Hook Over Ear Patents (Class 381/330)
  • Patent number: 10798500
    Abstract: A behind-the-ear hearing aid includes a case having an accommodating chamber, an apparatus for processing sounds, an ear hook, and a battery assembly. The apparatus is mounted in the case. The battery assembly is detachably mounted in the accommodating chamber and electrically connected to the apparatus. When the power of the battery assembly is used up, the hearing aid can be continuously used by disassembling and replacing a new battery assembly, thereby solving the problem that the battery assembly in the existing hearing aid cannot be dissembled and replaced. It is environmentally friendly and convenient for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN RETONE HEARING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yiquan Shi, Chengxiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10779069
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing wind noise in an electronic hearing protector are provided. The electronic hearing protector includes a housing and a windscreen. The housing includes a cut-out portion having at least one acoustic inlet. The windscreen covers the cut-out portion and includes an outer surface. An acoustic path within the cut-out portion from an effective center of the acoustic inlet(s) to the windscreen is at least 100 degrees. A minimum distance from the effective center of the acoustic inlet(s) to the outer surface of the windscreen is at least 2.5 millimeters. In various embodiments, the electronic hearing protector may include a high-level limiter disposed in the housing. The high-level limiter selectively attenuates a frequency below a voice range more than a frequency in the voice range of a microphone input signal to provide a signal output with noise reduction at frequencies outside of the voice range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ETYMOTIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Julstrom, Tim Monroe, Charles Aldous
  • Patent number: 10694300
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the wireless communication of information for a hearing assistance device including a multi-mode radio adapted to provide communications at different frequencies using frequency control. In applications of hearing aids, the processor is adapted to perform correction of sound for a hearing impaired user. In certain examples the present subject matter provides an inductive portion for inductive communications. In various applications the multi-mode radio can be used for long range and short range communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Paul Solum
  • Patent number: 10687138
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for earloops are described. In one example, an earloop for wearing on an ear of a user head is described. The earloop includes a capsule connector segment for coupling to a headset capsule, and an apex segment having an adaptive apex curvature arranged to rest on an apex of the ear. The earloop further includes a behind-the-ear segment having an adaptive behind-the-ear curvature arranged to curve behind the ear and exert a resilient gripping tension behind the ear, wherein the capsule connector segment is located along the x-axis at a different location than the behind-the-ear segment in both a static non-worn state and a static worn state, and wherein the apex segment is between the capsule connector segment and the behind-the-ear segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mainini, Chase Patrick Bailey, Bowman Wang
  • Patent number: 10667066
    Abstract: A hearing device contains an electronic frame for holding electronic components. The hearing device has first and second resilient contacts. The resilient contacts are fastened to the electronic frame, and the resilient contacts reversibly electrically contact an electronic component using contact surfaces of a double-pole battery. The hearing device contains a rechargeable battery module that contains a rechargeable battery and an electronic convertor. The rechargeable battery module is connected in an articulated manner to the electronic frame so as to be able to move and contains connecting contacts that correspond to the resilient contacts. A kit is provided for the hearing device and the kit has a battery compartment door for reversibly holding the double-pole battery. The battery compartment door is connected to pivot on the electronic frame such that as the battery compartment door is pivoted into a closed position the contact surfaces of the double-pole battery are contacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Stefanie Beyfuss, Kok Chian Hong, Bjoern Freels, Anand Ganapathy, Kim Hock Kwok, Fu Keon Ho, Holger Kral, Zainal Abidin Bin Mohd Yahya, Yi Ren Chris Tan, Frank Naumann, Christian Lindschou Hansen, Lau Malthe Borch
  • Patent number: 10582289
    Abstract: A system, method and personal area network for communicating utilizing a wireless earpiece. The wireless earpiece is linked with a communications device. Sensor measurements of a condition of a user are performed utilizing sensors of the wireless earpiece. A determination is made whether the sensor measurements exceed one or more thresholds. Communications regarding the sensor measurements are sent from the wireless earpiece to the communications device regarding the condition of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Vincent Boesen, Lisa Kingscott, Rafael Pereira
