Adjacent Ear Patents (Class 381/71.6)
  • Patent number: 11528551
    Abstract: Playback devices such as headphone devices can include an earpiece configured to be positioned adjacent a user's ear. The earpiece can include a transducer having a diaphragm configured to face toward the user's ear when the earpiece is positioned adjacent the user's ear, as well as an outlet vent in fluid communication with the transducer and a microphone. A support member within the earpiece includes a first opening aligned with the microphone and a second opening aligned with the outlet vent. An acoustic mesh extends over the first opening and the second opening, wherein the mesh has a substantially uniform acoustic impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerad Lewis, Philippe Vossel, Michael Perkmann, Martin Seidl
  • Patent number: 11523204
    Abstract: An ear-mountable listening device includes a plurality of electroacoustic transducers, a manifold, and an output port. The plurality of electroacoustic transducers emit audio in response to an audio signal. The plurality of electroacoustic transducers includes a first transducer and a second transducer. The manifold is coupled to the plurality of electroacoustic transducers. The manifold is shaped to position the first transducer and the second transducer to face one another and form a front cavity disposed between the first transducer and the second transducer. The output port is coupled to the manifold to direct the audio from the front cavity into an ear when the plurality of electroacoustic transducers emits the audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Iyo Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Unruh, Simon Carlile, Jason Rugolo
  • Patent number: 11523219
    Abstract: An audio apparatus, e.g. for rendering audio for a virtual/augmented reality application, comprises a receiver (201) for receiving audio data for an audio scene including a first audio component representing a real-world audio source present in an audio environment of a user. A determinator (203) determines a first property of a real-world audio component from the real-world audio source and a target processor (205) determines a target property for a combined audio component being a combination of the real-world audio component received by the user and rendered audio of the first audio component received by the user. An adjuster determines a render property by modifying a property of the first audio component indicated by the audio data for the first audio component in response to the target property and the first property. A renderer (209) renders the first audio component in response to the render property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Nathan Souviraa-Labastie, Jeroen Gerardus Henricus Koppens
  • Patent number: 11509992
    Abstract: Various aspects include wearable audio devices wearable audio devices with a control platform for managing external device interaction. In some particular aspects, a wearable audio device includes: an accessory port; at least one processor; and memory including multiple sets of active noise reduction (ANR) configurations (or more generally, multiple profiles), the memory including instructions executable by the at least one processor, where the instructions are configured to: select a first ANR configuration (or more generally, a first profile) upon powering on the wearable audio device, the selection of the first ANR configuration (or first profile) based on an accessory connected to the accessory port, and automatically switch to a second ANR configuration (or more generally, a second profile) in response to a trigger, where the second ANR configuration (or second profile) is different from the first ANR configuration (or first profile).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Paul G. Yamkovoy
  • Patent number: 11509995
    Abstract: An earbud system for reducing noise is disclosed. The earbud system comprises an analog to digital converter to convert analog audio signals of a sound captured by one or more sound sensors into digital audio signals, and one or more processors to filter one or more raw bits with a specific frequency band from the digital audio signals to obtain filtered digital audio signals and extract human audible frequency bands from the filtered digital audio signals. The processors predict and/or classify, using an artificial intelligence based mechanism, the extracted human audible frequency bands into ambient noise corresponding to a first set of frequencies and desired sound, to be heard by the user, corresponding to a second set of frequencies. The processors further generate anti-phase signals for a first set of frequencies to reduce noise, and audible phase signals for the second set of frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Abhivarman Paranirupasingam
  • Patent number: 11509981
    Abstract: An example loudspeaker arrangement includes a seat configured to support a listener sitting in the seat so that a head of the listener is in a listening position; and a loudspeaker array secured to the seat and disposed in a position in front of a backrest of the seat and to the side of the head when the head is in the listening position. The loudspeaker array includes at least one loudspeaker and has a main broadcasting axis representative of a main broadcasting direction, the main broadcasting direction of the loudspeaker array pointing to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Markus E Christoph, Paul Zukowski, Florin Negrut, Tingli Cai, Andreas Frank
  • Patent number: 11503409
    Abstract: Digital audio signal processing techniques used to provide an acoustic transparency function in a pair of headphones. A number of transparency filters can be computed at once, using optimization techniques or using a closed form solution, that are based on multiple re-seatings of the headphones and that are as a result robust for a population of wearers. In another embodiment, a transparency hearing filter of a headphone is computed by an adaptive system that takes into consideration the changing acoustic to electrical path between an earpiece speaker and an interior microphone of that headphone while worn by a user. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ismael H. Nawfal, Joshua D. Atkins, Stephen J. Nimick, Guy C. Nicholson, Jason M. Harlow
  • Patent number: 11482205
    Abstract: For example, an apparatus for Active Acoustic Control (AAC) of an open acoustic headphone may include an input to receive input information including a residual-noise input including residual-noise information corresponding to a residual noise sensor of the open acoustic headphone, and a noise input including noise information corresponding to a noise sensor of the open acoustic headphone; a controller configured to determine a sound control pattern configured for AAC of the open acoustic headphone, the controller configured to identify a mounting-based parameter of the open acoustic headphone based on the input information, and to determine the sound control pattern based on the mounting-based parameter, the residual-noise input, and the noise input; and an output to output the sound control pattern to an acoustic transducer of the open acoustic headphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: SILENTIUM LTD.
