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381 - Electrical audio signal processing systems and devices

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
381322000 Specified casing or housing 427
381315000 Remote control, wireless, or alarm 129
381317000 Noise compensation circuit 120
381314000 Programming interface circuitry 119
381313000 Directional 71
381321000 Wideband gain control 33
381320000 Spectral control 27
381316000 Frequency transposition 27
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20130028451Dual Cartridge Directional Microphone - A microphone comprises a housing, a first and a second diaphragm, a first chamber, and a second chamber. A first and a second diaphragm, each having a first and second side, are provided in the housing. The first chamber is delimited at least partly by the first side of the first diaphragm and an inner surface of the housing. A first opening extends from the first chamber and to surroundings of the microphone. The second chamber is delimited at least partly by the first side of the second diaphragm and an inner surface of the housing. A second opening extends from the second chamber and to the surroundings. A common chamber is delimited at least partly by the second side of the first diaphragm, the second side of the second diaphragm and an inner surface of the housing. A third opening extends from the common chamber and to the surroundings.01-31-2013
20090123008Hearing apparatus chip with a separate EMC ground and corresponding hearing apparatus - In the English translation document, please replace the abstract with the following: A Hearing apparatuses and a hearing apparatus chip are provided. A hearing apparatus chip for processing a signal of a hearing apparatus includes a signal-processing component and a first ground wire connected to a first terminal of the component. The signal processing component includes a second ground wire galvanically separated from the first ground wire on the chip and is connected to a second terminal of the component by way of a capacitor, in order to conduct interference signals as a result of electromagnetic couplings. In particular, the sensitive ground of a preamplifier is not then interfered with by leakage currents.05-14-2009
20100119093PERSONAL LISTENING DEVICE WITH AUTOMATIC SOUND EQUALIZATION AND HEARING TESTING - A personal listening device in a handheld form factor includes an input port for receiving an audio signal, a processor for selecting equalizer settings responsive to a selected hearing profile, an equalizer for equalizing the audio signal according to the equalizer settings, and an output port for outputting the equalized audio signal to a speaker, headphone, or other audio output device. The personal listening device also includes a tone generator and user input device coupled to the processor, configured to administer a sequence of tones, generate audio instructions, and receive user input, thereby administering a hearing test and generating a user hearing profile. The device may be operated to administer multiple tests and store multiple hearing profiles, and to provide hearing profiles to other devices.05-13-2010
20130044907USING A MOBILE DEVICE AS A HEARING AID - The invention is directed to systems, methods and computer program products for receiving and processing a plurality of electromagnetic signals at a mobile device. The plurality of electromagnetic signals includes electromagnetic signals broadcast from a broadcast multi-loop coil that encircles a space in which a mobile device is located. In one embodiment of the invention, a mobile device includes a processor, an interface in operable communication with the processor, a first multi-loop coil that captures an electromagnetic signal broadcast from the broadcast multi-loop coil, and an operational amplifier that receives the electromagnetic signal from the first multi-loop coil and converts the electromagnetic signal into at least one of an audio signal and a radio frequency (RF) signal that is audibly communicated to the user through the interface.02-21-2013
20130188811METHOD OF CONTROLLING SOUNDS GENERATED IN A HEARING AID AND A HEARING AID - A hearing aid (07-25-2013
20100104120HEARING APPARATUS WITH A SPECIAL SITUATION RECOGNITION UNIT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEARING APPARATUS - A hearing apparatus and particularly a hearing aid intended to be able to recognize acoustic situations more reliably includes a microphone device for picking-up a sound signal, a reception device for picking-up an electrical or electromagnetic signal and a classification device for determining an acoustic situation from the signals of the microphone device and the reception device. A signal processing device processes the signals of the microphone device and the reception device as a function of an output signal of the classification device. In particular, the signals of the microphone device and the reception device are made available separately to the classification device for recognizing the situation. Thus, the individual input signals, or the correlation thereof, can be used for recognizing the situation. A method for operating a hearing apparatus is also provided.04-29-2010
20100104121Low Power Signal Transmission - A low-power implant system. The system includes an implant for implantation into a person, such as a cochlear implant or a middle ear implant. The implant is capable of communicating with a device via transmission of ultra wideband pulses. The device may be adapted to be worn external to the person, or may be a second implant. So as to conserve battery power, the transmitted ultra wideband pulses may have a low duty cycle of approximately 1/1000 or less. Power savings may also be realized by using time-gating amplifiers in the implant and/or device receiver.04-29-2010
20090154743ADAPTIVE HEARING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A HEARING AID - A hearing device having an input unit for converting an acoustic input to a first signal, an output unit for converting a second signal to an acoustic output and a signal processing unit for generating said second signal from said first signal based on a setting indicating a characteristic of a user's ear, said signal processing unit coupling said input unit and said output unit, to a corresponding method for providing a hearing aid and a corresponding computer program. In order to provide an adaptive hearing device and a method for providing a hearing aid which allow for a compensation for the change in a characteristic of a user's ear, in particular for the change to the ear of a child during growth and which are of a low complexity and do not need additional sensors.06-18-2009
20090154742HEARING DEVICE, HEARING DEVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE HEARING DEVICE SYSTEM - The present invention refers to a hearing device system which comprises: at least a first hearing device (06-18-2009
20090154741SYSTEM FOR CUSTOMIZING HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - Disclosed herein, among other things, is a system for customizing a hearing assistance device for a wearer. According to various embodiments, data corresponding to the wearer's acoustic environment is logged using the hearing assistance device. In various embodiments, the hearing assistance device is fitted by an adaptive fitting process controlled by the wearer, the adaptive fitting process having access to the data logged by the hearing assistance device to customize settings of the hearing assistance device for the wearer. In an embodiment, data related to fitting the hearing assistance device is sent via a network connection to a location accessible by the wearer's audiologist and/or device manufacturer. The sent data is used to create an interactive database, and the database is used for fitting hearing assistance devices for one or more wearers, in various embodiments.06-18-2009
20130089226AUDITORY COMPREHENSION AND AUDIBILITY DEVICE - Disclosed is an auditory comprehension and audibility device that assists users in hearing and comprehending auditory signals. The auditory comprehension and audibility device includes a magnetostrictive pad and a multi-turn coil that is disposed on the magnetostrictive pad. The multi-turn coil is electrically isolated from other devices, such as a speaker. An optional permanent magnet can also be placed on the magnetostrictive pad, which may help increase audibility of said auditory signals. The auditory comprehension and audibility device can be used in mobile phone covers, head phones, hearing aids and other devices that are used for hearing.04-11-2013
20130070945HEARING AID DEVICE AND AUDIO CONTROL METHOD - The hearing aid makes conversation sound easier to hear. The hearing aid device (03-21-2013
20130064403METHODS FOR OPERATING A HEARING DEVICE AS WELL AS HEARING DEVICES - Method for operating a hearing device (03-14-2013
