By Partially Or Wholly Implanted Device Patents (Class 607/57)
  • Patent number: 10959837
    Abstract: There is disclosed a human body implant device including a first unit including a transmission unit, and a second unit configured to communicate with the first unit, wherein the second unit includes a second package including a reception unit configured to receive power or an electrical signal from the transmission unit, a first package configured to generate a stimulation signal in response to the electrical signal, a connector configured to electrically connect the first package and the second package, and a cover configured to package the first package, the second package, and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TODOC Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyou Sik Min
  • Patent number: 10960208
    Abstract: A headpiece for use with a cochlear implant includes a headpiece housing, a microphone within the headpiece housing, an induction coil within the headpiece housing that transmits audio signals to the cochlear implant, signal processing electronics, within the headpiece housing and operably connected to the microphone and to the induction coil, that generate stimulation parameters, and a rechargeable battery operably connected to the induction coil such that the induction coil provides energy to charge the rechargeable battery when the induction coil is inductively coupled to a transmitter coil through which current is passing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Scott A. Crawford, Douglas P. Lynch, Carla Mann Woods, Glen A. Griffith
  • Patent number: 10940250
    Abstract: A control circuit for controlling a supply of power to an external electronics module for controlling an implanted device of the user, the control circuit electrically coupled to a switching circuit for controlling an electrical connection between an external power source, a battery, and an external electronics module, the control circuit further electrically coupled to a sensor for sensing at least one from the group consisting of a voltage and a current received from the external power source, the control circuit being configured to control the switching circuit to electrically disconnect the external electronics module from the external power source and electrically connect the external electronics module to the battery in response to a sensed fluctuation of at least one from the group consisting of voltage and current and electrically connect the external electronics module to the external power source and electrically disconnect the external electronics module from the battery when the fluctuation is not
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: John Rudser
  • Patent number: 10940320
    Abstract: Presented herein are distributed implantable hearing systems that have at least a main implant module that is physically separated from a distally positioned inner radio-frequency (RF) coil. Embodiments presented herein may include a main implant module positioned within a recipient's mastoid and an implantable coil positioned within a recipient's middle ear cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventor: Charles Roger Aaron Leigh
  • Patent number: 10933239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing non-obtrusive, automatic adjustment of an auditory prosthesis are disclosed. A control expression can be detected during a conversation. Upon detection of the control expression, an audio setting adjustment can be selected and applied to the auditory prosthesis. Multiple adjustments can be made in response to identifying multiple control expressions during a conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Martin Evert Gustaf Hillbratt
  • Patent number: 10932068
    Abstract: An auditory prosthesis can be powered by an on-board battery that is placed into a receptacle in the auditory prosthesis. When longer battery life is desired, a recipient can selectively utilize a discrete power supply to power the auditory prosthesis. The discrete power supply provides power to the auditory prosthesis and, in certain embodiments, has a longer life than the on-board battery. The discrete power supply includes an adapter having a form factor that mates with the battery receptacle on the auditory prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Werner Meskens, Oliver John Ridler
  • Patent number: 10926081
    Abstract: An elongate stimulation assembly of an implantable stimulation device, including an intra-cochlear portion including an array of electrodes, and an extra-cochlear portion extending from the intra-cochlear portion, wherein the extra-cochlear portion includes a plurality of electrical lead wires in electrical communication with the array of electrodes and a malleable component extending in an elongate manner such that the malleable component is located further away from a longitudinal axis of the extra-cochlear portion than at least one of the electrical leads of the plurality of electrical leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Peter Raymond Sibary, Nicholas Charles Pawsey
  • Patent number: 10926082
    Abstract: An implantable electrode array comprising a flexible electrically non-conductive carrier, a flexible electrically non-conductive substrate provided with a plurality of electrical tracks. At least two of the plurality of electrical tracks run along different lengths of the flexible substrate. Each of the plurality of electrical tracks is physically and electrically connected to a respective electrode contact of a plurality of electrode contacts. The flexible substrate is immovably attached to and along a length of the flexible carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: OTICON MEDICAL A/S
    Inventor: Guillaume Tourrel
  • Patent number: 10932076
