Audio (e.g., Heartbeat, "white Noise", Etc.) Patents (Class 600/28)
  • Publication number: 20140309484
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of modifying music files to induce a desired state of consciousness. First and second modulations are introduced into a music file such that, when the music file is played, both of the modulations occur simultaneously. Additional modulations can be introduced, as well as sound tones at window frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Wonchul Chang
  • Patent number: 8844908
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a base having a sound machine module and a humidifier module, a water reservoir in fluid communication with the humidifier module, a user interface supported by the base, and a controller in communication with the user interface, the humidifier module, and the sound machine module. The controller is configured to operate the humidifier module to provide humidified air using water contained in the water reservoir in response to a humidifier input to the user interface. The controller is also configured to operate the sound machine module to provide sound in response to a sound input to the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Sharon DuPuy
  • Publication number: 20140275741
    Abstract: System and method of all-night sleep management integrates the sleep cycle into the wake cycle with the result that the individual's sense of wholeness and overall well-being is promoted and improved day-in-day-out. In different embodiments, the system and method of all-night sleep management provides audio that a media player plays without potentially disruptive transitions to help people to manage tinittus or help babies or others to fall and stay asleep or to prevent failing to fall asleep or to prevent waking up of otherwise sensitive sleepers and provides an audio, video or other signal that an audio, video or other media player plays incorporating pacing, binaural beats, waveform manipulation, brainwave entrainment, light frequency, amplitude and color modulation or other techniques to draw people from the awake state, through one or more initial, staged intermediate sleep stages and back into the awake state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HEADWATERS, INC.
    Inventors: RUDY A. VANDENBELT, TROY G. ANDERSON, PHILIPPE J. GENEREUX
  • Publication number: 20140275742
    Abstract: A stimulation and soothing device for an infant is disclosed. The device includes a pouch large enough to accommodate the lower torso of an infant when the infant is placed in a reposed position therein. A backing piece includes first and second wings that wrap over the infant's shoulder and arms and secure to the pouch front panel. Each wing includes a pocket in which an insertable and programmable device may be housed. The insertable and programmable devices are provided for infant stimulation and soothing and may include a sound transducer and/or a portable digital media player. Additional pockets are provided for a temperature probe and for a phototherapy blanket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Unger Andrew
  • Publication number: 20140257131
    Abstract: Generally, a method performed by one or more processing devices includes generating a graphical user interface that when rendered on a display of the one or more processing devices renders a visual representation of an environment and a visual representation of an object in the environment; retrieving an auditory stimulus with one or more auditory attributes indicative of a location of a virtual target in the environment; receiving information specifying movement of the object in the environment; determining, based on the movement of the object, a proximity of the object to the virtual target; adjusting, based on the proximity, one or more values of the one or more auditory attributes of the auditory stimulus; and causing the one or more processing devices to play the auditory stimulus using the adjusted one or more values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS EYE & EAR INFIRMARY
    Inventors: Daniel B. Polley, Kenneth E. Hancock
  • Publication number: 20140257132
    Abstract: A method of treating tinnitus comprising measuring a patient's hearing, determining the patient's hearing loss and the patient's tinnitus frequency using the measurements of the patient's hearing, programming a clinical controller with the measurements of the patient's hearing, selecting a plurality of therapeutic tones, where the therapeutic tones are selected to be at least a half-octave above or below of the patient's tinnitus frequency, setting an appropriate volume for each of the plurality of tones, repetitively playing each of the plurality of therapeutic tones, and pairing a vagus nerve stimulation pulse train with each playing of a therapeutic tone, thereby reducing the patient's perception of tinnitus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicants: MicroTransponder, Inc., The Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Michael P. KILGARD, Navzer ENGINEER, David Michael PIERCE
  • Publication number: 20140249359
    Abstract: A sound machine having a pseudo random white noise generator provides white noise sound therapy of selectable tone/texture, bandwidth and/or peak frequency to those suffering from tinnitus or others seeking noise-masking or sleep or relaxation. The sound machine having a pseudo random white noise generator includes a user input interface having a tone/texture user input control, a band pass user input control and a peak select user input control. The tone/texture user input control selects the tone/texture of the white noise sound generated, the bandpass user input control the bandpass of the white noise sound generated and the peak select user input control provides the ability to select frequency peaks of the white noise sound generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: HEADWATERS, INC.