    Inventors: Tzvi Fridman, Sivan Grotas Mussan, Yael Ronen, Nikolaos Zafeiropoulos
  • Patent number: 11462205
    Abstract: A first variable filter receives a sound of a second seat audio source as an input and generates a cancel sound for canceling the sound of the second seat audio source at a first seat. The transfer functions of the first variable filter and the second variable filter are updated such that the level of a signal obtained by subtracting the output of the auxiliary filter that generates a correction signal for correcting the difference between the positions of the first seat microphone and the first seat and the output of the second variable filter that receives the sound of the first seat audio source from the output of the first seat microphone is minimized. While the level of the signal exceeds a threshold, the signal is relayed to the second seat as a spoken voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Ryosuke Tachi, Yoshinobu Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 11457318
    Abstract: A hearing device may include a housing configured to be at least partially inserted into an ear canal of a user and comprising a venting channel, wherein the venting channel is configured to provide for venting between an inner region of the ear canal and an ambient environment outside the ear canal through the venting channel; an acoustic valve comprising a valve member moveable relative to the venting channel between different positions; a sound detector configured to provide an audio signal representative of a detected sound; a processor configured to determine a characteristic from the audio signal and to classify the audio signal by assigning the audio signal to a class from a plurality of predetermined classes depending on the determined characteristic; and an output transducer configured to be acoustically coupled to the inner region of the ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventor: Daniel Wiss
  • Patent number: 11443728
    Abstract: An illustrative controller includes: a transmitter to drive the acoustic transducer to generate acoustic bursts; a receiver to sense a response of the acoustic transducer to echoes; and a processing circuit coupled to the transmitter and to the receiver, the processing circuit configured to convert said received response into output data by: correlating said response to a driving signal to obtain a correlation response; distinguishing peak areas from non-peak areas in said correlation response; deriving a noise level in a portion of said correlation response based on the non-peak areas within said portion; calculating a signal to noise ratio (SNR) for a peak signal within the portion as a ratio of a peak value for the peak signal to the noise level in said portion of said correlation response; and accepting the peak signal as an echo only if the SNR for said peak signal exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Marek Hustava, Pavel Kostelnik, Dalibor Bartos
  • Patent number: 11438721
    Abstract: To provide an out-of-head localization system, a filter generation device, a method, and a program capable of appropriate processing, an out-of-head localization system according to this embodiment includes a measurement device that measures transfer characteristics by using a microphone worn on a user's ear before the user U sits on a seat, an out-of-head localization device that is installed in the seat and performs out-of-head localization by using a filter appropriate to the transfer characteristics, and a server terminal that transmits the filter appropriate to the transfer characteristics to the out-of-head localization device on the basis of identification information of the user U.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Hisako Murata, Masaya Konishi, Yumi Fujii, Takahiro Gejo, Kuniaki Takachi, Toshiaki Nagai
  • Patent number: 11386881
    Abstract: Active noise cancellation systems and methods include a feedforward path configured to receive a reference signal comprising ambient noise and adaptively generate an anti-noise signal to cancel the ambient noise and comprising an adaptive gain component configured to adaptively adjust a gain of the anti-noise signal, and a logic device configured to determine a leakage profile based on the adaptive gain component. The feedforward path includes a feedforward adaptive filter tuned to generate the anti-noise signal corresponding to the reference signal in accordance with the determined leakage profile. The leakage profile is selected from a plurality of stored leakage profiles that are tuned for a corresponding gain, and which corresponds to an ear coupling condition associated with a fit between the active noise cancellation system and a user. An adaptive transparency filter receives the reference signal and generates an ambient inclusion signal for output to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Govind Kannan, Trausti Thormundsson, Jayvon Timmons, Wensen Liu
