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SURGICALLY IMPLANTED VIBRATORY HEARING AID

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20090247811MECHANICALLY AMPLIFIED PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSDUCER - A piezoelectric transducer having a component therein for amplifying the deformation of the piezoelectric element so as to increase the available transducer stroke. This amplification of the piezoelectric element may be provided by a mechanical amplifier coupled to the piezoelectric element. The mechanical amplifier is configured to exert a preloading force on the piezoelectric element.10-01-2009
20100048982Optical Electro-Mechanical Hearing Devices With Separate Power and Signal Components - A device to transmit an audio signal comprises at least one light source configured to transmit the audio signal with at least one wavelength of light. At least one detector is configured to detect the audio signal and generate at least one electrical signal in response to the at least one wavelength of light. A transducer is supported with and configured to vibrate at least one of an eardrum, an ossicle or a cochlea. Active circuitry is coupled to the transducer to drive the transducer in response to the at least one electrical signal, so as to provide the user with high quality sound.02-25-2010
20100087700Cochlear Implant Sound Processor for Sleeping with Tinnitus Suppression and Alarm Function - An external processor device is described for an implanted audio prosthesis. A low profile device housing attaches on the head of a patient user over an implanted receiver coil. A limited functionality processor within the device housing generates an implant data signal consisting of special non-representational audio data not characteristic of the nearby environment. A transmitter coil within the housing in communication with the processor transmits the implant data signal to the implanted receiver coil.04-08-2010
20120245406Vibro-Electro Tactile Ultrasound Hearing Device - The present application takes advantage of a simultaneous three pronged approach that converts sound to electricity and subsequently to vibration and ultrasound. The vibrations and electricity are transmitted via skin nerves to the brain to give the deaf or hard of hearing person “hearing sensation” through conditional reflex. The ultrasound wave is transmitted wirelessly to skull and then via bone conduction to the brain and inner ear. This hearing device is not solely dependent on the partially or totally damaged or absent inner ear.09-27-2012
20130035540Electromagnetic Bone Conduction Hearing Device - An external component for a hearing implant is described. An external housing contains an attachment magnet configured to magnetically connect with an implant magnet of an implanted signal transducer. A pair of external electromagnetic drive coils within the external housing are adjacent to the attachment magnet for conducting electrical current to develop magnetic drive signals through the skin to the signal transducer to generate responsive vibrations of the signal transducer for perception by the patient as sound. The drive coils are configured such that their respective magnetic drive signals have opposing magnetic directions.02-07-2013
20090259091BONE CONDUCTION DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF SOUND INPUT DEVICES - The present invention relates to a bone conduction device for enhancing the hearing of a recipient is provided. The bone conduction device may include a first sound input device configured to receive sound signals and generate a first electrical signal representative of the signal, a second sound input device configured to receive sound signals and generate a second electrical signal representative of the signal, electronic circuitry configured to select at least one of the first electrical signal and the second electrical signal, and an electronics module configured to generate a third electrical signal representing the sound signals based on at least of the first electrical signal and the second electrical signal.10-15-2009
20130041206EPIDERMAL DOWN-GROWTH BARRIER - A percutaneous implant for reducing the risk of post-implant infection by reducing the likelihood of epidermal down-growth between the dermis of the skin and the implant. In one example, the implant comprises a barrier member between the epidermis and the dermis about the implant. In another example, a barrier is provided by removing a portion of the epidermis from the dermis about the implant.02-14-2013
20100145135Skull Vibrational Unit - An implantable hearing prosthesis for a recipient patient is described. An implantable receiving coil transcutaneously receives an externally generated communication data signal. An implantable signal processor is in communication with the receiving coil and converts the communication data signal into an electrical stimulation signal. An implantable transducer housing is fixedly attachable to skull bone of the patient. An implantable drive transducer is in communication with the signal processor and removably engageable with the transducer housing for applying to the transducer housing a mechanical vibration signal based on the electrical stimulation signal for audio perception by the patient.06-10-2010
20100041940METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CUSTOMIZATION OF A BONE CONDUCTION HEARING DEVICE - The present invention relates to recipient customization of a bone conducting hearing device. Customization of the bone conducting hearing device may include attaching the bone conducting hearing device to a recipient, establishing communication between the hearing device and an external device, generating at least one control setting with the external device, and storing the at least one control setting in a memory device in the hearing device.02-18-2010
20090124849SPANNING CONNECTOR FOR IMPLANTABLE HEARING INSTRUMENT - Provided herein are various connectors that allow for translating the axial movement of an implantable hearing transducer 05-14-2009
20120184804Insertion System For Inserting Implantable Electrode Carrier - An insertion system for inserting an implantable electrode carrier includes an insertion instrument having a housing with a proximal end and a distal end, and a vibration generator coupled adjacent to the housing. The proximal end is configured to hold the implantable electrode carrier. The vibration generator is configured to generate vibrations in at least a portion of the electrode carrier.07-19-2012