    Inventors: PHILIPPE J. GENEREUX, RUDY A. VANDENBELT
  • Publication number: 20140249358
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using particular types of music compositions having certain characteristics to treat depression and related disorders, autism, and other disorders are described. The music for use in music therapy efforts includes characteristics for modification of the psycho-physiological apparatus and response including the use of vocal invented language elements to simulate pre-verbal communication and elements to coincide with and work with natural chrono-biological and circadian rhythms. For example, activating elements are provided in some compositions that are to be played immediately prior to a peak of chrono-biological activity. As another example, other compositions include de-activating elements to improve relaxation immediately prior to a natural low of chrono-biological activity. Such activating and de-activating elements include musical elements such as changes of volume, frequency selection, and tempo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Vera M. Brandes
  • Publication number: 20140249360
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (102) for providing biofeedback to a person (104). The system (102) comprises a source (106) for generating a source signal (108) and a transducer (110) for generating a measurement signal (112) in response to a physiological parameter (114) indicative for mental relaxation of the person (104). The system (102) furthermore comprises a filter (116) for variably filtering the source signal via modifying a cut-off frequency in response to the measurement signal (112) and an interface (118) for providing a biofeedback signal (119) to the person on the basis of the source signal as variably filtered by the filter (116).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Mark Christoph Jaeger, Adrianus Johannes Maria Denissen, Murray Fulton GILLIES
  • Patent number: 8808160
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing therapy using spontaneous otoacoustic emission (SOAE) analysis is described. In one embodiments, a method for utilizing the voice-ear-brain connection to achieve self-healing includes capturing audio emissions of at least one ear of a patient, determining a frequency spectrum of the audio emissions, identifying a peak frequency in the frequency spectrum, and producing at least one audio signal in response the peak frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Dorinne S. Davis
  • Publication number: 20140228622
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the present invention pertain to an apparatus that helps a child to fall asleep. The apparatus includes a set of eyes and eye lids. The apparatus also includes a media input/output unit configured to output audio from the apparatus or a portable device. The eyelids are may be configured to close while the audio is outputted from the media input/output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: ASHTEL STUDIOS, INC.
    Inventor: Anish Patel
  • Patent number: 8801592
    Abstract: A sound enrichment system for provision of tinnitus relief, the sound enrichment system includes a noise generator, an environment classifier that is configured to determine a classification of an ambient sound environment of the sound enrichment system, a processing system for adjusting a noise signal based at least in part on the classification, wherein the noise signal is obtained using the noise generator, and an output transducer for conversion of the adjusted noise signal to an acoustic signal for presentation to a user. A method of providing a noise enriched sound signal for provision of relief of tinnitus includes obtaining a noise signal, adjusting the noise signal based at least in part on a sound environment classification, generating an acoustic noise signal from the adjusted noise signal, and presenting the acoustic noise signal to a tinnitus suffering person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: GN Resound A/S
    Inventors: Ole Dyrlund Jensen, Kim Heegaard Hansen, Luca Del Bo
  • Patent number: 8801591
    Abstract: The present invention includes a device and method for relaxing and promoting healing to an individual by synchronization of kinesthetic and aural whole tone sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent J. Lasorso, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140221730
    Abstract: The methods and systems described herein may involve determining at least one lifeotype of at least one individual, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and delivering content to at least one individual based on the analysis. The methods and systems described herein may involve providing a game, determining at least one lifeotype of at least one player of the game, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and affecting the game play based on the analysis. The methods and systems described herein may involve providing an interactive space, determining at least one lifeotype of at least one individual in the space, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and modifying at least one attribute of the space based on the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: John M. Stivoric, Eric Teller, David Andre, John A. Monocello, III
  • Publication number: 20140221776
    Abstract: The methods and systems described herein may involve determining at least one lifeotype of at least one individual, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and delivering content to at least one individual based on the analysis. The methods and systems described herein may involve providing a game, determining at least one lifeotype of at least one player of the game, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and affecting the game play based on the analysis. The methods and systems described herein may involve providing an interactive space, determining at least one lifeotype of at least one individual in the space, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and modifying at least one attribute of the space based on the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Stivoric, Eric Teller, David Andre, John A. Monocello, III
  • Publication number: 20140221775
