Ear Or Testing By Auditory Stimulus Patents (Class 600/559)
  • Patent number: 10212527
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system comprising a pipe that includes a first end and a second end. The pipe includes a plurality of sections coupled together. The system includes a loudspeaker that is a mouth simulator loudspeaker. The system includes an adapter that connects the loudspeaker to the first end. The system includes a receptacle positioned in the pipe a first distance from the first end and a second distance from the second end. The receptacle secures a plurality of microphones a third distance inside an inside surface of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory C. Burnett
  • Patent number: 10201309
    Abstract: A system, method, and wireless earpieces for determining the status of the user. Sensor measurements of the user are performed utilizing a radar sensor of the wireless earpieces. The sensor measurements are analyzed. The status of the user is determined utilizing at least the sensor measurements of the radar sensor of the wireless earpieces. An alert is communicated to the user in response to there being a change in the status of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10187736
    Abstract: The treatment of tinnitus may include a tinnitus therapy including generating a tinnitus therapy sound that is similar to a patient's perceived tinnitus sound. In one example, a method for tinnitus therapy may include tracking a tinnitus therapy over a duration, the tinnitus therapy including a tinnitus therapy sound matching a patient's perceived tinnitus played over the duration and presenting each of a volume evolution of the tinnitus therapy sound and usage data of the tinnitus therapy over the duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Otoharmonics Coporation
    Inventors: Michael Baker, Brenda Edin, Daniel Drexler, Marisa Pedemonte Benvenuto, Dario Geisinger Yasky, Andres Bianco de Olea
  • Patent number: 10158956
    Abstract: A method (100) of fitting a hearing aid system comprising identification of an auditory neuro-synaptopathy of a person based on the sensitivity of the person to temporal masking, a hearing aid fitting system, a computerized device (200, 300), a server (302) hosting a web service and a computer-readable storage medium having computer-executable instructions, which when executed carry out said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventor: Jesper Theill
  • Patent number: 10135414
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a loudspeaker for storing equalization settings in an active loudspeaker including a loudspeaker cabinet, at least one driver connected to the cabinet and an amplifier electronics including an equalizer, in which method the loudspeaker is calibrated in controlled conditions for forming factory calibration parameters for controlling the equalizer, the factory calibration parameters controlling the equalizer are stored in the amplifier electronics. In accordance with the invention the factory calibration parameters are also stored in a memory fixedly mounted to the loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Genelec Oy
    Inventors: Aki Mäkivirta, Kari Pöyhönen, Ilpo Martikainen
  • Patent number: 10117605
    Abstract: Method, system and apparatus for patient communications in remote hearing diagnostics is disclosed. The invention may include electrical circuitry for conditioning audio input and output signals as well as a means of switching paths for the audio data between equipment sources and personnel involved in a remote hearing diagnostics session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Dave Davis, Brian Lisiewski
  • Patent number: 10085677
    Abstract: A hearing screening system for testing hearing abilities of a patient includes an otoacoustic emission (OAE) module operable to perform OAE tests, a tympanometry (tymp) module operable to perform tymp tests, and at least one probe in communication with at least one of the OAE and tymp modules. The probe includes a probe tip that is configured to be positioned within an ear canal of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ETYMOTIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Steve Iseberg, Steve Viranyi, Gregory R. Shaw, Viorel Drambarean, John Stuhr French, Ron Scicluna, Mead C. Killion
  • Patent number: 10085678
    Abstract: Examples of systems and methods for rapidly grading the hearing of a user in accordance with WHO guidelines are disclosed. One example includes a personal computer and a test device configured to produce calibrated acoustic output at suprathreshold levels presented at an audiometric frequency range from 500 to 4000 Hz. The consumer's minimal response levels are registered, and a hearing ability score is presented to indicate a hearing grade and hearing aid candidacy. The hearing ability score may be representative of a classification of the WHO grading of hearing impairment. Systems and methods disclosed herein, with considerations for room noise present in the consumer's environment, allow for rapid hearing profiling, using a standard personal computer and minimal low-cost hardware, thus particularly suited for self-testing outside clinical environments such as at home, office, or retail store settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 10070800
