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20090214064RF power supply for hearing aids - A hearing aid includes an antenna and is powered by one or more signals received by the antenna. At least some of the power for operating the hearing aid is derived from a received signal. Power not used for operation is used for charging a battery, if any, in the hearing aid. The signal can be modulated for one-way communication or there is two-way communication if the hearing aid includes a transmitter coupled to the same antenna or a second antenna.08-27-2009
20100128908IC CHIP TYPE HEARING AID MODULE FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - Disclosed is an IC chip type hearing aid module for use in a mobile communication terminal having a hearing aid circuit including: a first section having a resistor R05-27-2010
20130070946AUTOMATIC POWER-OFF OF HEARING AID - A hearing aid system comprises a hearing aid (03-21-2013
20120308059Hearing Assistive System With Low Power Interface - A communications interface provides for communications between a wireless communication device and a hearing assistive device. The communications interface converts a signal, including an audio signal, received from the wireless communication device into a format recognizable by a hearing assistive device. The communications interface generates a communication signal including the audio signal based on the converted signal and transmits the communication signal to the hearing assistive device using a low power radio frequency transmission protocol. The hearing assistive device converts the communication signal received from the communications interface into a usable format, extracts an audible signal from the communication signal, and manipulates the extracted audible signal according to a criterion associated with a user of the hearing assistive device.12-06-2012
20120308058ANTENNAS FOR HEARING AIDS - An antenna configured in a hybrid circuit provides a compact design for a hearing aid to communicate wirelessly with a system external to the hearing aid. In an embodiment, an antenna includes metallic traces in a hybrid circuit that is configured for use in a hearing aid. The antenna includes contacts in the hybrid circuit to couple the metallic traces to electronic devices in the hybrid circuit. In an embodiment, the metallic traces form a planar coil design having a number of turns of the coil in a substrate in the hybrid circuit. In another embodiment, the metallic traces are included in a flex circuit on a substrate in the hybrid circuit. An antenna configured in a hybrid circuit allows for use in a completely-in-the-canal hearing aid.12-06-2012
20130064405HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES WITH ECHO CANCELLATION - According to various embodiment of a method of operating a hearing instrument, an acoustic signal pathway is provided from a microphone through a signal processor to a hearing instrument (HI) receiver in an acoustic mode of operation. An RF transmit signal pathway is provided from the microphone to an RF transmitter, and an RF receive signal pathway is provided from the RF receiver through the signal processor to the HI receiver in an RF mode of operation. An input signal representative of sound detected by the microphone is adaptively filtered. A first adaptation rate is used for the acoustic mode of operation and a second adaptation rate is used for the RF mode of operation. The second adaptation rate is faster than the first adaptation rate.03-14-2013
20090238386METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVENT REMINDER USING AN EARPIECE - A method for administering an audio message to a user of an earpiece can include receiving event information from a paired communication device, updating a personal event calendar by ordering event information to generate a first event list, generating a modified event list by grouping events in the first event list according to acceptance criteria based on event priority of event types, and generating an audio token for collective events in the modified event list for audible delivery to the ear canal. Events can be ordered by event name, event location, event data, event importance, event invitees, or event category. Other embodiments are disclosed.09-24-2009
20090010466Hearing Agent and a Related Method - A hearing agent being an entity capable of recognizing a number of predetermined sounds by an associative matrix and providing the user of the entity with an alert indicating the particular recognized sound, and a corresponding method. The agent may be implemented as a dedicated device, a module attachable to another device, or software introduced to a more general device such as a mobile terminal or a PDA.01-08-2009
20090010465Multi-component hearing aid system and a method for its operation - The invention relates to a multi-component hearing aid system, comprising at least one first component that is designed to be disposed on or in the ear of a patient for the purpose of generating and/or amplifying an auditory stimulus and at least one further component which can engage at least partially and/or temporarily in a wireless communication connection via which a data transmission can take place with the first component that is to be worn on or in the ear, wherein circuitry means are included which can place at least one source of interference contained in the hearing aid system at least during the transmission of data into an operating mode in which interference signals are coupled by said at least one source of interference into a receiver involved in the data transmission in a manner that is at least attenuated compared to the normal operating mode.01-08-2009
20120114158HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - A hearing assistance system having a transmission unit (05-10-2012
20120114157METHOD AND HEARING AID FOR DETERMINING MOISTURE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD - A method for determining moisture on a covering of a microphone opening of a hearing aid housing without additional components includes determination of an acoustic parameter originating from an earpiece in a microphone signal of a microphone disposed below the covering, comparison of the determined acoustic parameter with a reference parameter characteristic of moisture on the covering, and emission of a moisture signal if the determined acoustic parameter lies within a predefinable tolerance range of the reference parameter. An associated hearing aid and a computer program product for implementing the method, are also provided.05-10-2012
20100086155HEARING AID ADAPTED FOR ISSUING A NOTIFICATION AND A METHOD FOR ISSUING A NOTIFICATION - A hearing aid is adapted for issuing, at at least one predetermined notification time, a notification to a hearing aid user wearing the hearing aid. The hearing aid comprises digital circuitry (04-08-2010
20130163798HEARING AID SYSTEM AND A MICROPHONE DEVICE - A hearing aid system comprising a microphone device for wireless communication with a hearing aid to be worn at or in proximity to a first user, the microphone device configured to be worn at or in proximity to a second user, the microphone device includes: a housing; a microphone for conversion of an acoustic sound signal into an electrical signal; a transceiver for wireless radio frequency communication; a first antenna connectable to the transceiver; and a second antenna connectable to the transceiver; wherein the first antenna is accommodated within the housing; and wherein the second antenna is external to the housing such that the second antenna can be carried at or in proximity to the second user at a distance from the housing; and wherein the microphone device further comprises a distributor for distributing power to the first antenna, to the second antenna, or to both.06-27-2013
20100008527METHOD FOR WIRELESS DATA TRANSFER BETWEEN A HEARING AID AND AN EXTERNAL DEVICE - Data is wirelessly transferred between a hearing aid and an external device, wherein the hearing aid via an internal receiving device, receives data being sent form the external device via a wireless connection. The hearing aid is in a receiving mode when data from the external device is sent via the wireless connection, wherein the receiving device is then permanently in the on-position for receiving data. Furthermore, the hearing aid switches to a stand-by mode, when no data is sent via the wireless connection from the external device, wherein the receiving device is alternatively turned on and off, in order to detect a beginning data transfer from the external device.01-14-2010
20110299710HEARING AID - The invention is a hearing aid that is mounted on both the left and right ears and generates a notification sound to notify the user to a state change. This hearing aid comprises a first hearing aid and a second hearing aid mounted on the left and right ears, respectively. The first and second hearing aids each have a communication unit, an operating unit, a notification sound generator, and a notification sound generation delay unit. The communication unit performs communication between the first and second hearing aids. The operating unit changes the operating state of the first and second hearing aids. The notification sound generator generates a notification sound when the operating state of the first and second hearing aids changes due to operating of the operating unit. The notification sound generation delay unit controls the notification sound generator of the first hearing aid or the second hearing aid so as to delay by a specific amount the timing at which a notification sound is generated by the notification sound generator in the first hearing aid or the second hearing aid, on the basis of delay time information received through the communication unit.12-08-2011
20110299711SOUND MESSAGE RECORDING SYSTEM FOR A HEARING AID - A system for recording and playing sound messages to be applied for the indication of a status in a hearing aid (12-08-2011
20110299709HEARING SYSTEM AND METHOD AS WELL AS EAR-LEVEL DEVICE AND CONTROL DEVICE APPLIED THEREIN - An ear-level hearing device and a handheld computer (e.g., smartphone) with a graphical user interface determines a subject's own hearing threshold. Hardware includes the smartphone, viewing screen of the smartphone, smartphone software, ear level hearing device, transmitter on the smartphone and receiver on the ear level device (ELD) communicating with the graphical user interface on the smartphone to the ear level hearing device. The interface software on the smartphone may include an automatic routine or buttons to vary frequency and amplitude of a frequency dependent sound presentation to the earpiece. Software installed on the hand-held smartphone system sends wireless signals to the ELD changing acoustic parameters in the listening device. The firmware/software in the ELD stores frequency/amplitude parameters of the thresholds and wirelessly delivers them to the smartphone. The smartphone device uses the threshold data to derive the appropriate amplified acoustical signal (relative to the thresholds) to the subject.12-08-2011