  • Patent number: 11363366
    Abstract: There is provided a headphone device including: an external magnet type magnet unit that is disposed outside a voice coil, and vibrates the voice coil; and a diaphragm that is vibrated by vibration of the voice coil, and formed of a material in which a dome section having an outward concave shape on an inner circumference of the voice coil is continuous with an edge section outside the voice coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Koji Nageno, Kenichi Oide, Shinsuke Kanayama, Pingwee Chia, Chinngiap Heng
  • Patent number: 11361744
    Abstract: An audio system for a wearable device dynamically updates acoustic transfer functions. The audio system is configured to estimate a direction of arrival (DoA) of each sound source detected by a microphone array relative to a position of the wearable device within a local area. The audio system may track the movement of each sound source. The audio system may form a beam in the direction of each sound source. The audio system may identify and classify each sound source based on the sound source properties. Based on the DoA estimates, the movement tracking, and the beamforming, the audio system generates or updates the acoustic transfer functions for the sound sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Tourbabin, Jacob Ryan Donley, Antonio John Miller, Ravish Mehra
  • Patent number: 11361785
    Abstract: An electronic device and method are disclosed. The electronic device includes a first microphone, a second microphone, a memory; and a processor. The processor implements the method, including: determining whether a voice is detected in a first sound signal detected by the first microphone; determine whether a present recording period is a voice period or a silent period based on the determination, when the present period is the silent period, receive a second sound signal via the second microphone and analyze a noise signal included therein, remove noise signals from one of the first and second sound signals, based on characteristics of the voice period or the analyzed noise signal, and combine the first and second sound signal into an output signal and transmit the output signal to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwan Shim, Kyuhan Kim, Hangil Moon, Gunwoo Lee, Jaemo Yang, Aran Cha
  • Patent number: 11350204
    Abstract: A system for detecting feedforward instability in a wearable audio device. The audio device includes an electro-acoustic transducer that is configured to develop sound for a user, a housing that holds the transducer, a feedforward microphone that is configured to detect sound outside of the housing and output a microphone signal, and an opening in the housing that emits sound pressure from the transducer that can reach the microphone. A feedforward instability detector is configured to apply two filters to the microphone signal. A first filter passes more energy in a frequency band than does a second filter, to develop a filtered signal. The filtered signal is compared to the microphone signal outside of the frequency band, to develop a comparison signal that is indicative of feedforward instability in the frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Emery M. Ku
  • Patent number: 11350203
    Abstract: Provided is a headphone device including a housing, an audio input unit that is arranged to be separated from the housing and collects audio to generate an audio signal, a holding unit that abuts on a cavum concha or an inner wall of an ear canal of a user and holds the audio input unit in a space closer to an eardrum side than a tragus, in a state of being worn by the user, a wired connection unit that connects the housing and the audio input unit in a wired manner, a signal processing unit that generates a noise cancellation signal for an external sound based on the audio signal generated by the audio input unit, and generates an output signal based on the generated noise cancellation signal, and an audio output unit that outputs audio based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Naoki Shinmen, Kohei Asada, Shigetoshi Hayashi, Go Igarashi
  • Patent number: 11343615
    Abstract: A sound producing structure includes: a frame body, a magnetic circuit system, a first diaphragm, and a second diaphragm. The frame body includes a receiving cavity, and the receiving cavity includes a first opening and a second opening that are located on two opposite sides of the frame body. The magnetic circuit system is located in the receiving cavity, and the magnetic circuit system includes a first magnetic channel and a second magnetic channel that are isolated from each other. The first diaphragm is disposed facing the first opening, a first voice coil is disposed on the first diaphragm, and a portion of the first voice coil extends into the first magnetic channel. The second diaphragm is disposed facing the second opening, a second voice coil is disposed on the second diaphragm, and a portion of the second voice coil extends into the second magnetic channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Qingbo Ruan