    Abstract: A local device of an auditory device system is configured to perform a process that switches between operating modes. As part of the process, the local device may determine a wireless quality parameter indicative of a current environment for wireless communication with the contra device. Additionally, based on the one or more local input audio signals and the wireless quality parameter, the local device may determine whether to change a local active operating mode of the local device from a bilateral mode to a binaural mode or from the binaural mode to the bilateral mode. The local device may generate a local output audio signal based on the one or more local input audio signals in accordance with the local active operating mode and may produce sound based on the local output audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivo Merks, John Ellison, Ke Zhou
  • Patent number: 10911879
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for converting one type of speech processor unit into another type of speech processor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Walsh, Carla Mann Woods, Richard C. Ross, Rankiri Tissa Karunasiri, Anthony K. Arnold, Lakshmi Narayan Mishra
  • Patent number: 10898712
    Abstract: A signal processing arrangement generates electrical stimulation signals to electrode contacts in an implanted cochlear implant array. An input sound signal is processed to generate band pass signals that each represent an associated band of audio frequencies. A characteristic envelope signal is extracted for each band pass signal based on its amplitude. Stimulation timing signals are generated for each band pass signal, including for one or more selected band pass signals using a timing function defined to: i. represent instantaneous frequency as determined by the band pass signal temporal fine structure features, and ii. exclude temporal fine structure features occurring within a time period shorter than a band-specific upper frequency limit. The electrode stimulation signals are produced for each electrode contact based on the envelope signals and the stimulation timing signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Frühauf, Peter Schleich
  • Patent number: 10874848
    Abstract: A cochlear implant includes an electrode array having a plurality of electrode contacts arranged along at least a portion of a length of an electrode array, and a processing arrangement configured to map at least one electrode contact to first and/or second mappings. The first mapping provides a first electrical stimulation from the electrode contact to a first ground electrode positioned external to a patient's cochlea to stimulate hearing at a first location in the cochlea positioned adjacent to the electrode contact when the implant is inserted into the cochlea. The second mapping provides a second electrical stimulation from the electrode contact to the second ground electrode to stimulate hearing at a location in the cochlea positioned further towards the apex of the cochlea as compared to a distal end of the electrode array when the implant is inserted into the cochlea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: David M. Landsberger, J. Thomas Roland
  • Patent number: 10828487
    Abstract: An exemplary cochlear implant assembly includes an implantable cochlear stimulator (ICS) configured to apply electrical stimulation to a recipient by way of an electrode array. The ICS is housed in a casing that comprises a first surface area configured to serve as a current path to ground for the electrical stimulation and a second surface area. The cochlear implant assembly further includes an encapsulant that includes a conductive portion configured to cover the first surface area of the casing and be in conductive contact with the first surface area such that the conductive portion serves as the ground electrode and a non-conductive portion configured to cover the second surface area of the casing such that the casing is entirely disposed within the conductive and non-conductive portions of the encapsulant. Corresponding methods for manufacturing cochlear implant assemblies are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventor: Austin Charles Davis
  • Patent number: 10799698
    Abstract: Embodiments may stimulate nerve activity using transcutaneous nerve stimulation, as well as monitor nerve activity through the skin. Various branches of the nervous system may be accessed at various points on the body. For example, system for monitoring and stimulating human body activity and conditions may comprise at least one transcutaneous nerve stimulation circuitry comprising a circuitry adapted to generate a nerve stimulation signal and at least one electrode or contact adapted to apply the nerve stimulation signal to a nerve of a human through a skin of the human, transcutaneous electrical nerve monitoring circuitry comprising a circuitry adapted to monitor at least one nerve signal received from at least one sensor adapted to obtain the at least one nerve signal from a human through the skin of the human, and control circuitry adapted to control signal generation and signal application of the transcutaneous nerve stimulation circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Newton Howard
  • Patent number: 10805745
    Abstract: A middle ear implant may include a first interface portion configured to interface with a first structure of a middle ear of a patient, a second interface portion configured to interface with a second structure of the middle ear of the patient, a shaft configured to connect the first interface portion and the second interface portion, and a sensor disposed at one end of the shaft, between the shaft and one of the first interface portion or the second interface portion. The sensor may be configured to provide a DC signal output indicative of static pressure on the sensor based on placement of the sensor between the first and second structures. The sensor may also be configured to provide an AC signal output indicative of a frequency response of the implant in response to the sensor being coupled to an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dawnielle Farrar-Gaines, George L. Coles, Jr., David A. Kitchin, Howard W. Francis, Ioan Lina