20130046131MRI Safe Actuator for Implantable Floating Mass Transducer - An implantable hearing prosthesis for a recipient patient is described. An implantable signal transducer includes one or more electromagnetic drive coils for receiving an electrical stimulation signal and a cylindrical transducer magnet arrangement including an inner disk magnet having a first magnetic field direction, and an outer annular magnet surrounding the inner rod magnet and having a second magnetic field direction opposite to the first magnetic field direction. Current flow through the one or more electromagnetic drive coils from the electrical stimulation signal creates a coil magnetic field that interacts with the magnetic fields of the transducer magnet arrangement to create vibration in the transducer magnet which is developed by the signal transducer as a mechanical stimulation signal for audio perception by the patient.02-21-2013
20130090517Flexible Protocol for an Implanted Prosthesis - The present application discloses systems and methods for transmitting configuration between a command module and a stimulation module of a hearing prosthesis. In accordance with at least some embodiments of the disclosed systems and methods, a hearing prosthesis determines that a block of configuration data is queued for transmission. In response to this determination, the hearing prosthesis divides the amount of queued configuration data into a plurality of configuration data fragments and transmits the data fragments separately. In some embodiments, the command module appends each configuration data fragment to a different packet of stimulation commands and transmits to the stimulation module appended stimulation packets.04-11-2013
20130090518BONE CONDUCTION IMPLANT - A bone conduction implant, including a bone fixture including a male screw section configured to screw into a skull and an abutment configured to be rigidly attached to the bone fixture, wherein the abutment includes an exterior surface diameter lying on a first plane normal to a longitudinal axis of the bone conduction implant that is less than or substantially equal to the maximum thread diameter of the male screw section of the bone fixture.04-11-2013
20090306458Direct acoustic cochlear stimulator for round window access - A mechanical stimulator for evoking a hearing percept by directly generating waves of fluid motion of fluid in a recipient's scala tympani. The stimulator comprises a sound processing unit configured to process a received sound signal; and an implantable stimulation arrangement, comprising: an actuator configured to receive electrical signals representing the processed sound signal and configured to vibrate in response to the electrical signals, a stapes prosthesis having first and second ends, the first end having a surface configured to be positioned abutting the round window in the recipient's cochlea, and wherein the first end surface is substantially orthogonal to a longitudinal axis extending through the actuator, an elongate rod extending longitudinally from the actuator connecting the actuator to the stapes prosthesis such that vibration of the actuator results in waves of fluid motion in a recipient's scala tympani that evoke a hearing percept of the received sound signal.12-10-2009
20090306457IMPLANTABLE HEARING SYSTEM - A system for rehabilitating the hearing of a recipient. The system comprises: an elongate hollow access device having a symmetrical shape about a longitudinal axis through the center of the device, and comprising first and second ends each having apertures therein which have their geometric centers positioned at the longitudinal axis, wherein the access device is configured to be at least partially positioned in the mastoid bone of the recipient, such that the first end is positioned adjacent the surface of the mastoid bone, and the second end is inserted into the cochlea, and a first membrane disposed across the aperture at the first end of the device configured to vibrate in response to an acoustic sound signal presented there to, and wherein the access device has a cross-sectional diameter along its length that provides a desired amplification of the received sound signal.12-10-2009
20110015466PARTIALLY IMPLANTABLE HEARING DEVICE - There is provided a partially implantable hearing device for a user, comprising a microphone assembly (01-20-2011
20130165738Magnet Arrangement for Bone Conduction Hearing Implant - An implantable magnet arrangement is described for a hearing implant in a recipient patient. A pair of implant magnets are fixable in a common plane beneath the skin of the patient to underlying skull bone. At least one of the magnets is adapted to transform a magnetic drive signal from an external signal drive coil into a corresponding mechanical stimulation signal for delivery by bone conduction of the skull bone as an audio signal to the cochlea. Each implant magnet includes a pair of internal magnets lying in parallel planes which meet along a common junction with repelling like magnetic polarities facing towards each other, and the magnetic polarities of each implant magnet are reversed from each other.06-27-2013
20130165737IMPLANTATION OF A HEARING PROSTHESIS - A method of implanting a hearing prosthesis in a recipient, including boring an artificial passageway into the temporal bone to a middle ear cavity based on a virtual model of at least a portion of a recipient's temporal bone.06-27-2013
20120238799Magnetic Attachment Arrangement for Implantable Device - A magnet arrangement is described for use in implantable devices. An implantable housing contains a portion of an implantable electronic system. An implant magnet arrangement within the housing has adjacent magnetic sections that lie substantially in a common plane and include an inner center disc having an inner magnetic orientation in an inner magnetic direction, and an outer radial ring having an outer magnetic orientation in an outer magnetic direction opposite to the inner magnetic direction.09-20-2012
20080293998LATERAL COUPLING OF AN IMPLANTABLE HEARING AID ACTUATOR TO AN AUDITORY COMPONENT - An apparatus and method is provided for lateral contact loading of an implantable transducer relative to an auditory component. The apparatus may include a contact tip for directly contacting a lateral aspect of an auditory component, and a vibratory actuator adapted for axial displacement in response to the operation of an interconnected implantable hearing aid transducer. At least a portion of the vibratory actuator may be deflectable, wherein the contact tip is laterally displaceable upon lateral deflection of the vibratory actuator to apply a lateral loading force to an auditory component. In operation, the contact tip may be positioned to apply the lateral loading force upon initial placement and then automatically moved to maintain contact with the auditory component by virtue of deflection of the vibratory actuator, (e.g., responsive) post-implantation auditory component movement.11-27-2008
