comprises a power supply system (6) with a control unit (10) adapted to control operation of a sound system (2) of the hearing device (1) dependent on a control input signal, wherein the control input signal depends on a type information provided by an external power source (11) indicative of the type of external power source (11) from which the hearing device (1) is receiving a power signal. Moreover, the present invention provides a hearing system (100) comprising such a hearing device (1) and an external power source (11) as well as a method for operating such a hearing device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Sudan Jürg, Aazami Sahba
  • Patent number: 10771877
    Abstract: A system, method and device for a set of wireless earpieces anatomically conformed for wearing in the same ear is disclosed. Each wireless earpiece includes an earpiece housing, a speaker disposed within the earpiece housing, a memory device disposed within the earpiece housing, a transceiver disposed within each earpiece housing; and a processor disposed within each earpiece housing and operatively connected to the speaker and the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Darko Dragicevic, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10764695
    Abstract: There is provided a hearing instrument comprising a BTE part (10) to be worn behind the ear of a user, the BTE part comprising: a first side, a second side substantially parallel to the first side, and a third side connecting the first side and the second side, wherein the third side is substantially perpendicular to the user's skin when the BTE part is worn behind the ear, an antenna (24), and a transceiver (12) designed for transmission and reception at frequencies from 1 to 6 GHz and connected to the antenna via a non-radiating bifilar transmission line (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Javier Abadia, Yves Oesch, Francois Callias
  • Patent number: 10750296
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hearing instrument comprising a rechargeable battery source providing a battery supply voltage and a switched capacitor DC-DC converter comprising a DC input coupled to the battery supply voltage for converting the battery supply voltage into a higher or lower DC output voltage. The hearing instrument comprises at least one active circuit connected to the DC output voltage for energizing active components of the at least one active circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventors: Dennis Oland Larsen, Ivan Harald Holger Jorgensen, Martin Vinter
  • Patent number: 10728671
    Abstract: An acoustic system includes: a charging apparatus, and speakers that are chargeable with the charging apparatus. The speakers include: a speaker unit that generates a sound based on the first electrical signal, and a power reception coil that is configured to be disposed to have at least a part of it overlaps with the extension line of the central axis of a power transmission coil of the charging apparatus and generates electric power to be supplied to the speaker unit with a magnetic flux generated by a power transmission coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Audio-Technica Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiko Mochizuki, Toyokazu Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10668272
    Abstract: A cochlear implant of a cochlear implant system is described. The cochlear implant comprises electrodes which are mechanically connected to one another and can be inserted in a row in the form of a spiral into a cochlea in order for auditory nerve receptors to be stimulated, a control circuit that can specifically apply electric pulses to the individual electrodes, and an energy source. The control circuit allows the electrodes to be fed in a pulsed manner with electric signals generated by a processor from the acoustic signals, and auditory nerve receptors adjacent to the electrodes to be stimulated. The electrodes are components of modules, each of which comprises its own decoder-and-control circuit for decoding module addresses and stimulation signals and generating electric pulses for the electrodes. Encoded module addresses and stimulation signals generated from acoustic signals are applied to inputs of the decoder-and-control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: MEDIZINISCHE HOCHSCHULE HANNOVER, GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
    Inventors: Holger Blume, Wolfgang Ertmer, Thomas Lenarz, Andrej Kral
  • Patent number: 10475354
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to performing haptic communication using frequency decomposition of speech where dominant frequencies of a speech is detected at a speech source and then sent to a signal generator to actuate actuators mapped to the dominant frequencies. The digitized version of the speech is segmented into a plurality of frames and then a predetermined number of dominant frequencies are detected from each frame. The dominant frequencies of frequencies are sent over to the signal generator so that the actuators corresponding to the dominant frequencies are activated for a time period corresponding to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Turcott
  • Patent number: 10448175
    Abstract: A hearing device having a construction configured to minimize internal noise components of the hearing device is disclosed. In more detail, a hearing device, such as a hearing aid comprising a battery and a compartment configured for receiving a battery is disclosed, wherein the construction of the hearing aid housing is configured such that the noise components arising from the battery being in contact with a battery spring is substantially minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Christian Huber, Patrick Walther, Robert Michler
  • Patent number: 10419859