    Abstract: The methods and systems described herein may involve determining at least one lifeotype of at least one individual, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and delivering content to at least one individual based on the analysis. The methods and systems described herein may involve providing a game, determining at least one lifeotype of at least one player of the game, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and affecting the game play based on the analysis. The methods and systems described herein may involve providing an interactive space, determining at least one lifeotype of at least one individual in the space, analyzing the at least one lifeotype, and modifying at least one attribute of the space based on the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: John M. Stivoric, Eric Teller, David Andre, John A. Monocello, III
  • Publication number: 20140213845
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and computer-readable storage media for monitoring and managing patient discomfort are provided. Inputs are received from ambient sensors located in a clinical care room. Based on a determination that the inputs exceed predetermined thresholds, it is determined that the patient is experiencing discomfort. Various measures are automatically initiated to help diminish the patient's discomfort. The measures include aromatherapy, visual relaxation therapy, audio therapy, and automatic administration of pain relief.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: STEPHANIE PALMER BECHTEL, MARK NOLTE
  • Publication number: 20140206929
    Abstract: A system for providing multi-sensory therapy including a computer having an audio output and a screen, wherein the computer is configured to provide audio stimulus and visual stimulus, a motion chair, and an actuator coupled to the motion chair, wherein the actuator is configured to cause movement of the motion chair, wherein the motion of the motion chair is configured to provide tactile stimulus, vestibular stimulus and proprioceptive stimulus to a patient seated in the motion chair, wherein the stimuli provided by the computer is provided concurrently with the stimuli provided by the motion chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: THE BLOCK SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Joan ANDERSON, Mary Ann BLOCK
  • Publication number: 20140194674
    Abstract: The Lotus massage systems and methods disclosed herein include various combined components that enhance the overall massage experience. These components integrate choreographed, mapped, synchronized, and freeform application of massage techniques with music, silence, ambient noise reduction, 360-degree site cancellation, aroma therapy, etc. The massage systems and methods disclosed herein may also involve choreographed, mapped, synchronized and/or freeform application of strokes and movements, by referencing one or more music body charts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Sean W. Davis
  • Patent number: 8775363
    Abstract: A system and method of processing one or more sensor logs includes receiving a sensor log and identifying a set of entries in the sensor log having a predefined sequence of sensor identifiers. The set of entries may define a velocity event. The method can also provide for calculating an in-home gait velocity for the velocity event. In one example, the method also provides for identifying another set of entries in the sensor log having a sensor identifier that corresponds to a dwell sensor mounted in a doorway, wherein the other set of entries define a dwell event. The method may also provide for calculating an in-home dwell time for the dwell event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Barry R. Greene, Adrian Burns
  • Publication number: 20140179986
    Abstract: A system and method that provides controlled bilateral stimulation to a patient in response to physiological feedback to initiate and/or accelerate the onset of sleep and to maintain the sleep state after the onset of sleep. The system induces bilateral stimulation through stimulation modules that are coupled to opposite lateral sides of the patient's body. The stimulation modules stimulate the patient's body bilaterally through a sequence of stimulations that alternate from one side of the patient's body to the other with a pause between each successive stimulation. The system controls the duration of the stimulations, the intensity of the stimulations and the period of time between successive stimulations in response to feedback from physiological sensors. The sensors are coupled to the patient and provide physiological information which initiates or terminates the bilateral stimulations, and/or modifies the characteristics of the stimulations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: InSomniSolv, LLC
    Inventor: PETER KELLEY
  • Publication number: 20140163311
    Abstract: Method and apparatus comprising a method of recording natural sounds with a matched microphone array, recording the signal on a high resolution recording device including creating an audio bed, and playing back the recording on a tuned playback system. The method and apparatus is used to create or duplicate an ambient sound space for ambient therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Louis Fisher Davis, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140135571
    Abstract: An environment adjustment method mainly includes changing a color tone and lowering ambient temperature. The color tone of an image displayed or projected on a display is changed to one having a calming effect. Then, the ambient temperature is lowered after changing the color tone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki ISHIWATA, Shoko KINO, Jun-ichiro ARAI
  • Publication number: 20140121453
    Abstract: A method, system and software product are provided such that a patient in an MRI suite can select and enjoy personalized lighting, music, images and video with a touch screen for a program that is displayed on a system interactive digital unit or device. A wide and advanced variety of pre-programmed themes can be provided with the system, as is the option of creating customized content by the healthcare provider. Image panels help to “transport” the patient “away” from the confining space in the magnet bore of the MRI scanner, moving the patient's focus from the scanner to his or her surroundings. A ceiling image panel displays images of the patient's choice. Patients can also “dock” their own electronic device to enjoy their own audio visual content. The lighting of the suite can be returned to normal lighting when required and then back to the patient's original selections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: PDC Facilities, Inc.