20100278365METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS HEARING ASSISTANCE - A method for providing hearing assistance to a user, comprising capturing audio signals by a microphone arrangement; measuring at least one mechanical parameter; selecting an audio signal processing scheme according to the measured at least one mechanical parameter; processing, by a signal processing unit, the captured audio signals according to the selected audio signal processing scheme; transmitting the processed audio signals to stimulating means worn at or in at least one of the user's ears via a wireless audio link; and stimulating the user's hearing by said stimulating means according to the processed audio signals.11-04-2010
20090196444ANTENNA USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CONDUCTORS FOR AN AUDIO TRANSDUCER - A hearing assistance device to provide sound to the ear of a user, the device comprising a housing, hearing assistance electronics enclosed in the housing, an acoustic transducer adapted to be worn in the ear, a cable assembly adapted to connect the acoustic transducer to the hearing assistance electronics, a wireless communications receiver connected to the hearing assistance electronics, and an antenna comprising one or more conductors forming at least a portion of the cable assembly.08-06-2009
20090196443WIRELESS EARPHONE SYSTEM WITH HEARING AID FUNCTION - A wireless earphone system includes a main device and two ear-hang devices. The main device having a digital signal processor, a server-end wireless transmitting module and a server-end wireless receiving module electrically connected with the digital signal processor respectively. Each ear-hang device has a microphone, a speaker, a client-end wireless transmitting module electrically connected to the microphone and a client-end wireless receiving module electrically connected to the speaker. The microphone collects an external sound wave and converts the external sound wave into an electronic signal for transmission to the digital signal processor by the client-end wireless transmitting module and the server-end wireless receiving module, and the processed electronic signal is transmitted by the server-end wireless transmitting module and the client-end wireless receiving module to the microphone for converting into a sound wave.08-06-2009
20100040248Hearing Assistance Using an External Coprocessor - Techniques are described for enhancing a hearing assist device using one or more coprocessor devices. The hearing assist device uses a handshaking protocol to detect and pair with the one or more coprocessor devices. The hearing assist device is capable of stand-alone signal processing in the absence of the coprocessor devices. In one embodiment, the hearing assist device directs processing of a signal to the coprocessor device when the coprocessor is detected. In another embodiment, the hearing assist device detects a coprocessor device and uses the coprocessor device to supplement signal processing performed by the hearing assist device. In yet another embodiment, the hearing assist device communicates with a plurality of coprocessor devices and the work of processing the signal is shared amongst the devices according to a respective functionality of each device.02-18-2010
20090180651WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL - Systems and methods are provided to wirelessly communicate with a wireless communication protocol. One aspect of the present subject matter relates to a method performed by a hearing instrument for a user. According to various embodiments, local sound is converted into a processed acoustic signal for the user of the hearing instrument, and wireless communications within a wireless network that includes the hearing instrument is controlled using a wireless communications protocol. The wireless communications protocol includes a transmission protocol module, a link protocol module, an extended protocol module, a data protocol module, and an audio protocol module. The transmission protocol module is adapted to control transceiver operations to provide half duplex communication over a single wireless communication channel, and the link protocol module is adapted to implement a packet transmission process to account for frame collisions on the channel. Other aspects and embodiments are provided herein.07-16-2009
20090147976Tinnitus masking systems - Tinnitus masking systems for treating tinnitus are described where a device is coupled to a surface of a bone or to a tooth or several teeth. Such a device may comprise an oral appliance having an electronic and/or transducer assembly for generating sounds via a vibrating transducer element. Generally, the transducer may generate one or more frequencies of sound via the actuatable transducer to transmit a modified audio signal via vibratory conductance to an inner ear of the patient to mask tinnitus during a peak of the audio signal and to allow the user to perceive the tinnitus during a trough of the audio signal. The audio signal is also modified to account for any hearing loss of the patient as well as a bone conductance profile measured from the patient.06-11-2009
20100086156SYSTEM FOR ESTABLISHING A CONVERSATION GROUP AMONG A NUMBER OF HEARING AIDS - A system for establishing within a communication network a conversation group between a number of hearing aids (04-08-2010
20120033838HEARING INSTRUMENT WITH MECHANICAL AND REMOTE-CONTROLLABLE VOLUME ADJUSTMENT - A hearing instrument, e.g. a hearing aid, has a mechanical, manually actuated volume setting element and also remote control volume adjustment. The volume setting element is a control dial with a fixed assignment of the respective rotational position to a respective volume setting. An adjustment by remote control changes the volume setting but not the position of the control dial. This results in the problem that the normally fixed assignment of the respective position of the control dial to the respective volume setting no longer holds true. If there is once again an adjustment by control dial after the volume setting was changed by remote control and the volume prescribed by the control dial is then set, unpleasant jumps in volume may therefore occur. Such jumps in volume are avoided by the following steps: detecting a change in the rotational position of the control dial, establishing a current rotational position of the control dial during the change, comparing the current rotational position to a comparison rotational position, changing the volume setting of the hearing instrument in accordance with the current rotational position only if the current rotational position has, at least momentarily, assumed the comparison rotational position.02-09-2012
20100158291ANTENNAS FOR STANDARD FIT HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - An embodiment of a hearing assistance device comprises a housing, a power source, a radio circuit, an antenna and a transmission line. The radio circuit is within the housing and electrically connected to the power source. The antenna has an aperture, and the radio circuit is at least substantially within the aperture. The transmission line electrically connects to the antenna to the radio circuit. Various antenna embodiments include a flex circuit antenna.06-24-2010
20100086154Hearing Assistive System With Low Power Interface - A communications interface provides for communication between a wireless communication device (WCD) and a hearing assistive device (HAD). In an exemplary embodiment the communications interface includes a communications module to receive an audio signal from the WCD. The communications interface transmits the audio signal to the HAD using a Low Power Radio Frequency (RF) transmitter. The HAD receives the Low Power RF signal and provides a voice signal to the HAD user via a speaker. In some embodiments, the HAD includes a microphone and a transmitter. The HAD transmits a voice signal generated by the microphone to the communications interface. Exemplary methods for using the WCD and the HAD are also disclosed.04-08-2010
20090046879MULTIPURPOSE ANTENNA UNIT AND A HEARING AID COMPRISING A MULTIPURPOSE ANTENNA UNIT - The invention relates to an antenna unit for wireless communication to a multitude of wireless interfaces comprising a multitude of individual antennas, each antenna comprising a coil comprising at least one winding and the individual antennas embrace the same volume and to a hearing aid comprising such antenna unit. The object of the present invention is to provide an antenna unit and a hearing aid providing several wireless interfaces at a relatively small volume. The problem is solved in that at least one of the coils is adapted for providing an inductive coupling to another device. Among the advantages are reduced space/volume, reduced cost and reduced sensitivity to production tolerances compared to a solution comprising individual, separate antennas. The invention may e.g. be used in wireless communication devices, e.g. mobile telephones, head phones, head sets, hearing aids, etc.02-19-2009
20090169038HEARING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A WIRELESS RECEIVING AND/OR SENDING OF DATA - The present invention is related in particular to means for a wireless communication to and from a hearing device (07-02-2009
20090141918Wireless listening system - A wireless listening system includes a base operable to receive an electrical signal corresponding to an audio signal, including the ring of an incoming telephone call, up-convert the audio signal to an infrared signal, and transmit the infrared audio signal wirelessly therefrom, and a wireless headset operable to selectably receive either the infrared audio signal transmitted by the base, or an infrared signal corresponding to an audio signal transmitted by a public address system, down-convert the received signal back into the audio signal, and audibly reproduce the audio signal to a wearer of the headset. The system enables a hearing impaired listeners to enjoy their favorite audio programs without disturbing nearby persons with normal hearing and without missing an incoming telephone call, and is also compatible with public IR PA systems currently used to assist the hearing impaired community.06-04-2009
20090296967HEARING AID SYSTEM WITH A LOW POWER WIRELESS LINK BETWEEN A HEARING INSTRUMENT AND A TELEPHONE - The invention relates to wireless communication between listening devices, in particular to a hearing aid system comprising a hearing instrument and a telephone apparatus. The invention further relates to a method of receiving a telephone call and to the use of a hearing aid system. The object of the present invention is to provide a relatively simple, reliable scheme for receiving a telephone call in a hearing instrument. The problem is solved in that the telephone apparatus comprises a transmitter for establishing a short range digital, low-power link to a hearing instrument comprising a corresponding receiver. This has the advantage of providing a relatively simple and low power solution, where at least the incoming part of a telephone conversation is wirelessly transmitted via a low-power link. The invention may e.g. be used for the communication between a hearing instrument and a telephone, where a standard wireless interface for local connectivity, such as a Bluetooth interface, is not technically feasible or not available for other reasons.12-03-2009