20110144415IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONE FOR HEARING SYSTEMS - An implantable microphone for use in hearing systems includes a housing having a sidewall, a first membrane coupled to a top portion of the housing and configured to move in response to movement from an auditory ossicle, and a second membrane coupled to the sidewall such that an interior volume of the housing is divided into a first volume and a second volume. The second membrane has an opening that permits fluid to flow from the first volume to the second volume. The implantable microphone also includes a vibration sensor adjacent to the second membrane and configured to measure the movement of the second membrane and to convert the measurement into an electrical signal. The vibration sensor may include a piezoelectric sensor and/or a MEMS sensor.06-16-2011
20110144414MIDDLE EAR IMPLANT AND METHOD - An improved middle ear implant and method are disclosed. The invention particularly relates to magnetic implants and to attachment devices and methods for mounting a magnet in the middle ear of a patient. The implant comprises a wire-form and a magnet disposed in a housing. The method may comprise the steps of: positioning a magnet in optimal alignment; and attaching said magnet to an ossicle in the middle ear. The method may further comprise the step of using a wire-form to attach the implant to the ossicle. Still further, the method may comprise the step of anchoring the implant to the ossicle with biological cement.06-16-2011
20110130622Inductive Signal and Energy Transfer through the External Auditory Canal - An inductive coil arrangement is described for an ear canal of a recipient patient. An inner transmitter coil inserts into the ear canal for transmitting a communication signal through the skin of the outer wall of the ear canal. The transmitter coil includes transmission wire loops that lie substantially in a common plane which curves around the central axis of the ear canal conformal to the outer wall of the ear canal. An outer receiver coil is implantable under the skin of the outer wall of the ear canal for receiving the communication signal from the transmitter coil. The receiver coil includes receiver wire loops that lie substantially in a common plane which curves around the central axis of the ear canal substantially parallel to the transmitter coil.06-02-2011
20100160714Hearing Aid - A hearing aid has a hearing aid component, a brain wave signal receiver configured to receive brain wave signals, and a hearing aid controller configured to control the hearing aid component dependent on the detected brain wave signals. Therefore the hearing aid can be controlled by the detected brain wave signals.06-24-2010
20110301404DEVICE AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A VIBRATION SIGNAL TO A HUMAN SKULL BONE - Hearing losses caused by deficiencies in a person's outer or middle ear may be compensated for by converting received sounds to vibrations and transmitting the vibrations to the skull bone (12-08-2011
20100298626BONE CONDUCTION DEVICE HAVING A MULTILAYER PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT - A bone conduction device comprising a multilayer piezoelectric element. The multilayer piezoelectric element comprises two stacked piezoelectric layers, and a flexible passive layer disposed between the piezoelectric layers. The device also comprises a mass component attached to the multilayer piezoelectric element; and a coupling attached to the multilayer piezoelectric element configured to transfer mechanical forces generated by the multilayer piezoelectric element and the mass component to a recipient's skull.11-25-2010
20120190914Hearing Aid Microactuator - A fenestration piercing the otic capsule bone of the cochlea receives a therapeutic appliance, such as a microactuator, plug, micropump for drug or therapeutic agent delivery, electrode, and the like. Several different ways of achieving a ‘water tight’ seal between the otic capsule bone and the therapeutic appliance are provided. The therapeutic appliance may be implanted with or without a sheath or sleeve lining the wall of the fenestration formed using specialized surgical burrs. The burrs permit safely fenestrating the otic capsule bone adjacent to the scala tympani of the cochlea without damaging the basilar membrane or organ of corti. This approach may also be adopted for safely fenestrating other areas of the inner ear such as the scala vestibuli, bony labyrinth of semicircular canals, or walls of the vestibule, or the oval or round windows thereof.07-26-2012
20110295053Implantable Inner Ear Drive System - An acoustic drive device for an implantable hearing prosthesis is described. A cantilevered positioning stalk has a base end fixedly coupled to an implantable signal processor, an elongated center beam supported by the base end, and an unsupported free end of the positioning stalk. An acoustic drive unit is located at the free end of the positioning stalk and adapted to convert an electrical stimulation signal from the signal processor into an acoustic mechanical stimulation signal directed to an outer surface of a patient cochlea.12-01-2011
20100317914Optically Coupled Active Ossicular Replacement Prosthesis - An active ossicular replacement device is configured to couple the malleus to the stapes, and conduct sound through the vibratory structures of the ear in response to the transmitted electromagnetic energy. The electromagnetic energy may comprise light so as to decrease interference from sources of noise external to the user. The prosthetic device may comprise an assembly that can be implanted in the middle ear in a manner that simplifies surgery. The assembly may comprise a narrow cross-sectional profile such that the assembly can be positioned in the middle ear through an incision in the eardrum, for example without cutting bone that defines the shape of the ear canal or the shape of the middle ear. The prosthetic device can be sized to the user based on a measurement of the ear.12-16-2010
20090247813BONE CONDUCTION HEARING DEVICE HAVING ACOUSTIC FEEDBACK REDUCTION SYSTEM - A bone anchored hearing device, comprises: a housing, a sound input element positioned in the housing configured to receive sound signals, and a transducer positioned in the housing configured to generate vibrations representative of the sound signals received by the sound input device.10-01-2009
20090292161MULTI-MODE HEARING PROSTHESIS - A multi-mode hearing prosthesis for enhancing the hearing of a recipient, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive a sound signal component; a frequency spectral analysis module configured to analyze the sound signal component and to categorize the component into at least a high- or lower-frequency component; a bone conduction processor configured to generate bone conduction stimulation signals from at least one of said high- and lower-frequency component for bone conduction stimulation of the recipient's skull; and a second stimulation processor configured to generate auditory stimulation signals from at least one of said high- and lower-frequency components for stimulating the recipient.11-26-2009