    Abstract: A module for installation in a housing of a hearing aid, comprising a receiver having a first sound opening, for emitting acoustic signals, and an acoustic channel for guiding sound, which is aligned with the first sound opening and runs in a longitudinal direction. The acoustic channel is enclosed by a cup-shaped holder, and the holder has a second sound opening, which is aligned with the acoustic channel. The holder carries a spout, which has a mounting end and a connecting piece for connecting an ear mold. The spout has a channel for conducting sound, which runs in the longitudinal direction and is disposed in alignment with the second sound opening of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Erwin Singer, Christian Schmitt, Benjamin Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10356537
    Abstract: One illustrative wearable device embodiment includes: a battery; an antenna coil; a wireless charging module coupled to the antenna coil to harvest wireless power for charging the battery; an NFC (near field communications) module coupled to the antenna coil to receive a query signal and provide a tag response signal; and an NFMI (near field magnetic induction) module coupled to the antenna coil to send and receive audio streams. An illustrative wireless communications method embodiment includes: coupling an antenna coil to a wireless charging module to charge a battery; coupling the antenna coil to an NFC (near field communications) module; and coupling the antenna coil to an NFMI (near field magnetic induction) module to send or receive an audio stream. When coupled, the NFC module receives a query signal, provides a tag response signal, and receives a command signal to set at least one parameter value affecting rendering of the audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus P. Niklaus, Onur Kazanc
  • Patent number: 10341788
    Abstract: A hearing aid comprising a housing configured to receive a battery is disclosed. The housing comprises a battery drawer configured to receive the battery, wherein the battery drawer comprises a cover and a surrounding structure configured to at least partly surround the battery. The cover is attached to said surrounding structure and at least a part of the battery drawer is slidably attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventor: Poul Henriksen
  • Patent number: 10321217
    Abstract: Arrangements for bone conduction transducers (BCTs) that couple to wearable devices are described herein. An example BCT couples to a wearable device via a moveable member, and is arranged on the wearable such that the BCT member moves so as to provide an indication as to whether or not the wearable device is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kubba, Jeremy Evan Blum, Livius Chebeleu, Chi Kin Benjamin Leung, Jordan Kestler
  • Patent number: 10306381
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a method of charging a rechargeable battery, the method comprising the steps of: detecting the presence of a rechargeable hearing aid in a hearing aid recharger; generating a unique random ID in the charger; transmitting the unique random ID to the hearing aid using an extremely low power protocol; demodulating the unique ID in the hearing aid; using the demodulated unique ID in a low power protocol to advertise the hearing aid on a network which includes the charger; associating the hearing aid to the charger when the charger which broadcast the unique ID receives that unique ID from a hearing aid using a wireless protocol; using the wireless protocol to communicate between the associated charging station and hearing aid; radiating power from the charger to the hearing aid; and ending the association when the hearing aid is removed from the charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: EarLens Corporation
    Inventors: Kulbir Sandhu, Cem Shaquer, Kyu-Hwa Jeong
  • Patent number: 10264371
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hearing instrument comprising a rechargeable battery source providing a battery supply voltage and a switched capacitor DC-DC converter comprising a DC input coupled to the battery supply voltage for converting the battery supply voltage into a higher or lower DC output voltage. The hearing instrument comprises at least one active circuit connected to the DC output voltage for energizing active components of the at least one active circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventors: Dennis Oland Larsen, Ivan Harald Holger Jorgensen, Martin Vinter
  • Patent number: 10136231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a changeable cartridge for a hearing device docking station, said changeable cartridge comprising a flexible waste reservoir being adapted to receive waste products from hearing device fuel cell power packs, and a flexible fuel reservoir being adapted to hold and provide fuel to hearing device fuel cell power packs. The present invention further relates to a hearing device docking station and a hearing device docking station assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Drew Rosskelly, Flemming Risager, Michael Frydendal Larssen
  • Patent number: 10110988
    Abstract: Described is a human-ear-wearable apparatus having a housing, which contains electronic and auditory components for conveying sound into a human hear. An inflatable mounting system is configured to secure the housing to the human ear. The mounting system includes an elastomeric bladder configured to inflate into a customizable counterpart shape of portions of the user's Concha and Meatus areas of a particular user's ear. A pump, coupled to the housing, is configured to pass air through an opening in the housing to the elastomeric bladder. Inflation of the bladder, via the pump, is controllable by a user to form a customized fit of the mounting system's bladder to the Concha and Meatus areas of the user's ear. One or more speakers may be encased in the elastomeric bladder. For example, a dual-hybrid speaker arrangement is described with a cone speaker and a balanced-armature driver embedded in the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Robert Barry
  • Patent number: 9996095
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit device having a bulk bias control function is provided. The semiconductor integrated circuit device may be configured to output the first external voltage as a bulk voltage of a transistor in a power-up period, and to output a second external voltage having a higher level than the first external voltage as the bulk voltage of the transistor in a power-down mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Yeon Uk Kim