  • Patent number: 11336986
    Abstract: A user content audio signal is converted into sound that is delivered into an ear canal of a wearer of an in-ear speaker, while the in-ear speaker is sealing off the ear canal against ambient sound leakage. An acoustic or venting valve in the in-ear speaker is automatically signaled to open, so that sound inside the ear canal is allowed to travel out into an ambient environment through the valve, while activating conversion of an ambient content audio signal into sound for delivery into the ear canal. Both user content and ambient content are heard by the wearer. The ambient content audio signal is digitally processed so that certain frequency components have been gain adjusted, based on an equalization profile, so as to compensate for some of the insertion loss that is due to the in-ear speaker blocking the ear canal. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Scott C. Grinker
  • Patent number: 11328705
    Abstract: A method and device for noise-reduction processing and an earphone are disclosed. The method includes: collecting an environmental-sound signal by using a feedforward microphone to acquire amplitude information and spectrum information of the environmental-sound signal; performing feedforward noise-reduction processing on the environmental-sound signal according to the amplitude information of the environmental-sound signal, and extracting a sound signal having a specified frequency in the environmental-sound signal according to the spectrum information of the environmental-sound signal; and outputting the sound signal having the specified frequency together with the signal after being feedforward noise-reduction processed. The present disclosure can realize the monitoring of the valuable sound signal having a specified frequency in the environmental-sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Yang Hua, Peng Li
  • Patent number: 11323828
    Abstract: There is provided a hearing aid with a Receiver In The Ear speaker assembly comprising an connecting member with electric conductors connecting a connector at one end, and a receiver housing with a receiver at the opposite end. A microphone housing with a microphone is attached to the connecting member. Placed along the connecting member, the microphone housing with the microphone is separated by a distance from the receiver in the receiver housing, thus reducing acoustic or mechanical feedback problems. Especially, the microphone and connector may share one common housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Jacob Anders Roug, Peter Sommer, Martin Larsen, Anders Højsgaard Thomsen, Peter H. Weis, Bjarke Mejnertsen
  • Patent number: 11317223
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a hearing device comprising a housing accommodating an acoustic transducer inside an inner volume of the housing, the acoustic transducer having an oscillator element configured to generate sound waves, the housing accommodating the acoustic transducer inside an inner volume of the housing. The hearing device further comprises a sound outlet configured to release sound waves from the inner volume into an ear canal. The hearing device may also comprise a microphone configured to be acoustically coupled to the ear canal, and an active feedback control circuit configured to provide an active feedback control signal to modify the sound waves generated by the acoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Thomas Zurbruegg, Antonio Hoelzl, Paul Wagner, Fabian Hohl
  • Patent number: 11315586
    Abstract: A speech enhancement apparatus is disclosed and comprises an adaptive noise cancellation circuit, a blending circuit, a noise suppressor and a control module. The ANC circuit filters a reference signal to generate a noise estimate and subtracts a noise estimate from a primary signal to generate a signal estimate based on a control signal. The blending circuit blends the primary signal and the signal estimate to produce a blended signal. The noise suppressor suppresses noise over the blended signal using a first trained model to generate an enhanced signal and a main spectral representation from a main microphone and M auxiliary spectral representations from M auxiliary microphones using (M+1) second trained models to generate a main score and M auxiliary scores. The ANC circuit, the noise suppressor and the trained models are well combined to maximize the performance of the speech enhancement apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: British Cayman Islands Intelligo Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Bing-Han Huang, Chun-Ming Huang, Te-Lung Kung, Hsin-Te Hwang, Yao-Chun Liu, Chen-Chu Hsu, Tsung-Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 11317192