20120088956 BONE CONDUCTION DEVICE HAVING AN INTEGRATED HOUSING AND VIBRATOR MASS - A bone conduction hearing aid device comprising a vibrator configured to vibrate in response to sound signals received by the device. The device further comprises a housing mass forming a housing for one or more operational components of the device, wherein the housing mass is attached to the vibrator so as to move in response to the vibration. The device also comprises a coupling configured to attach the device to a recipient so as to deliver the generated mechanical to the recipient's skull.04-12-2012
20100056851Piezoelectric Nanowire Vibration Sensors - A vibration sensor includes a substrate. A first electrical contact and a spaced apart second electrical contact are both disposed on a first surface of the substrate. The elongated piezoelectric nano-scale structure extends outwardly from the first surface of the substrate and is disposed between, and in electrical communication with, the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact. The elongated piezoelectric nano-scale structure is oriented so that a voltage potential exists between the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact when the elongated piezoelectric nano-scale structure is bent from a first state to a second state.03-04-2010
20090099408METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING TINNITUS - Methods and apparatus for treating tinnitus are described where an oral appliance having an electronic and/or transducer assembly for generating sounds via a vibrating transducer element is coupled to a tooth or teeth. Generally, the transducer may generate one or more frequencies of sound via the actuatable transducer positioned against at least one tooth such that the sound is transmitted via vibratory conductance to an inner ear of the patient, whereby the sound completely or at least partially masks or provides sound therapy for habituation of the tinnitus perceived by the patient. The one or more generated frequencies may be correlated to measured tinnitus frequencies or they may be preset.04-16-2009
20090209806IMPLANTABLE TRANSDUCER - A method and device for connecting a bone conductor transducer contained in a housing to the skull bone for the transmission of vibrations characterized by, that the housing has at least one surface, which is placed against the bottom plane of a recess shaped in the temporal bone with a static force exceeding the dynamic signal forces.08-20-2009
20090149697Length-variable auditory ossicle prosthesis - An auditory ossicle prosthesis with a first and a second securing element for mechanical securement in the middle ear as well as a connecting element, which is rigidly connected to the securing elements and connects them to each other and has a receiving part and a push-in part that can be pushed into a receiving opening of the same, the connecting element being designed so as to be variable in length in the axial direction between the receiving part and the push-in part, and it being possible for the receiving part and the push-in part to be clamped in a desired relative coaxial pushed-in position, characterized in that the clamping force F06-11-2009
20120108887HEARING PROSTHESIS HAVING AN IMPLANTABLE ACTUATOR SYSTEM - An implantable actuator system is disclosed. The system comprises a hermetically sealed housing; an actuator positioned in the housing, the actuator having at least one element displaceable relative to the housing; a coupling element connecting the actuator to the recipient's ear; and a diaphragm positioned at an end of the housing to provide a hermetic seal between the coupling element and the housing, wherein the diaphragm has sufficient flexibility to permit the coupling element to transmit vibrations to or from the actuator, wherein a liquid is positioned around the displaceable element of actuator to dampen the frequency response of the actuator, and in certain aspects, to make the system insensitive to differences in pressure between inside and outside of the housing.05-03-2012
20090281368Hearing aid system including implantable housing and exchangeable transducer - A hearing aid system comprised of a housing configured for subcutaneous implantation having a portion configured to extend percutaneously into a patient's outer ear canal. The percutaneous portion is configured to functionally mate with a transducer capable of being readily exchanged via said outer ear canal.11-12-2009
20090088598METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING VIBRATIONS - Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a dental implant are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon the implant to form a hearing assembly. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.04-02-2009
20110270014HEARING PROSTHESIS HAVING AN ON-BOARD FITTING SYSTEM - A hearing prosthesis comprising an external component having an integrated user interface, a sound processor configured to process received sounds based on predefined fitting data, and an on-board fitting system configured to set the fitting data in response to control inputs received via the integrated user interface.11-03-2011
20090112051OBSERVER-BASED CANCELLATION SYSTEM FOR IMPLANTABLE HEARING INSTRUMENTS - Provided is an implanted hearing instrument having reduced sensitivity to vibration. In this regard, the instrument differentiates between the desirable and undesirable signals within an implanted microphone response. In one arrangement, an observer identifies a current operating state of the implanted hearing instrument and one or more cancellation filters are adjusted based on the current operating state. The cancellation filter(s) are used to reduce undesired signals form the implanted microphone response. In a first arrangement, the output of the implanted hearing instrument may be filtered and removed from the implanted microphone response to reduce or substantially eliminate feedback in the microphone signal provided to an implanted signal processor.04-30-2009
20090287038IMPLANTED-TRANSDUCER BONE CONDUCTION DEVICE - An implanted-transducer bone conduction device for enhancing the hearing of a recipient, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive an acoustic sound signal; an electronics module configured generate an electrical signal representing said acoustic sound signal; a transducer implanted within the recipient and mechanically coupled to the recipient's bone, said implanted transducer configured to generate mechanical forces representing said electrical signal for deliver to the recipient's skull.11-19-2009
20120296154METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING VIBRATIONS - Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a dental implant are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon the implant to form a hearing assembly. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.11-22-2012