20090238385Hearing system with partial band signal exchange and corresponding method - A binaural supply with a hearing system is to be enabled, whereby the computing outlay and energy consumption are to be kept as minimal as possible. A hearing system comprising a first hearing apparatus including a first signal input facility and a first communication facility and a second hearing apparatus including a second signal input facility, a second communication facility for receiving a signal from the first communication facility and a second signal processing facility for processing signals from the second signal input facility and the second communication facility are provided to form a common output signal. The signal transmitted from the first to the second communication facility corresponds to a real spectral part of the overall frequency spectrum of the first input signal. As only one part of the overall spectrum is transmitted and/or binaurally processed, the computing outlay and energy consumption is reduced.09-24-2009
20090232338ELECTROACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER HAVING MULTI-CHANNEL DIAPHRAGM AND HEARING AID USING THE SAME - An object of the present invention is to provide an electroacoustic transducer having a multi-channel diaphragm, and a hearing aid using the electroacoustic transducer, in which a plurality of channels having different resonant frequencies is formed in the diaphragm using MEMS technology, thus more closely approximating the different audible frequency characteristics of respective persons. The present invention provides an electroacoustic transducer provided with a multi-channel diaphragm. The electroacoustic transducer includes a diaphragm (09-17-2009
20090232337METHOD FOR IMPROVING COMPATIBILITY OF HEARING AID WITH ANTENNA - A method for improving compatibility of a hearing aid with an antenna, in which at least a metal frame is provided near by a grounding surface of the antenna to change the direction of radiation of the antenna, thereby to enhance the directivity of the antenna on the side away from a hearing aid, and to reduce the quantity of radiation proceeding toward the hearing aid and to improve the near-field quantity (for about 3 dB) of an electric field of an HAC tested plane. This method can further increase the heights of the metal frames to reduce the near-field quantity of the electric field of HAC (hearing aid compatibility) tested plane.09-17-2009
20090010464Hearing device with a multi-stage activation circuit and method for operating it - In one aspect, a hearing device is provided with a multi-stage activation circuit including a primary activation unit, an evaluation unit and a main activation unit. The primary activation unit monitors a sound-induced input level and forwards incoming signals to the evaluation unit when a threshold value of the input level is exceeded. The evaluation unit is activated when the threshold value is exceeded and determines a feature of incoming signals suitable for identifying and/or classifying a sound causing the incoming signals. The main activation unit is activated, for example, when the feature determined by the evaluation unit indicates a noise that should be perceptible to the wearer of the hearing device. The main activation unit activates further components of the hearing device including the signal processing and amplification circuit and the output unit.01-08-2009
20090010463Method For Manufacturing a Hearing Device Based on Personality Profiles - In a method for manufacturing a hearing device, by registering characteristics of an individual (I) a personality vector (K(C01-08-2009
20110142268HEARING AID, RELAY DEVICE, HEARING-AID SYSTEM, HEARING-AID METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - A hearing aid (06-16-2011
20120189146CONTACTLESS RECHARGING OF THE BATTERY OF A PORTABLE OBJECT BY A TELEPHONE - A method for charging the battery of a portable object by a telephone, comprising a step for contactless transmission of power from a charging device of the telephone to the portable object, inducing the charging of the battery of the portable object.07-26-2012
20120099747Audio Signal System - An audio signal system is provided having, in one embodiment, a magnetostrictive core of varying shapes, sizes, and permeability. The core is wound with a wire, thereby forming an inductor for producing a magnetic field when current is passed through the wire. A speaker, or other audio output device, is positioned in parallel or series with the inductor. In operation, an audio signal is received and transmitted to the speaker or other audio output device, wherein a replication of the received signal is produced. An output of the magnetostrictive inductor couples with the replicated audio signal to modify and enhance the quality of the projected signal. In yet another embodiment, digital signal processing may be used to modify the received signal as well.04-26-2012
20110299708METHOD OF FORMING A CONNECTOR FOR A HEARING AID - A method of forming a connector for a hearing aid, by providing a plug, a receiver housing and an interconnecting tube; providing or arranging one or more accommodated elements in the interconnecting tube, and elongating the interconnecting tube by forcing the first and the second ends of the interconnecting elements away from each other whereby a length of the interconnecting element is increased. A connector for a hearing aid, the connector comprising a plug and a receiver housing interconnected by an interconnecting tube, wherein the width of the interconnecting tube is below 3 mm and wherein at least four electrical conductors are arranged in the interconnecting tube such that the electrical conductors co-extend with the interconnecting tube.12-08-2011
20090285422Method for operating a hearing device and hearing device - A method for operating a hearing device and a hearing device are provided. Electrical acoustic signals are generated by the hearing device from a recorded ambient sound, the electrical signals being weighted according to their degree of matching with a predefinable acoustic signal class and being mixed together to form an output sound signal. The weight of the acoustic signal is greater or lesser, the greater the extent of the degree of matching.11-19-2009
20090067650Method and arrangements for detecting the type of acoustic signal source with a hearing device - The invention describes a method and associated arrangements for detecting the type of external acoustic sources with a hearing device. The external acoustic source, for instance a telephone, outputs at least one identification signal for this purpose, which designates the type of acoustic source. The hearing device detects the identification signal and evaluates this for an identification of the type of acoustic source. The hearing device is automatically switched over into an associated mode of operation on the basis of this information.03-12-2009
20080219486METHOD AND DEVICE FOR EVALUATING AUDITORY HEALTH - An earpiece (09-11-2008
20090296965HEARING AID, AND HEARING-AID PROCESSING METHOD AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR HEARING AID - The user's personal intention is conveyed to a hearing aid using a method that does not place heavy physical and psychological loads. A hearing aid to be worn by a user for auditory compensation comprises: at least one microphone which converts a sound to an input signal; a hearing-aid signal processing unit configured to generate an output signal from the input signal; a receiver which outputs, as a sound, the output signal generated by the hearing-aid signal processing unit; and a hearing-aid processing control unit configured to generate control information for controlling signal processing, based on a non-audible sound which is made by the user and is hard to hear from outside, wherein, when the hearing-aid processing control unit generates the control information, the hearing-aid signal processing unit is configured to generate the output signal according to the generated control information.12-03-2009
20090290733SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CUSTOMIZING A HEARING AID CASING - Systems and methods are provided for customizing a hearing aid casing. A user accesses a software program that allows him or her to select a type of a hearing aid. The software program further allows the user to select a motif to be displayed on at least a portion of the hearing aid casing. The software program may automatically size the selected motif based on the type of the hearing aid selected, and the selected motif may be printed on a film. The film then is coupled to the hearing aid casing to display the motif on one or more surfaces of the hearing aid casing.11-26-2009
20090103754Hearing apparatus with a common connection for shielding and identification of a receiver - A hearing apparatus with an external receiver is to be made even smaller. Provision is accordingly made for a hearing apparatus with a housing and a receiver device that is removably electrically coupled to the housing, said receiver device having an electronic identification element and having a receiver that is connected to an electrical cable with a sheath cable, with the sheath cable and the electronic identification element being conducted into the housing via a common single-pole connection. As a result of the multiple usage of the single-pole connection for shielding and identification, the female connector of the hearing device and the plug of the receiver device can be made smaller.04-23-2009