    Abstract: Embodiments of active noise control (ANC) headphones and operating methods thereof are disclosed herein. In one example, a headphone for ANC includes a speaker, an internal microphone, a processor, and a filter function module. The speaker is configured to play an audio based on a first audio source signal. The internal microphone is configured to obtain a mixed audio signal comprising a noise signal and a second audio source signal based on the audio of interest played by the speaker. The processor is configured to determine a current system parameter of the ANC headphone based on the mixed audio signal at a first time point and determine a current parameter of a filter function module based on the current system parameter of the ANC headphone and pre-tested data. The filter function module is to perform ANC based on the determined current parameter of the filter function module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Weifeng Tong, Liang Zhang, Qian Li, Mingliang Xu
  • Patent number: 11308933
    Abstract: A noise cancellation enabled audio device, in particular a headphone, comprises a speaker which is arranged within the audio device and which has a preferential side for sound emission. The audio device further comprises a first cavity enclosing a first volume of air, where the first cavity is arranged at the preferential side for sound emission of the speaker, and an error microphone which is arranged within a second cavity within the audio device. The first cavity comprises a first opening to the outside of the audio device and the second cavity comprises a second opening to the outside of the audio device. The first and the second opening are both arranged on a side of the audio device which is arranged to face an ear canal of a user. Furthermore, a noise cancellation system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: AMS AG
    Inventor: Peter McCutcheon
  • Patent number: 11297443
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, a hearing aid has an ANR circuit and an ear tip that acoustically occludes the ear. Such a hearing aid provides greater gain to sounds than would be stable in the same hearing aid with a vented ear tip. The ear tip and the ANR circuit in combination attenuate sounds reaching the ear canal through the hearing aid to a first level. The hearing aid detects sounds arriving at a microphone, amplifies those sounds, and provides the amplified sounds to the ear canal at a second level and later in time than the same sounds arrive at the ear canal through the ear tip. The first level is at least 14 dB greater than the second level, such that the amplified sounds do not interact with the passive sounds to result in spectral combing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Jahn Dmitri Eichfeld, Daniel M. Gauger, Jr., Ryan C. Silvestri, Ryan terMeulen
  • Patent number: 11284183
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a computer-implemented method comprising receiving an input signal representing an ambient auditory environment of a user, generating, from the input signal, a set of ambient audio signals that includes a first component signal and a second component signal, generating, based on the first component signal, a first inverse signal that is a polar inverse of the first component signal, removing the first component signal from the set of ambient audio signals, generating a first composite signal that includes at least the first inverse signal and the second component signal, and driving an audio output device to produce soundwaves based on the first composite signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stefan Marti, Joseph Verbeke
  • Patent number: 11277679
    Abstract: A headphone earcup including a frame defining a cavity dimensioned to surround an ear of a user; a damping component coupled to the frame and encircling the cavity; a wrap component that covers the damping component and defines a continuous acoustic opening around the cavity to acoustically connect the cavity to the damping component; and a cosmetic component that covers the wrap component and the continuous acoustic opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jarrett B. Lagler, Michael B. Minerbi, Miikka O. Tikander, Lee M. Panecki, Trang Fisher, Esge Andersen, Eugene Whang, Ben Shaffer, Edward Siahaan, Daniel R. Bloom, Kitty Yung, Tyler A. Green, Krithika Elangovan, Sarah Gysbers, Michael Burello, Matthew Zaverl, Christopher A. Sandieson, Casey L. Baran
  • Patent number: 11274905
    Abstract: A ballistic helmet comprising a ballistic shell, wherein within the thickness of the ballistic shell, or inside the ballistic shell, there is provided one or more circuit layers forming a circuit, which circuit comprises a power bus and a data bus, and wherein one or more power connections and one or more data connections are provided on the inside and/or on an edge of the ballistic shell for providing power and data to/from one or more electrical devices through the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Racal Acoustics Ltd.