20120296155Magnetic Attachment Arrangement for Implantable Device - An arrangement is described for an implantable medical system. An implant housing contains a portion of an implantable electronic system and has a planar outer surface adapted to lie parallel to overlying skin in an implanted patient. An implant magnet arrangement is located within the housing and adapted to magnetically interact with a corresponding external magnet in an external device on the skin of the implanted patient over the implant housing. The implant magnet arrangement includes an inner center disc having a magnetic dipole parallel to the planar outer surface of the implant housing with an inner magnetic orientation in an inner magnetic direction, and an outer radial ring having a magnetic dipole parallel to the planar outer surface of the implant housing with an outer magnetic orientation in an outer magnetic direction opposite to the inner magnetic direction.11-22-2012
20100137675BONE CONDUCTION DEVICES GENERATING TANGENTIALLY-DIRECTED MECHANICAL FORCE USING A ROTATIONALLY MOVING MASS - A bone conduction device, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive an acoustic sound signal; an electronics module configured generate an electrical signal representing said acoustic sound signal; and a transducer, comprising a mass configured to move in a rotational direction, configured to generate a vibrational force in a tangential direction with respect to a recipient's bone.06-03-2010
20090281366FLUID CUSHION SUPPORT FOR IMPLANTABLE DEVICE - A system for reducing the vibration sensitivity of an implantable microphone without an equal or greater reduction in sound sensitivity. The system reduces non-ambient vibrations by placing at least one compliant member into the path of transmission for tissue-borne vibration, but not into the path for ambient sound-induced vibration. More particularly, a fluid filled compliant member is disposed between an implanted microphone and an implant wearer's skull. The compliant member and the implanted microphone define a supported system having a natural or resonant frequency. This natural frequency may be set to a value to advantageously isolate the microphone against transmitted vibration.11-12-2009
20100280307USING A GENETIC ALGORITHM IN MIXED MODE DEVICE - Apparatus and method for at least partially fitting a medical implant system to a recipient is described. The medical implant system is configured to provide electrical stimulation and at least one other mode of stimulation to the recipient. These apparatuses and methods comprise executing a genetic algorithm to select a set of parameter values for the medical implant system. This genetic algorithm may comprise generating successive generations of child populations and then providing a determined set of parameter values to the medical implant system for use in providing stimulation to the recipient.11-04-2010
20090043149Hearing implant - The present invention concerns an actuator for an implantable hearing aid for implantation into the human middle ear. The actuator comprises a substantially elongate piezoelectric component (02-12-2009
20110207990Methods and Apparatus for Aligning Antennas of Low-Powered Intra - and Extra - Oral Electronic Wireless Devices - The present invention relates generally to the design and optimal placement of transmitting and receiving directional antennas, a priori, as used in intra-oral to extra-oral (or visa versa) wireless electronic systems regardless of the type and purpose of the data transmitted between the antennas (intra-oral and extra-oral). Systems related to the invention transmit data via electromagnetic radio waves or through an inductive loop coupling such as in stimulating the human hearing nerve (inner ear) via dental bone conduction pathway when operating in “receive mode”. “Send mode” systems related to the invention transmit non-acoustic information or voice data from inside the mouth to a receiver located outside the mouth.08-25-2011
20090131742ROUND WINDOW DRIVING TRANSDUCER FOR EASY IMPLANTATION AND IMPLANTABLE HEARING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a round window driving transducer for easy implantation and an implantable hearing device having the same. The round window driving transducer is implantable in the round window of the cochlea in the middle ear cavity, and has excellent high frequency characteristics, which can assist patients with sensorineural hearing loss to hear sound better. The round window driving transducer can be placed inside the middle ear cavity, radiate sound with high efficiency, and be implanted by surgery using a fixing part formed with shape memory alloy, shape memory resin, or a bendable spring structure. Further, the round window driving transducer can overcome problems of the prior art, such as a difficult surgery and low vibration efficiency, which would inevitably occur when floating mass transducers are implanted in a drilled groove in the bone or when various types of piezoelectric transducers are implanted in the round window.05-21-2009
20080319250Vibrator - An electromagnetic vibrator for generating vibrations in bone conducting hearing aid devices. The vibrator includes a magnetic device, a vibrator plate and an inner spring member providing an air-gap between the magnetic device and the vibrator plate. The vibrator is housed in a casing and an outer spring is arranged between the vibrator and the casing to isolate movements of the magnetic device relative to the casing. The outer spring is part of the surrounding casing and is mechanically attached to the vibratory transmitting element via an elastic sealing element. The sealing function of the hearing aid housing is provided by the outer spring attachment.12-25-2008
20090259090BONE CONDUCTION HEARING DEVICE HAVING ACOUSTIC FEEDBACK REDUCTION SYSTEM - A bone anchored hearing device, comprises: a housing, a sound input element positioned in the housing configured to receive sound signals, and a transducer positioned in the housing configured to generate vibrations representative of the sound signals received by the sound input device.10-15-2009
20090023976IMPLANTABLE MIDDLE EAR HEARING DEVICE HAVING TUBULAR VIBRATION TRANSDUCER TO DRIVE ROUND WINDOW - An implantable middle ear hearing device having a tubular vibration transducer to drive a round window is designed to input sound to a round window opposite an oval window in an inner ear. The tubular vibration transducer has a unique structure that does not attenuate the magnitude of a signal, particularly, in a high frequency band. Sound delivery effect is much higher than those of conventional schemes. It is also possible to minimize difficulties associated with and problems resulting from the operation, which the conventional methods would have. Further, the transducer can have a relatively less compact than ossicle contact type transducers, and thus be easily fabricated. The hearing device can be applied to a sensorineural hearing loss patient with the ossicle damaged. Moreover, since sound is directly transmitted without through the ear drum and the ossicle, high efficiency sound delivery is achievable and hearing loss compensation are easy.01-22-2009