  • Patent number: 10567892
    Abstract: A speaker unit detachably mountable to a hearing aid device body configured to be positioned behind an ear of a wearer is disclosed. Further, hearing aid device system comprising the speaker unit is disclosed. The speaker unit comprises a contacting unit comprising at least one contact element and configured to be detachably mountable to a hearing aid device connector of said hearing aid device. The speaker unit further comprises a speaker unit body configured to be positioned at least partly in an ear canal of the wearer and comprising an output transducer unit configured to provide an acoustic signal based on an electrical signal input to said output transducer unit via said at least one contact element. The speaker unit further comprises a connecting unit provided between said speaker unit body and said contacting unit and including at least one wire configured to electrically connect said speaker unit body and said contacting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: OTICAN A/S
    Inventors: Mathias Rask Møller, Peter Steutel, Ole Andersen
  • Patent number: 10306375
    Abstract: A speech intelligibility system. Embodiments comprise a talker unit, a listener unit and an earpiece. The talker unit includes a microphone to receive audible speech content and to produce electrical signals representative of the speech content, and a transmitter coupled to the microphone to produce wireless transmissions containing the speech content. The listener unit includes a receiver to receive the wireless transmissions and to produce electrical signals representative of the speech content. At least one of the talker unit and the listener unit includes an amplifier to amplify spectral components of the speech content within a frequency range having a lower end between about 800 Hz and 1,700 Hz and an upper end between about 7,000 Hz and 11,000 Hz. The earpiece is coupled to the listener unit and includes a speaker to produce audible speech content having the amplified spectral components and a tube to direct the audible speech content from the speaker toward a user's ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Etymotic Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Cevette, Jan Stepanek, Mead C. Killion, Charles J. Aldous
  • Patent number: 10237641
    Abstract: Provided is a sound output device worn on an ear of a listener and used, and having listening characteristics of an ambient sound in a wearing state. A sound output device 100 includes a sound generating portion 110 that generates a sound, a sound guiding portion 120 that takes in the sound generated in the sound generating portion 110 from one end 121, and a holding portion 130 that holds the sound guiding portion 120 in the vicinity of the other end 122. The holding portion 130 is engaged with an intertragic notch, and supports the sound guiding portion 120 such that a sound output hole of the other end 122 of the sound guiding portion 120 to face a depth side of an ear canal. Even in a state where the listener wears the sound output device 100, the sound output device 100 does not block an ear cavity of the listener, and the listener can listen to the ambient sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Go Igarashi, Satoshi Suzuki, Kohei Asada, Koji Nageno
  • Patent number: 10165377
    Abstract: A hearing device is disclosed. The hearing device comprises a chassis and a printed circuit board attached to the chassis. The chassis comprises a number of attachment members configured to restrict the motion of the printed circuit board in one or more directions. The attachment members are integrated parts of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Troels Holm Pedersen, Claus Tipsmark, Michael Frank Petersen, Lars Persson, Per Lundberg, Brian Spidsbjerg, Lars Monroy
  • Patent number: 10123112
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for providing improved beam forming functionality and/or improve noise cancellation functionality in a microphone package are presented. In an implementation, a device includes a first microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor, a second MEMS sensor, and a digital signal processor. The first MEMS sensor is contained in a first back cavity within the device. The second MEMS sensor is contained in a second back cavity within the device. The digital signal processor generates a cardioid microphone pattern based on data associated with the first MEMS sensor contained in the first back cavity and other data associated with the second MEMS sensor contained in the second back cavity, where the digital signal processor forms at least a portion of the first back cavity and the second back cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Carlo Murgia, James Lim, Fariborz Assaderaghi, Anthony Minervini
  • Patent number: 10104458
    Abstract: A system, method and personal area network for communicating utilizing a wireless earpiece. The wireless earpiece is linked with a communications device. Sensor measurements of a condition of a user are performed utilizing sensors of the wireless earpiece. A determination is made whether the sensor measurements exceed one or more thresholds. Communications regarding the sensor measurements are sent from the wireless earpiece to the communications device regarding the condition of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Vincent Boesen, Lisa Kingscott, Rafael Pereira
