Ear Insert Patents (Class 381/328)
  • Patent number: 11026023
    Abstract: A wireless earphone includes an earphone body with a concha contact surface. A sound outlet tube protrudes out from the concha contact surface. A convex positioning portion protrudes out from the concha contact surface. A laid slot is located on the concha contact surface and adjacent to the convex positioning portion. When the earphone body is mounted on a human ear, the concha contact surface is configured to face a concha of the human ear, the sound outlet tube is configured to insert into an auditory canal of the human ear, the convex positioning portion is configured to fit within a cavum of the human ear, and the laid slot is configured to fit within a crux helix of the human ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MERRY ELECTRONICS (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ko-Ming Wang, Chung-Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 11019436
    Abstract: An earpiece for a hearing device, includes: an earpiece housing comprising an ear canal part and an intermediate part, wherein the ear canal part extends along an ear canal axis of the earpiece, with an ear canal plane of the earpiece being perpendicular to the ear canal axis, the ear canal part having a first end, the intermediate part having a first end and a second end and extending along an intermediate axis; and a cable with a first end connected to the intermediate part, the cable exiting the intermediate part along a cable exit axis, the cable exit axis forming a first exit angle with respect to the ear canal plane, wherein the first exit angle is in a range from 5 to 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Erik Alan Lindberg
  • Patent number: 11006197
    Abstract: An ear-plug device is an in-ear device that presents audio content to an ear canal of a user. The in-ear device includes a body configured to at least partially fit inside the ear canal of the user, and a transducer assembly coupled to the body. The transducer assembly comprises at least one transducer located within the ear canal. The at least one transducer is configured to vibrate a portion of the ear canal to cause the ear canal to create an airborne acoustic pressure wave in the ear canal in accordance with vibration instructions. The airborne acoustic pressure wave corresponds to and is for presentation of the audio content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Morteza Khaleghimeybodi
  • Patent number: 10997978
    Abstract: A personalized sound management system for an acoustic space includes at least one transducer, a data communication system, one or more processors operatively coupled to the data communication system and the at least one transducer, and a medium coupled to the one or more processors. The processors access a database of sonic signatures and display a plurality of personalized sound management applications that perform at least one or more tasks among identifying a sonic signature, calculating a sound pressure level, storing metadata related to a sonic signature, monitoring sound pressure level dosage levels, switching to an ear canal microphone in a noisy environment, recording a user's voice, storing the user's voice in a memory of an earpiece device, or storing the user's voice in a memory of a server system, or converting received text received in texts or emails to voice using text to speech conversion. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Staton Techiya LLC
    Inventors: Steven Goldstein, John P. Keady
  • Patent number: 10993052
    Abstract: A method for selecting audio input from a microphone of a hearing device or a microphone of a mobile device comprising: detecting proximity between the hearing device and the mobile device. If proximity between the hearing device and the mobile device is detected, receiving an audio input with the microphone of the mobile device and generating a mobile device audio signal from the audio input; transmitting the mobile device audio signal from the mobile device into a communication network. If proximity between the hearing device and the mobile device is not detected, the method comprises: receiving an audio input with the microphone of the hearing device and generating the hearing device audio signal from the audio input with the hearing device; transmitting the hearing device audio signal from the hearing device to the mobile device; transmitting the hearing device audio signal from the mobile device into a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventor: Amre El-Hoiydi
  • Patent number: 10993011
    Abstract: An apparatus for charging a portable wireless listening device including a housing having a socket to receive the portable wireless listening device; a battery; wireless circuitry that enables the apparatus to communicate wirelessly with a host device; power transmitting circuitry configured to provide power to the portable wireless listening device when the device is received in the socket to charge a battery within the portable wireless listening device; and a processor configured to configured to establish a wireless communication protocol between the portable wireless listening device and the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: M. Evans Hankey, Emery A. Sanford, Christopher D. Prest, Way Chet Lim