20100278367CONFIGURATION AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS DATA TRANSMISSION BETWEEN HEARING DEVICES - A configuration and an associated method for the wireless transmission of data between hearing devices include an external unit which generates and emits a carrier signal, a first hearing device with a first transponder which modulates and back-scatters the carrier signal and a second hearing device with a second transponder which receives the carrier signal that is scattered backwards and forwards and modulated by the first transponder. The external unit is, for instance, a hearing device remote control. Advantageously, little or no additional energy is needed in the hearing device for the wireless data transmission. The energy for the supply of the first transponder is delivered by the carrier signal of the external unit.11-04-2010
20100278366METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS HEARING ASSISTANCE - A method for providing hearing assistance to a user, comprising capturing audio signals by an internal microphone arrangement and supplying the captured audio signals a central signal processing unit; estimating whether a certain type of external audio signal supply device is connected to the audio signal processing unit in order to supply external audio signals to the central signal processing unit, and selecting an audio signal processing scheme according to the estimated type of external audio signal supply device; processing, the captured audio signals and the external audio signals according to the selected audio signal processing scheme; transmitting the processed audio signals to stimulating means worn at or in at least one of the user's ears via a wireless audio link; and stimulating the user's hearing by said stimulating means according to the processed audio signals.11-04-2010
20110007916TELEPHONE TO HEARING DEVICE COMMUNICATION - A telephone handset (01-13-2011
20100135512WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A communication system having at least one user worn receiver unit for receiving audio signals via a wireless audio link connected to a stimulating means for stimulating the user's hearing according to audio signals received via the audio link; and a plurality of user worn transmission units and a microphone arrangement for capturing audio signals from the respective user's voice, an audio signal transmission portion for establishing the wireless audio link to at least one receiver unit to transmit the captured audio signals to the at least one receiver unit, an assistive digital link transceiver portion for establishing a bidirectional assistive digital link to at least one of the other transmission units and/or to an external command unit, and a control unit for controlling signal transmission of the transmission unit according to data exchanged with the control unit of the at least one of the other transmission units and/or the external command unit.06-03-2010
20120195449HEARING AID SYSTEM WITH LOST PARTNER FUNCTIONALITY - A hearing aid system includes a first (08-02-2012
20100142738REMOTE CONTROL OF HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatus of communicating instructions to a hearing assistance device, such as a hearing aid. In various embodiments instructions are formed using tones sent to the hearing assistance device. The instructions can be used to control the operation of the hearing assistance device. The signals may include dual tone multifunction signals or other nonstandard signals. Various detection processes are provided which include but are not limited to using a modified complex Goertzel algorithm to detect tones. The remote device can be a standard device or can be modified to provide the proper signals. The following techniques can be applied to hearing assistance devices including, but not limited to completely-in-the-canal devices, in-the-canal devices, behind-the-ear devices, receiver-in-canal devices, and implanted devices, such as cochlear implants.06-10-2010
20110142270METHOD FOR DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING A HEARING AID DEVICE WITH AN ANTENNA - The production of a hearing aid device suitable for wireless signal transmission is simplified by providing fastening elements connected as one piece with the housing shell. The fastening elements serve for placement and fastening of an antenna or coil in the housing shell of the appertaining hearing aid device. The production of a hearing aid device with a corresponding antenna or coil is thereby simplified. The alignment of the antenna or coil in the housing shell can also already be optimized using a computer model of the housing shell.06-16-2011
20090208043WIRELESS BEACON SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT FOR HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - A beacon device adapted to wirelessly communicate with a hearing assistance device, the beacon device comprising a sensor to sense a signal related to determination of an acoustic environment, a memory to store information relating to the signal, a processor in communication with the memory and the sensor, the processor adapted to process the information, a wireless transmitter in communication with the memory and an antenna coupled to the wireless transceiver to transmit information to the hearing assistance device.08-20-2009
20120140963STORAGE SYSTEM FOR A HEARING AID - A storage system for storing a hearing aid comprises means for providing power (06-07-2012
20120195448Tinnitus masking systems - Tinnitus masking systems for treating tinnitus are described where a device is coupled to a surface of a bone or to a tooth or several teeth. Such a device may comprise an oral appliance having an electronic and/or transducer assembly for generating sounds via a vibrating transducer element. Generally, the transducer may generate one or more frequencies of sound via the actuatable transducer to transmit a modified audio signal via vibratory conductance to an inner ear of the patient to mask tinnitus during a peak of the audio signal and to allow the user to perceive the tinnitus during a trough of the audio signal. The audio signal is also modified to account for any hearing loss of the patient as well as a bone conductance profile measured from the patient.08-02-2012
20100150387SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING HEARING ASSISTANCE TO A USER - A system for providing hearing assistance to a user having an audio signal source, a transmission unit for transmitting audio signals from the audio signal source via a wireless right ear audio link to a right ear unit having a receiver unit and a device for stimulating the user's right ear according to the audio signals received from the transmission unit and via a wireless left ear audio link to a left ear unit having a receiver unit and means for stimulating the user's left ear according to the audio signals received from the transmission unit, and a device for delaying the stimulation of one of the user's ears with the audio signals received from the transmission unit relative to the stimulation of the other one of the user's ears with the audio signals received from the transmission unit by 1 msec to 10 msec.06-17-2010
20100150386UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS INTERFACES FOR A HEARING AID - A hearing aid comprising a microphone, processing electronics connected to the microphone, a housing enclosing the processing electronics, a wireless USB controller connected to the processing electronics Other examples include method and apparatus of hearing aids with a wired USB port.06-17-2010
20090116671Remotely activated earpiece with radio and masking functions - A remotely activated ear mounted control device and a method for performing the same comprising an earpiece adapted to fit in an ear; said earpiece having circuit and control components for receiving and transmitting signals from a remote control device to control one or more earpiece functions and an amplifier in said earpiece; said earpiece further comprising a power source to power said circuit and control components and said amplifier; and a control device remotely engaging said earpiece and said circuit and control components. The earpiece further comprising: one or more earpiece functions being an alarm function; or one or more earpiece functions being a tinnitus mask.05-07-2009
20110129106HEARING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - The method for operating a hearing system comprises the steps of 06-02-2011
20110058699APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEARING AID - A programmable hearing aid receives and transmits data wirelessly from and to a portable module in proximity to the hearing aid. The portable module receives an audio signal via a telecoil and transmits the audio signal to the hearing aid, preferably in the form of an encoded digital bit stream.03-10-2011
20100254554HEARING AID, HEARING-AID APPARATUS, HEARING-AID METHOD AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT THEREOF - A hearing aid (10-07-2010
20100208922HEARING SYSTEM NETWORK WITH SHARED TRANSMISSION CAPACITY AND CORRESPONDING METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEARING SYSTEM - The hearing system (08-19-2010
20090067653WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEVICES OF A HEARING PROSTHESIS - A method of wireless communication between hearing aid devices of a hearing prosthesis. A first device selects a frequency channel for bidirectional wireless communication from a predefined series of frequency channels. A second device transmits a command signal repeatedly over the series of frequency channels until it transmits the command signal over the frequency channel selected by the first device. Subsequent commands send by the second device to the first device are initially transmitted over the selected frequency channel.03-12-2009
20110033071HEARING AID WIRELESS NETWORK - A hearing aid includes a transceiver for interconnection of the hearing aid with a wireless network, and a communication controller that is adapted for controlling data exchange through the network in accordance with a network protocol, wherein the controller is further adapted for initialisation of the network in an acquisition mode by controlling the transceiver to transmit interrogation data repetitively, and upon receipt of an interrogation data received message from another device, in a connected mode acting as a master of the network by repetitively transmitting synchronization data at intervals that are longer than the intervals between transmitted interrogation data in the acquisition mode.02-10-2011
20110019847HEARING AID DEVICE AND PROCESSING UNIT AND RECEIVING UNIT FOR THE HEARING AID DEVICE - A hearing aid device includes a processing unit and a receiving unit adapted to be coupled to transmit an electrical signal from the processing unit to the receiving unit. The processing unit has a wireless transmitter and a transmitter seal for covering the wireless transmitter and the receiving unit has a wireless receiver and a receiver seal for covering the wireless receiver. The electrical signal is transmitted from the wireless transmitter to the wireless receiver wirelessly. The electrical signal may be transmitted by induction. The transmitter seal and the receiver seal prevent any environmental influences from acting on the hearing aid device and thus protect the hearing aid device from malfunctioning or becoming short circuited. Magnetic connectors and/or mechanical connectors are provided for a stable contact between the processing unit and the receiving unit.01-27-2011