20090192345BONE CONDUCTING HEARING AID WITH CONNECTION - The hearing aid according to the invention comprise: 07-30-2009
20110224481SPHENO-TEMPORAL BONE CONDUCTION COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND/OR HEARING AID EQUIPMENT - A spheno-temporal bone conduction communication equipment and/or hearing aid includes a system device, a bone skin conduction oscillator and a carrier device for supporting said abovementioned devices. The carrier device has a structural body, and the structural body allows the supported bone skin conduction oscillator in close contact with the spheno-temporal bone. The bone skin conduction oscillator contains a transducer, and the transducer converts an electrical signal into an acoustic oscillating wave and transmits the acoustic oscillating wave into the inner ear via spheno-temporal bone, or receives an acoustic oscillating wave produced by vibration of the skull when speaking and converts it into an electrical signal. The equipment implements bone conduction transmission of the acoustic oscillating wave via spheno-temporal bone, and can be used in bone conduction speaker, bone conduction microphone, bone conduction multimedia device, bone conduction hearing aid device or bone conduction communication device. The equipment can be used with a nasal bone conduction device, can avoid the defect of much external noise when using air conduction mode and overcome shortcomings of the structure easy to slide and inconvenience to add the component when using commonly used bone conduction.09-15-2011
20120078035COVER FOR A BONE FIXTURE - A cover for a bone fixture, including a recess to receive an abutment, implanted into a skull of a recipient, the bone fixture being a part of a bone conduction hearing prosthesis. The cover includes a fixation device sized and dimensioned to rigidly connect the cover to the implanted bone fixture, and a ferromagnetic material reactive to a magnetic field, wherein the cover is dimensioned to cover at least the recess of the bone fixture, and wherein the fixation device is configured to transmit vibrations induced in the cover via the magnetic field into the implanted bone fixture.03-29-2012
20120197066COUPLING APPARATUS - Coupling apparatus for coupling an implantable element to the round window membrane. The apparatus comprises engagement means in the form of a clip or a filler material for engaging the bone surface within the round window niche. This supports the apparatus in the region of the round window membrane.08-02-2012
20120197065Systems and Methods for Using a Simplified User Interface for Hearing Prosthesis Fitting - The present application discloses systems and methods for displaying and operating a user interface having one or more channel group controllers corresponding to one or more groups of hearing prosthesis channels. The hearing prosthesis may be configured to generate a plurality of signals via a plurality of channels based on a channel profile. The channel profile may define at least one intensity level for each channel. In operation, the user interface may be configured to instruct the hearing prosthesis to change the channel profile of the plurality of channels in response to receiving an input via one of the channel group controllers. The user interface may be used to fit a hearing prosthesis to a recipient. In one embodiment, an initial channel profile may be automatically determined, and the prosthesis channel profile may be adjusted by changing a representative intensity level corresponding to the channel profile.08-02-2012
20090247814BONE CONDUCTION HEARING DEVICE HAVING ACOUSTIC FEEDBACK REDUCTION SYSTEM - A bone anchored hearing device, comprises: a housing, a sound input element positioned in the housing configured to receive sound signals, and a transducer positioned in the housing configured to generate vibrations representative of the sound signals received by the sound input device.10-01-2009
20090247810CUSTOMIZABLE MASS ARRANGEMENTS FOR BONE CONDUCTION DEVICES - A bone conduction device, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive an acoustic sound signal; an electronics module configured generate an electrical signal representing said acoustic sound signal; and a transducer configured to generate motion of a mass component based on said electrical signal so as to generate one or more mechanical forces resulting in one or more of motion and vibration of a recipient's skull thereby causing sound perception, wherein one or more of the size and shape of said mass component is selectable at least partially based on a desired mechanical force to be generated by said transducer.10-01-2009
20090240099BI-MODAL COCHLEA STIMULATION - An improved implantable hearing instrument and associated method utilize a transducer to mechanically stimulate a patient's cochlea (e.g. via the round window or oval window) in response to a first electrical drive signal, and a supply electrode to electrically stimulate the patient's cochlea in response to a second drive signal. The first and second drive signals may be provided to affect mechanical stimulation across a first predetermined frequency range and electrical stimulation across a second predetermined frequency range, respectively, wherein the predetermined frequency ranges are at least partially non-overlapping. In one embodiment an electromechanical transducer, having the supply member supportably interconnect thereto, may be selectively positioned via a mounting member fixedly interconnected to a patient's skull. The supply electrode may define a distal tip that is supportably interconnected to a vibratory member of the electromechanical transducer. In another embodiment, an implantable transducer may be employed that includes an external housing and an active transducer element located within an internal chamber of the external housing for receiving the first electrical signal. Further, the supply electrode may be one of electrically connected to and defined by at least an electrically-conductive portion of the external housing of the transducer.09-24-2009
20100152527Hearing-aid transducer having an engineered surface - A hearing aid transducer adapts itself to variations in the surface of a tympanic membrane and slides over the migrating membrane without lubrication. Microscopic setae create a conforming interface between the biocompatible material of the transducer and the living tissue of the tympanic membrane.06-17-2010
20100185046METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING VIBRATIONS - Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a dental implant are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon the implant to form a hearing assembly. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.07-22-2010