  • Patent number: 9986345
    Abstract: An electronic device, a case, and a case mounting structure of the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a body and a cover for rotating based on a hinge portion in the body and opening and closing at a specified angle. The case includes a mounting portion for receiving at least part of an electronic device and a pressing projection for protruding outwards from the mounting portion and opening the cover in the electronic device by pressing at least part of the cover of the mounted electronic device. When the electronic device is mounting in the mounting portion and one side of the hinge portion is pressed by the pressing projection, the cover is opened at a specified angle and power of the electronic device is shut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung-Kyu Kim, Yong Seok Bang, Cheol-Soo La
  • Patent number: 9888326
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transducer comprising a housing, a first and a second diaphragm, and a first and a second signal provider. The housing comprises an inner surface. The first and second diaphragms are positioned in the housing. The first and second diaphragms define a common compartment being delimited by at least both a part of the inner surface and the first and second diaphragms. The first signal provider is configured to convert movement of the first diaphragm into a first signal. The second signal provider is configured to convert movement of the second diaphragm into a second signal. The transducer can be used in a hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sonion Nederland BV
    Inventors: Adrianus Maria Lafort, Andreas Tiefenau, Anne-Marie Sänger, Frederik Cornelis Blom, Alwin Fransen
  • Patent number: 9838806
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a hearing aid device that includes a housing having an opening and a battery drawer. The opening and the battery drawer are parts of a battery door that is rotatably mounted to the housing. The battery drawer also includes a finger engagement portion arranged at the outside surface of the battery drawer. The battery door can be closed by pushing the finger engagement portion, and maintained in a closed state. The battery door can be at least partly opened by pushing the finger engagement portion, and maintained in an at least partly open state. The hearing aid device can be electrically switched on and off by pushing the finger engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Oliver Sundberg, Troels Holm Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9807490
    Abstract: Arrangements for bone conduction transducers (BCTs) that couple to wearable devices are described herein. An example BCT couples to a wearable device via a moveable member, and is arranged on the wearable such that the BCT member moves so as to provide an indication as to whether or not the wearable device is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kubba, Jeremy Evan Blum, Livius Chebeleu, Chi Kin Benjamin Leung, Jordan Kestler
  • Patent number: 9712932
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for a user interface control to allow control of multiple parameters from a single control for a hearing assistance device. One aspect of the present subject matter relates to hearing assistance device for a wearer, including a housing, hearing assistance electronics housed in the housing, and a tinnitus therapy generator housed in the housing. A user interface control is connected to the electronics and the generator, and the control is configured to sense input from the wearer and provide for selection and adjustment of operational parameters for the electronics and the generator based on the sensed input. Other aspects are provided without departing from the scope of the present subject matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: John Andrew Dundas
  • Patent number: 9712925
    Abstract: To make the charging of hearing aids more convenient, a charging device for wirelessly charging a hearing aid is provided. The charging device has a cylindrical container, an integrated antenna for generating an alternating magnetic field in the container in the event of electrical excitation, and a charging circuit which can be used to electrically excite the antenna. The antenna is a birdcage antenna in which rods are arranged parallel to a cylinder axis on a cylinder jacket and the ends of the rods at the edges of the cylinder jacket are each connected to an end ring. A switching element is arranged in each of the rods. The charging circuit is used to alternately generate a circular magnetic field, in which case the switching elements are operated in a closed mode, and a linear magnetic field, in which case the switching elements are operated in an open mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Martius, Benjamin Sewiolo
  • Patent number: 9681213
    Abstract: A headphone device includes an electric input terminal for receiving an electric audio signal, an electric energy storage device, and a charging device coupled to the electric input terminal and the electric energy storage device. The charging device is configured to charge the electric energy storage device with electric energy from the electric audio signal. An audio device includes an electric output terminal for outputting an electric audio signal from an audio source of the audio device, and an audio energy supply device configured to generate an additional electric audio signal with a frequency above a first frequency value and/or a frequency below a second frequency value, and to output the additional electric audio signal via the electric output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Georg Siotis
  • Patent number: 9648429