    Abstract: A method for use in performing impedance measurements on a subject. The method includes, in a processing system, determining at least one first impedance value, measured at a site using a first electrode configuration, determining at least one second impedance value, measured at the site using a second electrode configuration, and determining the presence, absence or degree of an anomaly using the first and second impedance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: IMPEDIMED LIMITED
    Inventors: Bruce Herbert Cornish, Brian John Thomas, Jye Geoffrey Smith
  • Patent number: 10045132
    Abstract: A method (100) of fitting a hearing aid system comprising identification of an auditory neurodegeneration of a person based on the ability of the person to perceive small differences in intensity level, a computerized device (200, 300) and a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions thereon, which when executed by a computer perform said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Morten Love Jepsen, Jesper Theill
  • Patent number: 9999396
    Abstract: An exercise physiological sensing system, a motion artifact suppression processing method and a motion artifact suppression processing device for obtaining a stable exercise heart rate signal of a user during exercise are provided. The exercise physiological sensing system includes a bone conduction body, a signal-to-noise ratio analysis module, and a computation module. The bone conduction body has a physiological sensor. The physiological sensor detects a physiological signal from a detected area of the user. The signal-to-noise ratio analysis module is coupled to the physiological sensor and detects a quality stability of the physiological signal. The computation module is coupled to the signal-to-noise ratio analysis module and generates the stable exercise heart rate signal according to the physiological signal. Accordingly, the exercise physiological sensing system can effectively improve the stability of the detected physiological signal during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Hsing-Chen Lin, Shuenn-Yuh Lee, Tzung-Min Tsai
  • Patent number: 9986947
    Abstract: Evaluating an implanted hearing prosthesis, including operating the implanted hearing prosthesis, capturing sound generated by a transducer of the prosthesis during said operation, and comparing the captured sound to a sound model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Kyun Thibaut, Jurgen Van Vlem, Christiane D'hondt, Florent Hubert-Brierre, Kristof Buytaert, Hans Bernhard, Grégoire Meylan, Martin Junghans, Susanne Gentner
  • Patent number: 9992590
    Abstract: The treatment of tinnitus may include a tinnitus therapy including generating a tinnitus therapy sound that is similar to a patient's perceived tinnitus sound. In one example, a method for tinnitus therapy may include tracking a tinnitus therapy over a duration, the tinnitus therapy including a tinnitus therapy sound matching a patient's perceived tinnitus played over the duration and presenting each of a volume evolution of the tinnitus therapy sound and usage data of the tinnitus therapy over the duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Otoharmonics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Baker, Brenda Edin, Daniel Drexler, Marisa Pedemonte Benvenuto, Dario Geisinger Yasky, Andres Bianco de Olea
  • Patent number: 9987490
    Abstract: A method of determining insertion status of a cochlear implant electrode array into a cochlea of a patient is provided. The method includes measuring conductivity associated with an electrode in the electrode array. Insertion status of the electrode is determined based, at least in part, on the measured conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Kabot, Mathias Kals
  • Patent number: 9980636
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems of evaluating test-retest precision using fractional rank precision or mean-average precision, comprising: a) collecting a test and a retest result of each subject, wherein the results are described in feature space(s) and collected from a vision test machine; b) selecting, a first test result of a first subject; c) calculating distances from the first test result to the retest result of each subject; d) assessing, a similarity between the first test result and the retest result of each subject by ranking the distances in a non-descending order; e) assessing a rank precision for the first subject based on a rank of a distance from the first test result to the retest result of the first subject; f) repeating b), c), d), and e) for each subject; and evaluating, the test-retest precision based on the rank precision for each of the plurality of subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ADAPTIVE SENSORY TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Dorr, Luis A. Lesmes
  • Patent number: 9895110