  • Patent number: 10097935
    Abstract: A hearing device is physically adjusted to suit a hearing device wearer. A position sensor of the hearing device is used to ascertain a characteristic measure of a current actual wearing position of the hearing device. The characteristic measure of the actual wearing position is then taken as a basis for ascertaining a discrepancy between the actual wearing position and a prescribed desired wearing position. On the basis of this discrepancy, an instruction is output to the hearing device wearer to adjust the receiver connector based on the ascertained discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Dirk Mauler, Luis Ignacio Martinez Azkorra
  • Patent number: 10051383
    Abstract: A hearing aid comprising a receiver assembly is disclosed. The receiver assembly includes a receiver and suspension member arranged in a housing. The suspension member comprises vibration dampers protruding from an outer periphery of the suspension member, and one or more cushions or one or more enclosed structures containing a material are provided between the receiver and the suspension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: OTICON A/S, BERNAFON AG
    Inventors: Roland Margot, Ben Crook, Lars Persson, Henning Bjerregaard, Sune Heibing, Niels Erik Holm Christensen, Mikael Andersen, Claus Tipsmark, Martin Larsen, Peter Spragge, Lars Monroy, Poul Hilding Andersson
  • Patent number: 9973861
    Abstract: In a method for operating a hearing aid, an input signal is generated by way of one or more microphones. The input signal is amplified in an amplifier with an adjustable gain factor and output as an amplified input signal by way of a receiver. Furthermore, an OVD (own-voice-detection) parameter is established by an OVD unit. The OVD parameter specifies whether or not the user themselves is speaking. The gain factor is adjusted in a manner dependent on the OVD parameter and additionally adjusted in a manner dependent on noise, in particular stationary noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tobias Daniel Rosenkranz, Homayoun Kamkar Parsi, Marko Lugger
  • Patent number: 9949014
    Abstract: A wireless pair of earbuds is provided, wherein each earbud comprises an earbud body including a tip configured to be inserted in an ear canal of a user, the earbud body housing electronic circuitry including a controller for controlling components in the earbud, and an ear hook coupled with the earbud body and configured to fit around a root of an ear pinna of the user, the ear hook housing an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Peag, LLC
    Inventors: Winthrop Cramer, Reed Patrick Crawford
  • Patent number: 9838811
    Abstract: An electronic device may play audio content to a user through a pair of earphones. The audio content may be content that is stored locally on the electronic device or may be streaming content that is provided by an online service. Control circuitry in the electronic device may monitor ear presence sensor structures in the earphones to determine whether the earphones are present in the ears of the user. In response to determining that the earphones have been removed from the ears of the user, the control circuitry may communicate with the online service provider. Communicating with the online service provider may include sending media streaming control commands to the online service provider. The media streaming control commands may, for example, include media streaming pause commands that instruct the online service provider to pause the audio content in response to the earphones being removed from the ears of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Alessandro Pelosi
  • Patent number: 9571941
    Abstract: A hearing instrument includes a first speaker having a first frequency range. The hearing instrument also includes a second speaker that is disposed in the ear of a listener. The second speaker has a second frequency range that is wider than the first frequency range. A microphone unit is coupled to the first speaker and the second speaker. The first speaker creates replacement sounds within the first frequency range that replicate sounds that are lost to the listener as a result of an occlusion effect at the second speaker. The replacement sounds are presented to the listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Heidenreich, Evan Llamas-Young
  • Patent number: 9491534
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a monaural wireless headset (20) that may e.g. be connected to a mobile phone by means of a Bluetooth connection. The present invention provides a monaural wireless headset (20) comprising a housing (21) with a main body (22) and a microphone boom (23), a microphone (27), a wireless transceiver (28), a speaker driver (39) and a rechargeable battery (29). The monaural wireless headset (20) is adapted to be arranged at an ear (1) of a user in a wearing position wherein at least a portion of the main body (22) resides on the inwards side of the crest (7) of the ear's antitragus (6) and wherein the microphone boom (23) at least partly extends outside the ear's pinna (1) towards the user's mouth. The microphone (27) is arranged in the microphone boom (23) and is adapted to receive a voice signal from the user and provide a microphone signal to the wireless transceiver (28) in dependence on the voice signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: GN Audio A/S