    Inventors: Jackson White, Habib Hussein, Norman Davidson
  • Patent number: 11265644
    Abstract: A noise sensor is disposed adjacent a speaker within an ear cup of a hearing protection device. The speaker is disposed within a speaker housing and the noise sensor is disposed within a sensor housing, the sensor housing coupled to the speaker housing such that the noise sensor and speaker remain adjacent one another. The noise sensor includes at least a microphone operably coupled to a printed circuit board. The sensor housing defines an axial bore such that the noise sensor can receive acoustic signals via the axial bore. The sensor housing can be coupled to the speaker housing such that the noise sensor is sealed therebetween and receives acoustic signals via a distal end of the axial bore opposite the speaker. A calibration tool can be disposed to the axial bore via the distal end for airtight calibration of the noise sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Peter Kara, Erik Pertot, Viggo Henriksen, Tomas Brhel
  • Patent number: 11238840
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to using a display as a sound emitter and may relate to an electronic device including a display and for sound leak cancellation. A vibration sensor such as an accelerometer is physically coupled to the display and senses the display vibration to provide a signal representing actual acoustic output from the display. The electronic device includes a first actuator physically coupled to the display and configured to cause vibration of the display in response to a first audio signal. The electronic device further includes the vibration sensor configured to output a vibration sensor signal proportional to the vibration of the display. The electronic device further includes a second actuator physically coupled to a portion of the electronic device different from where the first actuator is physically coupled to the display and configured to cause vibration of the portion in response to a second audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ricardo De Jesus Bernal Castillo, Wade Heimbigner, Andre Gustavo Schevciw
  • Patent number: 11234076
    Abstract: Various examples of the present invention relate to an apparatus and a method for removing noise from a reception signal and a transmission signal. A method for operating a sound system for removing noise from a reception signal and a transmission signal, according to an example of the present invention comprises the steps of: receiving power through a first path from another electronic device; receiving a plurality of signals including transmission signals from a plurality of microphones; generating first data by multiplexing the plurality of received signals on the basis of the received power; and transmitting, through the first path, the generated first data to the other device. In addition, other various examples are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Young-Soo Chun, Jungsik Park
  • Patent number: 11217251
    Abstract: An example method includes, at an electronic device: receiving an indication of a notification; in accordance with receiving the indication of the notification: obtaining one or more data streams from one or more sensors; determining, based on the one or more data streams, whether a user associated with the electronic device is speaking; and in accordance with a determination that the user is not speaking: causing an output associated with the notification to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William M. York, Rebecca P. Fish, Gagan A. Gupta, Xinyuan Huang, Heriberto Nieto, Benjamin S. Phipps, Kurt Piersol
  • Patent number: 11206485
    Abstract: Various implementations include systems for processing audio signals. In particular implementations, a system for processing audio signals includes: a wearable audio device having a transducer and a communication system; and an accessory device configured to wirelessly communicate with the wearable audio device, the accessory device having a processor configured to process a source audio signal according to a method that includes: source separating the source audio signal; and providing a source separated audio signal to the wearable audio device for transduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Marko Stamenovic, Li-Chia Yang, Carl Ralph Jensen, Kenneth Scott Lyons, Sara Maree Adkins, Jahn Dmitri Eichfeld, Daniel Ross Tengelsen
  • Patent number: 11202134
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a speaker module, comprising a housing and a speaker unit located in an inner cavity of the housing and dividing the inner cavity into a front acoustic cavity and a rear acoustic cavity separated from each other, wherein the housing is additionally provided with a pressure relief device configured to communicate the rear acoustic cavity with an external environment and implement an acoustic seal, the pressure relief device comprises a pressure relief hole extending through a thickness direction of the housing and provided with a gland on one side close to the rear acoustic cavity, and a pressure relief groove is disposed at a surface of the gland close to the pressure relief hole, one end of the pressure relief groove is connected with the pressure relief hole, the other end of the pressure relief groove is led out of an end of the gland, and the pressure relief groove and the pressure relief hole together make up a pressure relief passage of the rear acoustic cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Dan Han, Xinxiang Huo, Yun Yang
  • Patent number: 11183166