  • Patent number: 10792498
    Abstract: A cochlear implant configured to be implanted within a patient may comprise an integrated circuit including a driver configured to generate a back telemetry signal encoded with information to be transmitted over a wireless communication link to a sound processor located external to the patient. The cochlear implant may also comprise a filter network that includes a first plurality of impedance components including a damping resistor, and a first and a second impedance component such as a capacitor or an inductor. The cochlear implant may also comprise an isolation network including a second plurality of impedance components configured to isolate, from the filter network and the driver, a forward telemetry signal received by the cochlear implant from the sound processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Scott Kenneth Arfin, Glen A. Griffith
  • Patent number: 10792503
    Abstract: Presented herein are magnet arrangements for use with encapsulated implantable components. An implantable component comprises an implant body and a plurality of wire loops forming an internal coil that are encapsulated in a biocompatible overmolding. The implantable component also comprises a bone fixture positioned proximate to the plurality of wire loops and an implantable magnet attached to the bone fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Marcus Andersson, Daniel Smyth, Fysh Dadd, Kristien Johanna Maria Verhoeven, Claudiu G. Treaba, Jonathon Kirk, Charles Roger Aaron Leigh
  • Patent number: 10785581
    Abstract: A method of signal processing to generate hearing implant stimulation signals for a hearing implant system includes transforming an input sound signal into band pass signals each representing an associated frequency band of audio frequencies. The band pass signals are processed in a sequence of sampling time frames and iterative steps to produce a noise power estimate. This includes using a noise prediction model to determine if a currently observed signal sample includes a target signal, and if so, then updating a current noise power estimate without using the currently observed signal sample, and otherwise updating the current noise power estimate using the currently observed signal sample. The noise prediction model also is adapted based on the updated noise power estimate. The hearing implant stimulation signals are then developed from the band pass signals and the noise power estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Aschbacher, FLorian Frühauf
  • Patent number: 10772563
    Abstract: Arrangements are described for fitting a cochlear implant to a recipient patient. An acoustic stimulus is delivered to an ear of the patient over a range of acoustic frequencies. A baseline acoustic transfer function resulting from the acoustic stimulus is measured using a response sensor configured to sense pressure response characteristics in the middle ear. And a maximum comfortable level (MCL) of stimulation is determined for at least one stimulation contact in the electrode array, based on performing an electrically evoked measurement to an electric stimulation signal and using the response sensor to measure a modified acoustic transfer function. The modified acoustic transfer function is compared to the baseline acoustic transfer function to determine when a stapedius reflex response occurs and identify the MCL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Darshan Shah, Carolyn Garnham, Patrick Hübner
  • Patent number: 10722705
    Abstract: A nerve electrical stimulation device includes an electrical stimulator and a magnetic electrode assembly. The electrical stimulator includes a housing, a circuit board, two first electrical connecting elements and a first magnetic unit. One end of each first electrical connecting element is connected to the circuit board. The magnetic electrode assembly includes a main body, two electrodes, a second magnetic unit and two second electrical connecting elements. The electrodes are disposed on a surface of the main body, and connected to the circuit board. The second magnetic unit is located corresponding to the first magnetic unit. The second electrical connecting elements pass through the main body and connected to the electrodes and the other ends of the first electrical connecting elements, respectively. The magnetic electrode assembly is detachably positioned at one side of the electrical stimulator by a magnetic attraction of the first and second electrical connecting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GIMER MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chan-Yi Cheng, Chen-Tun Wu
  • Patent number: 10716934
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for the determination/selection of a set of electrodes for use in an electrically-stimulating auditory/hearing prosthesis. More specifically, an electrically-stimulating hearing prosthesis includes a plurality of electrodes implanted in a recipient. Based, at least in part on a recipient's subjective preferences, one or more of these electrodes may be deactivated. The remaining (i.e., non-deactivated) electrodes form a final electrode set that is subsequently used by the hearing prosthesis for subsequent hearing rehabilitation operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventor: Sean Lineaweaver
