Ear Or Testing By Auditory Stimulus Patents (Class 600/559)
  • Patent number: 11122374
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing an audio signal are provided for server-mediated sound personalization on a plurality of consumer devices. A user hearing test is conducted on one of a plurality of audio output devices. Next, the hearing data of the user's hearing test is outputted to a server and stored on the server's database along with a unique user identifier. Next, a set of DSP parameters for a sound personalization algorithm are calculated from the user's hearing data. The DSP parameter set is then outputted to one of a plurality of audio output devices when the user logs in with their unique identifier on an application on the audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Clark, Michael Hirsch
  • Patent number: 11090485
    Abstract: An exemplary monitoring system 1) receives a user input command to begin monitoring evoked responses that occur in response to acoustic stimulation during an insertion procedure in which a lead that is communicatively coupled to a cochlear implant is inserted into a cochlea of a patient, the lead having an array of intracochlear electrodes and an extracochlear electrode, the extracochlear electrode physically and communicatively coupled to a probe that is also communicatively coupled to the monitoring system, 2) directs, in response to the user input command, the cochlear implant to short an intracochlear electrode with the extracochlear electrode, 3) presents the acoustic stimulation to the patient, and 4) records the evoked responses that occur in response to the acoustic stimulation by using the intracochlear electrode to detect signals representative of the evoked responses and receiving the detected signals by way of the extracochlear electrode and the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Kanthaiah Koka, Leonid M. Litvak
  • Patent number: 11069363
    Abstract: A primary device arranged to communicate with one or more secondary devices across a communications network. The primary device comprises at least one processor and memory comprising computer executable instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, are configured to: receive an audio signal comprising a voice command associated with a user; determine a secondary device associated with the user from the one or more secondary devices; and transmit a response to the voice command to the determined secondary device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kieran Reed, Hock Lim
  • Patent number: 11070924
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for hearing measurement based on a cochlear model comprising: a processor; and a memory connected to the processor, wherein the memory stores program instructions executable by the processor to output an interface in which n buttons corresponding to n frequency bands into which an audible frequency band is divided at 1/k octave resolution are arranged in a cochlear model, output acoustic signals corresponding to a predetermined hearing threshold in each of the n frequency bands, receive a user's input for whether each of the n frequency bands is inaudible at the predetermined hearing threshold, and output acoustic stimulation signals corresponding to the inaudible frequency band input by the user in predetermined sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: GOLDENEAR COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Daehee Lee, Sangyeop Kwak, Sungshin Jang
  • Patent number: 11024421
    Abstract: The automated determination of an individual function of a DPOAE level map with pdp,I=f(L1, L2) of human or animal hearing. The method may include reading into a main memory a model function with model parameters of a DPOAE level map, based upon a number of N DPOAE measurements of a stimulation frequency pair with respectively different level pairs in a population (p) of a population of normally hearing subjects, automatically presenting n different level pairs of a stimulation frequency pair via tone output means to an individual and detecting the corresponding DPOAE's of the individual via tone recording means, wherein at least the first level pair is predefined, iteratively adapting the model function to the measured n DPOAE's until an individual function is obtained with individual parameters of a DPOAE level map of the individual, outputting the individual function and/or its individual parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: EBERHARD-KARLS-UNIVERSITÄT TÜBINGEN
    Inventors: Ernst Dalhoff, Dennis Zelle
  • Patent number: 11012798
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a self fitting hearing device and a method for self fitting the hearing device. Specifically, the disclosed technology relates to transmitting calibration signals from a wireless communication device to a hearing device so that the wireless communication device can provide signals or audio streams calibrated for a self-fitting for a hearing device. The wireless communication device can receive feedback from a hearing device that received a calibration signal and use this feedback to adjust signals it transmits to a hearing device for self fitting. More specifically, the hearing device receiving the calibration signal can determine whether the calibration actually received by the hearing device has criteria that meets a threshold for properly fitting the hearing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Edward Chau, Mennatallah Mostafa Hasabelnaby, Leonard Cornelisse, Isaac Hamp
  • Patent number: 10945599