    Abstract: An exercise physiological sensing system, a motion artifact suppression processing method and a motion artifact suppression processing device for obtaining a stable exercise heart rate signal of a user during exercise are provided. The exercise physiological sensing system includes a bone conduction object, a signal-to-noise ratio analysis module, and a computation module. The bone conduction object has a physiological sensor. The physiological sensor detects a physiological signal of otic bones of the user. The signal-to-noise ratio analysis module is coupled to the physiological sensor and detects a stability of the physiological signal of the otic bones. The computation module is coupled to the signal-to-noise ratio analysis module and generates the stable exercise heart rate signal according to the physiological signal of the otic bones. Accordingly, the exercise physiological sensing system can effectively improve the detected stability of an exercise physiological signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Hsing-Chen Lin, Shuenn-Yuh Lee, Tzung-Min Tsai
  • Patent number: 9895088
    Abstract: A hearing protection device is disclosed which incorporates integrated audiometric testing, thereby allowing for testing without removal of safety hearing protection. The hearing protection is typically intended to be worn for the duration of a work shift, and allows for self-testing during the shift. Embodiments of the device may utilize a series of partial test sessions, so that each test session is kept brief so as to not interfere unduly with the work schedule. This may encourage frequent testing, hopefully aiding in early detection of potential hearing loss. Additionally, methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell Hearing Technologies AS
    Inventors: Viggo Henriksen, Trym Holter, Olav Kvaloy, Asle Melvaer, Georg Esa Ottesen, Odd Kristen Ostern Pettersen, Jarle Svean, Svein Sorsdal
  • Patent number: 9881062
    Abstract: A system for developing and implementing empirically derived algorithms to generate decision rules to predict invalidity of subject reported data and fraud with research protocols in surveys allows for the identification of complex patterns of variables that detect or predict subject invalidity of subject reported data and fraud with the research protocol in the survey. The present invention may also be used to monitor invalidity of subject reported data within a research protocol to determine preferred actions to be performed. Optionally, the invention may provide a spectrum of invalidity, from minor invalidity needing only corrective feedback, to significant invalidity requiring subject removal from the survey. The algorithms and decision rules can also be domain-specific, such as detecting invalidity or fraud among subjects in a workplace satisfaction survey, or demographically specific, such as taking into account gender or age.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eResearch Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Saul Shiffman, Douglas R. Engfer, Jean A. Paty
  • Patent number: 9808715
    Abstract: An interactive gaming system for a user suffering tinnitus. The system comprises a game machine configured to provide a game scenario in which the user's performance in the game scenario is based on the user's response to audio cue arrangements comprising a combination of sounds, and where at least one of the sounds has one or more sound characteristics, that are configured based on one or more sound characteristics of the user's perceived tinnitus. The system further comprises an audio delivery device or devices that are driven by the game machine to present the audio cue arrangements to the user in accordance with the game scenario and a user interface in signal communication with the game machine and which is operable by a user to interact with the game scenario by responding to the audio cue arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Auckland Uniservices Ltd.
    Inventors: Grant Donald Searchfield, Kei Kobayashi, Kimberly Jane Wise
  • Patent number: 9795325
    Abstract: A new hearing profile assessment plays each of a plurality of frequency tones multiple times at a plurality of loudness levels. For each frequency, the patient indicates which tones that they can hear, establishing minimum-amplitude thresholds for each frequency. The assessment adapts loudness levels until the patient indicates consistent minimum-amplitude thresholds for each frequency. Also, a new system for training the hearing of a subject is disclosed. The system instructs the subject to vocalize various sound items and remember the sounds that they vocalize. The system plays either recorded samples of the subject's own voice, or comparison samples of a synthesized voice or other's vocalizations of the same sound items. The system prompts the subject to compare the played samples with the sounds they remembered vocalizing. The system uses the feedback to adjust sound processing parameters for a hearing aid, cochlear implant, sound output devices, or a training program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: POSIT SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Merzenich, Wesley Marshall Jackson
  • Patent number: 9794672
    Abstract: Technology presented herein increases a user's enjoyment of sound by personalizing an audio signal so that the user perceives the audio signal as if the user had ideal hearing and/or desired hearing. In one embodiment, headphones on a user's head include a sensor and a speaker. While the speaker plays an audio signal to the user, the sensor records the user's response to the audio signal. The sensor can be a microphone, a brainwave sensor, an EEG sensor, etc. The user's response can be the audio response inside the user's ear, the brainwave response associated with the user, electrical skin response associated with the user, etc. Based on the measured response, and based on the knowledge of how other people perceive sound, the audio signal is modified to compensate for the difference between the user's hearing and the ideal hearing and/or desired hearing, therefore increasing the user's enjoyment of sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NURA HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Luke John Campbell, Kyle Damon Slater