  • Patent number: 10715937
    Abstract: An ear-worn electronic device includes a housing comprising a first end and an opposing second end, a first side and an opposing second side, and the first and second sides extending between the first and second ends. The first side is configured to contact the wearer's head. A battery is disposed within the housing proximate the first end. An acoustic receiver or an acoustic receiver connector is disposed within the housing proximate the second end. Electronics including a near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) radio are disposed in the housing. A directional magnetic antenna is situated in or on the housing and coupled to the NFMI radio. The antenna comprises a core having a complex shape and a coil wound around a portion of the core. The core comprises a closed end oriented toward a source of magnetic noise and an open end oriented away from the source of magnetic noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Haubrich, Nikhil Nilakantan
  • Patent number: 10713936
    Abstract: A system that includes an implanted medical device such as an auditory prosthesis having a capacity to conduct communications on two channels to establish an association for communication with another electronic device. One of the channels is preferably a short range or near field channel, and the other channel is a broadcast channel. A method of asynchronous communication using both channels for establishing the association is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Rami Banna, Justin Gilmour, Werner Meskens, Brian Gordon
  • Patent number: 10661075
    Abstract: An electro-acoustic implant comprising an elongate electrode carrier having a plurality of stimulation electrodes that can be introduced into a cochlea and comprising a flat sound transducer that is excitable to vibrate at least regionally by applying a voltage, with the sound transducer being configured such that it is arrangeable in, on and/or in front of a round window or an oval window or a surgically created third window of an ear and/or in a round window niche of an ear, covering the corresponding window at least partially or completely, such that vibrations of the sound transducer effect sound vibrations through the corresponding window, with the elongate electrode carrier extending through a surface of the flat sound transducer that extends, when the sound transducer is arranged in front of the corresponding window, at least partially over the corresponding window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Vibrosonic GmbH
    Inventors: Jonathan Schächtele, Dominik Kaltenbacher
  • Patent number: 10661086
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed to individualized (recipient-specific) techniques for fitting an auditory/hearing prosthesis to a recipient. In the individualized fitting techniques, a fitting system obtains data/information that is specific to the recipient to which the auditory prosthesis is being fitted. The fitting system is configured to analyze the recipient-specific data and to generate an individualized fitting plan/program that is specifically tailored to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Alexander von Brasch, Stephen Fung
  • Patent number: 10646718
    Abstract: A cochlear implant including a cochlear lead, a housing, a magnet apparatus located within the flexible housing and including a first partial disk shaped magnet member and a second partial disk shaped magnet member spaced apart from the first partial disk shaped magnet member, an antenna within the housing, and a stimulation processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: James George Elcoate Smith, Sung Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10646709
    Abstract: Cochlear implant systems can include a cochlear electrode, a stimulator in electrical communication with the cochlear electrode, and a signal processor in communication with the stimulator. The signal processor can receive an input signal from an input source and output a stimulation signal to the stimulator based on the received input signal and a transfer function of the signal processor. The signal processor can be connected to the stimulator via a first detachable connector configured to detachably connect and provide communication between the signal processor and the stimulator. The signal processor can be connected to the input source via a second detachable connector configured to detachably connect and provide communication between the signal processor and the input source. A modular signal processor can be detached from the stimulator and the input source for repair or replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Envoy Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Mazanec, Benjamin R. Whittington, Timothy J. Earnest
  • Patent number: 10646712
    Abstract: A cochlear implant including a cochlear lead, an antenna, a stimulation processor, and an implant magnet apparatus, associated with the antenna, including a case defining a central axis, a first disk-shaped magnet member, located within the case and rotatable relative to the case about the central axis of the case, including a magnetic north portion (“N-portion”), a magnetic south portion (“S-portion”) and an amagnetic portion (“AM-portion”), and a second disk-shaped magnet member, located within the case and rotatable relative to the case about the central axis of the case, including a N-portion, a S-portion and an AM-portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: James George Elcoate Smith, Sung Jin Lee, Charles C. Finley
  • Patent number: 10625078