    Inventor: PDC Facilities, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140107401
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an improved-customizability digital sound relaxation system having a sound card receiving port and a collectable sound card are cooperative to play prerecorded natural or other sounds by depressing one of a plurality of sound selector switches and a sound card selector switch. The new sounds of each collectable sound card customize the library of available sounds to individual taste. In another embodiment, an improved-flexibility digital sound relaxation system having at least two (2) prerecorded sounds stored at first and second memory locations of internal or external/internal memory devices may be selected and combined for concurrent and/or individual replay by depressing one of a plurality of sound selector switches and a combine switch, or by depressing one of a plurality of sound selector switches, a sound card selector switch and a combine switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Troy G. Anderson, Kevin Bailey, Jeffrey D. Thompson, Rudy A. Vandenbelt
  • Patent number: 8690751
    Abstract: A sleep system is provided that aids in achieving a sleep goal by controlling the environment near a person. The sleep system executes instructions on a processor that interfaces with the person and various environmental controls. As the instructions are executed, the sleep system receives a sleep goal for the person that includes varying the nearby environment. The processor may further execute instructions to create settings that vary at least one environmental condition of the environment over time as it relates to one or more cycles of a sleep architecture for the person. Varying at least one environmental condition near the person experiencing one or more cycles of the sleep architecture influences the quality of the person's sleep. The sleep system may further adjust at least one environmental condition in the vicinity of the person tailored to the sleep architecture for the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Raphael Auphan
  • Publication number: 20140066692
    Abstract: An amniotic infant blanket provides a feeling of fluid warmth coupled with the audible sounds of a human heartbeat. Behind a head or face portion of the blanket, a pocket is provided into which a bladder may be removably inserted. The pocket may be sealed by a zipper and has an aperture through which a hydrophone wire may pass. Likewise, the hydrophone wire may pass through the wall of the bladder without creating a leak therethrough. The bladder is filled with lukewarm tap water and the hydrophone connected to a playback unit that transmits signals that are transformed by the hydrophone into heartbeat sounds with which the infant is familiar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Serge V. Monros
  • Publication number: 20140057232
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods to modify memory and/or cognitive function by delivering a sensory stimulus paired with learned material at opportune physiological periods during sleep. Described herein are systems, methods and devices to enhance a user's cognitive function in memorization and learning. A machine (e.g., a system or device) may be used to identify opportune periods of the sleep cycle and to deliver a stimulus during specific phases of the sleep cycle to facilitate or interrupt memory consolidation. The machine may record ambient sensory inputs during awake acquisition or reinforcement/relearning and replay all or an extracted form of the ambient sensory stimuli during a specified portion of the user's sleep. A stimulus may be delivered to a user to affect brain activity during sleep to modulate the phase of a user's sleep, quality of sleep, and/or quality or intensity of brain rhythms during a particular phase of sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Z. WETMORE, Todd O. ANDERSON, Robert J. BARRETTO, Alexander F.A. BUTTERWICK, Lia SIEBERT
  • Patent number: 8638950
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an improved-customizability digital sound relaxation system having a sound card receiving port and a collectable sound card are cooperative to play prerecorded natural or other sounds by depressing one of a plurality of sound selector switches and a sound card selector switch. The new sounds of each collectable sound card customize the library of available sounds to individual taste. In another embodiment, an improved-flexibility digital sound relaxation system having at least two (2) prerecorded sounds stored at first and second memory locations of internal or external/internal memory devices may be selected and combined for concurrent and/or individual replay by depressing one of a plurality of sound selector switches and a combine switch, or by depressing one of a plurality of sound selector switches, a sound card selector switch and a combine switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Headwaters Research and Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Gene Anderson, Kevin Bailey, Jeffrey D. Thompson, Rudy Anthony Vandenbelt
  • Patent number: 8636640
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of modifying music files to induce a desired state of consciousness. First and second modulations are introduced into a music file such that, when the music file is played, both of the modulations occur simultaneously. Additional modulations can be introduced, as well as sound tones at window frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Brain Symphony LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Wonchul Chang