  • Patent number: 9750437
    Abstract: Arrangements are described for determining a physiological characteristic of the auditory pathway (as whole or selected parts such as an inner ear). Electrical stimulation pulses are delivered to inner ear neural tissue and corresponding tissue response signals are developed by measuring over time response of the auditory pathway to each electrical stimulation pulse, with each tissue response signal forming a response curve including at least one physiological landmark such as a local maximum and a local minimum. A multi-dimensional polynomial is fit over the tissue response signals, and calculation starting points are defined based on prominent physiologic landmarks such as a local maximum and a local minimum for one selected tissue response signal. A line of minimum principal curvature of the multi-dimensional polynomial over the plurality of tissue response signals that intersect the calculation starting points is calculated to determine a physiological characteristic of the auditory pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Konrad Schwarz, Philipp Spitzer, Stefan Strahl
  • Patent number: 9717909
    Abstract: An exemplary system includes 1) an electro-acoustic stimulation (“EAS”) sound processor located external to a patient, 2) a cochlear implant communicatively coupled to the EAS sound processor and implanted within the patient, 3) an electrode array communicatively coupled to the cochlear implant and located within a cochlea of the patient, and 4) a receiver communicatively coupled to the EAS sound processor and configured to be in communication with an ear of the patient. The EAS sound processor operates in accordance with an acoustic-only mode during a post-implant time period and detects audio content presented to the patient, directs the receiver to apply acoustic stimulation, and prevents the cochlear implant from applying electrical stimulation representative of audio content presented to the patient during the post-implant time period. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Carol Murad, Mark B. Downing
  • Patent number: 9712907
    Abstract: Methods of generating tactile user feedback utilizing headphone devices may involve sending a feedback signal from a computing device to a headphone device operatively connected to the computing device. A tactile vibration may be generated utilizing a tactile bass vibrator of the headphone device in response to the feedback signal. Systems for generating tactile user feedback utilizing headphone devices may include a headphone device operatively connected to a computing device, the headphone device comprising a tactile bass vibrator configured to generate a tactile vibration in response to a feedback signal received from the computing device. The computing device may be programmed to send a feedback signal to the headphone device in response to a predetermined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Noertker, John Timothy, Matthew Windt
  • Patent number: 9687650
    Abstract: An exemplary system 1) presents, during a first time period, a tone in isolation to a patient by way of a receiver in communication with an ear of the patient, the tone having a predetermined frequency included in a frequency band, 2) presents, during a second time period, the tone together with a masking signal to the patient by way of the receiver, 3) uses an electrode located within an intracochlear region of the patient that is associated with the frequency band to record, during the first time period, a first evoked response that occurs in response to the presentation of the tone, and record, during the second time period, a second evoked response that occurs in response to the presentation of the tone together with the masking signal, and 4) determines, based on the first and second evoked responses, whether the intracochlear region is dead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Leonid M. Litvak, Smita S. Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9680922
    Abstract: A method for execution by a network element of a communications network. The method comprises receiving from a first network entity a first communication that includes at least (i) a network-initiated message generated by a server-side portion of an application that also has a corresponding client-side portion and (ii) a first application identifier associated with the application. The method further comprises consulting a database based at least on the first application identifier in an attempt to identify a second application identifier associated with the application; and releasing to a second network entity a second communication that includes at least (i) the network-initiated message and (ii) either the second application identifier, if the attempt was successful, or the first application identifier, if the attempt was unsuccessful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BCE INC.