20090279723Processing Signals Representative of Sound Based on the Identity of an Input Element - Systems and techniques for processing signals representative of sound for conveyance to the auditory system of a subject based on the identity of an input device. In one implementation, a method includes identifying an input element to an audiological system that conveys sound information directly to a subject's auditory system, automatically setting parameters for processing the signal based on the identity of the input element, and processing the signal in accordance with the processing parameters. The input element is configured to generate a signal representative of sound.11-12-2009
20090003636Method and device for the program selection of a hearing aid - The invention specifies a method and an associated device for selecting at least one program in a hearing aid. By pressing a switching means, for example a push switch, once or a number of times within a defined time period it is possible to switch to one of the programs according to a number of repetitions corresponding to the program.01-01-2009
20080240476In situ measurement - In-situ measurement comprises two consecutive measurements (open ear gain and in-situ gain), from which a result is formed by forming a difference. For the two measurements, it is important that the in-situ tube is positioned in the same place in the auditory canal. Otherwise there are different level and phase ratios, such that the result obtained from the formation of a difference is not meaningful. Thus, the in-situ tube is permanently connected to the ear plug, as a result of which the positioning of the in-situ tube remains the same for both measurements.10-02-2008
20080240475Hearing assistive apparatus having sound replay capability - Hearing assistive apparatus can be implemented to include sound replay capability, the hearing assistive apparatus enabling operation in a replay mode (in which the hearing assistive apparatus replays sound that occurred prior to the current time), as well as in a current sound mode (in which the hearing assistive apparatus reproduces—and, typically, enhances—sound as the sound occurs) and/or an off mode (in which the hearing assistive apparatus does not produce sound). The hearing assistive apparatus can also, additionally or alternatively, be implemented so that part of the hearing assistive apparatus is spatially separated from another part of the hearing assistive apparatus (in particular, so that part of the hearing assistive apparatus is spatially separated from part of the hearing assistive apparatus that is ear-mounted).10-02-2008
20080285781Signal Processing System, for Example Sound Signal Processing System or a Hearing Aid Device - Signal processing system (11-20-2008
20080285780Method to Adjust a Hearing Aid Device, Hearing Aid System and Hearing Aid Device - Method to adjust a hearing aid device, the method comprising: —generating one or more acoustic signals (S11-20-2008
20080232619Method for operating a hearing device - In the English translation document, please replace the abstract with the following: An unintentional adjustment of the user-controlled control elements on the device can result within the scope of the activation of a hearing device, after a switch-on delay has elapsed. To reduce this risk, a delay in the release of the user-controlled control elements attached to the device is provided in accordance with the invention in addition to the said switch-on delay.09-25-2008
20100128905PERSONAL LISTENING DEVICE - A receiver module for a personal listening device includes a motor assembly and a housing. The motor assembly includes a movable armature. The housing defines a chamber and the housing is at least partially constructed of a biocompatible material. The motor assembly is directly disposed and exposed to the chamber without the obstruction of any intervening structure. At least a portion of the housing of the receiver module is allowed to be in contact with at least a portion of the pinna that is external to the ear canal. The chamber is divided into a front volume and a back volume.05-27-2010
20100272298METHOD OF OPERATING A HEARING DEVICE AND A HEARING DEVICE - A method of operating a hearing device is disclosed, the method comprising the steps of: 10-28-2010
20120070022SPEAKER, HEARING AID, EARPHONE, AND PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE - A speaker capable of suppressing deterioration of acoustic efficiency while allowing miniaturization of the speaker includes a first unit (03-22-2012
20080232618System and Method for Adapting Hearing Aids - This invention relates to a system (09-25-2008
20130216076HEARING AID AND METHOD OF DRIVING AN OUTPUT STAGE - In a hearing aid (08-22-2013
20090252357Method for switching a hearing device between two operating states and hearing device - Switching a hearing device from a first operating state into a second operating state is to be configured in an acoustically-friendly fashion. A first output signal power of a first audio data stream is determined for the first operating state and a second output signal power of a second audio data stream is determined for the second d operating state. Furthermore, a fading function, which represents the overall output power during a fading process, and the initial value of which corresponds to the first output signal power and the end value of which corresponds to the second output signal power, is defined. The fading process is finally implemented by mixing the audio data streams such that the overall output power corresponds to the fading function or a corresponding approximation function. Volume jumps can thus be avoided to a large degree during a switchover between operating states10-08-2009
20100150384PROVIDING HEARING HEALTH CARE SERVICES BY MEANS OF A HOME ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE - The invention suggests to use a home entertainment system (06-17-2010
20100215200System and Method for Automatically Adjusting Hearing Aid Based on Acoustic Reflectance - Method and system for automatically adjusting a hearing aid. The method includes measuring an acoustic reflectance associated with an ear canal as a function of an incident pressure and an acoustic frequency, processing information associated with the measured acoustic reflectance, determining a reflectance slope based on, at least, information associated with the measured acoustic reflectance, and adjusting, at least, one parameter associated with the hearing aid based on, at least, information associated with the reflectance slope. The reflectance slope is associated with a reflectance component varying with the incident pressure.08-26-2010
20130216075SWITCHING STUCTURES FOR HEARING AID - An apparatus is provided that includes an input system, an output system, and a sensor for sensing magnetic fields. In one example, a signal processing circuit electrically connects the input system to the output system, and a magnetic sensor adapted to inhibit the acoustic input and function as a magnetic input in the presence of a magnetic field. In one example, the magnetic sensor includes a giant magneto resistive (GMR) sensor. In another example, the magnetic sensor includes an anisotropic magneto resistive (AMR) sensor. The magnetic field can be generated by, among other things, a magnet in a telephone handset. The hearing aid further is programmed based on time-varying characteristics of the magnetic field. Wireless activation or deactivation of the hearing aid is also described. Other examples and options are provided herein.08-22-2013
20100254551HEARING OPTIMIZATION DEVICE AND HEARING OPTIMIZATION METHOD - A hearing optimization device and hearing optimization method having a high boost frequency characteristic reference live for high frequency range enhancement and a low boost frequency characteristic reference live for low frequency range enhancement to achieve separate gain control of input audio signal according to frequency. An audio signal processing and generating means is also included, along with synthesized audio signal output structure.10-07-2010