    Abstract: A system for vision testing and/or training of a user is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the system includes an eye movement tracking device, a visual display device having an output screen, and a data processing device operatively coupled to the eye movement tracking device and the visual display device. The data processing device being programmed to generate and display the at least one visual object on the output screen of the visual display device; displace the at least one visual object across the output screen of the visual display device; and determine, based upon the signal received from the eye movement tracking device, whether the user is able to accurately track the at least one visual object as the at least one visual object is displaced across the output screen of the visual display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Cameron Scott Hobson, Charles Shearer
  • Patent number: 10916155
    Abstract: The invention provides for the generation and output of a plurality of spatiotemporally organized, patterned sound streams that, while soothing, also address the critical need for infant brains to attend to salient acoustic cues in the environment—even during sleep—to facilitate the formation of neuronal connections which are essential for later efficient language processing. The algorithmic auditory sequences that comprise the sound streams are designed to engage the auditory cortex in a beneficial way that supports both development and maintenance of linguistic brain circuitry. Sound sequences constructed according to the invention also support continued fine-tuning of similar neuronal connections in adults. In other embodiments, light patterns can be structured to integrate with the sound patterns to further enhance the integrity of the brain's language processing neural circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: RAPT Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: April A. Benasich, Julia M. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 10888253
    Abstract: An audiometer is provided which has: a main body section; and multiple sets of a headphone section and a response operation section, wherein the main body section performs wireless communication with the headphone section and performs wireless communication with the response operation section independently of the wireless communication with the headphone section, thereby supplying a test sound output command to the headphone section to cause the headphone section to output the test sound and receiving information on operation by a subject from the response operation section, and performs the wireless communication with the headphone section and the response operation section of each set by a time-division multiplexing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: RION Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Hamanaka, Kaori Sato
  • Patent number: 10874332
    Abstract: A system for respiration monitoring includes a garment, which is configured to be fitted snugly around a body of a human subject, and which includes, on at least a portion of the garment that fits around a thorax of the subject, a pattern of light and dark pigments having a high contrast at a near infrared wavelength. A camera head is configured to be mounted in proximity to a bed in which the subject is to be placed, and includes an image sensor and an infrared illumination source, which is configured to illuminate the bed with radiation at the near infrared wavelength, and is configured to transmit a video stream of images of the subject in the bed captured by the image sensor to a processor, which analyzes movement of the pattern in the images in order to detect a respiratory motion of the thorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: UDISENSE INC.
    Inventors: Assaf Glazer, Hadas Kaminsky-Glazer, Shaked Dovrat, Amnon Kami, Tor Ivry, Amir Katz, Mark Prommel, Oscar Frias, Marco Perry, Natalie Louise Barnett, Yanai Victor Ankri, Yena Seo Lukac
  • Patent number: 10820118
    Abstract: A smart hearing method in which an external processor is used in order to reduce the cost of a hearing aid, according to an embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: determining an operation mode of a hearing aid; and when it is determined that the operation mode of the hearing aid corresponds to a test mode among a normal mode and the test mode, transmitting a received audio signal to a terminal other than the hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: OLIVE UNION, INC.
    Inventor: Myung Geun Song
  • Patent number: 10806381
    Abstract: Speech understanding in the presence of background noise can be assessed using novel hearing tests. One such test is a Masking Level Difference with Digits (MLDD) test, which is a clinical tool designed to measure auditory factors that influence the understanding of speech presented within a background of noise. The MLDD test can be used clinically to facilitate a determination of functional hearing. The MLDD test presents background noise using both monotic and diotic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Samantha J. Kleindienst, David A. Zapala, Greta C. Stamper
  • Patent number: 10757517
    Abstract: A method and software program is used by patients in situ for fitting and refitting of a DSP-based hearing assistance device. Hearing is tested by selection of one of twenty four playbacks of speech, for each ear. Cognitive training/testing exercises test and train the user to relearn to distinguish between various sounds and particularly speech using the hearing assistance device. The preferred cognitive training/testing includes noise detection exercises, spatial hearing exercises, volume recognition exercises and speech differentiation exercises. The regimens for using the hearing aid depend upon the measured cognitive loss, with different sets of DSP parameters for self-directed, non-assessed cognitive training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Soundperience GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Perscheid, Sandra Kappner
  • Patent number: 10736535
