Ear Or Nose Prosthesis Patents (Class 623/10)
  • Patent number: 10687937
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for performing ossicular reconstructions. An exemplary ossicular reconstruction system may include one or more adjustable prosthetic devices and micro-measuring devices. The adjustable prosthetic devices may be adjusted in terms of length, angulation, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Jack M. Kartush
  • Patent number: 10645502
    Abstract: Provided herein are various connectors that allow for translating the axial movement of an implantable hearing transducer from a first direction to a second direction. In various arrangements, these connectors form a spanning connector that extend across a portion of a tympanic cavity of a patient. One end of the connector can be affixed to the tympanic cavity, and a second end may engage an auditory component. In such an arrangement, a vibratory actuator may engage the connector between the first and second ends. Such an arrangement can provide improved alignment of actuator movement with a direction of movement of an auditory component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Pergola
  • Patent number: 10610691
    Abstract: A medical implant, such as an implantable component (22) of a tissue-stimulating prosthesis. One example of such a prosthesis being a cochlear implant. The component (22) is adapted to be implanted at or adjacent a tissue surface within the recipient, such as a bone surface. The component (22) has a housing and at least one flange (42) extending outwardly therefrom. The flange (42) can be secured to the tissue surface via a tissue fixation device, such as a bone screw (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Peter Gibson, Lars Vendelbo Johansen
  • Patent number: 10603163
    Abstract: A method for non-surgically treating an internal nasal valve of a patient comprising, injecting a working device into the internal nasal valve of the patient, wherein the injected working device in the nasal tissue causes an alteration of an internal or external nasal valve. A device introduced by injection into the nose, allowing for structural support or filling of defects in the nose, and causing a change in external shape of the nose. The device and inserts and implants described also have use in cosmetic applications relating to the facial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Spirox, Inc.
    Inventor: Iyad S. Saidi
  • Patent number: 10556110
    Abstract: A method, systems, and devices are disclosed. An example method includes determining whether an external unit of an implanted medical device is coupled to an implanted unit of the implanted medical device. In response to determining that the external unit is coupled to the implanted unit, the example method includes causing the external unit to operate in a first operating mode. In response to determining that the external unit is not coupled to the implanted unit, the example method includes causing the external unit to operate in a second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Werner Meskens
  • Patent number: 10426606
    Abstract: A color-coded bioprosthetic valve system having a valve with an annular sewing ring, and a valve holder system with a holder sutured to the ring of the valve, a post operatively connected to the holder, and an adapter sutured to the post and having a color associated with the valve model and/or size. For example, the adapter may be blue to indicate that the valve of the system is a mitral valve of a particular type and/or size. The system may also include a flex handle that is configured to engage with the adapter. The handle has a color associated with the adapter such that a user is able to visually determine that the handle color matches the valve model. For example, the handle may have a grip that is colored blue to match the blue color of the adapter. Accordingly, the color-coded system enables users to confirm easily that the correct accessories such as the sizer or flex handle are being used with the correct valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jackie Lau, John Peterson, Grace Kim, John F. Migliazza, Travis Oba
  • Patent number: 10412510
    Abstract: A bone conduction device includes split high-frequency and low-frequency actuators. The frequency response of the low-frequency actuator can be restricted to the lower range of hearing frequencies to improve performance. The high-frequency actuator can be implanted under tissue close to the cochlea to improve transmission efficiency, since high-frequency vibrations suffer greater attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Wim Bervoets, Joris Walraevens, Patrik Kennes
  • Patent number: 10390857
    Abstract: Embodiments of a delivery device for inserting multiple implants into an airway of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The Snoring Center
    Inventor: Craig Schwimmer
  • Patent number: 10383510
    Abstract: An implant delivery system can be configured to deliver an inflatable implant into a bladder via a urethra. The delivery system can comprise an elongate tubular body, an inflation tube and an implant decoupler. The tubular body can comprise a central lumen configured to hold an inflatable implant in an initial un-inflated state for delivery of the implant into the bladder. A method of use can include passing a distal tip of the elongate tubular body into the bladder. The implant can be inflated and released into the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SOLACE THERAPEUTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ernest G. Schutt, Kevin G. Connors, John Gillespie, Jr., Peter Dayton
  • Patent number: 10286215