20110044484HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A wireless communications device and method for providing an output signal. The device includes a control unit for controlling the operation of the wireless communications device; a selection element connected to the control unit and configured to allow selection of several modes of output coupling for generating the output signal of the device; and, a processor connected to the control unit for processing a received signal with parameters selected according to a selected mode of output coupling. The several modes of output coupling correspond to several modes of input operation for a hearing aid to improve coupling between the device and the hearing aid.02-24-2011
20100142737METHOD FOR ASSISTING A USER OF A HEARING SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING HEARING SYSTEM - The hearing system comprises at least one request-receiving unit for receiving requests for assistance from a user and an assistance unit operationally connected to the request-receiving unit adapted to carrying out an assistance function providing assistance for the user. The assistance unit is adapted to carrying out an analysis of a current status of at least one device of the hearing system. The assistance unit is furthermore adapted to attempting to correct the current status if a faulty or inappropriate current status has been detected. The hearing system comprises a communication interface, wherein the assistance unit is adapted to attempting to establish a communication link to a remote assistance provider using the communication interface. The method for assisting a user of a hearing system, comprises the steps of receiving a request for assistance from the user by a request-receiving unit and automatically carrying out an assistance function upon the receiving.06-10-2010
20110085687METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING TEXT MESSAGES TO DISTRIBUTE RING TONES TO ADJUST HEARING AIDS - The present subject matter relates generally to methods and apparatus for using text messages to distribute ring tones to adjust and fit hearing assistance devices. In an embodiment, a text message is programmed including information regarding a hearing assistance device adjustment for a wearer. The text message identifies a ring tone playback sequence associated with the adjustment, and is sent to a cellular telephone via a text messaging network. When the ring tone playback sequence is played on the cellular telephone, the hearing assistance device senses the sequence and makes the programmed adjustment.04-14-2011
20090052707Hearing-aid system having magnetic-field sensors - A hearing-aid system having two hearing aids that automatic detect a “telephoning” hearing situation and automatic deactivating of the hearing aids on being removed from the head. The hearing aids each include a sensor device to detect if a magnetic field exceeds a specific field strength. Data pertaining thereto can be exchanged between the hearing aids via wireless signals. If a magnetic field is detected by only one of the two hearing aids, then it can be inferred therefrom that the “telephoning” hearing situation applies. If, conversely, both hearing aids detect a magnetic field simultaneously, then both hearing aids are will be deactivated automatically.02-26-2009
20090245551Hearing Aid With Adaptive Data Reception Timing - A hearing aid with a communication circuit for wireless communication, the circuit includes a receiver for reception of data, and a communication controller that is configured for determining a delay between a receiver activation and an actual start of reception of data, and adjusting a next receiver activation in accordance with the determined delay.10-01-2009
20100034405METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEARING DEVICE AS WELL AS A HEARING DEVICE - In order to switch between different hearing programs to adjust to a momentary acoustic surround situation, a method is provided to operate a hearing device as well as a hearing device. Signals, or parameters of a transfer function, are changed smoothly in order to form a smooth transition from a momentary to a desired value. Thereby, the advantage is obtained to eliminate undesired abrupt switching operation when a hearing program switching is necessary.02-11-2010
20100054512SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION LINKS FOR HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - Various system embodiments comprise a plurality of devices adapted to wirelessly communicate with each other. The plurality of devices includes a battery-operated hearing assistance device adapted to be worn by a person. The hearing aid device includes a signal processing circuitry connected to a microphone and a receiver. At least one of the plurality of devices includes a link quality management device adapted to assess a link quality for a first wireless communication channel, provide channel metrics indicative of the assessed quality for the first wireless communication channel, and adjust wireless communication over the first wireless communication channel using the channel metrics for the first wireless communication channel.03-04-2010
20100128906HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - A system providing hearing assistance to a user having a wireless remote control for transmitting control commands as an amplitude modulated radio frequency signal, an RF power detector for outputting a signal representative of the power envelope of the RF signal received by an antenna of the RF power detector, a classifier unit for analyzing the output signal of the RF power detector to detect control commands of the remote control and to detect the presence of a source of interfering RF signals, an audio signal processing unit, and a user's ear worn part for stimulating the user's hearing according to audio signals processed in the audio signal processing unit. The classifier unit provides a control signal representing detected remote control commands and an interference signal representing the presence of a source of interfering RF signals. Operation of the audio signal processing unit is controlled by the control signal.05-27-2010
20100128907SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING HEARING ASSISTANCE TO A USER - A hearing assistance system, having an audio signal source, a transmission unit for transmitting audio signals from the audio signal source via a wireless right ear audio link to a right ear unit and a receiver unit, and an arrangement for stimulating the user's right ear, and via a wireless left ear audio link, a left ear unit having a receiver unit and an arrangement for stimulating the user's left ear, an arrangement for exchanging audio signals received from the transmission unit between the right and left ear units, a device for detecting the quality of the right and left ear links and an arrangement for selecting, as a function of the detected qualities of the right and left ear links, as input to the stimulating arrangement, the audio signals received by the respective receiver unit from the transmission unit, the audio signals received via the audio signal exchanging arrangement, and/or mixtures thereof.05-27-2010
20110249842RANGE CONTROL FOR WIRELESS HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE SYSTEMS - Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods for wireless hearing assistance devices and in particular to a controllable range control for wireless hearing assistance device systems. An advertisement is used to allow the receiver to quickly receive streaming information, thus conserving power. In various embodiments, a system for communications with a hearing assistance device includes a wireless streaming device having a range control. The range control is configured to provide a first range for an advertisement transmission and a second range for a streaming information transmission. The first range is less than the second range, in various embodiments.10-13-2011
20110249841SYSTEM FOR PROGRAMMING SPECIAL FUNCTION BUTTONS FOR HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE APPLICATIONS - Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods to provide improved control of hearing assistance devices and hearing assistance applications. The present apparatus and method can be deployed on a hearing aid, a device in communication with the hearing aid, or on both. In one embodiment a programmable control, including, but not limited to a button or switch or sensor or microphone is adapted to provide control of the function or settings of the hearing aid. In one embodiment, a programmable control for a device including, but not limited to a button or switch or sensor or microphone is adapted to provide wireless control of the function or settings of the hearing aid. In various embodiments, a programmable control for the hearing aid and a programmable control of the device are used to provide wireless control of the function or settings of the hearing aid.10-13-2011
20110075870RADIO WITH MEMS DEVICE FOR HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for wireless electronics using a MEMS device for a hearing assistance device. The present application relates to a hearing assistance device configured to be worn by a wearer, including: a housing for electronics of the hearing assistance device, including wireless electronics, the wireless electronics including one or more MEMS devices; and a hearing assistance processor adapted to process signals for the wearer of the hearing assistance device. In various embodiments, the one or more MEMS devices include a plurality of MEMS resonators In various embodiments, the hearing assistance device includes one or more microphones and the hearing assistance processor is adapted to perform hearing aid signal processing of signals received from the one or more microphones. In various embodiments, the processed signals produce a signal to be played by the receiver. Different configurations and approaches are provided.03-31-2011
20100232632HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES WITH ECHO CANCELLATION - According to various embodiment of a method of operating a hearing instrument, an acoustic signal pathway is provided from a microphone through a signal processor to a hearing instrument (HI) receiver in an acoustic mode of operation. An RF transmit signal pathway is provided from the microphone to an RF transmitter, and an RF receive signal pathway is provided from the RF receiver through the signal processor to the HI receiver in an RF mode of operation. An input signal representative of sound detected by the microphone is adaptively filtered. A first adaptation rate is used for the acoustic mode of operation and a second adaptation rate is used for the RF mode of operation. The second adaptation rate is faster than the first adaptation rate.09-16-2010