  • Patent number: 10972829
    Abstract: A portable sound equipment including a housing having an audio hole; an inner microphone collecting a sound through the audio hole; an audio output unit having a frame securing a speaker in which a ventilation hole is formed in the frame allowing outside air to pass through the audio output unit, and a mesh covering the ventilation hole and having a density sufficient to reduce an amount of the outside air passing through the audio output unit; and a controller processing the sound collected by the inner microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunseung Yu, Dongsung Kim, Donguk Jeong
  • Patent number: 10966012
    Abstract: A wireless earbud (100) for in-ear use has an earbud housing (110), a loudspeaker (130), a rechargeable battery (140), a first microphone (132) and a second microphone (134). The first microphone (132) is adapted to pick up sound internally from an ear canal of a user wearing the wireless earbud. The second microphone (134) is adapted to pick up sound externally from outside of the ear canal of the user wearing the wireless earbud. Disclosed is also a storage and charging capsule (200) for at least one wireless earbud (100a, 100b). The capsule has an elongate insert part (240) having an earbud chamber (246) adapted to receive the or each wireless earbud (100a, 100b). A cover part (260) slidably receives the elongate insert part (240) and is placeable in an open position in which the cover part is retracted from the elongate insert part to allow insertion/removal of the or each wireless earbud (100a, 100b) into/from the earbud chamber (246) of the elongate insert part (240).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: EARIN AB
    Inventors: Olle Lindén, Kiril Trajkovski, Peter Rechnagel Kristensen, Scott Vance, Peder Sandberg, Kim Kristensen, Per Sennström, Göran Schack
  • Patent number: 10959015
    Abstract: An earpiece in accordance with at least some embodiments of the present technology includes a housing and a speaker within the housing. The earpiece also includes an antenna at least partially embedded within a wall of the housing. The wall includes a window portion and an opaque portion extending around the window portion. The antenna is visible from outside the housing via the window portion. The window portion includes a transparent filler within an elongate groove in the wall. The antenna includes a radiating element within the groove, and feeding and shorting pins extending through respective openings between the groove to an interior of the housing. Making the earpiece can include disposing filler material over the radiating element, increasing a hardness of the filler material, and abrading an outer surface of the wall at the filler material to form a smooth surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: New Audio LLC
    Inventors: Drew Stone Briggs, Thomas C. Wilson, Nicholas Slaney, Jonathan E. Levine
  • Patent number: 10903869
    Abstract: The portable communication terminal for communicating on at least two independent radio networks, comprises, in a single housing: Communication means (47, 49) by time multiplexing on a single radio channel, TDMA type full-duplex, for audio communication in “conference” and “hands-free” mode on a first autonomous network without infrastructure, Access means (43, 50) for half-duplex audio communication on a second autonomous network, independent from the first full-duplex network, A connection to a microphone (41) and a speaker (52), A wireless connection for a cellular telephone network, At least one pushbutton (45) for switching the communication of the microphone and the loudspeaker to and from the communication on the first network, the second network or the cellular telephone network by means of electronic switching circuits and An electronic codec type audio signal mixer (42, 51) having a plurality of inputs and outputs, configured to mix half-duplex communications on the full-duplex local area network
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: APPI-TECHNOLOGY SAS
    Inventors: Laurent Bayart, Julien Chaix, Denis Coulon, Michael Marin
  • Patent number: 10841684
    Abstract: In some implementations, a headphone device includes an earpiece housing, a speaker in the earpiece housing configured to produce audio, and a wireless charging coil having a first portion that extends outside the earpiece housing and a second portion that extends within the earpiece housing. A battery charging circuit is coupled to the wireless charging coil, and the battery charging circuit is configured to charge a battery of the headphone device based on electrical current induced in the wireless charging coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Changzhan Gu, Jae-won Hwang
  • Patent number: 10827290
    Abstract: Embodiments can include Tri-comfort Tips comprising a set of leakage slits for in-ear breathability for infection prevention and maintaining dryness of an inner portion of a user's ear canal, wherein the Tri-comfort Tips are configured to reside in the user's ear canal within a first bend of the user's ear canal, wherein the Tri-comfort Tips comprise an end configured to reside in the user's ear canal at a distance less than 16 millimeters from the entrance of the user's ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ACOUVA, INC.