    Abstract: A visor for visual stimulation of visually impaired subjects is shown. The visor comprises a frame, a coil, a camera and a mounting system. A connector allows the coil to be positioned along a first direction. A sliding device allows the coil to be positioned along a second direction. Positioning of the visor on a subject's nose allows the coil to be positioned along a third direction. Positioning of the coil along the first, second or third direction is useful to maximize coupling RF coupling between the coil and an internal coil implanted on a subject wearing the visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly H. McClure, Richard A. Castro, Sanjay Gaikwad, Da-Yu Chang, Scott M. Loftin, Rongqing Dai, Robert J. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 10620243
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for adapting/adjusting the end-of-charge (termination) voltage of a rechargeable battery integrated in an auditory prosthesis or other electronic device based on an estimated power consumption of the auditory prosthesis or other electronic device. In particular, the estimated power consumption of an auditory prosthesis or other electronic device is used to set an end-of-charge voltage that is customized to the power consumption needs of the auditory prosthesis or other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventor: Josip Devcic
  • Patent number: 10569079
    Abstract: Fully implantable cochlear implant systems can include a cochlear electrode, a stimulator in electrical communication with the cochlear electrode, a signal processor in communication with the stimulator, and an implantable battery and/or communication module in communication with the signal processor. A cochlear implant network can include an external device in wireless communication with the fully implantable cochlear implant system via one or more system components, such as the implantable battery and/or communication module, the stimulator, and/or the signal processor. The external device can be configured to wirelessly communicate signals to the fully implantable cochlear implant system such as control signals and/or audio signals. Networks can include a plurality of external devices capable of interfacing with one or more implantable components of a fully implantable cochlear implant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Envoy Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Mazanec, Benjamin R. Whittington, Timothy J. Earnest, Travis Michael Beckerle
  • Patent number: 10560791
    Abstract: Wires and coils within an electrode assembly electromagnetically interact and cause mechanical motion of the assembly. This mechanical motion can be used to supplement or replace the electrical stimulation provided by a standard cochlear implant and provides targeted acoustic stimulation to the cochlea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Jan Vermeiren, Kristof Buytaert, Rishubh Verma
  • Patent number: 10531207
    Abstract: A cochlear implant system includes: an electrode array implanted within a cochlea; an internal processor in communication with the electrode array; an implanted antenna which is electrically coupled to the internal processor; and a modular external headpiece which is removably positioned over the implanted antenna, the modular external headpiece including a core containing a sound processor for processing sound and providing a corresponding signal to the implanted antenna; and a modular component configured to releasably engage the core and supply electrical power to the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Scott A. Crawford, Douglas P. Lynch, Carla Mann Woods
  • Patent number: 10512775
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for time interleaving the sampling of input signals with the delivery of stimulation signals to a recipient of an implantable electrically-stimulating hearing prosthesis. The input signals, which are received via one or more input channels and sampled by a sound processing unit, are susceptible to electrical feedback from the stimulation signals. As such, in accordance with embodiments presented herein, the sampling of the input signals by the sound processing unit, and the delivery of the stimulation signals to the recipient, are synchronized with one another so as to avoid stimulation-evoked electrical feedback within the input signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Koen Van den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 10506940
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to map an electrical waveform to a user-perceivable input. Some system examples include at least one electrode configured to sense neural activity in a patient, a mapping controller configured to receive an electrical waveform from the at least one electrode and map the sensed neural activity to a user-perceivable output based on the sensed neural activity, and a user interface operably connected to the mapping controller and configured to provide the user-perceivable output to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis Zottola
  • Patent number: 10511920
    Abstract: An ear-worn electronic device includes a housing comprising a first end and an opposing second end, a first side and an opposing second side, and the first and second sides extending between the first and second ends. The first side is configured to contact the wearer's head. A battery is disposed within the housing proximate the first end. An acoustic receiver or an acoustic receiver connector is disposed within the housing proximate the second end. Electronics including a near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) radio are disposed in the housing. A directional magnetic antenna is situated in or on the housing and coupled to the NFMI radio. The antenna comprises a core having a complex shape and a coil wound around a portion of the core. The core comprises a closed end oriented toward a source of magnetic noise and an open end oriented away from the source of magnetic noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Haubrich, Nikhil Nilakantan