20110150255FM RADIO SYSTEM FOR DIGITAL AND ANALOG COMMUNICATIONS FOR HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - The present disclosure relates to the wireless communication of analog and digital information using a modulator adapted to communicate analog information in an analog mode and to communicate digital information in a digital mode using frequency modulated transmissions. A demodulator adapted to receive the modulated information is provided. The present subject matter can be used with hearing assistance devices to communicate voice and data information. Applications of the system include communications with assistive listening devices, hearing aids, and other hearing assistance devices.06-23-2011
20090022346A HEARING AID ADJUSTER - [Problems] To easily associate the parameters representing the acoustic characteristic of a hearing aid with the audibility of the hearing aid user, shorten the time for adjusting the hearing aid, and improve the accuracy of the adjustment of the parameter.01-22-2009
20090147977HEARING AID SYSTEM COMPRISING A MATCHED FILTER AND A MEASUREMENT METHOD - The invention relates to a hearing aid system comprising an input transducer for converting an input sound signal comprising an information signal part of a known waveform and a background noise part to an electrical analogue input signal, optionally an A/D converter for converting the electrical input signal to a digital input signal. The invention further relates to a method of making a critical gain measurement. The object of the present invention is to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of a signal to be measured or detected in a hearing instrument compared to prior art solutions. The problem is solved in that a matched filter receiving said analogue or digital input signal and optimized to improve the identification of the information signal part from the noisy input signal. An advantage of the invention is that it provides an alternative scheme for improving signal to noise ratio of a hearing aid. The invention may e.g. be used for the customization of hearing aid parameters in cooperation with fitting software and/or for improving signal to noise ratio of a detected or measured signal.06-11-2009
20080267436Radio Receiver, Radio Transmitter, and Hearing Aid - A receiver (10-30-2008
20110255722HEARING INSTRUMENT CONFIGURED FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION IN BURSTS AND A METHOD OF SUPPLYING POWER TO SUCH - A hearing instrument configured to receive power from an energy source, the energy having an output voltage, the hearing instrument includes an analog-to-digital converter for conversion of an input audio signal to a digital input signal, a digital signal processor for processing the digital input signal into a processed signal, an audio amplifier for amplifying the processed signal, a communication unit for wireless data communication between the hearing instrument and another device, and a stabilizing circuit having an energy storing element and a rectifying element, wherein the energy storing element is configured to supply power to one or more of the analog-to-digital converter, the digital signal processor, and the audio amplifier, and the rectifying element is configured to prevent the energy storing element from supplying power to the communication unit.10-20-2011
20110261982HEARING AID DEVICE - With the hearing aid device of the present invention, when the power is turned on, communication starts between the first and second hearing aids, and until this communication is established, it is recognized that the power has not been switched on to the second hearing aid, and the user is notified. Also, if the battery of the second hearing aid should die during use, a dead battery notification is sent to the first hearing aid, and if communication between the first and second hearing aids is blocked, the user is notified on the side of the first hearing aid that is operating.10-27-2011
20100329491SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING AMPLIFIED AUDIO SIGNALS TO A USER - Disclosed is a system for transmitting amplified audio signals to a user, wherein the system comprises a receiver unit, a transmitter unit and a base unit, wherein 12-30-2010
20100246867HEARING DEVICE IMPROVEMENTS USING MODULATION TECHNIQUES ADAPTED TO THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AUDITORY AND VESTIBULAR HEARING - There is provided hearing device improvements using modulation techniques adapted to the characteristics of auditory and vestibular hearing. One embodiment provides for extending hearing to the infrasonic range by extracting sounds from the high ambient noise in this range and applying them to a carrier in the ultrasonic “quiet zone.” Further extension of hearing into the ultrasonic range is provided by a modulation scheme which uses a fluid conduction coupler to match impedance for a vibration transducer applied to the skin. A variation on this embodiment integrates this ultrasonic hearing extension with normal acoustic headphones. Another embodiment compensates for high frequency hearing loss by a modulation scheme which uses middle ear resonance as an amplifier. A further embodiment combines ultrasonic transposition with wireless modulation to obtain secure communication.09-30-2010
20100246866Method and Apparatus for Implementing Hearing Aid with Array of Processors - A method and apparatus for operation of a hearing aid 09-30-2010
20120121115Hearing Aid With Wireless Signal Transmission - A hearing aid with wireless signal transmission is provided which includes a radio reception unit for wireless reception of modulated and/or coded audio signals, a device to estimate the reception quality of the received audio signal, a device to generate an acoustic limit signal whose level increases when the estimated reception quality of the received audio signal decreases, a device to heterodyne a demodulated and/or decoded audio signal with the limit signal, and a device to output the audio signal heterodyned with the limit signal to a hearing aid wearer. To generate a limit signal, the hearing aid includes a device to generate an impulse response and a device to perform the operation of convolving the demodulated and/or decoded audio signal with the impulse response. This convolution produces a desired signal which appears closer to the hearing aid wearer when the estimated reception quality is better.05-17-2012
20110135128HEARING AID - There is provided a hearing aid that reduces a possibility of loss. The hearing aid of the present invention includes a microphone 06-09-2011
20100303268System and Method for Enhancing the Inductive Coupling Between a Hearing Aid Operating in Telecoil Mode and a Communication Device - A method and system to optimize the relative position of an inductive field of a hearing aid compatible device and a telecoil of a hearing assistive device, are provided. A Steerable Hearing Aid Compatible Device (SHAD) has a steerable inductive field for locating an inductive field in accordance with the location of a telecoil in the hearing assistive device. A Telecoil Hearing Assistive Device (THAD) has a telecoil and telecoil orientation tag. The location of the telecoil of the THAD is determined with respect to a reference system and this telecoil location information is stored on the telecoil orientation tag as Telecoil Location Information (TLI) and provided to the SHAD. In an exemplary embodiment the telecoil orientation tag may be an RFID tag that is read by a tag reader of the SHAD. The SHAD receives the TLI and generates an inductive field in accordance with the TLI, such as a position that is parallel to the telecoil of the THAD.12-02-2010
20100158293PARALLEL ANTENNAS FOR STANDARD FIT HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - An embodiment of a hearing assistance device comprises a housing, a power source, a radio circuit, an antenna and a transmission line. The radio circuit is within the housing and electrically connected to the power source. The antenna has an aperture, and the radio circuit is at least substantially within the aperture. The transmission line electrically connects to the antenna to the radio circuit. Various antenna embodiments include a flex circuit antenna.06-24-2010
20100158292WIRELESS NETWORK PROTOCOL FOR A HEARING SYSTEM - A hearing system includes a first hearing instrument having a first receiver for wireless data communication with a device in a wireless network, and a first communication controller that is configured for controlling the wireless data communication in accordance with a protocol of the wireless network according to which, a transmitter of the device is controlled to transmit wireless data in a specific time slot in a frame of time slots, and the first receiver of the first hearing instrument is repeatedly enabled to receive data for an activated time period and disabled from receiving data for a de-activated time period, wherein the first communication controller is further configured for synchronising the first hearing instrument to the device in the wireless network by adjusting a sum of the activated time period and the de-activated time period to be different from a duration of the frame so that the specific time slot for the transmission of data by the transmitter and the activated time period will overlap at one time.06-24-2010
20100195854MOBILE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WITH SLIDABLE CONFIGURATION PROVIDING HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY FEATURES AND RELATED METHODS - A mobile wireless communications device is for a user wearing an electronic hearing aid adjacent an ear of the user and may include an upper housing and a lower housing being slidably connected together for sliding between a retracted position and an extended use position. An audio output transducer may be carried by the upper housing and accessible to the hearing aid of the user adjacent a top end of the upper housing, and an audio input transducer may be carried by the lower housing and accessible to a mouth of the user adjacent a bottom end of the lower housing. An antenna may be carried by the lower housing adjacent the bottom end thereof so that the hearing aid is further separated from the antenna when the upper and lower housings are in the extended use position to reduce undesired coupling from the antenna to the hearing aid.08-05-2010
20100067723USER INTERFACE FOR A COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A body worn communications device for communicating with a head-worn listening device, the communications device being adapted for receiving a multitude of audio signals and for transmitting at least one audio signal selected among the multitude of audio signals to the listening device, the communications device having a number of functional push-buttons for influencing the selection and properties of said audio signals. The communications device has a user interface having a number of functional push-buttons for influencing the state of the user interface, such as the selection (and de-selection) of an audio signal, events and properties related to the audio signal, and wherein the state of the user interface is indicated at the same button where the state can be influenced.03-18-2010
20110188684WIRELESS UPDATING OF HEARING DEVICES - The method of manufacturing a firmware-updated programmable hearing device comprising at least one processor and a memory unit (08-04-2011
