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  • Publication number: 20180025627
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes examples of systems and methods of wireless remote control of appliances using a hearing device, for example upon manual activation of a switch placed in the concha cavity behind the tragus. In some examples, the hearing device includes one or more manually activated switches, a wireless antenna, and a battery cell. In some examples, the wireless electronics include low energy Bluetooth capability. The appliance may be any device with wireless control capability, for example an electronic lock, a thermostat, an electronic lighting, a telephone, a kitchen appliance, a medical alert system, a television, a medical device, and a smart glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 10242565
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes examples of systems and methods of wireless remote control of appliances using a hearing device, for example upon manual activation of a switch placed in the concha cavity behind the tragus. In some examples, the hearing device includes one or more manually activated switches, a wireless antenna, and a battery cell. In some examples, the wireless electronics include low energy Bluetooth capability. The appliance may be any device with wireless control capability, for example an electronic lock, a thermostat, an electronic lighting, a telephone, a kitchen appliance, a medical alert system, a television, a medical device, and a smart glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Publication number: 20170332183
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes examples of systems and methods of wireless remote control of appliances and medical devices using a canal hearing device upon manual activation of a switch placed in the concha cavity behind the tragus. The manual activation of the switch may be by applying a force to the tragus by a finger of a user of the canal hearing device. In one embodiment the lateral end comprises one or more manually activated switches, a wireless antenna, and a battery cell. In some examples, the wireless electronics include low energy Bluetooth. The appliance may be any device with wireless capabilities, for example an electronic lock, a thermostat, an electronic lighting, a telephone, a kitchen appliance, a medical alert system, a television, a medical device, and a smart glass. The inconspicuous and secure wear of the hearing device allows for active lifestyle, including exercise, and more discrete communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 10587964
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes examples of systems and methods of wireless remote control of appliances and medical devices using a canal hearing device upon manual activation of a switch placed in the concha cavity behind the tragus. The manual activation of the switch may be by applying a force to the tragus by a finger of a user of the canal hearing device. In one embodiment the lateral end comprises one or more manually activated switches, a wireless antenna, and a battery cell. In some examples, the wireless electronics include low energy Bluetooth. The appliance may be any device with wireless capabilities, for example an electronic lock, a thermostat, an electronic lighting, a telephone, a kitchen appliance, a medical alert system, a television, a medical device, and a smart glass. The inconspicuous and secure wear of the hearing device allows for active lifestyle, including exercise, and more discrete communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 9769577
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes examples of systems and methods of wireless remote control of appliances and medical devices using a canal hearing device upon manual activation of a switch placed in the concha cavity behind the tragus. The manual activation of the switch may be by applying a force to the tragus by a finger of a user of the canal hearing device. In one embodiment the lateral end comprises one or more manually activated switches, a wireless antenna, and a battery cell. In some examples, the wireless electronics include low energy Bluetooth. The appliance may be any device with wireless capabilities, for example an electronic lock, a thermostat, an electronic lighting, a telephone, a kitchen appliance, a medical alert system, a television, a medical device, and a smart glass. The inconspicuous and secure wear of the hearing device allows for active lifestyle, including exercise, and more discrete communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 9805590
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes examples of systems and methods of wireless remote control of appliances using a canal hearing device upon manual activation of a switch placed in the concha cavity behind the tragus. In some examples, the lateral end comprises one or more manually activated switches, a wireless antenna, and a battery cell. In some examples, the wireless electronics include low energy Bluetooth capability. The appliance may be any device with wireless control capability, for example an electronic lock, a thermostat, an electronic lighting, a telephone, a kitchen appliance, a medical alert system, a television, a medical device, and a smart glass. The inconspicuous and secure wear of the canal hearing device may allow a hearing device user to enjoy a normal lifestyle, including exercise, and to discretely interact with wirelessly controlled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 10097933
    Abstract: Examples of a subscription-based rechargeable hearing device system and methods are described. An exemplary system includes a hearing device and a charging device to charge the hearing device according to a subscription status. In some examples, a charging station automatically disengages the rechargeable battery cell upon insertion of the hearing device partially into a receptacle cavity of the charging station. The subscription may be verified using a remote server in communication with a subscription database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 9788126
    Abstract: Examples of canal hearing devices including a lateral section having a frequency shaping sound port system are disclosed. A lateral section includes an elongate sound channel for receiving an incoming sound and producing a frequency-shaped sound output. The hearing device includes a microphone, a speaker for transmitting sound to the eardrum, and a sound port to receive the frequency-shaped sound output from the elongate sound channel and provide a pathway for the frequency-shaped sound output to reach the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 10489833
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are examples of methods and systems for performing remote verification of a hearing device, particularly for use by a non-expert user outside the clinical environment. A status and/or functionality of the hearing device may be verified using verification criteria. Upon verifying the status and/or the functionality of the hearing device, a user may be permitted to conduct an e-commerce transaction. The status of the hearing device may include identification information associated with the hearing device and/or the user. The functionality of the hearing device may include a calibration and/or a system performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IHEAR MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Varun Bhardwaj
  • Publication number: 20140150234
    Abstract: A hand held tool for safely inserting a canal hearing device into the ear canal having a medial end configured to simultaneously cradle the lateral end of the canal hearing device and constrain a knob element laterally positioned on the canal hearing device. In a preferred embodiment, the insertion tool comprises a C-shaped cavity for self-centering engagement with a D-shaped lateral end of a CIC device, providing ease of use for hearing impaired individuals. In a preferred embodiment, the insertion tool is substantially formed of a single monolithic structure for improved durability and lower cost of fabrication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: IHEAR MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela, Patrick Contioso
  • Patent number: 9078075