20090270673METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TINNITUS TREATMENT - Methods and systems for tinnitus treatment 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 be programmed to adjust any number of settings and treatment options to 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 the tinnitus. The audio signal is also modified to account for any hearing loss of the patient as well as a bone sensitivity threshold measured from the patient and calibrated by the programming device.10-29-2009
20120245407Line Transmission for Vibratory Actuation in Implantable Transducers - A transducer arrangement for a hearing implant is described. A bendable vibration transmission tube has a proximal end attached to a vibrational actuator, and a distal end with a drive surface for coupling vibration to an outer cochlea surface of a recipient patient. Multiple vibration coupling pieces have spherical outer surfaces and are arranged in a linear sequence within the transmission tube. A proximal-most coupling piece is in mechanical engagement with the vibrational actuator. A distal-most coupling piece is in mechanical engagement with the drive surface. The outer surfaces of adjacent coupling pieces are in mechanical engagement with each other. During surgical implantation to affix the vibrational actuator in the middle ear of the patient, the transmission tube accommodates bending so as to engage the drive surface against the cochlea surface, and vibration is coupled by the coupling pieces to the drive surface to vibrate the cochlea surface.09-27-2012
20100324355DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING HEARING - An implantable device for improving hearing is provided. The device includes a vibration generator including an output region configured to apply vibrational stimulation to an inner ear fluid, a proximal electrode configured to physically attach to a wall enclosing an inner ear at a location proximal to the output region of the vibration generator, and a separate distal electrode configured to make electrical contact with an auditory nerve.12-23-2010
20110112355IMPLANTABLE SOUND SENSOR FOR HEARING PROSTHESES - A sound sensor implantable in a recipient of a hearing device. The sound sensor comprises a biocompatible housing comprising a cavity having an opening at a first end of the housing and a membrane attached to the housing so as to hermetically seal the opening, wherein the membrane vibrates in response to vibration of at least one of a structure of the recipient's ear and fluid within one of the recipient's body cavities. The sound sensor also comprises a vibrational sensor disposed in the housing configured to detect vibrations of the membrane, and configured to generate signals representative of the detected vibrations; and a transmitter configured to provide the generated signals to one or more other components implanted in the recipient.05-12-2011
20090247812DUAL PERCUTANEOUS ANCHORS BONE CONDUCTION DEVICE - A bone conduction device for enhancing the hearing of a recipient, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive an acoustic sound signal; an electronics module configured generate an electrical signal representing the acoustic sound signal; a transducer configured to generate mechanical forces representing the electrical signal for deliver to the recipient's skull; and dual percutaneous anchors coupled to the transducer and configured to receive and transmit the mechanical forces.10-01-2009
20120245408METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING ACTUATOR PERFORMANCE BY REDUCING TENSILE STRESSES IN PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILMS - Disclosed are methods and systems for improving actuator performance by reducing tensile stresses in piezoelectric thin films. In one embodiment, a piezoelectric actuator includes a substrate, a first electrode positioned on the substrate, a piezoelectric thin film positioned on the first electrode, and a second electrode positioned on the piezoelectric thin film. The displacement capability of the actuator is enhanced by reducing the tensile stresses of the piezoelectric thin film. In some embodiments, a constant DC voltage applied to the piezoelectric actuator generates compressive in-plane stresses, which counteract the tensile in-plane stresses. As a result, the overall tensile stresses in the actuator are reduced, and the actuator displacement is improved.09-27-2012
20090187065AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL FOR IMPLANTED MICROPHONE - An implantable hearing instrument is provided that reduces the response to unnaturally high vibrations (e.g., due to a patient's own voice), without necessarily or substantially affecting the response to desired signals. The implantable hearing instrument system is operative to selectively alter/lower the gain of signals that have a magnitude above a predetermined threshold. Signals having unnaturally large amplitudes (e.g., due to a patient's own voice) are amplified less than desired signals, so that a patient may experience a more representative sound.07-23-2009
20100222639HEARING DEVICE HAVING A NON-OCCLUDING IN THE CANAL VIBRATING COMPONENT - A self-retaining bone conduction hearing device having a sound processor (09-02-2010
20090105523SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPLIANCE MONITORING - Systems and methods are disclosed for determining compliance for a treatment device powered by an energy storage device by determining an average power consumption of the treatment device and a power capacity of the energy storage device; determining a start time and a stop time for using the energy storage device; determining usage based on the power capacity and the average power consumption; and determining compliance as a function of the usage, start time and stop time. In another aspect, the compliance monitoring device monitors sound delivery as a measure of compliance.04-23-2009
20110034755IMPLANTABLE UNIVERSAL DOCKING STATION FOR PROSTHETIC HEARING DEVICES - A system for implantation in a recipient comprising: first and second functional implantable components configured to interoperate in order to stimulate the recipient's ear, and an implantable docking station having a plurality of interfaces, the interfaces comprising: a first interface configured to at least one of detachably mechanically and electrically connect to the first component, and at least a second interface configured to at least one of detachably mechanically and electrically connect to the second component, wherein one of the plurality of interfaces is configured to at least one of detachably mechanically and electrically connect to a third component, and wherein the third component is configured to perform an analogous function as one of the first and second components.02-10-2011