    Inventors: Johan Birger, Morten Urup, Michael Sørensen
  • Patent number: 9485593
    Abstract: This acoustic device can suppress a loss in sense of volume and sense of comfort. The acoustic device includes a vibration unit (10) including a piezoelectric element (101) that flexes and a panel (102) that vibrates by being bent directly by the piezoelectric element (101). The panel (102) includes a concavity (104), and the concavity (104) is contacted to a user's ear, causing the user to hear sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Inagaki
  • Patent number: 9295836
    Abstract: Devices are used to receive sound so as to enhance directionality in a single microphone auditory prosthesis. A tube including a plurality of openings directs sound into a microphone located on the auditory prosthesis. Directionality of such a system is based on a constructive and destructive interference between added sound components as sound enters the openings on the tube. The spacing and size of the openings can be configured such that sounds coming towards the recipient from a predetermined direction are received, while sounds from less desirable directions are cancelled out due to sound wave phase differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Martin Evert Gustaf Hillbratt, Koen Van den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 9247360
    Abstract: A hearing instrument has housing with a plug-in connection. The plug-in connection connects hearing tubes, sound tubes or electrical signal lines. The hearing instrument ensures against an unintentional detachment of the tubes and lines from the housing. The housing has a locking apparatus. The plug-in connection is arranged in the housing. The locking apparatus is embodied to prevent an unintentional detachment of the plug in the plug-in connection. The locking apparatus includes a catch, with a latching plate, and being moveably mounted in the housing. The catch moves at right angles to the plug-in direction of the plug and the latch is pushed into the housing and is protected herein by a blocking facility against unintentionally being pushed out. The blocking facility includes a stop and a blocking element, against which the stop strikes when sliding out. With the moveable catch, an easy-to-operate locking process is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Joachim Roland Barth, Holger Kral, Frank Naumann, Andreas Ratay
  • Patent number: 9191751
    Abstract: An exemplary apparatus for use with an auditory prosthesis system includes a housing, a connector port disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to be communicatively coupled to an auxiliary audio input device, a telecoil disposed at least partially within the housing, and a multi-position switch disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to selectively enable the auxiliary audio input device and the telecoil. The auxiliary audio input device is enabled and the telecoil is disabled when the switch is in a first position, both the auxiliary audio input device and the telecoil are enabled when the switch is in a second position, and the telecoil is enabled and the auxiliary audio input device is disabled when the switch is in a third position. Corresponding apparatuses, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Lee F. Hartley, Roger S. Meier, Glen A. Griffith, Tracey L. Kruger, R. Tissa Karunasiri, Scott A. Crawford, Frank Nigro
  • Patent number: 9049526
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a method and apparatus for a compact programming block for a hearing assistance device, such as a hearing aid. In one embodiment, the compact programming block is formed in a programming block module with another component and the programming block module includes a flexible circuit design. The design incorporates a first flexible circuit disposed in a programming module that receives a second flexible circuit connection. The programming block module includes a plurality of contact springs and is shaped to provide a small profile that is integrated with a microphone housing. The integrated microphone and programming block module can be used in a hearing assistance device. In various embodiments, the programming block is integrated with a pushbutton, and the integrated pushbutton and programming block can be used in a hearing assistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Sidney A. Higgins
  • Patent number: 9036854
    Abstract: Audio equipment comprising a signal generating module (26) arranged to output signals to a pair of speakers (20), wherein the speakers (20) are mounted upon respective housings (18), adapted to be carried by a glasses frame unit (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Marcus Lewis
  • Patent number: 9031273