    Abstract: A system and method for accurately estimating engine noise at a virtual microphone location, such as an occupant's ear position, in an acoustic space in order to enhance performance of an Engine Order Cancellation (EOC) system is provided. A set of weights and transfer functions that are dependent on various vehicle parameters, such as frequency, load, and speed, may be employed to estimate noise at a position where there are no physical microphones present. The accurate estimation of engine noise at virtual location, such as an occupant's ear position, may be achieved using a frequency dependent weighted sum of filtered and unfiltered error signals measured at microphones mounted at various locations inside an acoustic space, such as a vehicle cabin, which may not be located near virtual location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Sattwik Basu, Jeffrey Charles Tackett, David Trumpy, James May, Todd Edward Tousignant
  • Patent number: 11178480
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for reducing noise induced in one or more components in a hearing aid. The present disclosure provides methods for reducing noise induced in telecoils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Jan M. De Haan, Andreas Thelander Bertelsen, Matias Tofteby Bach, Rasmus Glarborg Jensen, Franz Treue, Kåre Tais Christensen
  • Patent number: 11172298
    Abstract: While a first wearable audio output component of a wearable audio output device is in a first position relative to a first ear of a user and a second wearable audio output component of the wearable audio output device is in the first position relative to a second ear, a computer system operates the wearable audio output device in a first mode. While doing so, the computer system detects a change in position of the first component from the first position to a second position; and, in response, while the second component is maintained in the first position, the computer system transitions the wearable audio output device from the first mode to a different, second mode that is a pass-through mode in which audio outputs provided via the wearable audio output device include pass-through audio components that include at least a portion of ambient sound from the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Taylor G. Carrigan, David C. Graham, Andrew E. Greenwood, Thomas S. Hulbert, Hugo D. Verweij
  • Patent number: 11153693
    Abstract: A method for operating a hearing aid comprises: acquiring a sound signal; classifying the acquired sound signal with respect to predefined sound classes, wherein a raw class mixing weighting is determined, in which the sound signal is weighted with respect to the sound classes; processing the sound signal with at least one actuator, wherein the actuator processes the sound signal based on an actual actuator parameterization, wherein each sound class comprises a sound class actuator parameterization for each actuator, and the actual actuator parameterization for each actuator is generated by mixing the sound class actuator parameterization of the sound classes based on the raw class mixing weighting; and outputting the processed sound signal to be perceived by the user of the hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventor: Elmar Fichtl
  • Patent number: 11153677
    Abstract: An audio system has an ambient sound enhancement function, in which an against-the-ear audio device having a speaker converts a digitally processed version of an input audio signal into sound. The input audio signal may be amplified where the amplification may be in accordance with a stored hearing profile of the user (personalized ambient sound enhancement.) The audio system also has an acoustic noise cancellation (ANC) function that may be combined in various ways with the sound enhancement function, and that may be responsive to voice activity detection. Other aspects are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: John Woodruff, Tom-Davy W. Saux, Vladan Bajic, Vasu Iyengar, Andrew E. Greenwood, Tyrone T. Chen, Jakub Mazur, Tony S. Verma
  • Patent number: 11135094
    Abstract: An earmuffs system for noise reduction including an external microphone used in combination with active noise cancellation technology for the reduction of wind or other noises typically experienced while riding a vehicle such as a motorcycle, snow machine or ATV, the earmuffs system including a first earmuff including a first speaker and a first microphone therein; a second earmuff electrically coupled to the first ear muff, the second ear muff including a second speaker and a second microphone therein; noise cancellation circuitry for receiving first sounds from the first microphone and the second microphone and processing the first sounds by in part canceling the first sounds to form a first sound output that is provided from the first speaker and the second speaker; a third microphone placed external to the first earmuff, the third microphone supplying second sounds for the first speaker to output as a second sound output without the second sounds undergoing noise cancellation processing; and a fourth micr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Alvin J. Halfaker
  • Patent number: 11127390
    Abstract: A feedforward ambient noise reduction arrangement includes, within a housing, a loudspeaker device for directing sound energy into an ear of a listener. Disposed externally of the housing, and positioned to sense ambient noise on its way to the listener's ear, are plural microphone devices capable of converting the sensed ambient noise into electrical signals for application to the loudspeaker to generate an acoustic signal opposing the ambient noise. Importantly, the overall arrangement is such that the acoustic signal is generated by said loudspeaker means in substantial time alignment with the arrival of said ambient noise at the listener's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Alastair Sibbald
  • Patent number: 11122350