    Abstract: An output assembly is sized for placement in the middle and inner ear, such that removal of bone can be decreased. The output assembly may comprise at least one photo detector, a demultiplexer and an electrode array sized to pass through an incision in the eardrum. An input transducer assembly is configured to transmit a multiplexed optical signal to the output assembly. The input assembly can be configured to transmit the multiplexed optical signal through the eardrum, such that tissue removal can be decreased and the device can be placed without removal of bone, for example. The multiplexed optical signal may comprise a pulse width modulated signal so as to decrease the effect of non-linearities of the light source and light detector and provide quality sound to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: EarLens Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney C. Perkins, Sunil Puria, Paul C. Rucker
  • Patent number: 10277994
    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: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dawnielle Farrar-Gaines, George L. Coles, Jr., David A. Kitchin, Howard W. Francis, Ioan Lina
  • Patent number: 10264378
    Abstract: This measurement system is for evaluating an acoustic apparatus (100) that includes a vibrating element (102) and allows sound to be heard via vibration transmission. The measurement system includes an ear model (50) including an artificial ear (51) modeled after a human ear and an artificial temporal bone (57) in contact with the artificial ear (51); and a vibration detection element (56) disposed in the artificial temporal bone (57).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10238871
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein are generally directed to arrangements for implantable medical devices. The implantable medical devices may include one or more of a single-body calvaria implant and an implantable microphone subcutaneously implanted in the recipient's forehead region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Koen Van den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 10231624
    Abstract: The invention provides both systems and kits for medical imaging of nerves in the head and neck of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NOV ADAQ TECHNOLOGIES ULC
    Inventors: Gurpreet Mangat, Lukasz Brzozowski
  • Patent number: 10213564
    Abstract: Inner ear treatment delivery devices and methods are disclosed. The device includes a pressurized container filled with a content, a control mechanism within the pressurized container, a nozzle coupled to the control valve, a microprocessor adapted to operate the control valve, and a power source providing energy to the device. The device administers at least one dose of the content to a patient's inner ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Frank J. Cain
  • Patent number: 10182917
    Abstract: A component of an artificial joint according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, inter alia, a base plate and a post selectively removable from the base plate. Further, an outer surface of the post includes a layer of the bone ingrowth material along substantially the entire length of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Zajac
  • Patent number: 10091588
    Abstract: A middle ear implant includes 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 that connects the first and second interface portions, a carrier plate removably mounted in one of the first or second interface portions, and a removable sensor disposed at one end of the shaft, between the shaft and one of the first interface portion or the second interface portion. The removable sensor is 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, and provide an AC signal output indicative of a frequency response of the implant. The removable sensor is disposed at a portion of the carrier plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dawnielle Farrar-Gaines, George L. Coles, Jr., Howard W. Francis
  • Patent number: 10058699
    Abstract: In one example, an implantable lead includes a substrate and an electrically conductive material disposed on the substrate to form a flexible circuit. The flexible circuit includes a proximal end adapted to electrically connect to an implantable processor, a distal portion adapted to stimulate a cochlear nerve, and a lead body extending from the proximal end to the distal portion, the lead body having a longitudinal axis and comprising a plurality of electrical traces adapted to carry electrical signals from the proximal end to the distal portion. A flag extension is formed in the substrate and extends laterally outward from the lead body longitudinal axis. A method for forming a cochlear lead with a flag extension is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Bing Xu, Kurt J. Koester, Mark B. Downing
  • Patent number: 9919078
    Abstract: A tympanic construct fabricated from at least one amniotic membrane, at least one chorionic membrane, or at least one amniotic membrane and at least one chorionic membrane obtained from human birth tissue is provided. Methods of preparing a tympanic construct, methods of repairing tympanic membrane defects and surgical sites, as well as kits for the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: BioDlogics LLC
    Inventor: Timothy R. Brahm
  • Patent number: 9901506
    Abstract: A prosthesis for insertion in an ear to reduce pain resulting from TMJ disorders. The ear insert has a predefined shape conforming to the shape of the ear canal when the jaw is in an open position. The ear insert supports the TMJ and associated secondary musculature to reduce strain in the TMJ area, including the muscles, ligaments, nerves, and the temporo-mandibular joint itself. The insert is hollow in the inside to permit hearing and is made of a rigid material which retains the shape of the ear canal. A scalloped indenture extends across a surface of the ear insert positioned behind the tragus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Renew Group Private Limited