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for improved microphone protection for hearing assistance devices. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a hearing assistance device, such as a completely-in-the-canal (CIC) type hearing aid, that includes a battery door with a microphone slit and a battery contact including a microphone port. In various embodiments, the microphone slit and the microphone port are configured to create a nonlinear acoustic path to a microphone of the hearing assistance device. In various embodiments, the acoustic path is configured to prevent earwax from blocking and/or damaging the microphone, such as during insertion, removal or cleaning of the hearing assistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney A. Higgins, Gary Zajicek, Toto Saykeo, Jerome C. Ruzicka, Janet Richardson
  • Patent number: 9544683
    Abstract: Techniques herein provide wireless energy transfer to audio devices such as headphones, headsets, hearing aids, and the like. Audio devices are integrated with a device resonator. The device resonator may be positioned and oriented to reduce interaction with lossy or sensitive components of the audio device. A repeater resonator and/or a source resonator is integrated into a headrest of a seat or a chair providing continuous power to the headphones while in use. The audio devices may be recharged wirelessly when positioned near source resonators that may be embedded in pads, tables, carrying cases, cups, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Ganem, Hiroshi A. Mendoza, Morris P. Kesler, Konrad J. Kulikowski, Andre B. Kurs, Alexander P. McCauley, Eric R. Giler, Katherine L. Hall, Gozde Guckaya
  • Patent number: 9445206
    Abstract: A hearing aid device has a housing with a battery drawer constituting a battery door that is movably mounted to the housing. The battery drawer has a finger engagement portion arranged at an outside surface of the battery drawer and a closing mechanism. The mechanism closes the battery door in response to force pushing the finger engagement portion in a first direction and keeps the battery door closed. The mechanism can also include a member that partly opens the battery door in response to force pushing the finger engagement portion in the same first direction. Moreover, a switch can be included that turns the hearing aid device on and off in response to force pushing the finger engagement portion. The closing mechanism can have a rotatably mounted member that is attached to a base extending from the member with a head that protrudes from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Oliver Sundberg, Troels Holm Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9439575
    Abstract: Acquiring and processing heart rate data involves providing glasses having a microcontroller, a heart rate sensor positionable to a user, a configuration memory, at least one data memory, a clock/calendar electronic circuit, a visual and/or audible signaling unit, a rechargeable autonomous electrical power supply, and one switch for the heart rate detection function. The method involves providing a programming and data transfer unit external to the glasses, providing a connection system between the glasses and the external programming and data transfer unit, programming the configuration memory (102) of the glasses using the external programming and data transfer unit, with a minimum heart rate threshold value, a maximum heart rate threshold value, and a heart rate reading frequency value, acquiring readings in data memory of the glasses during activity, processing an alarm signal when a detected heart rate value is above a maximum or below a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Marco Carrara
  • Patent number: 9417647
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit device having a bulk bias control function is provided. The semiconductor integrated circuit device may be configured to output the first external voltage as a bulk voltage of a transistor in a power-up period, and to output a second external voltage having a higher level than the first external voltage as the bulk voltage of the transistor in a power-down mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SK HYNIX INC.
    Inventor: Yeon Uk Kim
  • Patent number: 9398383
    Abstract: A battery assembly for powering a hearing device includes: a main part having at least a first surface and a second surface, the main part comprising a first electrode formed as an inductive coil; a first attachment member on at least a primary part of the first surface for attaching the main part to a hearing device housing of the hearing device; a second attachment member for attaching a direct current source to the main part; and an electronic circuit having a first input terminal and a second input terminal connectable to a first output terminal and a second output terminal, respectively, of the direct current source, wherein the electronic circuit is connected to the first electrode, and wherein the electronic circuit is configured for converting direct current from the direct current source to alternating current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: GN RESOUND A/S
    Inventor: Jan Johansen
  • Patent number: 9277332
    Abstract: A hearing apparatus includes a coil and a coil operation mode selector configured to select either a first coil operation mode for communicating with a wireless communication terminal, or a second coil operation mode for wirelessly charging a battery of the hearing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun Seo Ku, Jong Jin Kim, Jun Whon Uhm, Chang Wook Yoon, Dong Wook Kim, Jun Il Sohn, Jong Min Choi, Jong Hee Han
  • Patent number: 9187003
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a charging receptacle lock. The method includes receiving a speed of the vehicle, and receiving sensor data indicating a position of a door covering a receptacle associated with the charging system of the vehicle. The receptacle adapted to receive a connecting device of an external power supply. The method includes outputting one or more control signals to move a lock pin associated with the receptacle between a first, extended position and a second, refracted position based on the speed of the vehicle and the position of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kinser, Patrick M. Foley
  • Patent number: 9100764