20090074214ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM WITH PLUG IN ENHANCEMENT PLATFORM AND COMMUNICATION PORT TO DOWNLOAD USER PREFERRED PROCESSING ALGORITHMS - A portable assistive listening system for enhancing sound for hearing impaired individuals includes a fully functional hearing aid and a separate handheld digital signal processing (DSP) device. The focus of the present invention is directed to the handheld DSP device. The DSP device includes a programmable digital signal processor, a UWB transceiver for communicating with the hearing aid and/or other wireless audio sources, an LCD display, and a user input device (keypad). The handheld device is user programmable to apply different processing algorithms for processing sound signals received from the hearing aid or other audio source. The handheld device is capable of receiving audio signals from multiple sources, and gives the user control over selection of incoming sources and selective processing of sound. In the context of being user programmable, the digital signal processing device includes a software platform that provides for the ability of the user to select or “plug-in” desired processing algorithms for application to selected incoming audio channels and a communication port for the user to connect to a PC or other device to download preferred processing algorithms. The communication port provides the user with the ability to retrieve desirable processing algorithms from a database of available algorithms and download those algorithms directly into the device for use.03-19-2009
20090268932MICROPHONE PLACEMENT FOR ORAL APPLICATIONS - Microphone placement for oral applications are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device which can enhance and/or optimize received audio signals for vibrational conduction to the user. Received audio signals may be processed to cancel acoustic echo such that undesired sounds received by one or more intra-buccal and/or extra-buccal microphones are eliminated or mitigated. Multiple microphones may be positioned throughout the user's mouth to enhance reception of audio signals from outside sources as well as from the user's own voice. For instance, one or more microphones may be placed in contact with the inner surface of the user's cheeks to detect outside audio signals as well as in direct contact with the user's tooth or teeth to receive the user's voice through vibrational detection.10-29-2009
20100220878FSK RECEIVER FOR A HEARING AID AND A METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN FSK SIGNAL - A hearing aid (09-02-2010
20090110221Hearing apparatus using an inductive switching controller as a radio transmitter - The installation size of hearing apparatuses and in particular of hearing devices is to be reduced. Provision is thus made for a hearing apparatus with a transmitting facility including an antenna for the wireless, electromagnetic transmission of data and a switching controller including an inductor, which is used to supply energy to the hearing apparatus and the transmitting facility, with the inductor of the switching controller being identical to the antenna of the transmitting facility. This multiple use of the inductor can save on installation space. In order to avoid mutual interference of the transmitting facility and the switching controller, the signals thereof are modulated independently of one another.04-30-2009
20100322446Spatial Audio Object Coding (SAOC) Decoder and Postprocessor for Hearing Aids - An audio processor device for a hearing impaired listener is described. An input signal decoder decodes an audio input data signal into a corresponding multi-channel audio output representing multiple audio objects and associated side information. An audio processor adjusts the multi-channel audio output based on user-specific hearing impairment characteristics to produce a post-processed audio output to improve auditory scene analysis (ASA) by the hearing impaired listener of the audio objects.12-23-2010
20110110544METHOD OF COATING A HEARING AID COMPONENT AND A HEARING AID COMPRISING A COATED COMPONENT - A method for coating of a hearing aid said method comprising the deposition of an adhesion layer that does not develop corrosive reaction products. The method comprises applying an organometallic compound to the surface of the hearing aid component using vapour phase deposition, inducing a reaction to convert it to a metal oxide, then applying a silane molecule to the surface, and inducing a reaction between the applied silane molecule and the metal oxide. The invention also relates to a hearing aid comprising a component for a hearing aid provided with a hydrophobic coating comprising a layer of aluminium oxide, and a coating for a hearing aid component. The coating is produced in a system (05-12-2011
20110038497Microphone Devices and Methods for Tuning Microphone Devices - The present invention relates generally to microphone devices useful, for example, in hearing aid devices. The present invention relates more particularly to tunable microphone devices, and methods used to tune them. One aspect of the present invention is a microphone device that includes at least one microphone element. Each microphone element comprises a diaphragm suspended by a substrate; a solid electrolyte disposed on the diaphragm; an anode electrically coupled to the solid electrolyte; and a cathode electrically coupled to the solid electrolyte. The solid electrolyte is disposed between the anode and the cathode, such that ions flowing from the anode to the cathode travel through the solid electrolyte and electrons can flow in the opposite direction.02-17-2011
20090067649Transmission facility for a hearing apparatus with film conductor shielding and naturally shielded coil - Hearing apparatuses with transmission facilities for the wireless transmission are to be miniaturized further. A transmission facility for a hearing apparatus and in particular a hearing device with an oscillating circuit including a capacitor and a coil as well as an electrical line is provided in or to the oscillating circuit, with the electrical line having a shielding. The electrical line includes a film conductor with a signal line and shielding line, the shielding capacitance of which is connected in parallel to the capacitor of the oscillating circuit. The shielding capacitance can be used together with the capacitance of the capacitor in a targeted fashion as an oscillating circuit capacitance. In this way, the parasitic shielding capacitance is used as a wanted capacitance. As the shielding capacitance of the film conductor is only subjected to minimal fluctuations, it only requires a small tuning capacitor for tuning the oscillating circuit.03-12-2009
20100183176HEARING SYSTEM WITH ASSISTANCE FUNCTIONALITY - The hearing system (07-22-2010
20100177915METHOD FOR SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR A HEARING AID AND CORRESPONDING HEARING AID - A method for signal processing for a hearing aid aims to better match signal processing for a hearing aid and in particular a hearing device to a situation and includes processing an input signal in accordance with a first processing algorithm to form a first intermediate signal and processing the input signal in accordance with a second processing algorithm to form a second intermediate signal in parallel with the processing of the input signal in accordance with the first processing algorithm. The input signal is classified by a classifier. Finally, an output signal with a constant mixture ratio is formed both from the first and from the second intermediate signals, taking into account the result of the classification. This allows the advantages of a plurality of algorithms to be used at the same time. A corresponding hearing aid is also provided.07-15-2010
20120243714MICROPHONE PLACEMENT FOR ORAL APPLICATIONS - Microphone placement for oral applications are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device which can enhance and/or optimize received audio signals for vibrational conduction to the user. Received audio signals may be processed to cancel acoustic echo such that undesired sounds received by one or more intra-buccal and/or extra-buccal microphones are eliminated or mitigated. Multiple microphones may be positioned throughout the user's mouth to enhance reception of audio signals from outside sources as well as from the user's own voice. For instance, one or more microphones may be placed in contact with the inner surface of the user's cheeks to detect outside audio signals as well as in direct contact with the user's tooth or teeth to receive the user's voice through vibrational detection.09-27-2012
20100195853Electrical Connector for a Hearing Device - This invention relates to an electrical connector for generating an electrical connection between at least a first electric conductor and at least a second electric conductor, e.g. for generating an electrical connection between the lead wires of a connector mounted between the ear side unit and receiver of a hearing device and the receiver, wherein said electrical connection is based on pressure of at least one of said conductors against a pressure-sensitive conductive elastomer fixated between said at least two electric conductors. The present invention further relates to a hearing device comprising an ear side unit, a receiver and an electrical connection between said ear side unit and said receiver, wherein said electrical connection comprises at least an electrical connector as described above. The invention also relates to a method of generating an electric connection between at least a first electrical conductor.08-05-2010
20110091056HEARING AID - This hearing aid comprises a microphone (04-21-2011