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Clayton
  • Patent number: 9884141
    Abstract: An implantable device for mounting to a patient's bone includes a housing and at least one osseointegrating protuberance. The housing includes a surface having an abutting portion configured to abut the bone when the housing is implanted in the patient, the abutting portion defining a housing axis orthogonal to the surface. The at least one osseointegrating protuberance: extends from the surface of the housing; is adapted to abut the patient's bone; and has a substantially smooth shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Gibson
  • Patent number: 9770365
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for reducing middle ear fluid and equalizing middle ear pressure in infants and toddlers. The apparatus coordinates the act of swallowing and the forcing of air into the nostril of the child. The coordinated actions allow air forced into the nostril to traverse the Eustachian tube when in its open state. A flexible member and a main flexible tube, connected accordingly, are both adapted to be inserted into the child's mouth and nostril, respectively, to achieve such coordination and allow air to enter the Eustachian tube when in its open state, ultimately allowing air to reach the middle ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Shlomo Silman, Michele Emmer
  • Patent number: 9763777
    Abstract: A device for use in the repair of an ear drum in a subject in need of such treatment, said device: having a tensile strength Youngs Modulus between approximately 12.5 and 40 MPa; comprising one or more membrane layers, wherein at least one membrane layer comprises a plurality of pores; and wherein the device can support proliferation, migration and/or adhesion of cells selected from the group comprising at least any one or more of: keratinocytes, fibroblasts, vascular cells, mucosal epithelial cells, and stem cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: EAR SCIENCE INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA
    Inventors: Marcus Atlas, William Brett Robertson, Robert Jeffrey Marano, Sharon Leanne Redmond, Peter Luke Santa Maria, Brett Levin, Bing Mei Teh
  • Patent number: 9743200
    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: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dawnielle Farrar, George L. Coles, Jr., David A. Kitchin, Howard W. Francis, Ioan Lina
  • Patent number: 9731128
    Abstract: A malleable implantable medical device for implanting in a recipient comprising a flexible region of the medical device, one or more structures proximate to the flexible region, wherein the one or more structures is configured to provide a bending force to the flexible region, and one or more hermetically sealed medical components coupled to the flexible region, wherein the one or more medical components is configured to provide a therapeutic effect on the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Charles R. A. Leigh, Evelia Ysabel Medina-Taylor
  • Patent number: 9662201
    Abstract: A medical implant device includes a prosthesis adapted to replace at least a portion of a bone. The prosthesis includes a drug-eluting polymer adapted to deliver a drug to at least a portion of an area surrounding the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Keegan, Michael J. McKenna
  • Patent number: 9656072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cochlear implant apparatus, and more particularly, to a cochlear implant apparatus capable of controlling the sensitivity or selectivity of sound through actuators. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a cochlear implant apparatus for active feedback control which is inserted into the human body and configured to detect a sound in each frequency band includes a sensor unit configured to detect vibration according to a sound and generate an electrical signal corresponding to a magnitude of the vibration and actuators disposed in the sensor unit and each configured to react to the electrical signal and to control sensitivity according to the magnitude of the sound or the selectivity of a sound detected in each frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS, INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF CHONBUK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Wan-Doo Kim, Shin Hur, Young Do Jung, Yoon-Bong Hahn, Yong-Kyu Park, Seung Ha Oh, Juyong Chung, Sung June Kim, Yoon-Kyu Song, Won Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9636202
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention described herein thus provide systems and methods for ear restoration surgery. Certain embodiments provide an improved framework that provides enhanced cooperation between an ear base and a rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Poriferous, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Noble
  • Patent number: 9597178
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an auricular implant, comprising an auricular base and a supporting member. The auricular base has a first side and a second side opposite to the first side, wherein the first side thereof is disposed with a position unit. The supporting member having a thickness and a recess, wherein the position unit of the auricular base is disposed in the recess of the supporting member to adhere the supporting member to the first side of the auricular base for forming a stereoscopic disk-like structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SHAWHAN BIOMEDICAL CO.