    Abstract: The application relates to a method for recording auditory steady-state responses responses of a person, the method comprising a) providing an acoustic stimulus signal to an ear of the person, b) recording the auditory steady-state responses of the person originating from said acoustic stimulus signal. The application further relates to a system. The object of the present application is to excite the auditory system with a signal capable of assessing the auditory systems ability to process speech. The problem is solved in that the acoustic stimulus signal comprises a speech-like stimulus provided as a combination of a series of frequency-specific stimuli, each having a specified (e.g. predetermined) frequency bandwidth, presentation rate, amplitude and amplitude-modulation. An advantage of the disclosure is that it allows a clinical assessment of the effect of a hearing device in a normal mode of operation, i.e. when processing speech stimuli. The invention may e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: INTERACOUSTICS A/S
    Inventors: Claus Elberling, James Michael Harte
  • Patent number: 10736546
    Abstract: A device and method for the continuous monitoring of otoacoustic emissions (OAE) levels on an individual worker uses as a pair of earpieces each featuring an external microphone, an internal microphone and a pair of miniature receivers. An adaptive filtering noise rejection processing of the measured distortion product OAE (DPOAE) is used to further improve the Signal-to-Noise ratio in frequencies where passive isolation remains insufficient. The adaptive filtering noise rejection technique relies on a Normalized Least-Mean-Square (NLMS) algorithm that uses the ipsilateral external microphone and the contralateral internal microphone to reject the noise from the measured DPOAE signals for each in-ear OAE probe. A DPOAE signal extraction algorithm provides for an increase in results reliability on a greater dynamic range in DPOAE magnitudes than known methods of DPOAE signal extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: EERS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Vincent Nadon, Jérémie Voix, Annelies Bockstael, Dick Botteldooren, Jean-Marc Lina
  • Patent number: 10687155
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing an audio signal are provided for server-mediated sound personalization on a plurality of consumer devices. A user hearing test is conducted on one of a plurality of audio output devices. Next, the hearing data of the user's hearing test is outputted to a server and stored on the server's database along with a unique user identifier. Next, a set of DSP parameters for a sound personalization algorithm are calculated from the user's hearing data. The DSP parameter set is then outputted to one of a plurality of audio output devices when the user logs in with their unique identifier on an application on the audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Clark, Michael Hirsch
  • Patent number: 10653341
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Daniel B. Polley, Kenneth E. Hancock
  • Patent number: 10646125
    Abstract: A biological information measurement apparatus includes a biological sensor and an insertion portion, and the biological sensor is disposed at a position opposite the concha when the insertion portion is inserted in the external ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Mizuho Hidaka, Norikazu Morioka, Asao Hirano
  • Patent number: 10639475
    Abstract: An exemplary behavioral audiogram generation system 1) determines a noise floor within the cochlea of a patient, 2) presents, by way of a loudspeaker, acoustic stimulation having a predetermined frequency and a predetermined amplitude to the patient, 3) detects an evoked response that occurs in response to the acoustic stimulation, 4) determines an amplitude of the evoked response that occurs in response to the acoustic stimulation, and 5) determines, based on the amplitude of the evoked response, on the predetermined amplitude of the acoustic stimulation, and on the noise floor, a behavioral audiogram value for the patient that corresponds to the predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Kanthaiah Koka, Leonid M. Litvak
  • Patent number: 10631113
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for mobile platform based detection and prevention (or mitigation) of hearing loss. An example system may include a hearing loss indicator data generation circuit configured to measure hearing loss indicator data associated with use of the device by a user. The hearing loss indicator data may include ambient sound characteristics, user speech volume level and user volume setting of the device. The system may also include an audio context generation circuit configured to estimate context data associated with use of the device. The context data may be based on classification of audio input to the device and on the location of the device. The system may further include an interface circuit configured to collect the hearing loss indicator data and the context data over a selected time period and provide the collected data to a hearing loss analysis system at periodic intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Vikas Mishra, Raghavendra S. Hebbalalu, Anand V. Bodas, Kalyan Muthukumar
  • Patent number: 10602966
    Abstract: A method for detecting characteristics of a Eustachian tube of a patient includes communicating pressurized air into an oro-nasal cavity of the patient. The method further includes directing an energy signal into the oro-nasal cavity. The method further includes detecting transmission of the energy signal from the oro-nasal cavity through the Eustachian tube with a sensor. The method further includes determining at least one characteristic of the Eustachian tube based on whether the energy signal is detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Makower
  • Patent number: 10588536