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, is an apparatus for connection to a hearing assistance device having a DAI compatible interface compatible with direct audio input (DAI) signals. According to an embodiment, the apparatus includes a connector to connect to the DAI-compatible interface. The connector includes audio and ground connections compatible with the DAI-compatible interface. The connector further includes a power connection adapted to provide power to the hearing assistance device. The apparatus also includes a power source electrically connected to the connector. The power source is adapted to charge one or more energy storing devices, such as batteries, within the hearing assistance device, according to various embodiments. In an embodiment, the power source is adapted to supplement power provided to the hearing assistance device by the one or more energy storing devices within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Solum, Jorge Sanguino
  • Patent number: 9071917
    Abstract: A power dongle for a hearing aid includes conductive wires, each wire having a computing device end and a hearing aid end. A first connector is connected to the computing device end of each of the plurality of conductive wires to releasably couple to an input/output port of the computing device and a second connector is connected to the hearing aid end of each of the plurality of conductive wires to releasably couple to an interface of the hearing aid, the second connector configured to deliver at least one of a first power supply and an audio signal from the computing device to the interface of the hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Audiotoniq, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Charles Neumeyer, Russell J Apfel, John Michael Page Knox
  • Patent number: 9059474
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cable-type secondary battery comprising at least one inner electrode layer including an inner electrode active material formed on a surface of an inner current collector having a horizontal cross section of a predetermined shape and extending in a lengthwise direction, a separation layer formed to surround the inner electrode layer, and an outer electrode layer formed to surround the separation layer and including an outer electrode active material formed on a surface of an outer current collector, and the cable-type secondary battery further comprises a first connection terminal that is electrically connected to the outer current collector and formed at one end of the cable-type secondary battery, and a second connection terminal that is electrically connected to the inner current collector and formed at the other end of the cable-type secondary battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yo-Han Kwon, Sang-Wook Woo, Hyo-Mi Kim, Je-Young Kim
  • Publication number: 20150146901
    Abstract: A removal handle design for a hearing aid is described in which the removal handle is attached to the battery door of the hearing aid. By locating the removal handle in the battery door, the removal handle may be added as the last step in the manufacturing process, thus ensuring no damage from cutting/beveling/buffing equipment. The design also eliminates interference with the opening and closing of the battery door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Janet Richardson, Toto Saykeo
  • Publication number: 20150131833
    Abstract: A battery assembly for powering a hearing device includes: a main part having at least a first surface and a second surface, the main part comprising a first electrode formed as an inductive coil; a first attachment member on at least a primary part of the first surface for attaching the main part to a hearing device housing of the hearing device; a second attachment member for attaching a direct current source to the main part; and an electronic circuit having a first input terminal and a second input terminal connectable to a first output terminal and a second output terminal, respectively, of the direct current source, wherein the electronic circuit is connected to the first electrode, and wherein the electronic circuit is configured for converting direct current from the direct current source to alternating current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: GN RESOUND A/S
    Inventor: Jan JOHANSEN
  • Publication number: 20150125017
    Abstract: A hearing device using multiple batteries and a method of managing power of the hearing device are disclosed, and the method of managing power of a hearing device may include determining, at a processor, to charge an auxiliary battery based on comparing power information of a main battery to power information of the auxiliary battery, and selecting a battery to supply power to the hearing device based on the power information of the main battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Whon UHM, Jong Jin KIM, Dong Wook KIM
  • Patent number: 9025799
    Abstract: A sound reproducing device includes: a plug section configured to receive input of L-channel and R-channel audio signals; an L-channel housing section including at least an L-channel driver unit configured to produce sound on the basis of the L-channel audio signal, an L-channel microphone configured to collect external sound, and an L-channel microcomputer configured to perform setting control on noise-canceling processing on the basis of a collected sound signal of the microphone; an R-channel housing section including a same corresponding configuration as those of the L-channel housing section; and an in-cord housing section formed so as to be inserted in a wiring cord for supplying the signals inputted from the plug section to the L-channel and the R-channel housing sections, wherein the in-cord housing section is provided with a communication terminal for allowing data communication between the L-channel microcomputer and the R-channel microcomputer, and an external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ozawa, Kazuhisa Kito, Kohei Asada, Naotaka Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 9020173
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to the use of a MEMS magnetometer or an array of MEMS magnetometers as energy harvesting sensor(s) in a hearing assistance device. The MEMS magnetometer(s) can be located within the existing geometry of a typical balanced-armature receiver currently used in hearing assistance devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Howard Burns