    Abstract: Apparatuses that provide a bone-conduction speaker arranged to be located behind the ear are described herein. An exemplary apparatus may include: (a) a glasses-style support structure comprising a front section and at least one side section; (b) at least one bone-conduction speaker; and (c) a member having a proximate end and a distal end, wherein the proximate end is attached to the at least one side section, and wherein the at least one bone-conduction speaker is attached to the member at or near the distal end; wherein the member is arranged on the at least one side section such that when the glasses-style support structure is worn the member: (a) extends to the anterior of the at least one side section and (b) locates the bone-conduction speaker posterior to an ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jianchun Dong, Mitchell Heinrich, Leng Ooi
  • Patent number: 9025807
    Abstract: A hearing apparatus includes a sound tube with a tube-side coupling element and an earpiece with an earpiece-side coupling element. The tube-side coupling element and the earpiece-side coupling element can be reversibly coupled. The tube-side coupling element has a tube-side pressure canal and the earpiece-side coupling element has an earpiece-side pressure canal, which form a coupled pressure canal in a coupled state of the coupling elements. The tube-side coupling element or the earpiece-side coupling element is supported by at least one pressure element which improves air-tightness of the coupled pressure canal. A coupling element and a hearing device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Anton Gebert, Thomas Harsch, Marco Lederer
  • Patent number: 9025803
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes a magnetic sensor to sense a sound signal being a magnetic field. The magnetic sensor includes a telecoil to sensor the sound signal and a counter coil to cancel a noise signal resulting from electromagnetic interference. In one embodiment, a driver circuit for the counter coil allows for automatic adjustment of the hearing aid circuit for an interference null.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Karl Sacha
  • Publication number: 20150110323
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for a behind-the-ear hearing aid with a capacitive sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Karl Sacha
  • Patent number: 9008341
    Abstract: A system and method for identification of a peripheral device is provided. A system and method for automatic parameter adjustment of a destination device based on the identification of a peripheral device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventor: James Ryan
  • Patent number: 8976991
    Abstract: An earpiece auditory device is described which includes a behind-the-ear component shaped to fit behind the ear of a user. The behind-the-ear component can also have at least one microphone and processing circuitry, where the processing circuitry is used to processes audio signal from the microphone. The device also includes a speaker sized to fit in the ear canal of a user, and an ear mold holding the speaker in place. The ear mold can also be position to touch the bony portion of the ear canal and provide sound attenuation in the ear canal. A connector physically and electrically connects the behind-the-ear component to the speaker. The connector is capable of being used to insert and remove the speaker and ear mold from the ear canal of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hear-Wear Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Feeley, Mike Feeley
  • Patent number: 8965019
    Abstract: Sound processor housings, sound processors and systems including sound processors are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventor: James P. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8965020
    Abstract: Sound processors with light transmissive seals and systems including such sound processors are disclosed. A seal, formed in part from substantially translucent material and having at least a portion of the substantially translucent material associated with the housing exterior of the sound processor, transmits light from a light emitter carried within the housing to indicate an operational aspect of the sound processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventor: James P. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8958589
    Abstract: An In-The-Ear (ITE) device is disclosed. This ITE is adapted for connection to a cable from a Behind-The-Ear (BTE) device, the ITE device including a releasable mechanical retention device for the cable, such that the cable may be customized in length and may be attached to the retention device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Slobodan Ilic, Phillip Stallard, Thomas Hunkeler, Olivier Blättler
  • Patent number: 8953828
    Abstract: A hearing aid retainer accessory for use with a hearing aid that comprises a battery compartment to be fitted with a battery drawer, wherein the hearing aid retainer accessory comprises a retainer portion with a connection section that is adapted to be engaged with a hearing aid via a battery drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventor: Morten Friis Karlsen
  • Patent number: 8953829
    Abstract: A behind the ear hearing aid is provided with a casing part comprising electronics adapted for signal processing where the casing is adapted for placing behind the ear of a user and a speaker is provided in or near the ear canal and leads are arranged between the speaker and the casing part. A plug and socket electrical and mechanical interconnection is arranged between the leads and the electronics inside the casing and the mutual motion between the plug and socket parts for establishing connection is in a direction essentially off axis to the axis of the leads at the casing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Maria Mehlsen, Mads Grønlund Andersen, Klaus Sommer Ipsen, Bo Skjoldborg, Niels Stubager Kiemer, Morten Philip, Jan T. L. Larsen, Michael Frydendal, Peter Spragge