    Abstract: A method for on ear detection for a headphone, the method comprising: receiving a first microphone signal derived from an first microphone of the headphone and determining, from the first microphone signal, a first resonance frequency associated with an acoustic port of the first microphone, the first resonance frequency dependent on a first temperature at the first microphone; receiving a second microphone signal derived from an second microphone of the headphone and determining, from the second microphone signal, a second resonance frequency associated with an acoustic port of the second microphone, the second resonance frequency dependent on a second temperature at the second microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Lesso
  • Patent number: 11122358
    Abstract: Provided is a hearing device including a housing configured to be at least partially inserted into an ear canal of a user, a vent that provides venting between an inner region of the ear canal and the ambient environment, an acoustic valve with a valve member configured to adjust the effective size of the vent, an actuator that actuates the valve member, and an acoustic output transducer acoustically coupled to the inner region of the ear canal and configured to generate a sound output according to an audio signal. The hearing device further includes a control unit operatively connected to the actuator and the acoustic output transducer and configured to control the audio signal supplied to the acoustic output transducer such that the sound output is modified during adjustment of the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SONOVA AG
    Inventor: Erwin Kuipers
  • Patent number: 11122368
    Abstract: A headphone/mp3 player assembly for listening to audio from a plurality of audio sources includes a pair of headphones that can be worn on a listeners' head. A control circuit is coupled to the headphones and a media player is integrated into the headphones. The media player is electrically coupled to the control circuit. A radio tuner is coupled to the headphones for receiving FM and AM radio signals and the radio tuner is electrically coupled to the control circuit. A transceiver is coupled to the headphones and the transceiver is electrically coupled to the control circuit. The transceiver is configured can be placed in electrical communication with an electronic audio source for receiving an audio signal therefrom. A pair of speakers is each of the speakers is coupled to a respective one of the headphones and each of the speakers is electrically coupled to the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Mary Little
  • Patent number: 11114984
    Abstract: An audio device for reducing pop noise is adapted to compensate for a direct current (DC) offset of an audio source signal and output the audio source signal to an audio playing device. The audio device includes a linear operation circuit, an adder, a digital-to-analog circuit, and an amplification circuit. The digital-to-analog circuit is coupled between the adder and the amplification circuit. The linear operation circuit generates a DC offset value based on a linear equation, a temperature parameter, a slope parameter, and a constant. The adder is configured to process an input signal and the DC offset value to generate a calibration signal. The digital-to-analog circuit is configured to convert a calibration signal in a digital form to a calibration signal in an analog form. The amplification circuit is configured to process the calibration signal in the analog form to output the audio source signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Shih-Hsin Lin, Che-Hung Lin, Yi-Chang Tu
  • Patent number: 11109159
    Abstract: A speaker box includes an upper shell and a lower shell that define a receiving space, and a speaker unit received in the receiving space and dividing the receiving space into front and rear cavities. The speaker unit includes a diaphragm spaced apart from the upper shell to form a front acoustic cavity. The upper shell is formed with a sound transmitting channel communicating the front acoustic cavity with the outside. The upper shell includes a top wall, and a support wall extending from the top wall towards the lower shell. The speaker box further includes a partition wall extending from the top wall towards the lower shell, and a cover plate extending from the partition wall towards the support wall. The partition wall, the cover plate and the support wall define at least two resonant cavities spaced apart from each other and in communication with the front cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaihua Shen, Jun Wu
  • Patent number: 11102599
    Abstract: Example embodiments may include one or more of receiving an electrical sound emission signal from a sound controller, interrupting reception of the electrical sound emission signal, by a sound emission interruption circuit connected to a sound emitter, and receiving an electrical ambient sound signal via a sound detection circuit, based on ambient sound sensed by the sound emitter when the reception of the electrical sound emission signal is interrupted by the sound emission interruption circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Biamp Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Calisi, Faruk Bursal, Robert Fleming
  • Patent number: 11074906
    Abstract: A voice aware audio system and a method for a user wearing a headset to be aware of an outer sound environment while listening to music or any other audio source. An adjustable sound awareness zone gives the user the flexibility to avoid hearing far distant voices. The outer sound can be analyzed in a frequency domain to select an oscillating frequency candidate and in a time domain to determine if the oscillating frequency candidate is the signal of interest. If the signal directed to the outer sound is determined to be a signal of interest the outer sound is mixed with audio from the audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HED Technologies Sarl
    Inventors: Timothy Degraye, Liliane Huguet