    Inventor: Glen Bryan
  • Patent number: 9675777
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for use in treating tinnitus, employs a sound processing unit, a tactile unit, and an interface therebetween. The tactile unit comprises an array of stimulators each of which can be independently actuated to apply a tactile stimulus to a subject, and an input for receiving a plurality of actuation signals from the interface and directing individual actuation signals to individual stimulators. The sound processing unit receives an audio signal at an input, analyses the signal with a digital signal processor to generate the actuation signals which are representative of the audio signal, and provides the plurality of actuation signals to the interface. In a preferred embodiment the digital signal processor divides the audio signal into a series of frames in the time domain, performs a transform on each frame to generate a set of coefficients representing said frame, and maps the set of coefficients to a set of actuation signals to be applied to the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH
    Inventors: Paul O'Grady, Ross O'Neill, Barak A. Pearlmutter
  • Patent number: 9662035
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for profiling evoked potentials in brain electrical activity which apply steady state response concepts to analysis of longer latency responses reflective of activity of brain regions beyond the brainstem, up to an including the cortex. The use of repeated stimuli within a single analysis window produces a quasi steady-state response and permits a high-resolution spectral analysis. Response amplitudes were measured at repetition rates from 80 to below 1 Hz, using trains of repeated tone-burst stimuli. An amplitude measure introduced and defined as the harmonic sum was incorporated into the spectral power of the response carried by both the fundamental frequency, and the harmonics thereof. Additionally, time ensemble averaging can be employed to improve signal to noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Intelligent Hearing Systems, University of Pittsburgh—of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: John David Durrant, Abreena Iris Tlumak, Rafael E. Delgado, John Robert Boston
  • Patent number: 9597231
    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: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TIPA Tinnitus Corporation PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Peter Anthony Winkler
  • Patent number: 9564059
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and techniques for stimulating a user. For example, materials and methods for manipulating nystagmus and the related vestibular system with coupling of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) and visual cueing are provided herein. Use of GVS within the present invention may be applied to simulation, alleviating motion sickness, and directional cueing of a user to a precise target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: Vivonics, Inc., Mayo Foundation For Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Michael Cevette, Jan Stepanek, Anna Galea
  • Patent number: 9480418
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring or testing the hearing of a user using a portable unit include presenting a plurality of test frequencies for selection by a user and storing data about those frequencies, and the user's response to stimuli presented at those frequencies, and comparing the stored data to previously acquired hearing data. Using mathematical prediction algorithms, changes in baseline hearing values can be used to identify potential hearing issues, especially hearing issues associated with ototoxicity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America As Represented By The Department Of Veterans Affairs
    Inventors: Stephen Fausti, Roger Ellingson, Wendy Helt, Peter Jacobs, Grayson Silaski, Debra Wilmington, Samuel Gordon, Marilyn Dille, Garnett McMillan, Kelly Reavis, Dawn Martin
  • Patent number: 9473862
    Abstract: A method for providing a hearing aid, which is adapted to the individual needs of a hearing aid user, wherein hearing loss data is measured on an individual. In order to allow time and cost savings during the fitting procedure of said hearing aid and to provide a ready-to-wear hearing aid the method comprises the steps of—assessing the admissibility of the measured hearing loss by determining if said measured hearing loss data is located within a predetermined admissibility range; attributing said measured hearing loss data to one of a set of standardized profiles, wherein each standardized profile corresponds to a certain type of hearing loss generally located within said admissibility range and is associated with a set of standardized programming parameters of a hearing aid; providing a hearing aid (104, 114) which is programmed according to the set of standardized programming parameters that is associated with said attributed standardized profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Sonetik AG
    Inventor: Christian Stromsted
  • Patent number: 9445713
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for mobile imaging and image analysis. In particular, described herein are methods and apparatuses for assisting in the acquisition and analysis of images of the tympanic membrane to provide information that may be helpful in the understanding and management of disease, such ear infection (acute otitis media). These apparatuses may guide or direct a subject in taking an image of a tympanic membrane, including automatically detecting which direction to adjust the position of the apparatus to capture an image of the tympanic membrane and automatically indicating when the tympanic membrane has been imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: CellScope, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Scott Douglas, Daniel Irving Golden, Christopher Todd Fox, Thomas Burnell Reeve, Janakiramanan Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 9432760
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a conformable eartip. The conformable eartip includes a round flange and a core. The round flange includes a sealing surface for mating with walls of an ear canal. The round flange extends from an insertion end to an opposite end of the conformable eartip. The sealing surface is tapered from the opposite end toward the insertion end of the conformable eartip. The core is joined to the round flange at the insertion end of the conformable eartip. The core extends from the insertion end to a base of the core toward the opposite end of the conformable eartip. The core includes a channel extending through the core from the insertion end of the conformable eartip to the base of the core. In various embodiments, the conformable eartip provides an elongation ratio of at least 1.4 and/or a compression ratio of at least 2.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ETYMOTIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Steve Iseberg, Steve Viranyi
  • Patent number: 9426582
    Abstract: The application relates to a hearing aid comprising at least one electrode located at a surface of a housing of the hearing aid to allow said electrodes to contact the skin of a user during use of the hearing aid, at least one electrode being adapted to pick up a low voltage signal from the user's brain, the hearing aid further comprising an amplifier unit operationally connected to said electrode(s) and adapted for amplifying said low voltage signal(s) to provide amplified brain signal(s), and a signal processing unit adapted to process said amplified brain signal(s) to provide a processed brain signal as well as to apply a time and frequency dependent gain to an input audio signal and to provide a processed audio output signal. The application further relates to a method of operating a hearing aid and to its use and to a hearing aid system. The object of the present application is to provide a hearing aid capable of monitoring a user's hearing ability over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventor: Niels Henrik Pontoppidan
  • Patent number: 9426556
    Abstract: Enhanced safety headphones for listening to audio and music, wherein the wearer decides the degree of sound isolation desired, i.e. audio via bone conduction (no isolation from the surrounding environment), in-ear earpiece (medium isolation from ambient noise), or earpieces covering the outer ear (high isolation from ambient noise). By connecting the preselected adaptor, one will obtain automatic volume adjustment and sound equalization, necessary for an optimal listening result under all conditions. A single product will thus be able to cover three different operating requirements. When worn on bicycles, skis or scooters, an indicator light will warn other circulating vehicles of the user's presence (position light). An acceleration sensor will signal any braking (stop light).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: BLUEGAN S.R.L.