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for identifying non-penetrating brain injury in a subject, as well as methods for classifying a subject that received a hit to the body that transmitted an impulsive force to the brain as either having a non-penetrating brain injury or not, by analyzing one or more components of frequency-following response (FFR) following administration of an acoustic stimulus to the subject. In addition, the present disclosure provides methods for assessing a subject's recovery from a non-penetrating brain injury. Also disclosed herein are processes and systems for automatically generating acoustic stimuli and processing brain response data to identify non-penetrating brain injuries in subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Nina Kraus, Trent George Nicol, Jennifer Lynn Krizman, Travis Aaron White-Schwoch
  • Patent number: 10561347
    Abstract: In a method for examining the faculty of hearing for at least one ear of a mammal, in which growth curves are determined on the basis of the measurement of DPOAE's evoked by pairs of excitation signals (f1, f2) for different excitation frequencies f2, the ear is presented with first excitation signals with a first excitation frequency f1 and a first noise level L1 and secondary excitation signals with a second excitation frequency f2 and a second noise level L2. Pulse pairs with a first pulse of the first excitation signal and a second pulse of the second excitation signal are presented in the ear, and the DPOAE's evoked thereby are captured and evaluated. A set of at least two different pulse pairs with different second excitation frequencies f2 is presented in one block that is repeated several times during a measuring period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen
    Inventors: Ernst Dalhoff, Dennis Zelle
  • Patent number: 10441200
    Abstract: An audiologic test apparatus includes: a pump device configured to apply a first pressure to the ear canal; and a processing module for communicatively coupling to the pump device and to a signal generator, wherein the processing module is configured to obtain first acoustic parameter values indicative of an acoustic parameter at the first pressure based on a first broadband signal generated using the signal generator; wherein the pump device is configured to change the first pressure to a changed pressure, and wherein the pump device is also configured to apply a second pressure to the ear canal; and wherein the processing module is also configured to obtain second acoustic parameter values indicative of the acoustic parameter at the second pressure based on a second broadband signal generated using the signal generator, and determine a middle ear resonance frequency based on the first and second acoustic parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Natus Medical Incorporated
    Inventor: Ask Bojesen
  • Patent number: 10446127
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for integrating a removable fader component with an audio component while also enabling the fader component to be connected with one or more external audio components and/or to function as a standalone fader when removed from the apparatus. Embodiments include an audio component configured to produce a first audio signal; a removable fader component configured with a first connection point for connectivity to the audio component and a second connection point for connectivity to an external audio component that produces a second audio signal, wherein a hardware component, a software component, or a combination thereof for performing a mixing of the first audio signal and the second audio signal is contained within the removable fader component; and a receptacle integrated into the apparatus, wherein the receptacle is configured to hold the removable fader component to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Sidney G. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10433082
    Abstract: There is provided a method for fitting of a binaural hearing system comprising a first hearing device and a second hearing device to a patient suffering from an asymmetric hearing loss for first time use, wherein the difference in hearing loss between the two ears is at least 5 dB on average in a main frequency range between 500 Hz and 4 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Andi Vonlanthen, Volker Kuehnel
  • Patent number: 10397710
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include systems and methods of configuring, e.g., a hearing prosthesis comprising a beamforming microphone array having two or more microphones. Some embodiments include (i) storing a plurality of sets of beamformer coefficients in memory, where each set of beamformer coefficients corresponds to one of a plurality of zones on a recipient's head, and (ii) configuring the hearing prosthesis with a set of beamformer coefficients that corresponds to the zone on the recipient's head where the beamforming microphone array is located. Other embodiments include determining a set of beamformer coefficients based on magnitude and phase differences between microphones of the beamforming array, where the magnitude and phase differences are determined from a plurality of head related transfer function measurements for the microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Phyu Phyu Khing, Brett Swanson
  • Patent number: 10390126
    Abstract: An earphone for an audiometer is provided, which includes a right earphone portion, a left earphone portion, a right light-emitter corresponding to the right earphone portion, a left light-emitter corresponding to the left earphone portion, and a controller, wherein the controller selects any one of the right earphone portion and the left earphone portion as an earphone portion for presenting a test sound, and causes the light-emitter corresponding to the selected earphone portion to emit light in a mode in accordance with the test sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: RION Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Ishikawa, Ryoichi Hamanaka, Kaori Sato