20090052704Method of side definition when adjusting hearing aids - The data sets to be stored in the two hearing devices of a binaural hearing system during the adjustment are generally different. During “side definition”, the correct assignment of the two hearing devices to the ears and of the wearer is ensured. To this end, the wearer generates a signal on one of the two hearing devices, which is identified by the adjustment device and is evaluated for side definition purposes.02-26-2009
20090034767Method for adapting a hearing aid by a perceptive model - The provision of an individually adapted hearing aid for a patient is intended to be effected more quickly. A method is therefore provided by which, firstly, hearing loss data, in particular an audiogram, are generated by a person skilled in the art for example an ENT specialist, and the hearing loss data are transmitted to a manufacturer. Using a perceptive model based on the hearing loss data, the manufacturer selects a hearing aid and matches the hearing aid to the patient by means of the perceptive model. Finally, the manufacturer delivers the adapted hearing aid directly or indirectly to the patient. Due to the simplified workflow during the adaptation, the waiting times for the provision of the hearing aid are reduced for the patient.02-05-2009
20100322447MICROPHONE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING MAGNETICALLY ACTIVATABLE ELEMENT FOR SIGNAL SWITCHING AND FIELD INDICATION - A microphone assembly comprising a transducer for receiving sound and outputting a corresponding control signal. The assembly also comprises means for detecting a magnetic field and outputting a signal relating to the field. A hearing aid comprising the assembly has a processor receiving the control signal and selecting between the microphone signal and a signal relating to the magnetic field, such as a signal received from a telephone hand set or a telecoil.12-23-2010
20090028364Widerstands-identifikation - For the identification of peripheral devices on a hearing aid, these devices are provided with an identification resistor (R) that can be read out by the configuration of the hearing aid.01-29-2009
20110150249ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM ADAPTED FOR USING DECT - The invention relates to an assistive listening system comprising an audio transmitting device adapted for transmitting an audio signal and/or a control signal to a multitude of receiving listening devices and at least one receiving listening device adapted for receiving said audio signal and said control signal from said audio transmitting device. The invention further relates to a method of operating an assistive listening system and to its use. The object of the present invention is to provide an assistive listening system suitable for servicing a multitude of body worn listening devices in a wireless environment. The problem is solved in that the system is adapted to establish a digital link according to the DECT-standard from the audio transmitting device to the at least one receiving listening device, wherein the system is adapted to provide that said link is uni-directional. The system has the advantage of providing a reliable channel selection in a wireless assistive listening system comprising low power, body worn listening devices. The invention may e.g. be used for public address systems, e.g. educational listening systems, comprising listening devices adapted for being worn by a user.06-23-2011
20110249835N BAND FM DEMODULATION TO AID COCHLEAR HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS - The invention relates to: A signal processing device comprising a signal processing unit for processing an electrical SPU-input signal comprising frequencies in the audible frequency range between a minimum frequency and a maximum frequency, and providing a processed SPU output signal. The invention further relates to its use and to a method of operating an audio processing device. The object of the present invention is to provide a scheme for improving a user's perception of an acoustic signal. The problem is solved in that an FM to AM transformation unit for transforming an FM2AM input signal originating from the SPU-input signal and comprising at least a part of the frequency range of the SPU-input signal from a frequency modulated signal to an amplitude modulated signal to provide an FM2AM output signal, which is used in the generation of the processed SPU output signal. This has the advantage of providing an improved perception by a hearing impaired user of an input sound.10-13-2011
20100260363MIDI-COMPATIBLE HEARING DEVICE AND REPRODUCTION OF SPEECH SOUND IN A HEARING DEVICE - The method for providing a user of a hearing device with speech sound comprises the step of 10-14-2010
20090022344Method for signal processing in a hearing aid - Processing two input signals in a hearing aid with a first source separation and a second source separation is provided. A comparison of a first correlation with a second correlation and with a change in the first coefficient set as a function of a second coefficient set when the second correlation is smaller than the first correlation, with the second coefficient set being changed as a function of the first coefficient set when the second source separation is reset.01-22-2009
20090028365ANALOG TO DIGITAL (A/D) CONVERSION CIRCUIT HAVING A LOW DYNAMIC RNAGE A/D CONVERTER - A low-power, high-dynamic range, analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion circuit for converting an analog signal to a digital signal having a controllable amplifier for amplifying the analog signal received at an input of the amplifier in response to a first control signal and for generating an amplified analog signal, a low dynamic range A/D converter for converting the amplified analog signal to an intermediary digital signal, a controllable bit shift register for scaling the intermediary digital signal in response to a second control signal to generate the digital signal, and a gain control component (AGC) for generating the first control signal to cause the amplified analog signal to be within the dynamic range of the A/D converter and for generating the second control signal to cause the scaling to compensate for the amplification by the amplifier.01-29-2009
20080253595Method for adjusting a binaural hearing device system - A binaural hearing device system is to be adjusted individually better. A method is provided for adjusting a hearing device system having a first hearing device for supplying a first ear and a second hearing device for supplying the second ear of a hearing device wearer by configuring the first hearing device with reference to audiometric data about the first ear. Additionally, in order to configure the first hearing device audiometric data about the second ear and/or hardware information about the second hearing device are also used. Owing to the fact that the stereo hearing and both supplying hearing devices are regarded in this way as a unit, a more individualized adjustment can take place than would be the case with separate adjustment of the individual hearing devices.10-16-2008
20080253594Hearing instrument with linearized output stage - This invention relates to a hearing instrument (10-16-2008
20080205678Hearing apparatus with a special energy acceptance system and corresponding method - Supplying energy into a hearing apparatus in order to charge its rechargeable battery is to be carried out by way of components, which take up as little space as possible. Components, which are mostly already present, are thus used for the energy supply. Energy is inductively injected into the coil of a receiver, into a data transmission coil or a telephone coil for instance. Alternatively, acoustic energy can also be injected via the receiver or microphone and converted there into electrical energy. Special components need then not be provided for the energy supply process.08-28-2008
20080205677Hearing apparatus with interference signal separation and corresponding method - The perceptibility of a useful signal during the binaural supply of a user is to be improved. To this end, a hearing apparatus with at least one microphone is proposed to pick up an input signal, which has a useful sound and an interference sound. An interference signal estimation device is used to estimate the interference sound in the input sound. A signal processing device provides a first output signal on the basis of the estimated interference sound for the one ear of the user and a second output signal on the basis of the estimated interference sound for the other ear of the user. The second output signal is provided with a predetermined time offset compared with the first output signal. A virtual local displacement of the interference signal source thus results so that the useful signal can be better perceived.08-28-2008
20100027820HEARING AID WITH HISTOGRAM BASED SOUND ENVIRONMENT CLASSIFICATION - The present invention relates to an alternative method of classifying the sound environment into a number of environmental classes, such as speech, babble speech, restaurant clatter music, traffic noise, etc., based on signal level histogram values in a number of frequency bands.02-04-2010