  • Publication number: 20140018608
    Abstract: A method for improving a health disorder related to, e.g., insufficient activation of the parasympathetic nervous system; the method can include pairing a subject and a partner, and having a session in which a relevant physiological parameter of the partner is transmitted to the subject, with the subject moving her own parameter in the direction of the partner's.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Margaret Moore
  • Publication number: 20140018609
    Abstract: An article and related method to train a reflexive action, including helping a person fall to sleep. The article includes an electronic component configured to receive electrical signals, including electrical signals associated with the generation of sounds and/or motion, and a generator for emitting selectable sounds and/or causing motion when sufficient pressure is applied to the article. The article includes different types of pressure sensors. The method includes the steps of programming the processor to generate sounds of selectable type for selectable periods of time that encourage a person to carry out a desired behavior, such as keeping the person's head on a pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: James Howard, Jeff Julkowski
  • Publication number: 20140005468
    Abstract: A method of conditioning a living body of a patient to associate the positive effects of sensory stimulation of the sympathetic ganglia with digital audio representations of offending substances to modify errant interpretations of various systems involved in a reaction to ultimately cease or reduce negative reactions to such substances. In addition, a patient's sensitivities are treated by using digital representations, preferably provided via a computer, to represent the actual substances in order to engage the multimodal functioning of the brain. Sensory stimulation is used in conjunction with the digital audio signals to condition the body to react more appropriately to the substance. Motor activity is measured before treatment to show an action schema of “retreat”. Stimulation is administered to the sympathetic ganglia until the motor activity is restored to normal capacity, indicating the perception of the substance has been modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Dawn Nowlin
  • Publication number: 20130338429
    Abstract: A method includes adding, by a computing device, a brain wave pattern having a first frequency to a music track having a first decibel level at or above a threshold of hearing by mixing the brain wave pattern under the music track at a second decibel level less than the first decibel level, wherein the second decibel level is at or below the threshold of hearing, adding, by the computing device, a repetitive chant having a second frequency to the music track, by mixing the repetitive chant under the music track at a third decibel level less than the first decibel level, wherein the third decibel level is at or below the threshold of hearing, and recording, by the computing device, the music track with the brain wave pattern and the repetitive chant to a computer-readable medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: LifeMusic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. GREGORY, John Charles STIER, Paula M. COOLEY
  • Publication number: 20130338430
    Abstract: A console for supplying medical-technical devices in a treatment room has a support frame and several connectors or sockets for medical-technical supply or for withdrawal of gases and/or electrical supply currents, as well as for providing electronic communication paths for medical-technical end devices. The console can incorporate an audio playback system integrated in the support frame for filling the treatment room with predetermined soothing or therapeutic sounds. The support system may be adapted for being mounted to or suspended from a ceiling mount in a treatment room, and can have a support frame having an integrated and medically approved audio playback system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: ONDAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Kai Volkenand, Fritz Ickler, Stefan Perplies
  • Patent number: 8608638
    Abstract: Methods and systems for treating tinnitus are provided. Some embodiments include a method of providing a primary audio signal having a primary peak portion substantially centered at about a tinnitus frequency of a patient. The method may also include combining the primary audio signal with a general audio signal to generate a combined sound. The method may also include exposing the patient to the combined sound so that the patient hears the combined sound, to diminish a perception by the patient of tinnitus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: John F. McGuire
  • Publication number: 20130331640
    Abstract: An optical therapeutic apparatus includes an ear shield for covering a wearer's ear, which has a plurality of acupuncture points; a hanging member including a connection portion connected to the ear shield; and a plurality of light emitters disposed within an interior portion of the ear shield in array manner to face the plurality of acupuncture points respectively. The plurality of light emitters includes a plurality of acupoint-stimulation elements, each corresponding to a respective one of the acupuncture points, at least two sets of the acupoint-stimulation elements are capable of emitting stimulation light beams at different time intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Craig Nabat, Chung-Yang Mike Chen
  • Publication number: 20130324788