    Inventor: Victor Manuel Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 10805749
    Abstract: A method operates a hearing aid device, in particular a tinnitus treatment device. The hearing device has a microphone and a receiver, which can be inserted into an auditory canal of a user or is arranged at least in part in the auditory canal. Wherein active noise control of an acoustic environmental signal, which can be received by the microphone, is achieved at one or more tinnitus frequencies of a user by generating an acoustic cancellation signal from the receiver in the auditory canal of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mirko Arnold, Stefan Petrausch
  • Patent number: 10805709
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a method of earphone manufacturing with an ear canal microphone, ambient sound microphone and a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: John Keady
  • Patent number: 10805703
    Abstract: A headphone may include two transducers, two cushions, one or more sensors, and an external microphone to measure an amount of noise in the external environment. The headphone may include a voice microphone to enable a user to participate in a call. Each cushion may have an associated motor to adjust a size of each cushion. A circuit located in the headphone may include a processor to receive sensor data from the sensors. The sensor data may be analyzed using machine learning to determine an activity in which the user is engaged and a location in which the headphones are located. The processor automatically adjusts aural characteristics of the headphone, including a size of each cushion, based at least in part on the activity, the location, the amount of noise present, a type of signal being sent to the transducers, and whether the user is participating in a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Sathish Kumar Bikumala, Parminder Singh Sethi, Jace W. Files
  • Patent number: 10785583
    Abstract: A hearing aid is described which incorporates an antenna integrated into the housing that is configured to radiate with linear polarization such that the electric field is perpendicular to the head of a wearer. The described technique results in lower propagation losses from ear to ear and an improvement in ear-to-ear communications using a far-field link (e.g., in the 2.4 GHz band).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Paul Flood
  • Patent number: 10771906
    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: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney A. Higgins, Gary Zajicek, Toto Saykeo, Jerome C. Ruzicka, Janet Richardson
  • Patent number: 10750267
    Abstract: An earplug apparatus and an electronic apparatus are provided. The earplug apparatus includes: a biological feature detection module, the biological feature detection module being arranged in the earplug apparatus and being configured to be fit in a region enclosed by an outer ear canal and an ear canal entrance; wherein the biological feature detection module comprises a light emitting unit and a light receiving unit, wherein the light emitting unit is configured to emit light to the enclosed region, the light emitted by the light emitting unit is processed by an ear tissue in the enclosed region and transmitted to the light receiving unit, and the light receiving unit is configured to convert the received light photoelectrically to generate an original electrical signal for biological feature detection. In this way, the entire size of the final product is small, and wearing comfort is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wangwang Yang
  • Patent number: 10735844
    Abstract: Provided is a wearable device that is worn on a human ear and mainly outputs or inputs sound. The outer casing 110 is formed into an elongated shape so as to fit the cymba conchae 306 formed between the antihelix inferior crus 302b and the crus helicis 309. The sound generating unit 120 includes a vibration element 121 and a weight 122. The vibration element 121 has an elongated shape along the longitudinal direction of the outer casing 110, and has one end fixed to the inner wall of the outer casing 110, and the other end to which a weight 122 is attached, the other hand being an open end. By applying an alternating electric field to the vibration element 121, vibration corresponding to audio is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Go Igarashi, Kohei Asada, Koji Nageno
  • Patent number: 10728645
    Abstract: An earpiece in accordance with at least some embodiments of the present technology includes a housing and a speaker within the housing. The earpiece can also include an earbud and a protrusion carried by the housing. The earbud can extend from the housing toward a canal of a user's ear when the earpiece is mounted to the user's ear. The protrusion can be at least partially received within a recess at least partially defined by a cymba concha of the user's ear and by an anterior ridge of an antihelix of the user's ear when the earpiece is mounted to the user's ear. The protrusion can include resilient members and intervening slots. The individual resilient members can be configured to preferentially bend relative to the housing in a direction parallel to an adjacent length of the anterior ridge when the earpiece is mounted to the user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: New Audio LLC
    Inventors: Drew Stone Briggs, Nicholas Slaney, Thomas C. Wilson, Marten Wallby
  • Patent number: 10652644