    Inventor: Angelo Boni
  • Patent number: 9420386
    Abstract: The aim 1s to make operation of hearing device apparatuses more convenient. A method is proposed for operating a hearing device apparatus by a user by presenting a first acoustic signal by the hearing device apparatus as originating from a first virtual position and by presenting a second acoustic signal by the hearing device apparatus as originating from a second virtual position. In this connection the first acoustic signal represents a first adjustment option of the hearing device apparatus and the second acoustic signal a second adjustment option. The body part of the user is moved toward the first or second virtual position and a position or movement of the body part of the user is detected. Finally the detected position or movement of the body part is automatically allocated to the first or second virtual position, whereby the adjustment option corresponding to the allocated virtual position is chosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Uwe Rass
  • Patent number: 9402140
    Abstract: A method is provided including: receiving a signal for regulating a valve of an ear-wearable device; and changing a state of the valve based on the signal, the changing including at least one of opening and closing the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yangwook Kim
  • Patent number: 9344823
    Abstract: Embodiments include a device comprising a pipe having at least one section that spans between a first end and a second end of the pipe. The pipe has a cylindrical cross-section. The device comprises a receptacle positioned in the pipe a first distance from the first end and a second distance from the second end. The receptacle receives an electronic device having microphones that are to be calibrated and secures the microphones a third distance inside an inside surface of the pipe. The device comprises an adapter connected to the first end. The adapter connects a loudspeaker to the pipe. The pipe controls an acoustic energy experienced by the plurality of microphones so that each microphone of the plurality of microphones receives equivalent acoustic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: AliphCom
    Inventor: Gregory C. Burnett
  • Patent number: 9338566
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed herein. A sample method includes determining one or more binaural correction factors at one or more frequencies. Each binaural correction factor is representative of an amount of binaural summation experienced by a recipient of a binaural stimulus at one of the one or more frequencies. The binaural stimulus is delivered about simultaneously to the recipient by a first stimulation device and a second stimulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Mark C. Flynn, Tracey Adams
  • Patent number: 9326706
    Abstract: Examples of systems and methods for profiling the hearing ability of a consumer are disclosed. One example includes a personal computer and a handheld device configured to produce calibrated acoustic output at suprathreshold levels above 20 db HL, and at step levels of 10-20 decibels, and presented test frequency bands across an audiometric frequency range from 400 to 8000Hz. The consumer's minimal audibility levels are registered, and a hearing profile score is presented to indicate hearing ability and hearing aid candidacy. In some embodiments, band-limited natural sounds are presented. Systems and methods disclosed herein, with considerations for noise present in the consumer's environment, allow for rapid calibrated hearing profiling, using a standard personal computer and minimal hardware, thus particularly suited for self-testing outside clinical environments such as at home or the office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 9311927
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and a corresponding method for audible transient noise detection in an audio signal. To avoid the detection of false positives or at least reduce the number of detected false positives a device is proposed comprising a detector configured to detect a set of transient noise candidates in time or frequency domain among a plurality of samples of said audio signal, and a selector configured to select audible transient noise candidates from said set of transient noise candidates by use of one or more selection criteria, wherein the selection criteria used for said selection are selected and/or whose parameters are at least partly set based on characteristics of said audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Zhichun Lei, Paul Springer, Frank Moesle, Ryota Isozaki, Thimo Emmerich
  • Patent number: 9313584