    Abstract: A system for therapy may include a mask (200) for a patient having a frame, cushion, forehead support and a light (100). The mask is connectable to a respiratory treatment apparatus, such as a flow generator, to receive breathable gas for a respiratory therapy. The light may also be connected to the power system and/or control system of the apparatus. A light may also be included in a module, such as a docking station, for a respiratory treatment apparatus. The lights may be controlled by one or more processors, and may be responsive to detected conditions, to assist with therapy. For example, the light may be turned on at a predetermined time or may be synchronized with the patient's sleep state, to assist in waking up the patient or re-setting the patient's circadian rhythm. Other components, such as sound and aroma generators of the system, may also be controlled for such therapies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: RESMED LIMITED
    Inventors: Liam Holley, Jeffrey Peter Armitstead, Steven Paul Farrugia, Dinesh Ramanan, Pallavi Gosain
  • Patent number: 8597171
    Abstract: A sound and light machine (SLM) produces sound and light that pulses at brain wave frequencies. The SLM is programmed to induce a particular state of consciousness in a user. The SLM includes a left and a right light emitting diode (LED) (3). The LEDs (3) are configured to be placed in front of the user's left and right eyes, respectively, and are programmed to pulse light at a frequency that helps induce the particular state of consciousness in the user. The SLM has a left and a right headphone speaker (4). The speakers (4) are configured to play different tones into right and left ears to produce binaural beats that match the LED pulse frequencies. The SLM also has a microcontroller (5) on circuit board that runs firmware to control the LEDs and headphone speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Cornfield Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell A. Altman, William Alessi
  • Publication number: 20130303837
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing sleep and post-sleep performance. In an embodiment, a system comprising a device and sleep mask are provided. The mask may comprise electroencephalographic (EEG) sensors and one or more stimulation elements configured to stimulate the senses of a wearer of the mask. The mask may be releasably and electrically coupled to a device which receives EEG signals from the mask, determines current and target sleep states based, at least in part, on the EEG signals, and uses this determination to tailor a sleep architecture of the wearer by controlling the stimulation elements. The mask may be a soft mask which utilizes conductive thread embroidered into one or more textile layers. In an embodiment, the stimulation elements may comprise one or more heating elements, electroluminescent panels, and speakers. In addition, the EEG sensors may comprise hybrid sensors comprising hydrogel in a conductive spacer fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Christine Berka, Djordje Popovic, Dan Levendowski, Gene Davis, Catherine McConnell, Matthew A. Yanagi
  • Publication number: 20130303838
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an open type car treatment module which, when worn, allows simultaneous laser therapy and music therapy for brain-nervous system tissue by arranging the light source for low level laser therapy (LLLT) and sound source for music therapy (MT) properly, and can release the heat generated by the light source to outside by allowing ventilation with outside through open type configuration of module itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Jin Chul Ahn, Chung Ku Rhee, Pill Sang Chung, Myung Whan Suh
  • Publication number: 20130303836
    Abstract: The present invention uses the power of music to provide both feedback and motivation to physical, recreational, occupational therapy patients to enable music expression, therapeutic engagement and compliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Kurt W. Coble
  • Patent number: 8579796
    Abstract: A method of treatment of the symptoms of tinnitus is disclosed in which a non-sinusoidal pulsating electric waveform having a pulse repetition rate (frequency) less than 100 Hz is applied to a headphone or an earphone or a like acoustic transducer worn by a tinnitus sufferer. Square, sawtooth and triangular waveforms are suitable. Preferably a sequence of square, triangular, square and square waveforms each of duration of 3 minutes, and separated by a silent pause of 10-15 seconds, is applied. Various devices for applying such waveform(s) to such transducers are disclosed including a clinical oscillator, an internet distribution system, a playback device, electronic or magnetic storage devices, and a cochlear implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Anthony Winkler
  • Publication number: 20130296637
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for paired training include timing controls so that training and neural stimulation can be provided simultaneously. Paired trainings may include therapies, rehabilitation and performance enhancement training. Stimulations of nerves such as the vagus nerve that affect subcortical regions such as the nucleus basalis, locus coeruleus or amygdala induce plasticity in the brain, enhancing the effects of a variety of therapies, such as those used to treat tinnitus, stroke, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Michael P. KILGARD, Larry CAULLER, Nazer ENGINEER, Christa McIntyre, Will ROSSELLINI
  • Publication number: 20130296636