20100027822Loss protection system for hearing aid devices - The miniaturization and wearing comfort of hearing aid devices increasingly runs the risks of a hearing aid device worn on or in the ear of a user getting lost without user realizing. The invention relates to a hearing aid device system comprising a first and a second hearing aid device which is worn on the head or body of a user to provide an electronic loss protection system which is reliable and easily manageable for a user. The first hearing aid device controls a presence of a radio link and/or a signal level of a signal sent from the second hearing aid device and received in the first hearing aid device. If the radio link breaks or the signal level drops below a threshold value, an information signal is generated by the first hearing aid device to inform the user of the loss of the second hearing aid device.02-04-2010
20100020994Antenna integrated with retrieval component of hearing aid - A hearing aid that includes an antenna attached to the retrieval component. Since the retrieval component extends outside of the ear canal when the main body of the hearing aid is placed within the ear canal, the attached antenna also extends outside of the ear canal. Thus, much of any received wireless signals are not shield by the ear canal, but are received directly by the antenna. Furthermore, the antenna may transmit wireless signals externally to the ear, rather than having the signals be blocked by the ear canal. This enables more reliable wireless communication with the main body of the ear canal.01-28-2010
20110216928MEDIA PLAYER AND ADAPTER FOR PROVIDING AUDIO DATA TO A HEARING AID - A media player includes a processor configured to receive media content from a content source and to process the media content produce an audio signal. The media player further includes a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the audio signal to a hearing aid through a communication channel.09-08-2011
20120148077METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEARING SYSTEM, HEARING SYSTEM AND AUDIO GATEWAY DEVICES - A body-worn audio gateway device transmitting audio signals comprised in close-range electromagnetic signals may be used outside a car, where it may provide for hands-free mobile telephony and listening to music streamed directly to hearing devices worn by a user. When the user enters the car, he or she may want to use a corresponding in-car audio gateway device for the same purposes. This typically requires manual interaction e.g. to trigger the switch-over and to maintain hands-free operation of a carried mobile phone. Furthermore, the audio gateway devices may disturb each other, which may lead to malfunction, more troublesome interaction and/or reduced audio quality. To overcome this, the invention foresees means for detecting when the user enters and/or leaves the car and for automatically disabling functions of the first audio gateway device when the user is in the car.06-14-2012
20090074216ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM WITH PROGRAMMABLE HEARING AID AND WIRELESS HANDHELD PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE - A portable assistive listening system for enhancing sound for hearing impaired individuals includes a hearing aid and a separate handheld digital signal processing device. The hearing aid includes a microphone, a digital signal processor, a speaker, a power source, an ultra-wide band (UWB) transceiver, and a control system configured and arranged to monitor a status of the power source and a status of the UWB transceiver, to receive an input signal from the microphone, to selectively route the input signal for processing responsive to the status of the power source and of the UWB transceiver, and to deliver an output signal to the speaker. The handheld digital signal processing apparatus includes a UWB transceiver, and a digital audio signal processor configured and arranged to receive the input signal from the earpiece control system, to process the input signal to enhance the input signal and to output the enhanced signal to the hearing aid control system. The hearing aid and the signal processing apparatus communicate through the UWB transceivers.03-19-2009
20120002830MULTI-MODE RADIO FOR HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES - The present disclosure relates to the wireless communication of information for a hearing assistance device including a multi-mode radio adapted to provide communications at different frequencies using frequency control. In applications of hearing aids, the processor is adapted to perform correction of sound for a hearing impaired user. In certain examples the present subject matter provides an inductive portion for inductive communications. In various applications the multi-mode radio can be used for long range and short range communications.01-05-2012
20120002831ELECTRICAL HEARING AID ADAPTER - An electrical hearing aid adapter is provided. The electrical hearing aid adapter may be configured to transfer programming data to a hearing aid having a first end portion formed in such a manner that it corresponds to the shape of a battery compartment receiving chamber being configured to receive a hearing aid battery compartment. The electrical hearing adapter may further include an interface configured to receive programming data and to transfer received programming data to an electrical contact portion arranged on the first end portion. The first electrical contact portion may be arranged such that it electrically contacts to a second electrical contact portion placed in the battery compartment receiving chamber, when the first end portion is inserted into the battery compartment receiving chamber.01-05-2012
20120014545Hearing Instrument and Method for Providing Hearing Assistance - There is provided a hearing instrument comprising an audio signal processing unit for processing audio signals and means for mechanically applying acoustic waves to the blood in a blood vessel of a user in the audible frequency range according to the processed audio signals in order to stimulate the user's hearing sense.01-19-2012
20080260191EXTERNAL EAR CANAL VOICE DETECTION - Ear-level full duplex audio communication systems each include one or two ear attachment devices, such as in-the-ear (ITE) or behind-the-ear (BTE) devices, that wirelessly communicates to a remote device such as a computer, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a cellular phone, a walkie talkie, or a language translator. When used as a hearing aid, such a system allows a hearing impaired individual to communicate with or through the remote device, such as to talk to another person through a cellular phone. When being used as an ear piece wirelessly extended from the remote device, such system allows an individual with normal hearing to privately communicate with or through the remote device without the need of holding the device or wearing any device wired to the remote device. Each ear attachment device includes a voice operated exchange (VOX), housed within the device, to preserve energy and hence, maximize the period between battery replacement or recharges. The VOX also gates various sounds detected by the system to control possible echoes and ringing.10-23-2008
20120300963HEARING AID FEEDBACK NOISE ALARMS - Disclosed are methods and systems for informing a user about hearing aid feedback noise including, for example, receiving, through one or more microphones, an acoustic signal sample, analyzing the acoustic signal sample to determine whether feedback noise is present in the acoustic signal sample, and displaying to the user an indication of whether feedback noise is present in the acoustic signal sample.11-29-2012
20100172526METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AS WELL AS A TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - A transmission system and a method for controlling the transmission system comprising at least one interface unit and at least one adjustable device are disclosed. The method includes configuring the at least one interface unit according to interface configuration parameters, and enabling the at least one interface unit according to the interface configuration parameters. The method can also include transmitting device configuration parameters from the at least one interface unit to at least one of the adjustable devices, configuring the at least one adjustable device according to the device configuration parameters, and enabling the at least one adjustable device according to the device configuration parameters in order to transmit data via the second link.07-08-2010
20100172525HEARING DEVICE WITH RF COMMUNICATION - In a hearing device with an audio signal processing stage (07-08-2010
20120314890WIRELESS HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A hearing assistance system having a plurality of transmission units, a microphone arrangement and a digital transmitter for transmitting audio signals as audio data packets via a wireless digital audio link; at least one user worn receiver unit; a relay unit with a mixing unit for producing a mixed audio signal from audio signals received and at least one digital transceiver for receiving audio signals from the transmission units via the digital audio link and for transmitting the mixed audio signal via the wireless digital audio link as audio data packets to a digital receiver of the receiver unit(s) for stimulating the hearing of the user(s) according to audio signals supplied from the receiver unit, the relay unit and each transmission unit transmitting each audio data packet in at least one allocated separate slot of a TDMA frame at a different frequency according to a frequency hopping sequence.12-13-2012
20100092017HEARING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - The hearing system (04-15-2010
20120213394WIRELESS DATA TRANSMISSION WITH PREDICTIVE TRANSMISSION ADJUSTMENT - The present disclosure provides a method wherein preceding and succeeding data elements of a data element to be sent next are analyzed in order to set a signal pattern which can be correctly recovered on the receiving side in spite of intersymbol interference. More particularly, depending on the transmission characteristics of the transmission path, the content of a window within the data stream to be sent wirelessly is examined in order to determine an energy content with which a data symbol has to be sent so that the data can be recovered securely.08-23-2012
20120213393PROVIDING NOTIFICATION SOUNDS IN A CUSTOMIZABLE MANNER - Broadly speaking, the embodiments disclosed herein describe an apparatus, system, and method that allow a user to perceive notifications (audible or otherwise) corresponding to an external event in any manner deemed appropriate.08-23-2012
20120163640WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM USING CUSTOM EARMOLD - An apparatus for an ear of a user comprising a custom-fitted, in-the-ear earmold, receiver electronics detachably connected to the earmold and amplifier electronics detachably and electrically connected to the receiver electronics. In some embodiments, the amplifier electronics include a wireless communications module with wireless communications electronics disposed in the wireless communications module, wherein the wireless communications electronics support wireless communications between the user and a device. Such teachings in various examples are applied to occluding and non-occluding hearing device embodiments. Additional systems and apparatus can be found in the specification and as provided by the attached claims and their equivalents.06-28-2012