20090087003SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN IN-EAR ACOUSTIC RESPONSE FOR CONFIRMING THE IDENTITY OF A USER - A system and method is provided for confirming the identity of a user, where the confirmation is made using biometric data. The system includes an internal speaker having an audio port, which is positioned within the ear of the user, and is adapted for producing a signal having one or more frequencies. The system further includes an internal microphone having an audio port, which is positioned within the ear of the user, and is adapted for detecting a resulting signal including the signal produced by the internal speaker and any corresponding signal reflections. A determination is then made as to whether the resulting signal detected by the internal microphone matches the corresponding predetermined expected signal, based upon a prestored hearing profile.04-02-2009
20080273726DIGITAL HEARING AID ADAPTIVE TO STRUCTURES OF HUMAN EXTERNAL EAR CANALS - The present invention relates to a digital hearing aid, which models the structures of external ear canals, sizes and shape characteristics of which differ between respective persons, obtains resonance gains generated due to the structural characteristics of the external ear canals, and performs digitization and signal processing to allow the resonance gains to be used as the gain factors of the digital hearing aid, and thus applies the gain factors to digital signal processing units. Further, the present invention proposes a gain obtainment unit capable of taking both resonance gains, generated due to the structural characteristics, and gains, obtained through a hearing test, into account, thus reducing the time required for gain fitting and possible errors, and optimizing the performance of the digital hearing aid for each individual.11-06-2008
20110064253HEARING AID WITH MEANS FOR ADAPTIVE FEEDBACK COMPENSATION - A hearing aid includes a microphone for converting sound into an audio input signal, a hearing loss processor, an adaptive feedback suppressor configured for generation of a feedback suppression signal by modelling a feedback signal path of the hearing aid, a subtractor coupled to an output of the adaptive feedback suppressor, wherein the subtractor is configured for subtracting the feedback suppression signal from the audio input signal, and outputting a feedback compensated audio signal to the hearing loss processor, and wherein the hearing loss processor is configured for processing the feedback compensated audio signal in accordance with a hearing loss of a user of the hearing aid, a synthesizer configured for generation of a synthesized signal based at least on a sound model and the audio input signal, and a receiver for generating an output sound signal based at least on the synthesized signal.03-17-2011
20110064252HEARING AID WITH MEANS FOR DECORRELATING INPUT AND OUTPUT SIGNALS - A hearing aid includes a microphone for converting sound into an audio input signal, a hearing loss processor configured for processing the audio input signal or a signal derived from the audio input signal in accordance with a hearing loss of a user of the hearing aid, a synthesizer configured for generation of a synthesized signal based at least on a sound model and the audio input signal, the synthesizer comprising a noise generator configured for excitation of the sound model for generation of the synthesized signal including synthesized vowels, and a receiver for generating an output sound signal based at least on the synthesized signal.03-17-2011
20100124346MODULAR CONNECTION ASSEMBLY FOR A HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE - The present subject matter relates to an improved connection assembly for hearing assistance devices. The improved connection assembly provides a connection system that is reliable, straightforward to manufacture, and easy to use. The present connection assembly provides a rapid replacement option for the cable and/or the receiver or other electronics connected to the cable. The present subject matter provides for a connection assembly that can be extended to provide connections for a variety of applications which are not limited to a speaker (receiver) in the ear. Sensors and new configurations of component placement are supported using the present assembly, including, but not limited to telecoils, and GMR or TMR sensors. Various electromagnetic interference issues are addressed. In some examples a shielded set of wires are included. In some examples a twisted pair of wires is included. Various combinations of wires for different applications are supported with the present connector system.05-20-2010
20120155682PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHICH PROVIDES HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY - A portable electronic device which provides hearing aid compatibility and a printed circuit board (PCB) for use in a portable electronic device are provided. The PCB comprises a body having at least one signal trace, a hearing aid compatibility (HAC) coil located in the body and electrically coupled to the at least one signal trace, and a ferrite core located in the body for amplifying a magnetic field generated by the HAC coil.06-21-2012
20100054509METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCED DISTORTION BALANCED ARMATURE DEVICES - An example apparatus comprises a drive coil energizable by a drive signal, at least one permanent magnet and at least one magnetic return path element for flux induced by the drive signal, the magnetic return path element, such as a balanced armature, being configured to provide a variable reluctance, so as to reduce nonlinearities in a displacement versus drive signal relationship. Modifying the reluctance versus flux properties of the magnetic return path of a transducer, e.g. the armature of a balanced armature device, allows compensation for nonlinearity arising in another part of the apparatus.03-04-2010
20100172523METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING USER ACTIVITIES FROM WITHIN A HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE USING A VIBRATION SENSOR - The present subject matter relates to method and apparatus for processing sound by a hearing assistance device. In one example, the present subject matter is an apparatus for processing sound for a hearing assistance device, comprising: a microphone adapted for reception of the sound and to create a sound signal relating to the sound; a transducer that produces an output voltage related to motion; a signal processor, connected to the microphone and the transducer, the signal processor adapted to process the sound signal and the output voltage, the signal processor performing a vibration detection algorithm adapted to adjust hearing assistance device settings for a detected activity; and a housing adapted to house the signal processor.07-08-2010
20110103625AUDIO PROCESSING - An audio processing arrangement (05-05-2011
20100290651PULSE STIMULATION GENERATION METHOD - A method of generating stimulation pulses for application by an auditory prosthesis. The method comprises: processing an audio input to obtain time shifted frequency data in which frequency data of one or more frequencies is temporally shifted relative to one or more other frequencies, the time shifted frequency data of each frequency representing the variation in energy at the frequency over time, and generating stimulation pulses to be applied by the auditory prosthesis from the time shifted frequency data.11-18-2010
20090010462COMPACT RECHARGEABLE THIN FILM BATTERY SYSTEM FOR HEARING AID - A rechargeable battery module for powering an external electronic device comprises a rechargeable thin film battery, a receiving induction coil, and a battery control circuit. The battery control circuit comprises a rectifier circuit, a battery charging circuit to limit the charging voltage provided by the direct current to the battery to a maximum charging voltage, and a battery discharging circuit to terminate a discharge voltage from the battery to less than a predetermined discharge voltage. A pair of output terminals to provide an output voltage to an external electronic device.01-08-2009
20120250915HEARING AID DEVICE - A hearing aid is used for a low tone frequency band, a hearing aid is used for a high tone frequency band, and a controller that compares sound pressure of the high tone frequency band split by a frequency band analyzer of the hearing aid used for the high tone frequency band with sound pressure of the high tone frequency band split by a frequency band analyzer of the hearing aid used for the low tone frequency band. If the sound pressure of the high tone frequency band of the hearing aid used for the low tone frequency band is higher by at least a specific amount than the sound pressure of the high tone frequency band of the hearing aid used for the high tone frequency band, the sound pressure of the high tone frequency band of the hearing aid used for the high tone frequency band is raised.10-04-2012