    Abstract: A hand held tool for safely inserting a canal hearing device into the ear canal having a medial end configured to simultaneously cradle the lateral end of the canal hearing device and constrain a knob element laterally positioned on the canal hearing device. In a preferred embodiment, the insertion tool comprises a C-shaped cavity for self-centering engagement with a D-shaped lateral end of a CIC device, providing ease of use for hearing impaired individuals. In a preferred embodiment, the insertion tool is substantially formed of a single monolithic structure for improved durability and lower cost of fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela, Patrick Contioso
  • Publication number: 20160337770
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a programmable hearing device configured to deliver a sequence of outputs in-situ, each output corresponding to a sound segment, wherein the outputs are delivered according to fitting parameters programmed into the programmable hearing device, and a computing device communicatively coupled online to a remote server. The computing device may be configured to receive a consumer input indicative of a subjective assessment of the consumer of each of the sound segments, wherein the consumer input is configured to adjust one or more fitting parameters associated with the output corresponding to the sound segment being assessed, wherein the fitting application is configured to make adjustments to the fitting parameters in accordance with the consumer input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: IHEAR MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Patent number: 9918171
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a programmable hearing device configured to deliver a sequence of outputs in-situ, each output corresponding to a sound segment, wherein the outputs are delivered according to fitting parameters programmed into the programmable hearing device, and a computing device communicatively coupled online to a remote server. The computing device may be configured to receive a consumer input indicative of a subjective assessment of the consumer of each of the sound segments, wherein the consumer input is configured to adjust one or more fitting parameters associated with the output corresponding to the sound segment being assessed, wherein the fitting application is configured to make adjustments to the fitting parameters in accordance with the consumer input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Publication number: 20110058697
    Abstract: A modular canal hearing aid assembly having a main module positioned in the ear canal and a disposable battery module laterally positioned in the ear canal. The main module incorporates the durable components of a hearing device including the receiver, microphone and electronics. The disposable battery module comprises consumable elements including battery and incoming sound port. The disposable battery module provides a unitary structure that is easier to handle, remove from the main module, and replace when any of the consumable elements is depleted or degraded. The canal hearing device assembly is generic in shape and provided with assorted seal tips for “instant fitting” without resorting to custom manufacturing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 9185504
    Abstract: A seal assembly for canal hearing devices including a dynamic pressure vent formed and defined by diaphragmatic flaps configured to open in response to a pressure gradient across the diaphragm. The seal assembly comprises a compliant seal element configured to be positioned generally concentrically around the canal hearing device for providing comfortable contact with the ear canal and for acoustically sealing the residual volume of the ear canal. The seal assembly is preferably made of an elastomeric material. The dynamic pressure vent is substantially closed in the normal position to minimize feedback, while momentarily opening inside the ear canal during insertion or removal of the canal hearing device into or from the ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: IHEAR MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela, Patrick Contioso, Greg Anderson
  • Patent number: 9088852
    Abstract: Examples of modular hearing devices and tools for disengaging a battery module from a main module of the canal hearing device are described. The disengagement tool may be used to switch the modular hearing device to the power OFF condition, or to completely remove the battery module therefrom. According to examples described, the disengagement tool comprises a receptacle cavity shaped to accommodate the lateral end of the modular hearing device, the cavity including features arranged to actuate a handle of the battery module for automatically disengaging the battery module upon insertion of the canal hearing device into the receptacle cavity. Other examples describe features for holding the battery module with the main module in either the ON or OFF positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 8467556
    Abstract: A modular canal hearing aid assembly having a main module positioned in the ear canal and a disposable battery module laterally positioned in the ear canal. The main module incorporates the durable components of a hearing device including the receiver, microphone and electronics. The disposable battery module comprises consumable elements including battery and incoming sound port. The disposable battery module provides a unitary structure that is easier to handle, remove from the main module, and replace when any of the consumable elements is depleted or degraded. The canal hearing device assembly is generic in shape and provided with assorted seal tips for “instant fitting” without resorting to custom manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Ihear Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 10045128
    Abstract: A hearing device test system for use by a non-expert user may include a hearing device comprising a sound processor and a speaker and a portable test unit including a test microphone acoustically coupled to an exterior of the portable test unit via an acoustic calibration cavity. The portable test unit may include a coupler at an opening to the acoustic calibration cavity configured to receive the hearing device at least partially therein and the test microphone may be configured to produce a calibration signal input responsive to acoustic calibration stimuli provided by the speaker of the hearing device. The hearing device test system may also include a processor associated therewith and configured to measure a level of the calibration signal input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Publication number: 20150023534
    Abstract: Methods and systems of interactive fitting of a hearing aid by a non-expert person without resorting to a clinical setup are disclosed. The system includes an audio generator for delivering test audio signals at predetermined levels to a non-acoustic input of a programmable hearing aid in-situ. The consumer is instructed to listen to the output of the hearing device in-situ and interactively adjust fitting parameters of the programmable hearing aid according to the perceptual assessment of the hearing aid output in-situ. The output is representative of the test audio signal presented to the non-acoustic input. In one embodiment, the fitting system includes a personal computer, a handheld device communicatively coupled to the personal computer, and a fitting software application. In one embodiment, the fitting system includes an earphone for conducting a hearing evaluation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib
  • Publication number: 20200100709
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are examples of methods and systems for performing a calibration check of a personal hearing test system using a built-in calibration cavity, particularly for use by a non-expert user outside the clinical environment. The hearing test system includes a one or more earpieces. The hearing test system further includes a portable test unit having an acoustic calibration cavity for accommodating the earpiece at least partially therein. The acoustic calibration cavity may include an opening along an exterior surface of the portable test unit. The acoustic calibration cavity receives an acoustic calibration stimuli and the microphone provided within the acoustic calibration cavity produces a calibration signal input for measuring and performing a calibration check, or an automatic self-calibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela
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