20120177235METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION IN HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS - A system collects information on performance of short-range wireless communication in local hearing aid systems. The information is analyzed, for example, to inform local users to adjust the local hearing aid systems, to adjust operational parameters for improving wireless communication in the local hearing aid systems, and/or to improve wireless connectivity and reliability in future products.07-12-2012
20100272299BODY-WORN WIRELESS TRANSDUCER MODULE - The present invention relates to an externally worn transducer module (10-28-2010
20120224732HEARING ASSISTANCE SYTEM AND METHOD - A system for providing hearing assistance to at least one user, having: at least one audio signal source (09-06-2012
20100054511Wireless gateway for hearing aid - A remote control unit includes an RF transceiver that complies with a Bluetooth® standard and an RF transmitter that does not comply with the Bluetooth® standard, whereby the remote control unit serves as a wireless gateway between Bluetooth® compliant devices and the hearing aid. The hearing aid can further include a transmitter and the remote control unit can further include a receiver, neither of which comply with the Bluetooth® standard. The transmitters operate in the ISM band at low power, minimizing power dissipation within a hearing aid.03-04-2010
20120263329HEARING DEVICE WITH AUTOMATIC CLIPPING PREVENTION AND CORRESPONDING METHOD - In digital hearing devices, it is common to reduce the preamplifier gain when very loud signals are received in order to avoid clipping. It is known to temporarily reduce the preamplifier gain with fast attack and release times when a clipping of the input signal in the digitiser is expected. Perceived signal quality of the audible signal provided to the user of the hearing device is herein improved by simultaneously providing relatively fast and relatively slow temporary reductions of the amplifier gain such that the slow gain reductions reduce the occurrences of fast gain reductions. This allows the hearing device to provide a high quality sound to the user where clipping is reduced due to the fast gain reductions and where signal artefacts, such as pumping and switching noise, produced by the fast gain reductions is reduced due to the slow gain reductions.10-18-2012
20110235836METHOD FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF DATA BETWEEN A HEARING DEVICE AND AN EXTERNAL UNIT, AND ASSOCIATED CONFIGURATION - A method and an associated configuration transmit data between a hearing device and an external unit. A first data packet is transmitted to the hearing device by the external unit. The first data packet is received by the hearing device and a second data packet is transmitted from the hearing device to the external unit. A predefinable fixed period of time elapses between the end of the receipt of the first data packet and the start of transmission of the second data packet. The external unit thereby “knows” when the first bit of the second data packet is to arrive. This offers the advantage that the reliability of a data transmission is improved. In the case of a packet-oriented data transmission fewer data packet repetitions are required, as a result of which the transmission speed increases.09-29-2011
20100202639HEARING AID WITH ANTENNA FOR RECEPTION AND TRANSMISSION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC SIGNALS - The invention regards a communication device which is adapted for placement in a users ear. The communication device comprises a shell part enclosing an input transducer for receiving an input signal, a signal processing device and an output N transducer for providing a signal perceivable as sound, a battery located at a surface part of the shell which is facing away from the head of the user, a transmission and reception circuit for transmission and/or reception of electromagnetic energy. According to the invention an antenna for radiating and/or receiving electromagnetic energy is provided such that it has a first surface turned towards the surroundings and a second surface located in close proximity of the battery.08-12-2010
20100202638COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND HEARING DEVICE - A communication system has a wireless transmitter and a wireless receiver. The transmitter is built into a hearing device to be worn at one or both ears of an individual. The hearing device has an input acoustical-to-electrical converter unit and an output electrical-to-mechanical converter unit. The wireless transmitter is operationally connectable to the output of the input converter unit. The receiver is remote from the hearing device by a distance larger than any distance between two areas at one single individual. The transmitter and receiver form a wireless communication link at least for audio representing signals.08-12-2010
20130016861HEARING AID WITH OPTICAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSION AND CHARGE SYSTEM WITH OPTICAL SIGNAL TRANSMISSIONAANM Kaempf; HolgerAACI BuxtehudeAACO DEAAGP Kaempf; Holger Buxtehude DE - A hearing aid including a hearing aid housing in which is arranged a transmitter unit for transmitting signals containing information to a receiver unit which is outside of the hearing aid. The transmitter unit generates an optical signal in the visible or outside of the visible spectral range and includes a signal generator for generating the optical signal and a modulator for modulating information onto the optical signal. The hearing aid housing includes a signal exit window that is transparent to the optical signal and through which the signal penetrates. The signal exit window has an entrance surface facing the inside of the housing through which the signal enters into the signal exit window, and an exit surface that matches the external contour of the hearing aid housing through which the signal exits from the signal exit window.01-17-2013
20080240477Wireless multiple input hearing assist device - A wireless hearing assist device including a microphone unit and a receiver unit. The microphone unit includes a microphone that receives audio signals, a frequency profile adjustment control circuit that adjusts frequency profile of the received audio signals based on input by a user, and a transmitter that wirelessly transmits the adjusted audio signals. The receiver unit is adapted to be worn by the user and includes a receiver that wirelessly receives the adjusted audio signals transmitted by the transmitter, and a speaker that generates sound based on the adjusted audio signals. In at least one embodiment, the microphone unit includes a Bluetooth enabled RF communication link for wireless communication with an external device other than the receiver unit.10-02-2008
20080226107Transmission method with dynamic transmission power adjustment and corresponding hearing device system - With the date transmission in a hearing device system, overloads are to be avoided and the energy consumption during transmission is to be kept as low as possible. To this end, a transmission method and a corresponding system for the inductive transmission is proposed, in which the receiver returns an item of quality information relating to the received signal back to the transmitter. The transmission power of the transmitter is then dynamically varied as a function of the item of quality information. With unidirectional transmission, the transmitter can obtain an item of distance information relating to the distance of the receiver from the transmitter and thereupon adjust the transmission power accordingly.09-18-2008
20130177189System and Method for Automated Hearing Aid Profile Update - A method includes receiving a new hearing aid profile generating instruction, generating a new hearing aid profile corresponding to each of a plurality of hearing aid users in response to receiving the new hearing aid profile, and providing the new hearing aid profile to a computing device associated with the hearing aid users.07-11-2013
20130177188SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE HEARING AID ADJUSTMENT AND HEARING TESTING BY A HEARING HEALTH PROFESSIONAL - A system for establishing a communications to communicate with a hearing health professional, providing data related to hearing aid settings to the hearing health professional, receiving a hearing aid profile in response to providing the data, and providing the hearing aid profile to a hearing aid through a second communication link.07-11-2013
20130142367USING MOBILE CONSUMER DEVICES TO COMMUNICATE WITH CONSUMER MEDICAL DEVICES - Mobile consumer devices are used to communicate with consumer medical devices to either provide update data to the consumer medical device or to obtain data from the consumer medical device. Some data is used to evaluate performance and operation of the medical device or a biological condition of the living being that is being treated with the medical device. Other data is used to calibrate and update the consumer medical device or to enable or disable certain functionality of the medical device. Communications between the medical devices and mobile consumer devices can be performed automatically or on demand, as initiated by a user, a third party, or in response to predetermined conditions detected by the devices.06-06-2013
20130129126HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for providing hearing assistance to at least one user, having at least one audio signal source; a transmission unit with a digital transmitter for wirelessly transmitting audio signals as data packets to a frame structure from the audio signal source; at least one ear-worn receiver unit for receiving the transmitted audio signals and a hearing stimulating mechanism, the receiver unit having a digital transceiver adapted to listen, and optionally transmit, during part of each frame and to sleep during the remainder of the frame; wherein the receiver unit has a capacitor for supplying current to the transceiver during listening or transmission operation, and a controlled current source including a control unit for controlling current flowing to the transceiver and the capacitor a manner preventing changes in the current flowing to the transceiver and the capacitor caused by the transceiver switching between sleeping and listening/transmission operation and vice versa.05-23-2013
20080199030SWITCHING STRUCTURES FOR HEARING AID - A hearing aid is provided with a switch that automatically, non-manually switches at least one of inputs, filters, or programmable parameters in the presence of a magnetic field.08-21-2008