20080212813Snap-on fastening device for hearing device - With housing elements of a hearing device which are fastened to a frame for accommodating internal components of the hearing device, the use of a large number of additional parts is problematic because of the risk of losing parts. In accordance with the invention a snap-on fastening means is used to fasten a housing element to the frame of the hearing device, with an opening being provided in the housing element and the frame for accommodating the snap-on fastening means.09-04-2008
20080212812Hearing apparatus having a receiver compensation coil - A receiver of a hearing apparatus and in particular a hearing device is to be shadowed in a simple fashion against other magnetically sensitive components. To this end, an electrical coil is provided, which is attached directly to a segment of the receiver housing. The principle axis of the electrical coil is at right angles to the surface of the segment of the receiver housing. The electrical coil is also connected in series to the receiver. For compensation purposes, the electrical coil forms a corresponding counter field for the interference field of the receiver. A compensation coil of this type is easy to assemble and space-saving.09-04-2008
20120076331METHOD FOR RECONSTRUCTING A SPEECH SIGNAL AND HEARING DEVICE - Speech intelligibility is to be improved in hearing devices and in particular in hearing aids. A method for reconstructing a speech signal is therefore proposed, wherein a predefined amplitude spectrum of a speech component is stored. The amplitude spectrum of an input signal containing the speech signal is acquired. At least one matching portion and one non-matching portion of the predefined amplitude spectrum with respect to the amplitude spectrum of the input signal is detected. Finally the gain of the input signal in the non-matching portion of the amplitude spectrum is varied such that a closer match with the predefined amplitude spectrum is achieved compared to the original gain.03-29-2012
20100272297METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR FITTING A HEARING SYSTEM - The method for adjusting a hearing system (10-28-2010
20080212811BINAURAL SIGNAL ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM - A signal processing system, such as a hearing aid system, adapted to enhance binaural input signals is provided. The signal processing system is essentially a system with a first signal channel having a first filter and a second signal channel having a second filter for processing first and second channel inputs and producing first and second channel outputs, respectively. Filter coefficients of at least one of the first and second filters are adjusted to minimize the difference between the first channel input and the second channel input in producing the first and second channel outputs. The resultant signal match processing of the signal processing system gives broader regions of signal suppression than using the Wiener filters alone for frequency regions where the interaural correlation is low, and may be more effective in reducing the effects of interference on the desired speech signal. Modifications to the algorithms can be made to accommodate sound sources located to the sides as well as the front of the listener. Processing artifacts can be reduced by using longer averaging time constants for estimating the signal power and cross-spectra as the signal-to-noise ratio decreases. A stability constant can also be incorporated in the transfer functions of the first and second filters to increase the stability of the signal processing system.09-04-2008
20090060239Frequency transformation by non-linear processes in the cochlea - The invention relates to a hearing device, comprising an electroacoustic output converter, characterized in that the hearing device has a tone generator for generating a continuous tone with a constant frequency. By generating the continuous tone, high range frequencies can be transformed into audible ranges by way of non-linear transformation processes in the inner ear.03-05-2009
20110002489HEARING AID SYSTEM COMPRISING A RECEIVER IN THE EAR AND A SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFICATION OF THE TYPE OF RECEIVER - The invention relates to a hearing aid system comprising a BTE-part adapted for being located at an ear of a user and an ITE-part adapted to be located in an ear canal of a user, the ITE-part comprising a receiver for converting an electric output signal comprising frequencies in the human audible frequency range to an output sound, the ITE-part further comprising a resistive ID-element. The invention further relates to a method and use. The object of the present invention is to provide a relatively simple scheme for identifying a receiver in a hearing aid system. The problem is solved in that the hearing aid system comprises a measurement circuit for measuring an ID-parameter indicative of the resistance of said resistive ID-element, wherein said measurement circuit is adapted to use said electric output signal to determine said ID-parameter. An advantage of the invention is that it utilizes the electric output signal used for driving the receiver (speaker). It does NOT require an additional signal, for example a DC voltage, in order to determine the ID-parameter. This reduces the complexity of the circuitry and/or the firmware running in the hearing instrument. Furthermore, the detection can be done anytime where an output signal is present in the hearing aid system. The invention may e.g. be used for listening devices comprising exchangeable receivers.01-06-2011
20120321112SELECTING A DIGITAL STREAM BASED ON AN AUDIO SAMPLE - One or more digital streams can be selected from a number of digital streams using a portable device. Selection of the digital streams can be based on a comparison between the number of digital streams and an audio sample received via a microphone. Selection of the digital streams can additionally or alternatively be based on the signal strength of wireless connections, the direction in which the portable device is pointed, images obtained from a camera, etc. At least one of the selected digital streams can thereafter be transmitted to a hearing aid device connected to the portable device.12-20-2012
20080253593Hearing aid - A hearing aid is provided which comprise an audio signal input device (10-16-2008
20110274302HEARING AID - A hearing aid includes: first and second microphones; first and second A/D converters; a microphone sensitivity correction unit; a hearing assistance processing unit; a microphone sensitivity correction value calculation unit; a storage unit; a failure detection unit; a sound output unit; a D/A converter; and a receiver. The outputs of the first and second A/D converters are input to the microphone sensitivity correction value calculation unit. One output the microphone sensitivity correction value calculation unit is connected to the microphone sensitivity correction unit, and another output thereof is connected to the storage unit. An output of the storage unit and a signal output from the another output of the microphone sensitivity correction value calculation unit are input to the failure detection unit. Output signals of the failure detection unit and the hearing assistance processing unit are input to the sound output unit.11-10-2011
20130142365AUDIBLE ASSISTANCE - Techniques for sensory enhancement and augmentation are described. Some embodiments provide an audible assistance facilitator system (“AAFS”) configured to provide audible assistance to a user via a hearing device. In one embodiment, the AAFS receives data that represents an utterance of a speaker received by a hearing device of the user, such as a hearing aid, smart phone, media device, or the like. The AAFS identifies the speaker based on the received data, such as by performing speaker recognition. The AAFS determines speaker-related information associated with the identified speaker, such as by determining an identifier (e.g., name or title) of the speaker, by locating an information item (e.g., an email message, document) associated with the speaker, or the like. The AAFS then informs the user of the speaker-related information, such as by causing an audio representation of the speaker-related information to be output via the hearing device.06-06-2013
20080212810Binaural Hearing Aid System with Coordinated Sound Processing - The present invention relates to a binaural hearing aid system comprising a first hearing aid and a second hearing aid, each of which comprises a microphone and an A/D converter for provision of a digital input signal in response to sound signals received at the respective microphone in a sound environment, a processor that is adapted to process the digital input signals in accordance with a predetermined signal processing algorithm to generate a processed output signal, and a D/A converter and an output transducer for conversion of the respective processed sound signal to an acoustic output signal, and a binaural sound environment detector for binaural determination of the sound environment surrounding a user of the binaural hearing aid system based on at least one signal from the first hearing aid and at least one signal from the second hearing aid for provision of outputs for each of the first and second hearing aids for selection of the signal processing algorithm of each of the respective hearing aid processors so that the hearing aids of the binaural hearing aid system perform coordinated sound processing.09-04-2008