  • Publication number: 20150030192
    Abstract: This document provides a hearing assistance device for playing processed sound inside a wearer's ear canal, the hearing assistance device comprising a first housing, signal processing electronics disposed at least partially within the first housing, a first microphone connected to the first housing, the first microphone adapted for reception of sound, a second microphone configured to receive sound from inside the wearer's ear canal when the hearing assistance device is worn and in use and microphone mixing electronics in communication with the signal processing electronics and in communication with the first microphone and the second microphone, the microphone mixing electronics adapted to combine low frequency information from the first microphone and high frequency information from the second microphone to produce a composite audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Edwards, Sridhar Kalluri
  • Patent number: 8903112
    Abstract: A battery door for a hearing device includes: a body having a bottom part and a sidewall, the bottom part having a first bottom surface and the sidewall having a first wall surface, the first wall surface comprising contact points for supporting a battery with a battery radius, wherein the first bottom surface and the first wall surface at least partly defines a battery compartment for housing the battery with the battery axis, wherein the contact points of the first wall surface arranged at a battery distance from the battery axis, and wherein a center axis perpendicularly crosses the pivoting axis and crosses the battery axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: GN Resound A/S
    Inventors: Dongmei Lu, Jens Sparre Kobbernagel, Philip Meinertz
  • Patent number: 8891793
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides systems and methods for remotely controlling a hearing assistance device, including using a personal wireless device such as a cellular telephone. One embodiment includes a communication system for controlling a hearing assistance device. The system includes a personal wireless device including a short range radio transmitter. The short range radio transmitter is programmed to transmit instructions to the hearing assistance device by conversion of inputs to the personal wireless device into control signals for the hearing assistance device using on/off keying of the short range radio transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Karl Sacha, Wei Li Lin, Jay Ashwin Shah
  • Patent number: 8891796
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing sound. The apparatus includes a sound receiver for receiving sound and outputting an output signal, a first part comprising a signal generator for generating a second signal corresponding to the output signal, a second part comprising receiving means for receiving the second signal and outputting sound corresponding to the second signal, and an element for transporting the second signal from the signal generator to the receiving means. The transporting element comprises a sound guiding channel connected to the sound receiver and for guiding sound from outside the apparatus to the sound receiver along a portion of a length of the transporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sonion Nederland B.V.
    Inventor: Aart Zeger van Halteren
  • Patent number: 8879763
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to method and apparatus for detecting user activities within a hearing assistance device, and among other things, apparatus including a microphone for reception of sound and to generate a sound signal; an electret vibration sensor adapted to measure mechanical vibration and to produce a vibration signal; a signal processor, connected to the microphone and in communication with the electret vibration sensor, the signal processor adapted to process the sound signal and to process the vibration signal; and a housing adapted to house the signal processor. Variations provide a housing, microphone, and receiver in different configurations. In some variations wireless electronics are included and are used to communicate different signals. In some examples, the design is embodied in a variety of hearing aid configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Howard Burns, Matthew Green, Michael Karl Sacha
  • Patent number: 8873785
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes a speaker in a tip that is located in an ear canal. The tip includes a coupling, a retainer that mechanically engages the coupling, and a sleeve axially surrounding the retainer. The retainer attenuates lower frequencies than are attenuated by the sleeve. The sleeve is preferably a foam rubber and the retainer is preferably a composite material. A flange on the retainer reflects sound back into the sleeve for additional attenuation. It has been discovered that operation is improved if the outside diameter of the sleeve and the outside diameter of the retainer are in the ratio of approximately 1.75:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Zounds Hearing, Inc.