    Abstract: An earbud tip for an in-ear headphone can include an outer body; an inner tube extending at least partially within the outer body, the tube having opposing first and second ends and first and second openings at the opposing first and second ends, respectively, the first opening configured to emit audio signals provided by a speaker of an in-ear headphone into a user's ear canal during operation of the in-ear headphone and when the earbud tip seals the user's ear canal and the second opening configured to be removably coupled to a portion of the in-ear headphone; and one or more channels extending from an outer periphery of the earbud tip to the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Bruss, Duy P. Le, Sean S. Corbin, Robert A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10637425
    Abstract: A method for controlling the output volume of at least one acoustic output device includes recording an acoustic voice signal using a speech recording device, and outputting the acoustic voice signal using the at least one output device. The location of the speech recording device relative to the at least one output device is determined and the output volume of the at least one output device is controlled as a function of the location. An arrangement for controlling the output volume of at least one acoustic output device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Schmatz
  • Patent number: 10637527
    Abstract: A sequentially switched bulk acoustic wave (BAW) delay line circulator is disclosed herein. A circulator circuit is implemented with semiconductor components in order to provide a compact, low cost solution for simultaneous signal transmission and reception over a single antenna. For example, the circulator circuit can include a transmit (TX) port, a receive (RX) port, and an antenna port. Antenna switching circuitry selectively couples the antenna port to two or more BAW delay lines, and TX/RX switching circuitry selectively couples the BAW delay lines to the TX port or the RX port. The BAW delay lines function as memory to store TX and RX signals long enough for the antenna switching circuitry, a TX switch, and a RX switch to be switched in sequence and route the TX signals from the TX port to the antenna port and route the RX signals from the antenna port to the RX port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Forrest Campbell
  • Patent number: 10609497
    Abstract: A hearing device in accordance with at least one of the present inventions includes a receiver assembly and a retainer assembly, including an anchor and a flexible retainer strip extending from the anchor, configured to be mounted onto the receiver assembly in a predetermined orientation relative to the receiver assembly. The receiver assembly and the retainer assembly include respective elements that cooperate with one another to provide a visible and/or tactile indication that the anchor is in the predetermined orientation when the anchor is in the predetermined orientation and that the anchor is not in predetermined orientation when the anchor is in an orientation other than the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventor: André L. Ochsenbein
  • Patent number: 10609492
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide improved methods and apparatus suitable for use with hearing devices. A vapor deposition process can be used to make a retention structure having a shape profile corresponding to a tissue surface, such as a retention structure having a shape profile corresponding to one or more of an eardrum, the eardrum annulus, or a skin of the ear canal. The retention structure can be resilient and may comprise an anatomically accurate shape profile corresponding to a portion of the ear, such that the resilient retention structure provides mechanical stability for an output transducer assembly placed in the ear for an extended time. The output transducer may couple to the eardrum with direct mechanical coupling or acoustic coupling when retained in the ear canal with the retention structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Earlens Corporation
    Inventors: Jake L. Olsen, David Chazan, Jonathan P. Fay, Micha Rosen, Sunil Puria
  • Patent number: 10587947
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for delivering sound to a user ear are disclosed. In one example, an apparatus for delivering sound to an ear canal includes a body attachable to an electro-acoustic transducer and an ear canal port attached to the body arranged to insert into an entrance of the user ear canal. The apparatus includes a suspension member attached to the body arranged to contact the cavum concha behind the antitragus and flexibly suspend an electro-acoustic transducer attached to the body above a floor area of the cavum concha. The suspension member is further arranged to flexibly suspend the electro-acoustic transducer attached to body adjacent a sidewall area of the cavum concha.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: John A Kelley, Jacob T Meyberg, Matthew J Mainini, Gary T Brint
  • Patent number: 10560155
    Abstract: An information transmitter includes a transmitting coil configured to receive a coil voltage to generate a magnetic field; and a signal generator configured to receive a direct current (DC) voltage and operating switches to apply the coil voltage to the transmitting coil, for a first time constant in a first current path, wherein the coil voltage includes a first value, and for a second time constant in a second current path, wherein the coil voltage includes a second value smaller than the first value, and wherein the first time constant and second time constant are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: WITS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee Seung Kim, Jae Hyuk Jang, Chang Hee Lee, Jae Sun Won, Hyo Jung Yoon, Gie Hyoun Kweon
  • Patent number: 10542353