20130129124METHOD OF SIGNAL PROCESSING IN A HEARING AID SYSTEM AND A HEARING AID SYSTEM - A method of processing signals in a hearing aid system (05-23-2013
20090257608HEARING AID WITH A DROP SAFEGUARD - A hearing aid with a drop safeguard has an accelerometer, an electrical circuit, and a memory. The accelerometer generates an electrical signal in dependence on an acceleration of the hearing aid. The signal is transmitted to the electrical circuit which uses this to determine a jerky acceleration of the hearing aid. The electrical circuit saves the respectively current settings of the hearing aid to the memory in the case of a jerky acceleration of the hearing aid. After the hearing aid is dropped, the settings can be reconstructed from the memory so that as a result this prevents the settings of the hearing aid from being changed.10-15-2009
20130148829HEARING APPARATUS WITH SPEAKER ACTIVITY DETECTION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEARING APPARATUS - A method and device for reliably detecting one's own voice being the wearer of a hearing apparatus. A hearing apparatus includes at least two independent analysis facilities, of which each is configured to obtain speech activity data on the basis of an audio signal received by the hearing apparatus, which is dependent on the speaker activity of a wearer of the hearing apparatus. A fusion facility is configured to receive the speech activity data from the analysis facilities and on the basis of the speech activity data then to recognize whether or not the wearer is currently speaking.06-13-2013
20130148830EARPHONE - Included are a loudspeaker unit for generating sound waves, a sound conduit tube connected to the loudspeaker unit, and an ear tip connected to the sound conduit tube and having a shape having at least one opening. The sound conduit tube has a shape having: a sound hole having a first opening through which the sound waves generated by the loudspeaker unit enter, and a second opening from which the sound waves are released and to which the ear tip is connected; and a vent hole formed independently of the sound hole, and having a third opening through which a portion of the sound waves released from the second opening enters and a fourth opening from which the portion of the sound waves is released. The second opening of the sound hole and the third opening of the vent hole are connected to an identical opening of the ear tip.06-13-2013
20130148828Controlling a Link for Different Load Conditions - The present application discloses systems, methods, and articles of manufacture for determining prescription rules for a hearing prosthesis. A system in accordance with the present disclosure includes a receiver, a transmitter for wirelessly inducing electrical signals in the receiver, and first and second loads coupled to the receiver and associated with first and second applications, respectively. The system also includes a signal generator coupled to the transmitter. The signal generator is configured to energize the transmitter to transfer the electrical signals at a first duty cycle to the receiver for the first application and to energize the transmitter to transfer the electrical signals at a second duty cycle to the receiver for the second application.06-13-2013
20130182874RECHARGEABLE PARTIALLY IMPLANTABLE HEARING INSTRUMENT - A system has an implantable unit and an external unit. The external unit is fixable at the patient's head and has an audio signal source, an audio signal processing unit for processing audio signals from the audio signal source, a rechargeable power source, a transmitter for transmitting processed audio signals via a transcutaneous audio link to the implantable unit and a power transmission coil for transmitting power via a transcutaneous power link to the implantable unit. The implantable unit has a stimulator for a patient's middle ear or inner ear component according to the processed audio signals. The external unit is coupleable to the inductive charging device for inducing an AC voltage in the power transmission coil. The external unit has a recharging circuitry for transforming the AC voltage induced in the power transmission coil by the charging device into a charging current for recharging the rechargeable power source.07-18-2013
20120020504LIGHT ACTIVATED HEARING DEVICE - The invention relates to a hearing aid device for humans with impaired hearing, who have an at least partially functional cochlea and a functional nervous signalling pathway from the cochlea via the auditory nerve to the brain. The hearing aid device contains a receiver, a transducer of the sound or other acoustic signals into electrical current serving as a signal representing a sound, a pulsed irradiation source connected to the transducer for receiving the electrical current and for generating modulated pulsed irradiation in dependence from the electrical current, and preferably one or more optical fibres optically coupled to the exit of the pulsed irradiation source, wherein the optical path for conduction of irradiation within the device ends directly opposite a functional element of the natural vibration transduction pathway, e.g. adjacent the skull, the tympanic membrane, the hammer, the incus, the stapes, the outside of the cochlea, the otic capsule, the round window membrane, or the oval window membrane.01-26-2012
20120020503HEARING AID SYSTEM - Disclosed is a hearing aid system capable of increasing the clearness of sound spoken by a speaker while reproducing the incoming direction of the sound spoken by the speaker without using an inverse mapping rule. The hearing aid system includes a sound source input section which receives sounds coming from sound sources as input to convert the input sounds to first acoustic signals, a sound source separating section which separates the first acoustic signals converted by the sound source input section into sound source signals corresponding to the sound sources, a binaural microphone which is disposed on left and right ears, and receives the sounds coming from the sound sources as input to convert the input sounds to second acoustic signals, a directional sense component calculating section which calculates directional sense components representing the directional sense of the sound sources with the binaural microphone as a base point from the left and right second acoustic signals converted by the binaural microphone, an output signal generating section which generates left and right output acoustic signals on the basis of the sound source signals and the directional sense components, and a binaural speaker which outputs the left and right output acoustic signals generated by the output signal generating section.01-26-2012
20130195295Hearing Aid With A Sensor For Changing Power State Of The Hearing Aid - A hearing aid comprising a first sensor for sensing a first parameter indicative of a use situation of the hearing aid, wherein the hearing aid is adapted to change into a high power mode or a low power mode in response to the a first control signal from the first sensor. A second sensor for sensing a second parameter indicative of a use situation of the hearing aid may also be used as well.08-01-2013
20130195294HEARING INSTRUMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HEARING INSTRUMENT - A hearing instrument has a basic frame with a cavity. A microphone is inserted in the cavity such that a back volume is defined. A coating of electrically conducting material is applied to the surface of the cavity to provide an electromagnetic shielding for the microphone. The electromagnetically shielded microphone is thus not disposed in a separate microphone housing, but rather directly integrated into the hearing instrument.08-01-2013
20120294465EARPIECE WITH HOLLOW ELONGATED MEMBER HAVING A NONLINEAR PORTION - An earpiece may be used to detect sounds from an ear canal of a user. The earpiece may include a microphone assembly and an acoustic pathway that is at least partially defined by a hollow elongated member having a nonlinear portion following a spiraled path. The acoustic pathway fluidly couples the microphone assembly with an ear canal of the user when the earpiece is positioned with respect to the ear of the user. Sounds produced by the user travel from the ear canal through the acoustic pathway for detection by the microphone assembly. Also, the hollow elongated member behaves as an acoustic waveguide to amplify a desired frequency and/or attenuate other, less desirable, frequencies of the sounds produced by the user.11-22-2012

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