    Inventor: ZungChung Chen
  • Patent number: 9544700
    Abstract: An active ossicular replacement device is configured to couple the malleus to the stapes, and conduct sound through the vibratory structures of the ear in response to the transmitted electromagnetic energy. The electromagnetic energy may comprise light so as to decrease interference from sources of noise external to the user. The prosthetic device may comprise an assembly that can be implanted in the middle ear in a manner that simplifies surgery. The assembly may comprise a narrow cross-sectional profile such that the assembly can be positioned in the middle ear through an incision in the eardrum, for example without cutting bone that defines the shape of the ear canal or the shape of the middle ear. The prosthetic device can be sized to the user based on a measurement of the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: EARLENS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sunil Puria, Rodney C. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9498327
    Abstract: A tympanic construct fabricated from at least one amniotic membrane, at least one chorionic membrane, or at least one amniotic membrane and at least one chorionic membrane obtained from human birth tissue is provided. Methods of preparing a tympanic construct, methods of repairing tympanic membrane defects and surgical sites, as well as kits for the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BioDlogics LLC
    Inventor: Timothy B. Brahm
  • Patent number: 9486316
    Abstract: Implants for promoting bone growth and methods of using same, the implants including a perforated placental membrane sheet wrapped around an osteoconductive material composed of bone chips, bone granules, bone powders or combinations thereof, the osteoconductive material being configured for providing a scaffold upon which bone growth can occur. The placental membrane sheet acts to maintain the osteoconductive material in a cohesive, organized configuration within a site of a patient where bone growth is to be induced. The perforations in the placental membrane sheet create passageways in the exterior of the implant through which the osteoconductive material can communicate with adjacent bone surfaces which are to be fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: NuTech Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Horton, Gregory J. Yager, Howard P. Walthall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9387070
    Abstract: A prosthetic element enables the stapes footplate to be connected to the foot of a middle ear ossicular prosthesis. The prosthetic connection element is of biocompatible material and forms part of the foot or is connected or connectable to this latter, and includes a body provided with a flat surface intended to rest on the footplate and having an area sufficient to prevent reabsorption of the footplate osseous tissue as a result of the pressure which the ossicular prosthesis exerts on the footplate. The prosthetic element includes at least two pointed projections projecting from the flat surface and to penetrate the footplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Franco Beoni
  • Patent number: 9339376
    Abstract: A prosthesis for insertion in an ear to reduce pain resulting from TMJ disorders. The ear insert has a predefined shape conforming to the shape of the ear canal when the jaw is in an open position. The ear insert supports the TMJ and associated secondary musculature to reduce strain in the TMJ area, including the muscles, ligaments, nerves, and the temporo-mandibular joint itself. The insert is hollow in the inside to permit hearing and is made of a rigid material which retains the shape of the ear canal. A scalloped indenture extends across a surface of the ear insert positioned behind the tragus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Renew Group Private Limited
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Clayton
  • Patent number: 9326849
    Abstract: A middle ear ossicle prosthesis in which the component for ossicular attachment comprises a surface bearing a plurality of discrete projections facing the ossicle to which it is attached which minimize total contact between the prosthesis and the ossicle. The prosthesis may comprise a loop forming a partial circle for encircling an ossicle, a piston for transmitting vibrations from the loop to the inner ear, and a rod solidly connecting the loop to the piston. The loop may have an upwardly turned end to facilitate placement of the loop over the ossicle. The projections may be provided in one row, two rows, or may be otherwise arrayed, and may be dissimilar from one another in configuration and dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Matthew Scheurer
  • Patent number: 9275621
    Abstract: An apparatus including: at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, allow the apparatus to perform at least the following: receiving a background audio signal from an earpiece microphone, the earpiece microphone configured to convert sound from a surrounding environment into the background audio signal; and allow a user of the apparatus to control the generation and characteristics of a noise cancellation signal, the noise cancellation signal configured to interfere destructively with the background audio signal to alter the amplitude of the background audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Matti Sakari Hamalainen