    Abstract: An input transducer (11, 12) of a hearing aid (10) converts audio from the environment into an electric input signal. A signal processor (13) amplifies and conditions the electric input signal according to a preset set of audio processing parameters, and an output transducer (14) reproduces output audio. The hearing aid (10) is connected with a personal communication device (20) via a short range radio communication link (15, 29). The personal communication device (20) identifies music included in the background noise. The personal communication device (20) retrieves a music stream based on the identified music, and streams the music stream to the hearing aid (10). The signal processor (13) of the hearing aid (10) combines the input signal from the input transducer (11, 12) and music signal in order to reduce the presence of the music included in the background noise from the audio signal delivered by the output transducer (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventor: Michael Ungstrup
  • Patent number: 10511901
    Abstract: A method of customizing the fit of a portion of an in-ear audio device within a portion of an ear includes determining a degree of sealing between the in-ear audio device and the portion of the ear and applying a voltage to at least a portion of an ear tip coupled to the in-ear audio device to selectively expand or contract the portion of the ear tip based on the determination until the degree of sealing between the in-ear audio device and the portion of the ear achieves a desired degree of sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: George Sean Garrett
  • Patent number: 10506353
    Abstract: A hearing aid device comprising a microphone, a processing unit and a receiver for compensating for a hearing loss in the auditory system of a human is disclosed. The hearing aid device is configured with a microphone inlet assembly which is optimized with regards to maintenance of the hearing aid and improved sound performance. That is, the microphone inlet assembly comprises an inlet element attached to a PCB and further configured to connect with a sound inlet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Søren Wichmann, Oliver Sundberg, Rasmus Andersson, Peter Spragge, Martin Larsen, Peter H. Weis, Anders Hedelund Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10448177
    Abstract: A method for correct placement of an in-ear communication device, e.g. a hearing aid, in an ear canal of a user, the in-ear communication device comprising an acoustic seal towards inner surfaces of the ear canal and being configured to be located in a bony part of the ear canal during normal operation, comprises: placing the in-ear communication device in the ear canal thereby forming a substantial acoustic seal in the soft part of the ear canal; generating body-conducted sound to inner surface portions of the user's ear canal; gradually inserting the device deeper into the ear canal in the direction towards the ear drum, until a position where the sound level perceived by the user decreases; maintaining the device in this position in the ear canal, this position being the correct position of the device in the bony part of the ear canal. An in-ear device is furthermore provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Claus Nielsen, Søren Laugesen
  • Patent number: 10439679
    Abstract: A system of wearable or personal area devices includes a first earpiece and a second ear piece each of the first ear piece and the second ear piece comprising an ear piece housing, an induction circuit disposed within the ear piece housing for short range communications, and a radio transceiver disposed within the ear piece housing for radio communications. The induction circuit of the first ear piece and the induction circuit of the second ear piece are adapted for communication there between using high bandwidth audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Nikolaj Hviid, Eric Christian Hirsch
  • Patent number: 10433074
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are disclosed herein to increase the quality of the sound delivered to a user and allow personalization to optimize listening performance and comfort under atypical listening conditions, environment specific adjustment, and data capture to assist in the personalization of the system to the user's needs and preferences. Features disclosed include sound level rating systems that aggregate noise data detected by user's mobile phones or hearing devices to provide a database of real-time noise levels. Additionally, a user's sound settings may be saved in the system by location so that they may be recalled when re-entering a specific location. A remote clinician may tune a hearing device, or a user can tune the device using a pre-recorded audio sample. Also, a user may replay the last X seconds of audio recorded by their hearing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: K/S HIMPP
    Inventors: Ted Simonides, Steve Manser, Dan Keller, Drew Dundas, Mike Kisch
  • Patent number: 10433043
    Abstract: An in-ear hearing device having an ear interfacing portion integrally formed with an elongated stem portion, wherein the ear interfacing portion extends away from the elongated stem portion; a first acoustic port formed in the ear interfacing portion; a speaker disposed in the ear interfacing portion and aligned to emit sound from the acoustic port; a plurality of electrical contacts disposed at an end of the stem portion, the plurality of electrical contacts including first and second contacts; a second acoustic port formed at the end of the elongated stem portion between the first and second contacts; a microphone disposed in the stem portion; and a channel that fluidically couples the microphone to the second acoustic port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: M. Evans Hankey, Emery A. Sanford, Christopher D. Prest, Way Chet Lim
  • Patent number: 10418016