  • Patent number: 10492935
    Abstract: A method is provided, including, delivering into a heart of a patient an annuloplasty ring structure including a body portion and an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a size of the body portion of the annuloplasty ring structure, the adjusting mechanism including a housing, and following the delivering, moving the housing with respect to the body portion. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: NEW PHASE LTD
    Inventors: Refael Hof, Valery Perevalov
  • Patent number: 10493273
    Abstract: A bilateral hearing implant system has a left side and a right side. There is an interaural time delay (ITD) processing module on each side that adjusts ITD characteristics of the stimulation signals based on defined groups of stimulation channels that include: i. an apical channel group on each side corresponding to a lowest range of audio frequencies up to a common apical channel group upper frequency limit, wherein a common number of one or more stimulation channels is assigned to each apical channel group, and wherein corresponding apical channel group stimulation channels on each side have matching bands of audio frequencies, and ii. one or more basal channel groups on each side corresponding to higher range audio frequencies above the apical channel group upper frequency limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Meister, Peter Schleich, Mathias Kals
  • Patent number: 10485706
    Abstract: A battery-powered electronic device, such as an electronic hearing protector (100) includes a housing (113) enclosing the battery and an electronics assembly powered by the battery, the electronics assembly comprises a processor controlled by updatable software. The device further includes a first electrical contact (119a) that is a ground line; a second electrical contact (119b) that is a data programming line in a first state, and that is a charging voltage line in a second state; and a third electrical contact (119c) that is a clock line in a first state, and that is a charge enable line in the second state. The first, second and third electrical contacts (119a-c) are accessible from outside the housing (113). A switch enclosed by the housing (113) changes the second electrical contact (119b) between the first state and the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: David L. Albean
  • Patent number: 10485973
    Abstract: An implantable hearing prosthesis comprising an implantable upgrade module including a pre-processing unit configured to generate audio signals based on microphone information; and a implantable main module, physically separate from and electrically connected to the upgrade module. The implantable main module comprises a sound processing unit configured to generate stimulation information based on the audio signals received from the pre-processing unit, and a stimulator unit configured to generate stimulation signals based on the stimulation information. The hearing prosthesis also comprises a stimulation module configured to deliver the stimulation signals to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Koen Van Den Heuvel, Jan Janssen
  • Patent number: 10469961
    Abstract: A binaural hearing system includes a binaural pair of microphones that are configured to be located, respectively, at a first ear and a second ear of a user. The system further includes an interconnected binaural pair of sound processors that are associated with the binaural pair of microphones. The sound processors are configured to preserve an interaural level difference (“ILD”) between a first signal generated by the first microphone and a second signal generated by the second microphone. The sound processors do this by performing a contralateral gain synchronization operation to a first degree with respect to the first and second signals at the first sound processor, and to a second degree with respect to the first and second signals at the second sound processor, where the first degree is distinct from the second degree or at least one of the first and second degrees is a partial degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Chen Chen, Dean Swan, Leonid M. Litvak
  • Patent number: 10463849
    Abstract: A magnet apparatus including a case defining a central axis, a magnet frame within the case and rotatable about the central axis of the case, and a plurality of elongate diametrically magnetized magnets that are located in the magnet frame, the magnets defining a longitudinal axis and a N-S direction and being freely rotatable about the longitudinal axis relative to the magnet frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Sung Jin Lee, Jeryle L. Walter, James George Elcoate Smith, Uli Gommel, Stephanie M. Reed
  • Patent number: 10456577
    Abstract: An exemplary auditory prosthesis system includes a sound processor apparatus having 1) an interface assembly that includes at least a first contact that facilitates interchangeable connectivity of a plurality of external components to the sound processor apparatus, the plurality of external components including a programming system, and 2) a control module communicatively coupled to the first contact and that communicates with each of the plurality of external components by way of the first contact. The exemplary auditory prosthesis system may also include a wireless module configured to be interchangeably connected to the interface assembly in place of the programming system, wherein, while the wireless module is interchangeably connected to the interface assembly, the wireless module is communicatively coupled to the control module by way of the first contact. Corresponding auditory prosthesis systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Guillermo A. Calle, Lakshmi N. Mishra, Lee F. Hartley