    Abstract: A hearing assistance suitability determining device, that determines suitability including whether a subject can clearly hear speech using dichotic hearing assistance, includes: a subject hearing ability information input unit; a hearing ability type determining unit that determines at least one hearing ability type that corresponds to the hearing ability information, based on hearing ability information frequency characteristics; a suitability determining unit that determines suitability for dichotic hearing assistance based on the at least one hearing ability type determined by the hearing ability type determining unit; and suitability presenting unit that presents the suitability determined by the suitability determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Takagi, Takashi Katayama, Hikaru Takato
  • Patent number: 9301714
    Abstract: The treatment of tinnitus may include a tinnitus therapy including generating a tinnitus therapy sound that is similar to a patient's perceived tinnitus sound. In one example, a method for tinnitus therapy may include tracking a tinnitus therapy over a duration, the tinnitus therapy including a tinnitus therapy sound matching a patient's perceived tinnitus played over the duration and presenting each of a volume evolution of the tinnitus therapy sound and usage data of the tinnitus therapy over the duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Otoharmonics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Baker, Brenda Edin, Daniel Drexler, Marisa Pedemonte Benvenuto, Dario Geisinger Yasky, Andres Bianco de Olea
  • Patent number: 9288598
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method comprising forming a pipe including a first end and a second end by forming couplings between a plurality of sections of pipe. A loudspeaker is connected to the first end. The loudspeaker is a mouth simulator loudspeaker. A plurality of microphones are positioned a third distance inside an inside surface of the pipe using a receptacle positioned in the pipe a first distance from the first end and a second distance from the second end. An acoustic output is generated at the loudspeaker. One or more calibration filters are generated using outputs of the plurality of microphones produced in response to the acoustic output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Aliph, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory C. Burnett
  • Patent number: 9265660
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: MICROTRANSPONDER, INC., THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Michael P. Kilgard, Navzer Engineer, David Michael Pierce
  • Patent number: 9253583
    Abstract: Fitting a sound processing device for an individual is automated using a computer. Fitting and customization is carried out using natural sounds without specialized audiometric equipment or audiological expertise. Software for this purpose is downloaded from an internet portal. The computer plays back acoustic signals, and obtains user input reflecting the user's perceptions of the acoustic signals, from which a hearing map is derived, representing the user's hearing. An algorithm updates the device fitting based on the hearing map. Also provided is pre-sale virtual device fitting, whereby a virtual signal processing path is established in the computer, reflecting a signal processing function of a sound processing device of interest to the user. An algorithm updates parameters of the virtual processing path, based on the hearing map. Audio signals passed through the virtual processing path are played back to the user, giving the user an acoustic indication of future device performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Blamey & Saunders Hearing Pty LTD.
    Inventors: Peter John Blamey, Henry Carter Smith, David Wright
  • Patent number: 9241226
    Abstract: An exemplary UCL estimation system including: an output section configured to present to a user a first sound, and a second sound after lapse of a first predetermined time from a point of presenting the first sound, the first sound having a sound pressure within a predetermined sound pressure range, and the second sound having a same sound pressure as that of the first sound; a measurement section configured to measure an electroencephalogram signal of the user; an extraction section configured to extract, from an electroencephalogram signal measured within a second predetermined time from a point of presenting the second sound, a characteristic amount of an event-related potential of the signal; and an estimation section configured to estimate, by referring to a predetermined relationship between characteristic amount values of event-related potential and uncomfortableness threshold values, an uncomfortableness threshold value corresponding to the extracted characteristic amount of the potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Morikawa, Shinobu Adachi, Yumiko Kato, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9232913
    Abstract: A method to reduce DPOAE fine structure in the measurement of DPOAE acoustic signals generated in the cochlea in response to two primary tones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Path Medical GMBH
    Inventor: Andre Lodwig
  • Patent number: 9204998
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: MICROTRANSPONDER, INC., THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Michael P. Kilgard, Navzer Engineer, David Michael Pierce