    Abstract: Occlusion devices, earpiece devices and methods of forming occlusion devices are provided. An occlusion device is configured to occlude an ear canal, but other biological and non-biological conduits or chambers can be occluded using the devices and methods herein. The occlusion device includes an insertion element and at least one occluding member or element (which can be expandable) disposed on the insertion element. The occluding member is configured to receive a medium via the insertion element and is configured to expand, responsive to the medium, to contact the ear canal. Alternatively, the occluding member is made of a non-Newtonian fluid and can be enclosed by a balloon or not. Physical parameters of the occlusion device are selected to produce a predetermined sound attenuation characteristic over a frequency band. Use of a non-Newtonian fluid provides additional options or variables in customizing or designing a predetermined sound attenuation characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Wayne Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10419839
    Abstract: A headphone apparatus includes a neckband having a first arm and a second arm joined by a central portion therebetween. The first and second arms each have a flexible section proximal to the central portion, the flexible sections including a memory material for dynamically creating and maintaining a desired shape of the neckband. The headphone apparatus further includes first and second earbuds connected to the neckband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan Ott, Daniel I. Radin, Effrosini A. Karayiannis, Kent Jopling, Torry Xu
  • Patent number: 10412478
    Abstract: An ear piece for use by an individual having an external auditory canal includes an earpiece housing configured for placement within the external auditory canal of the individual, a processor disposed within the ear piece housing, at least one microphone disposed within the earpiece housing wherein the at least one earpiece is positioned to detect ambient environmental sound, and at least one speaker disposed within the earpiece housing. The ear piece is configured to detect ambient environmental sound proximate the external auditory canal of the individual using the at least one microphone and reproduce the ambient environmental sound at the at least one speaker within the earpiece housing. The processor is further configured to modify the ambient environmental sound based on shape of the external auditory canal such that audio perception of the ambient environmental sound is as if the ear piece was not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventor: Nikolaj Hviid
  • Patent number: 10397713
    Abstract: An earpiece for a hearing device, includes: an earpiece housing comprising an ear canal part and an intermediate part, wherein the ear canal part extends along an ear canal axis of the earpiece, with an ear canal plane of the earpiece being perpendicular to the ear canal axis, the ear canal part having a first end, the intermediate part having a first end and a second end and extending along an intermediate axis; and a cable with a first end connected to the intermediate part, the cable exiting the intermediate part along a cable exit axis, the cable exit axis forming a first exit angle with respect to the ear canal plane, wherein the first exit angle is in a range from 5 to 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Erik Alan Lindberg
  • Patent number: 10356535
    Abstract: A system for capturing an individual's hearing characteristics, including loudness tolerance levels at different sound frequencies, as an individualized shaped auditory profile for automatically enhancing audio to complement and address an individual's hearing deficits experienced via a particular signal pathway including the audio device, the sound environment, and the individual's hearing capabilities. The auditory profile is used to produce enhanced sound subsequently transmitted to the individual via the same signal pathway. The enhanced sound may be produced with consideration of both ears' auditory profile shapes together to increase the dynamic range of the enhanced sound. The sound enhancement can be introduced gradually over a sound reproduction session or a period of time of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ACE Communications Limited
    Inventors: Charles Andrew Van Hasselt, Pui Tong Paul Lee, Chi Shan Anna Kam, Ka Kui Cheng
  • Patent number: 10327062
    Abstract: A headphone includes a housing defining an enclosed volume, an electro-acoustic transducer dividing the enclosed volume into a front volume and a rear volume, a first port in the housing coupling the front volume to an ear canal of a user, a second port in the housing coupling the front volume to space outside the ear, a third port in the housing coupling the rear volume to space outside the ear, and an ear tip configured to surround the first port and seal the ear canal from space outside the ear. The second port has a diameter and a length that provide an acoustic mass with an acoustic impedance with a high reactive component and a low resistive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin P. Annunziato, Jason Harlow, Ian M. Collier, Michael Monahan, Roman Sapiejewski
  • Patent number: 10313807
    Abstract: A hearing aid device having an antenna unit is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises a transmission line connecting a communication unit and the antenna unit, or at least being part of a connection between them. The antenna unit is at least partly embedded in a battery drawer of the hearing aid device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Poul Henriksen, Jens Troelsen
  • Patent number: 10299032