  • Patent number: 10456578
    Abstract: An exemplary sound processor included in a cochlear implant system comprises a control facility that represents a first frequency domain signal to a patient by 1) directing a cochlear implant included in the cochlear implant system to apply, during a first stimulation frame, a first monophasic stimulation pulse representative of a first temporal portion of the first frequency domain signal that corresponds to the first stimulation frame, the first monophasic stimulation pulse having a first polarity, and 2) directing the cochlear implant to apply, during a second stimulation frame that is temporally subsequent to the first stimulation frame, a second monophasic stimulation pulse representative of a second temporal portion of the first frequency domain signal that corresponds to the second stimulation frame, the second monophasic stimulation pulse configured to at least partially charge balance the first monophasic stimulation pulse and having a second polarity opposite the first polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventor: R. Tissa Karunasiri
  • Patent number: 10425751
    Abstract: A device comprises a tank circuit including a parallel tank circuit and a series tank circuit. In this example, the parallel tank circuit and the series tank circuit share a capacitive component and an inductive component. The device also includes electronics, and circuitry configured to selectively couple the electronics to the parallel tank circuit for a first application and to couple the electronics to the series tank circuit for a second application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Werner Meskens, Tony Nygard, Koen Van den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 10413726
    Abstract: Approaches are described for fitting an implanted cochlear implant having electrode array contacts to an implanted patient. For multiple different fitting methods, each fitting method is assigned one or more electrode contacts such that each assigned electrode contact is assigned only one fitting method. For each fitting method, the assigned electrode contacts are fitted according to the fitting method and fitting values for non-assigned electrode contacts are interpolated. Then a fitting is performed for each electrode contact in the electrode array based on a weighted averaging of the fittings for the plurality of different fitting methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektronmedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Marek Polak
  • Patent number: 10413727
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hearing auxiliary device for helping a person with hearing impairment to obtain hearing information. The hearing auxiliary device includes a bone conduct transceiver, a receiver and a driver. The bone conduct transceiver converts a sound raw data to a bone conduct signal. The receiver is installed to an inner ear portion of the person with hearing impairment, and the receiver receives the bone conduct signal and converts the bone conduct signal to a sound restoration signal. The driver sends out a physical signal according to the sound restoration signal, in order to let the person with hearing impairment to obtain a hearing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: SILICON MOTION, INC.
    Inventors: Kuang-Chao Chen, Kuo-Liang Yeh
  • Patent number: 10413728
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for performing automated Electrocochleography (ECoG) testing using ambient sound signals received by a hearing prosthesis during normal operation (i.e., outside of a clinical setting). In particular, the hearing prosthesis analyzes ambient sound signals to identify portions of the sound signals that are conducive/suitable to the performance of an ECoG measurement (i.e., an ECoG measurement structure). When an ECoG measurement structure is identified, the hearing prosthesis itself performs an ECoG measurement using one or more implanted electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Paul Michael Carter, Robert Alistair Southwood
  • Patent number: RE48038
    Abstract: Controlling the interaction between an external device and an implanted device, including a method of controlling interaction between an external device and an implanted device, the method including at least the steps of: establishing communications between the implanted device and the external device; the external device determining an identification of the implant and comparing the identification with identifications in a stored list; if the device matches one of said identifications, then using a corresponding set of operating parameters to interact with said implant; and otherwise, not interacting with said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Bastiaan van Dijk, Peter Gibson
  • Patent number: RE48039
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems and methods for operating a stimulation prosthesis that contains a command module and a stimulator module that communicate by a data link. The stimulation prosthesis has at least two operating states: a configuration state and a stimulation state. In one embodiment, the stimulation prosthesis may use a communication protocol that is suitable for the current operating state. The risk of unintended transitions between the operating states due to data transmission errors is substantially eliminated. And in accordance with another embodiment, in addition to switching stimulation strategies, the stimulation prosthesis may also switch stimulation data formats to a format that is optimized for the new stimulation strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Brett Swanson