    Inventor: Fan Wu
  • Patent number: 8873786
    Abstract: A retaining module (5) for retaining an earpiece in an ear comprises an annular sleeve (6) having a central aperture (7) adapted for receiving and holding at least a part of the earpiece. The retaining module (5) further comprises a first retaining member (8) adapted for engaging at least a part of the concha of the ear and having a proximal end (9) connected to said annular member (6) at a first location, and a strut member (10) having a proximal end (11) connected to said annular member (6) at a second location, and a distal end connected (13) to the distal end (12) of said first retaining member (8). The invention further provides a hearing aid comprising a retaining module, and a method of manufacturing a combination of a retaining module and an earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Tina Ahlberg Larsen, Jørgen Mejner Olsen
  • Publication number: 20140314264
    Abstract: A BTE prosthetic device for use in a medical system or prosthesis comprises a connector configured to mechanically attach an auxiliary device of the system to the BTE prosthetic device. The connector is electrically connected to an transceiver of the BTE prosthetic device. The connector operates as an electromagnetic antenna for transmitting and/or receiving signals between the BTE prosthetic and other components of the medical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Werner Meskens, Tadeusz Jurkiewicz, Steve Winnall, Limin Zhong
  • Patent number: 8867765
    Abstract: A hearing assistance device to provide sound to the ear of a user, the device comprising a housing, hearing assistance electronics enclosed in the housing, an acoustic transducer adapted to be worn in the ear, a cable assembly adapted to connect the acoustic transducer to the hearing assistance electronics, a wireless communications receiver connected to the hearing assistance electronics, and an antenna comprising one or more conductors forming at least a portion of the cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Paul Solum
  • Patent number: 8867769
    Abstract: A behind-the-ear hearing device has a housing with a plug-in connector on a sidewall of the housing for connecting to an earpiece tube or sound tube. The lateral arrangement of the plug-in connector moves the plug-in connector away from the exposed position on the front end face of the housing. This enables the front end face, which is generally visible, to be made smaller. Advantageously, at least two microphones are provided, with one microphone position in the vicinity of the front end face of the housing. The front microphone position is thus moved farther away from a position that may possibly be covered by the pinna, and the rear microphone position can also be moved farther toward the front. The microphone positions are thus approximately horizontal, which promotes the spatial resolution of the detected surrounding sound (directionality) by the signal processing of the hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Frank Naumann, Holger Kral, Andreas Ratay, Joachim Roland Barth
  • Patent number: 8861762
    Abstract: A behind-the-ear hearing aid (1) comprises a housing (4), an ear piece (3) and a custom earplug (2), the custom earplug being adapted to fit the ear canal of an individual hearing aid user, the ear piece having a connector for connecting with the custom earplug, the connector and the earpiece having means for snap fitting engagement and means for defining the mutual rotational orientation. The invention further provides a custom earpiece for a hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Jan Topholm, Klaus Henrik Vaarbroe, Christian Bohl Espersen, Klavs Richard Skafte, Christian Pedersen Kreipke
  • Patent number: 8855323
    Abstract: A method for identifying a receiver in a hearing aid of the RITE (Receiver In The Ear) type (1) comprises providing a hearing aid of the RITE-type (1), providing said hearing aid with a receiver (10), measuring the impedance of said receiver (10) using said hearing aid (1), identifying said receiver (10) as one of several predetermined receiver models on basis of said impedance measurement, and issuing a message regarding the result of the identification. The invention also provides a hearing aid and a system for fitting a hearing aid. The hearing aid may comprise the means for measuring receiver impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventor: Morten Kroman
  • Patent number: 8855347
    Abstract: A hearing device comprises an ear-piece which is designed to be worn at least partially in an ear canal of a user of the hearing device. The ear-piece comprises a vent passage connecting the ear canal with the atmosphere. The vent passage has an inner opening towards the ear-canal and an outer opening towards the atmosphere. The ear-piece further comprises a vent extension. The vent extension is a protrusion extending the vent passage beyond the body of the ear-piece. The vent extension is adapted for abutting on a surface of the body of the user and is thereby inconspicuous and/or contributes thereby to retention. A method for manufacturing such a hearing device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Phonak AG
    Inventor: Sëbastien Aubert
  • Publication number: 20140294214
    Abstract: A digital hearing aid is disclosed in the present disclosure. The digital hearing aid comprises a body hung behind an ear and a sound transmitting device for receiving and outputting sound that is placed within an auricle and extends into an external auditory canal. The body and the sound transmitting device are connected and fixed together via a connecting device. The connecting device is formed of a material and a structure which are bendable, extendable and capable of maintaining the bending deformation, and the connecting device is preformed into a shape of an ear hook. In this way, the present disclosure can have the advantages of both the behind-the-ear hearing aid and the complete-in-canal hearing aid and is adaptive to the shape of the auricle and the facial structure so as to meet the demands of people in different growth stages or of different people.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Yong David Zhao, Jinping Jennifer Zhao