    Abstract: A micro-speaker assembly including an enclosure having an enclosure wall separating a surrounding environment from an encased space, wherein the enclosure wall defines an acoustic port from the encased space to the surrounding environment; a sound radiating surface positioned within the encased space and dividing the encased space into a front volume chamber and a back volume chamber, wherein the front volume chamber is acoustically coupled to a first surface of the sound radiating surface and the acoustic port, and the back volume chamber acoustically coupled to a second surface of the sound radiating surface; and a resonator acoustically coupled to the front volume chamber, wherein the resonator comprises a neck acoustically coupled to an acoustic cavity, and an opening to the neck is positioned at a distance from the acoustic port that corresponds to a quarter wavelength resonance of the front volume chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony P. Grazian, Christopher Wilk, Claudio Notarangelo, Hongdan Tao, Michael J. Newman, Onur I. Ilkorur, Thomas H. Tsang
  • Patent number: 10271994
    Abstract: A device for use by a dental patient fits in the patient's ear and has at least one curved resonator tube to reduce the perceived volume of a dental drill. The device can have multiple layers of resonator tubes and a port into which recorded music can be played to calm the patient further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Brunel University London
    Inventor: Mark Atherton
  • Patent number: 10237665
    Abstract: Hearing devices, configured to fit within the ear canal, that include a hearing device core, a seal, including a shell wall and a cavity that has an opening located at the end of the shell wall, and a volume of viscous medium located within the cavity between the hearing device core exterior surface and the shell wall interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Erdal Karamuk, Petra Gunde, Simone Keller, Chuangang Lin, Paul Wagner, Michael Au
  • Patent number: 10194233
    Abstract: An earphone with a physiologic sensor includes a housing; a speaker in the housing; an enhancer comprising a body mounted on the housing and adapted to be secured in the ear to acoustically couple the speaker to the user's ear; and an optical physiologic sensor disposed inside the enhancer, the enhancer having an aperture or window aligned with the optical physiologic sensor, so that the sensor can optically couple with the user's ear when the enhancer is secured in the user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Seth D. Burgett, Aaron Gorga, Effrosini A. Karayiannis
  • Patent number: 10149065
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an acoustical assembly extending in the x, y, and z directions, the acoustical assembly comprising first and second receiver units being spatially shifted relative to each other in the x direction thereby creating regions with free and available space, and one or more microphone units being positioned in the regions with free and available space. The present invention further relates to a hearing device comprising such an acoustical assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sonion Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Tiefenau, Koen van Gilst, Laurens de Ruijter, Nicolaas Maria Jozef Stoffels, Mike Geskus, Rasmus Voss
  • Patent number: 10117015
    Abstract: An earphone audio device includes a housing, a speaker component, and a step-styled tip wherein the tip comprises a mid-section and a leading-section, the leading section having a smaller radial profile than the mid-section, and the speaker component is at least partially disposed within the aperture formed by the interior wall of the mid-section. In some embodiments, the speaker component may be entirely disposed within the mid-section such that no part of the speaker component extends toward the housing of the earphone beyond the aperture formed by the mid-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE, S.A.
    Inventors: Judd Armstrong, Stephen Duddy
  • Patent number: 10117016
    Abstract: An earphone capable of reducing pressure in the ear canal and providing enhanced sound quality is provided along with a method for making the same. The earphone includes an earphone body penetrated by an air channel and having a receiving space receiving a vibrating membrane. A loudspeaker is provided in the receiving space and corresponds to the vibrating membrane. When the earphone is worn in the ear, the ear canal is in communication with the outside through the air channel so that acoustic waves generated by the vibrating membrane and reflected by the eardrum can propagate out of, rather than back and forth within, the ear canal. Thus, the eardrum is safe from an abnormal pressure otherwise attributable to repeatedly reflected acoustic waves, and the vibrating membrane is protected from a compressive force that may otherwise result from reflected acoustic waves and cause sound distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Shih-Chun Wang, Tai-Chen Kuo
  • Patent number: 10111018
    Abstract: A system for updating a hearing aid by providing an update to a hearing aid to configure the hearing aid for an acoustic environment with a sound profile different than a physical environment a user is currently located in with an acoustic sample representative of the acoustic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: III Holdings 4, LLC
    Inventor: Frederick Charles Neumeyer
  • Patent number: 10070235
    Abstract: This invention relates to an impression-taking pad (10) for taking an impression (20) of an ear canal (30) by an impression-taking material, having a lateral end (el) to be arranged away from a tympanic membrane (35) in said ear canal (30); and a medial end (em) to be arranged proximate to said tympanic membrane (35). The impression-taking pad (10) comprises an outer body (2) tapering from said lateral end (el) to said medial end (em). The impression-taking pad (10) further comprises an inner body (3) for releasable engagement with a tool (11, 12) for visual inspection of the ear canal (30), the inner body (3) being configured to support insertion of the impression-taking pad (10) in the ear canal (30) by the tool (11, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Jana-Kosima Schwarzlos-Sooprayen, Erdal Karamuk, Daniel Probst, Natasha Thumm