    Abstract: An infant pacifying apparatus which includes: sound system includes a sound generator and associated power source; an auditory output device associated with the sound system; a receiving portion is configured to: be located on a hand or an arm of an adult cradling an infant; and house or be connected to a housing for containing: the auditory output device; or the sound system and auditory output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Magic Mitten Limited
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Hubble, Jason Paul Rogers
  • Patent number: 8560100
    Abstract: System, method, and application to integrate a web browser and/or search engine with multiple media players-recorders into an Internet web virtual application, which a user can use to control features such as, file browsing, media recording, file creation, editing, sequencing and storing and/or file sharing. A user can select, organize, record and manage information/data/content as multimedia files or media files (MMF), create user defined media libraries to store MMF, select or create brain wave patterns, organize and make a secure personal affirmations, harmonize and blend brain wave patterns with personal affirmations a single secure subliminal file and stored in a library, select one or more MMF from playlists to be synchronized with one or more secure subliminal affirmation tracks as separate and parallel synchronized media files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: George Sarkis, Gary DiGrazia, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130267759
    Abstract: One or more sensory, auditory and/or visual stimuli are presented to a subject at a specific frequency that is equal to, or a harmonic of, the intrinsic frequency of one or more of the subject's biological signals. The purpose is to indirectly (through the eyes, ears, or touch) provide frequency coupling among different organs (e.g., heart, brain, breathing, and gastrointestinal movement) through rhythmic entrainment. The specific harmonic chosen is the one closest to the interested EEG frequency. The interested frequency is chosen based on the cognitive element or symptom that is targeted. Additionally, games and programs (audio, video, computer) can incorporate Pavlovian cues to facilitate placing the brain in an acceptable state. In one embodiment, the ticking sound of a repetitive transcranial stimulation (rTMS) device is played to subconsciously remind the patient of the rTMS treatment and thereby produce a therapeutic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Newport Brain Research Laboratory Inc.
    Inventor: YI JIN
  • Publication number: 20130261378
    Abstract: A device for multisensory stimulation, comprising a support which is adapted to support a user in a correct position; a base structure which is adapted to support the support; a movement mechanism which is adapted to create a relative motion of the support with respect to the base structure; a stimulation apparatus which is connected to the base structure and is adapted to stimulate at least part of the senses of the user; and an electronic card which is adapted to control the movement mechanism and the stimulation apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Leila Benedicte Habiche
  • Publication number: 20130253258
    Abstract: A tinnitus method and device for providing relief to a person suffering from the disturbing effects of tinnitus is described. The method can be implemented entirely in software to spectrally modify an audio signal in accordance with a predetermined masking algorithm which modifies the intensity of the audio signal at selected frequencies. A predetermined masking algorithm is described which provides intermittent masking of the tinnitus wherein, at a comfortable listening level, during peaks of the audio signal the tinnitus is completely obscured, whereas during troughs the perception of the tinnitus occasionally emerges. In practice it has been found that such intermittent masking provides an immediate sense of relief, control and relaxation for the person, whilst enabling sufficient perception of the tinnitus for habituation and long term treatment to occur. Advantageously the predetermined masking algorithm is specifically tailored to the audiometric configuration of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Neuromonics Pty Limited
    Inventors: Paul Benjamin Davis, Lachlan Stewart James, Benjamin Adam McSweeney, Linda Elizabeth Laidlaw, Robert Henry Frater, Peter John Hanley
  • Publication number: 20130245364
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing anxiety of a patient during medical scanning in a medical scanner which may produce significant levels of acoustic noise. A processor or control unit (CU) receives a measure of variation (ESN) in a parameter of the scanner noise (SN) during the medical scanning, e.g. estimated scanner noise level based on the actual type of scanning. The processor then generates outputs (A1, V1) to audio and video playback units (AS, VS) that accordingly present an audio-video scenery (A, V) to the patient during the scanning, in accordance with the measure of variation (ESN) in the parameter of the scanner noise (SN). An image object, e.g. a moving image object, in the video imagery (V) is linked to the audio signal (A), so as to distract the patient's attention away from the scanner noise (SN). The audio-video scenery (A, V) may be switched according to an estimated scanner noise level, e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Murray Fulton Gillies, Raymond Van Ee, Gijs Antonius Franciscus Van Elswijk, Tim Johannes Willem Tijs