  • Patent number: 9259311
    Abstract: An ossicular prosthesis formed as a sound-conducting, elongated prosthesis body has a first coupling element designed as a tympanic membrane top plate or a clip or a connecting piece to an actuator end piece of an active hearing implant and a second coupling element provided with an access opening into a receiving space designed as a bell or a clip for a mechanical connection of the prosthesis to the head of the stapes. The second coupling element has a backing section on an inner surface of the receiving space as an axial extension of the prosthesis body. The backing section protrudes from the prosthesis body into the receiving space. In an implanted state, the backing section bears against a head of the stapes and prevents a formation of a hollow space between the stapes and an inner surface of the receiving space in an axial extension of the elongated prosthesis body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Heinz Kurz GmbH Medizintechnik
    Inventors: Uwe Steinhardt, Seilesh Babu, Heinz Kurz
  • Patent number: 9216081
    Abstract: A total prosthesis for the middle ear, with a prosthesis body, with a first coupling element for connection of the prosthesis to the tympanic membrane or for coupling to the manubrium, and with a second coupling element for connection to the footplate of the stirrup, which second coupling element has a receiving part, connected rigidly to the prosthesis body, and has an insert part with a plug element that can be inserted coaxially, and with a shoe that is connected rigidly to the plug element and that bears on the footplate of the stirrup, is characterized in that the receiving part has an elongate cavity as a receiving opening with a cylindrical bore which extends axially and encloses the full circumference of the plug element and whose inside diameter is greater than the maximum transverse extent of the plug element, which elongate cavity is closed at the end away from the insert part and acts as an end abutment for the plug element, and in that the second coupling element extends axially by at most a thir
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: HEINZ KURZ GMBH MEDIZINTECHNIK
    Inventors: Uwe Steinhardt, Heinz Kurz, Georg Schmid, Walter Heckmann
  • Patent number: 9205176
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an anisotropic porous scaffold includes heating a previously-formed porous metal scaffold to permit deformation of a material of the previously-formed porous metal scaffold, and deforming, while heated, the previously-formed porous metal scaffold in at least a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hunter, Oludele O. Popoola
  • Patent number: 9186247
    Abstract: Internal nasal valve involves injecting a biomaterial filler into the internal nasal valve of the patient. The injected biomaterial filler in the internal nasal valve increases an internal nasal valve angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Philip Nyte
  • Patent number: 9167362
    Abstract: An implantable receptacle for receiving a hearing aid component includes a body having a proximal portion, a distal cylindrical portion and a joining portion joining the proximal portion to the distal cylindrical portion. First flexible tines extending from an outer wall of the distal cylindrical portion in the general direction of the proximal portion are configured to engage with and lock the distal cylindrical portion to a wall of a fenestration in a bone of the patient in a permanent fashion in response to pressing the sleeve into the fenestration. Second flexible tines extending from an outer wall of the distal cylindrical portion in a direction generally tangential to the circumference of the distal cylindrical portion are configured to engage with and prevent rotation of the distal cylindrical portion within the wall of the fenestration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OtoKinetics Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory N. Koskowich
  • Patent number: 9162054
    Abstract: An implantable medical device, comprising a first implantable component having a first interface surface and a second implantable component. The second implantable component has a second interface surface comprising one or more integrated protrusions extending therefrom configured to mate with the first interface surface and to provide a desired spacing between the first and second implantable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventor: James W. Dalton
  • Patent number: 9143872
    Abstract: A system and method for wireless streaming link break-in is disclosed. A first device transmits digital packets to a second device over a wireless streaming link. A third device synchronizes itself with the second device. Once the third device is synchronized with the second device, the third device transmits command request packets to the second device during a data receive window. The wireless streaming link is inactive during the data receive window. The second device responds to the request during a next data receive window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Rene Roos, Werner Meskins, Philip Gielis, Alex von Brasch, Orlando Wu, Rami Banna