20130148831CONFIGURABLE FM RECEIVER FOR HEARING DEVICE - Hearing system comprising a hearing device and an FM receiver, the FM receiver being adapted to be operationally connected to the hearing device and to communicate wirelessly with an FM transmitter on an FM channel, the hearing device comprising memory storing configuration data indicating the FM channel and transferring means for transferring the stored configuration data to the FM receiver, the hearing system further comprising a configurator adapted to configure the FM receiver to use the indicated FM channel for communicating wirelessly with the FM transmitter. The hearing system further comprises a detector adapted to detect whether the FM receiver is operationally connected to the hearing device, and the transferring means further is adapted to transfer the stored configuration data to the FM receiver in response to the FM receiver going from not being operationally connected to being operationally connected to the hearing device.06-13-2013
20120275629WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEVICES OF A HEARING PROSTHESIS - A method of wireless communication between hearing aid devices of a hearing prosthesis. A first device selects a frequency channel for bidirectional wireless communication from a predefined series of frequency channels. A second device transmits a command signal repeatedly over the series of frequency channels until it transmits the command signal over the frequency channel selected by the first device. Subsequent commands send by the second device to the first device are initially transmitted over the selected frequency channel.11-01-2012
20130156239HEARING AID WITH IMPROVED MAGNETIC RECEPTION DURING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION - A hearing aid includes a magnetically sensitive transducer for conversion of a varying magnetic field into an audio signal, a processor configured to generate a hearing loss compensated output signal based on the audio signal, an output transducer for providing an auditory output signal based on the hearing loss compensated output signal, an RF transceiver for wireless communication, and a communication controller that is configured to turn the RF transceiver on and off, wherein the processor is further configured to generate the hearing loss compensated output signal based on an estimate of the audio signal within a time period comprising an event that the RF transceiver changes state between on and off, and wherein the estimate is based at least on a part of the audio signal input to the processor outside the time period.06-20-2013
20110286617MOBILE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE INCLUDING SHARED VOICE COIL TO PROVIDE HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY AND RELATED METHODS - A mobile wireless communications device is for use with a hearing aid including a hearing aid compatible (HAC) coil. The device may include a portable housing and a wireless receiver carried by the portable housing. The device may also include at least one image capture component and a positioning coil associated therewith and carried by the portable housing. A controller may also be carried by the portable housing for selectively operating the positioning coil for image capture, and for inductively coupling received signals from the wireless receiver to the HAC coil.11-24-2011
20110286616HEARING DEVICE WITH A PASSIVE UNIT SEATED DEEP IN THE AUDITORY CANAL - Hearing devices and, more particularly hearing aids, can be inserted into the auditory canal in an improved fashion. A hearing device has a first unit, which can be completely inserted within a human auditory canal. The first unit has a first housing into which a sound-recording element, a receiver and, connected therebetween, an amplifier are integrated. The hearing device moreover has a second unit, which is outside of the first housing and can be inserted into the human auditory canal in addition to the first unit. The second unit is galvanically connected to the first unit and configured for wireless energy absorption and for supplying the first unit with current. Hence, the first unit, together with the second unit, does not require a battery as an energy source and can thus have a smaller configuration, and therefore it can optionally be introduced further into the auditory canal.11-24-2011
20110311084SHARED COIL FOR INDUCTIVE CHARGING AND HEARING-AID-COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS IN MOBILE PHONES - A mobile communication device that is compliant with the Hearing Aid Compliance Act. The device includes a coil and circuitry that can couple, through electromagnetic induction, the output of an audio codec of the device to a hearing aid. The coil and circuitry can also be used to charge the battery of the device. The coil and circuitry can further be used, through electromagnetic induction, to transfer energy from the battery of the device to the battery of the hearing aid to charge the battery of the hearing aid.12-22-2011
20130188812PERSONAL SOUND AMPLIFIER - A personal sound amplifier device in the form of a hearing aid worn by a user not only amplifies sounds but also communicates wirelessly with an external electronic device, such as a cellular telephone. The personal sound amplifier device includes a first microphone, an amplification circuit electrically connected to the first microphone, and a speaker electrically connected to the amplification circuit for amplifying ambient sound detected by the first microphone. A second microphone is situated away from the first microphone. A radio frequency (RF) transmitter and receiver circuit is electrically connected to the second microphone and to the speaker. An antenna is connected to the RF transmitter and receiver circuit. The user's voice is detected by the second microphone and transmitted by the RF transmitter and receiver circuit, through the antenna, to an external electronic device. Signals from the external electronic device are received by the antenna and processed by the RF transmitter and receiver circuit, and are emitted as sound through the speaker for the user to hear.07-25-2013
20130188813HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - An at least partially implantable hearing assistance system, having an audio signal source, an audio signal processing unit for processing audio signals from the audio signal source, an implantable output transducer for stimulating a user's hearing according to the processed audio signals, a hermetically sealed gas-filled chamber forming part of said output transducer or forming part of an microphone as said audio signal source, a barometric pressure sensor for sensing the presently prevailing atmospheric pressure, and a correction signal unit for generating a correction signal as a predetermined function of the sensed atmospheric pressure, wherein said correction signal is adapted to be used by a pressure compensation element of the system for adjusting the system gain in a manner so as to compensate for the impact of deviations of the atmospheric pressure from a reference value on the compliance of said gas-filled chamber.07-25-2013
20120288128HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for providing hearing assistance to at least one user, having: at least one audio signal source; a first transmission unit with a digital transmitter for applying a digital modulation to the audio signals and to transmit the audio signals via a digital audio link; a second transmission unit with a digital receiver for receiving the audio signals transmitted via the digital audio link and an analog transmitter for applying an analog modulation to the received audio signals and to transmit the audio signals via an analog audio link; at least one first receiver unit having a digital receiver for receiving signals from the digital transmitter and at least one second receiver unit with an analog receiver for receiving signals from the analog transmitter; and a device for stimulating the hearing of a user according to audio signals supplied from the first and second receiver units.11-15-2012
20130195300HEARING AID SYSTEM AND A HEARING AID - A hearing aid (08-01-2013
20130195299HEARING TESTING PROBE WITH INTEGRATED TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY SENSORS AND ACTIVE TEMPERATURE CONTROL - Certain embodiments provide a hearing testing system. The hearing testing system includes a transducer and an environmental sensor coupled with an acoustic channel. The environmental sensor is configured to measure environmental conditions of the acoustic channel. The hearing testing system includes a processor. The processor is configured to receive the environmental conditions from the environmental sensor. The processor is configured to apply, based on the measure environmental conditions, correction data to a transducer response to generate a corrected transducer response. In certain embodiments, the processor is configured to control a heating element based on a measured temperature to maintain a pre-defined temperature, or range of temperatures, at a testing probe.08-01-2013
20130202137SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN AUDIO FEATURE OF A HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE - A method of using a remote control application for controlling a hearing assistance device may include displaying a user interface layout on a display of a mobile device, the user interface layout including at least one user input element associated with controlling an audio feature of a hearing assistance device; receiving a selection of the at least one user input element; translating the selection of the at least one user input element into a remote signal for controlling the feature of the hearing assistance device; and transmitting the remote signal to the hearing assistance device via a transmitter attachment coupled to the mobile device.08-08-2013
20130202138HEARING AID, HEARING AID FITTING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, SERVER DEVICE, AND COMPUTER DEVICE - A hearing aid fitting management system comprises a fitting device, a server, and a client device that are connectable to each other in a network. The server stores hearing ability data received from the client device as a hearing ability certificate, produces a prescription number corresponding to the hearing ability certificate, and sends the prescription number to the client device. The fitting device sends the server the prescription number that has been inputted. The server sends the fitting device the hearing ability certificate corresponding to the prescription number received from the fitting device. The fitting device sends the hearing ability certificate to a hearing aid, and limits the settings in the fitting of the hearing aid to within the range of the hearing ability data.08-08-2013
20130208931HEARING DEVICE - Among other things, embodiments of systems for assisting hearing for individuals are disclosed. A hand-carryable transceiver having inputs for sound or other audio signals is provided, with a transmitter for transmitting digital packets or signals with identifying information relating to the transmitter. An earpiece is adapted to receive the packets or signals from the transmitter, and direct signals to a speaker on the earpiece for hearing by an individual user. Methods for making and using the system are also disclosed.08-15-2013
20130208932METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A TELEPHONE AND A HEARING AID - The present invention relates to a system comprising a telephone (08-15-2013

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