  • Publication number: 20150110321
    Abstract: A hearing instrument includes: a first microphone; and a control and processing circuit comprising: a first audio input channel configured to receive a first microphone signal, a second audio input channel configured for receipt of an audio signal, a signal processor for receipt and processing of the first microphone signal and the audio signal according to a hearing loss of a user, a power supply configured to provide a first microphone supply voltage for the first microphone, a first controllable switch comprising a first switch control terminal, the first controllable switch configured to selectively connect the first microphone supply voltage to, and disconnect the first microphone supply voltage from, the first microphone in accordance with a first switch control signal, and a first output port configured to provide the first switch control signal to the first switch control terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: GM ReSound A/S
    Inventor: Peter SIEGUMFELDT
  • Patent number: 9014405
    Abstract: A storage system for storing a hearing aid comprises means for providing power (101), a storage space (102) for containing a hearing aid, output means, communication means through which data from the hearing aid is received wirelessly and a processing unit for processing data received from the hearing aid. The output means is capable of providing functioning and guiding information (104) concerning the functioning of the hearing aid and for guiding the user through positioning of the hearing aid, respectively. The invention further provides a hearing aid, a kit and a method of testing a hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Soren Mollskov Larsen, Mike Lind Rank, Mette Dahl Meincke
  • Patent number: 9014407
    Abstract: A hearing instrument system with a rechargeable battery or accumulator is optimized for everyday use, in particular for EOL detection, and the performance and service life of the accumulator. A hearing instrument, an accumulator system, and a charging system each have an energy transfer interface and a communication interface. The energy transfer interface and communication interface on the accumulator side can establish an energy transfer link and/or communication link on the charge and hearing instrument side. The accumulator system provides energy to the hearing instrument and transmits state of charge information generated by an accumulator control facility to the hearing instrument by way of the respective communication link. The transmission of the state of charge information enables a reliable state of charge detection in the case of batteries, whose state of charge cannot be identified on their voltage, for instance Li-ion systems with closed-loop controlled voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd., Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mihail Boguslavskij, Simon Huettinger, Frank Koch, Frank Naumann, Benjamin Sewiolo, Tom Weidner
  • Publication number: 20150092969
    Abstract: An auditory prosthesis can be powered by an on-board battery that is placed into a receptacle in the auditory prosthesis. When longer battery life is desired, a recipient can selectively utilize a discrete power supply to power the auditory prosthesis. The discrete power supply provides power to the auditory prosthesis and, in certain embodiments, has a longer life than the on-board battery. The discrete power supply includes an adapter having a form factor that mates with the battery receptacle on the auditory prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Werner Meskens, Oliver John Ridler
  • Publication number: 20150086053
    Abstract: A hearing instrument has a battery compartment switch which causes the hearing instrument to switch on/off. An electrical contact to the battery is established and interrupted by the battery compartment switch when the battery compartment is closed and opened. An on/off contour in the area of the battery compartment and a correspondingly shaped battery contact device are provided, the configurations are tailored, so that the lift-off area for lifting the battery contact device away from the battery and the contact area of the battery contact device are separated from one another. The battery contact device has a lift-off area and a contact area. Both areas are configured separately to reduce the wear on the on/off contour and to secure electrical contacting of the battery. This enables a lift-off area with a large surface, through which the mechanical pressure on the on/off contour is distributed and is thus reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: UWE FLAIG, HOLGER KRAL
  • Patent number: 8989416
    Abstract: An object containing electronic circuits and a rechargeable cell, wherein the cell is arranged close to a surface of the object, a charge coil being shiftable with respect to the cell between an operating position where it is arranged around the cell and a recharge position where it is axially offset with respect to the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Tours) SAS
    Inventor: Frédéric Cantin
  • Patent number: 8976987
    Abstract: There is provided a sound reproduction device including a left channel housing unit that accommodates at least a left channel driver unit outputting a left channel sound, a left channel microphone recording an external sound, and a left channel micro-computer controlling a setting for a noise cancelling processing based on a recording signal of the left channel microphone; and a right channel housing unit that accommodates at least a right channel driver unit outputting a right channel sound, a right channel microphone recording an external sound, and a right channel micro-computer controlling a setting for a noise cancelling processing based on a recording signal of the right channel microphone. The left channel micro-computer and the right channel micro-computer are configured to communicate data with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ozawa, Osamu Nishida, Naotaka Tsunoda