  • Patent number: 10368785
    Abstract: A medical hearing testing method includes: inserting an in-ear test probe that is coupled to a hearing test adapter into an ear of a patient at a patient site; receiving device identification data at a web portal operating on a first electronic device over an electronic network between the first electronic device and the hearing test adapter, wherein the device identification data is uniquely identifies the hearing test adapter; receiving a control operation associated with a test session from the first user at the web portal; and responsive to receiving the control operation, transmitting an operational command from the web portal to the hearing test adapter over the electronic network, wherein the operational command controls an operation of the test probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: East Carolina University
    Inventors: Gregg D. Givens, Jianchu Yao
  • Patent number: 10368154
    Abstract: A system for providing audio output. The system includes a device, e.g. a mobile phone connectable to one or more earphones. The device includes a computing platform having a processor; an audio unit configured to generate one or more output signals of arbitrary amplitude to the earphone(s); and at least one microphone configured to record the ambient power level during signal output. The user indicates his/her hearing of the output signals whereby a proportionality constant is recorded for each frequency of the output signals. The processor is configured to: analyze the proportionality constant for each frequency of one or more feedback signals from the earphone(s) to yield calibration data; adjust the amplitude or frequency based on the calibration data; generate one or more audiograms resulting from a hearing test; and adjust the device power level according to the received one or more audiograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Listening Applications Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Blau, Tomer Shor, Yehonatan Roth, Sabrina Cohen
  • Patent number: 10349122
    Abstract: An audio video display device executes a voice assistant that recognizes a spoken name associated with a hearing-impaired person and in response reduces the audio volume for the content being decoded, on the assumption that someone is speaking to the hearing-impaired person, and/or pauses the content being decoded, and/or determines the location of the source of the command and steers a microphone array to that location, and/or allows for independent volume/mute controls via an assistive listening device such as a neck loop to control the volume or mute the audio played on hearing aids independently of the volume of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Robert Noel Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10328233
    Abstract: An apparatus for stimulating neurons that includes a stimulation unit for applying pulse-like tones, a measuring unit for picking up measurement signals that render neural activity by the stimulated neurons, a control unit. The control unit applies a first pulse train having varied pitch, takes the measurement signals picked up in response to the first pulse train to select a first pitch range or pitch in which there is phase synchronization between the pulse train and the neural activity, actuates the stimulation unit to apply two phase-shifted second pulse trains, the pitch of the pulse trains being varied in opposite directions and a pitch starting value of the second pulse trains based on the first pitch range or pitch that is used to select a second pitch range or pitch resulting in minimum amplitude of the neural activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Alexander Tass
  • Patent number: 10299705
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose an estimation device for the estimation of Sound Recognition Score. The device estimates a Sound Recognition Score (SRS), to determine the hearing ability of that subject. The device also ascertains the performance of an Augmented Listening Device (ALD). The device comprises a memory unit, in which one or more audio signals and ambient noise signals are stored. The estimation device selects audio signal from the memory unit based on one or more parameters. Further, the device modulates the audio signals with the ambient noise signals and transmits the modulated audio signal to the ALD. Also, the device receives response for the transmitted signals from the ALD and estimates the responses based on the aggregate of values of the read flag data and response flag data. The estimated signal is displayed using a display unit as Sound Recognition Score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
    Inventors: Vishnu Venugopal Ambika, Gopakumar Gopinathan Nair, Krishnakumar Rao Sanjeeva Rao, Biju Cheriyan Oommen
  • Patent number: 10277186
    Abstract: A calibration method and a computer readable recording medium are provided. The calibration method is applied to an electronic device of an electronic system. The electronic system includes the electronic device and a broadcasting device. The calibration method comprises: obtaining device information of the broadcasting device to determine a type of the broadcasting device; providing a user interaction interface, and obtaining an interactive operation via the user interaction interface; generating a calibration command corresponding to the broadcasting device according to the interactive operation; and calibrating a broadcasting setting of the broadcasting device according to the calibration command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Pei-Chun Tsai, Kuo-Feng Liao, Wei-Po Lin
  • 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: 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