  • Patent number: 9119711
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a sound processor 1) mapping an analysis channel associated with a frequency band to a stimulation channel that comprises at least three electrodes communicatively coupled to an auditory prosthesis associated with a patient, 2) identifying a spectral peak included in an audio signal presented to the patient, the spectral peak having a peak frequency included in the frequency band, and 3) directing the auditory prosthesis to apply electrical stimulation representative of the spectral peak to a stimulation site associated with the peak frequency by simultaneously stimulating at least two of the at least three electrodes at substantially fifty percent or less of their respective most comfortable current levels (M levels) in accordance with a multi-monopolar current steering strategy. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Lakshmi N. Mishra, Leonid M. Litvak, Manohar Joshi
  • Patent number: 9072626
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube are provided. One device may include a lumen with a valve. A portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent muscle. Another portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent cartilage. When the muscle contracts the valve may open through movement of the tethers, and provide a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, John H. Morriss, Earl A. Bright, II, Eric Goldfarb, Julia D. Vrany, Ketan P. Muni, William E. Bolger, Joseph Roberson
  • Patent number: 9066797
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of treating hearing loss in a patient, comprises: creating a first channel in osseous tissue at or immediately adjacent to the promontory of the patient; creating a second channel through the first channel to the scala tympani or the scala vestibuli; and implanting a hearing device in the first channel, the hearing device being in fluid communication with cochlear fluid through the second channel, the hearing device being adapted to drive cochlear fluid to activate auditory receptor cells in the cochlea of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Terry D. Daglow
  • Patent number: 9056151
    Abstract: Purifying human derived collagen from human tissue includes treating harvested human tissue with an enzyme to form a collagen product, deactivating the enzyme with a non-alkaline enzyme deactivation solution, and collecting the collagen product resulting from the enzyme treatment, where the collected collagen product includes a preserved amount of its natural collagen constituents. Various medical implants can be formed using the isolated, enzymatically-treated human derived collagen having an amount of its natural collagen constituents preserved, and may include implantable sponges, patches, tubes, structural supports and coatings, and which may be used for repair, barrier, support and/or stabilization purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Nels J. Lauritzen, Lawrence A. Shimp
  • Publication number: 20150148902
    Abstract: Present example embodiments relate generally to nasal implants comprising a body portion, the body portion forming a central axis and having opposing inner body and outer body surfaces. The inner body surface may comprise a ventral groove portion disposed substantially parallel to the central axis, and the outer body surface may comprise a ridge portion. The ventral groove portion may comprise a deepest portion in proximate correspondence to a highest portion of the ridge portion with respect to the central axis. The nasal implant may comprise an elongated tail portion. A lower portion of the tail portion may be in communication with at least an upper portion of the body portion. An angle formable between an axis definable by the tail portion and the central axis may be between 0 to 90 degrees. The nasal implant may comprise a first wing portion, head portion, second wing portion, and leg portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Sampandh KOMRIT
  • Patent number: 9023105
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting misshaped ears using a molding device having one or more braces supporting a scaphal mold. The one or more braces and the scaphal mold are adapted to retain the helix and the helical rim of a misshaped ear within a space defined between the one or more braces and the scaphal mold, and to maintain a substantially correct anatomical shape of the helix and the helical rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Henry Stephenson Byrd, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Patent number: 9011363
    Abstract: The invention is a tympanic membrane pressure equalization tube. The tube has a distal end and a proximal end and a tube lumen. A medial flange is located at the distal end of the tube and has 2 or more retention elements and a space between each retention element. A lateral flange is located at the proximal end of the tube. The outside diameter of the medial flange is greater than the outside diameter of the lateral flange and the diameter of the medial flange is between about 2.0 and 5.0 mm and the diameter of the lateral flange is between about 1.75 mm and 4.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew D. Clopp, Scott J. Baron, Bernard H. Andreas