20110178364Incus Replacement Partial Ossicular Replacement Prosthesis - An ossicular prosthesis is described which includes an elongated prosthesis member having a proximal end and a distal end. A cochlea striker mass is at the distal end of the prosthesis member and includes an outer striking surface for coupling vibration of the striker mass to an outer cochlea surface of a recipient patient. A locking clamp is at the proximal end of the prosthesis member and includes a clamp strap having a fixed end and a free end, and a locking head at the fixed end of the clamp strap which has a strap opening for insertion of the free end of the clamp strap. The clamp strap passes around an ossicle of the middle ear in a closed loop and is fixedly engaged by the locking head such that acoustic vibration of the ossicle is coupled by the prosthesis member to the cochlea surface.07-21-2011
20110245584METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING VIBRATIONS - Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a dental implant are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon the implant to form a hearing assembly. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.10-06-2011
20100197995LIGHT ACTIVATED HEARING AID 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.08-05-2010
20110152602Round Window Coupled Hearing Systems and Methods - A support can be configured for placement in the middle ear to couple a transducer to the round window, such that the transducer can be removed from the round window without damaging the round window. The support can be configured to couple the transducer to the sound window such that the support can be removed from the round window. The support may be configured to decouple the transducer from the round window such that the transducer can be removed from the middle ear of the user, for example when the support is affixed to the middle ear. Removal of the transducer from the middle ear without damaging the round window can allow safe removal of the transducer, for example when the patient wishes to receive MRI imaging.06-23-2011
20100069705HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE HAVING REDUCED MECHANICAL FEEDBACK - An electronic hearing aid apparatus comprises a first component, a second component and a cable assembly for electrically connecting the first component to the second component. The first component includes a vibration sensor for sensing acoustic vibrations and generating a vibration signal based on the sensed acoustic vibrations, electronics for processing and amplifying the vibration signal and an output port for providing access to the amplified vibration signal. The second component includes an input port for receiving the amplified vibration signal and a vibration generator for generating vibrations based on the amplified vibration signal. The cable assembly conducts the amplified vibration signal from the output port of the first component to the input port of the second component. The cable assembly includes a first connector for electrically connecting to the first component, a second connector for electrically connecting to the second component and a flexible cable portion for electrically connecting the first connector to the second connector. In some embodiments, the cable portion has a stiffness of no more than about 7.0 Taber stiffness units. In one most preferred embodiment, the cable portion has a stiffness of no more than about 1.0 Taber stiffness unit.03-18-2010
20110082327SALINE MEMBRANOUS COUPLING MECHANISM FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC AND PIEZOELECTRIC ROUND WINDOW DIRECT DRIVE SYSTEMS FOR HEARING AMPLIFICATION - A system and method for electromagnetic or piezoelectric direct drive hearing amplification using a magnetic or piezoelectric oscillator attached to a saline implant coupled to the round window membrane and secured by a titanium or platinum ribbon.04-07-2011
20110152603Optically Coupled Cochlear Actuator Systems and Methods - A transducer is configured to couple to the cochlear fluid so as to transmit sound with low amounts of energy, such that feed back to a microphone positioned in the ear canal is inhibited substantially. The cochlear fluid coupled hearing device can allow a user to determine from which side a sound originates with vibration of the cochlea and the user can also receive sound localization cues from the device, as feedback can be substantially inhibited. The transducer may be coupled to the cochlear fluid with a thin membrane disposed between the transducer and the cochlear fluid, for example with a fenestration in the cochlea. In some embodiments, a support coupled to the transducer directly contacts the fluid of the cochlea so as to couple the transducer to the cochlear fluid.06-23-2011
20110152601Optically Coupled Bone Conduction Systems and Methods - A hearing device can allow a user to determine from side which a sound originates with bone conduction vibration of the cochlea and the user can also receive sound localization cues from the device, as feedback can be substantially inhibited with bone conduction vibration of the cochlea. An output transducer assembly can be positioned on a first side of the user to vibrate a first bone tissue near a first cochlea with a first amount of energy, such vibration of a second cochlea on a second side with a second amount of energy is attenuated substantially, for example at least about 6 db, such that the user can localize the sound to the first side. A microphone may be located on the first side and coupled to the output transducer assembly, such that the user localizes the sound to the first side detects sound localization cues.06-23-2011
20110077453Systems and Methods For Photo-Mechanical Hearing Transduction - Hearing systems for both hearing impaired and normal hearing subjects comprise an input transducer and a separate output transducer. The input transducer will include a light source for generating a light signal in response to either ambient sound or an external electronic sound signal. The output transducer will comprise a light-responsive transducer component which is adapted to receive light from the input transducer. The output transducer component will vibrate in response to the light input and produce vibrations in a component of a subject's hearing transduction pathway, such as the tympanic membrane, a bone in the ossicular chain, or directly on the cochlea, in order to produce neural signals representative of the original sound.03-31-2011
20110178363PROGRAMMABLE HEARING PROSTHESES - A hearing prosthesis and method of programming a processor of a hearing prosthesis are described. In order to provide compatibility with updated fitting software, the prosthesis stores at least the transformation instructions to convert measured parameters into operating coefficients for the hearing prosthesis. As a consequence, the fitting software need not be made specifically compatible with older devices.07-21-2011
20120302823CONVERTIBILITY OF A BONE CONDUCTION DEVICE - An external component of a bone conduction device, including a vibrator and a platform configured to transfer vibrations from the vibrator to skin of the recipient, wherein the vibrator and platform are configured to quick connect and quick disconnect to and from, respectively, one another.11-29-2012
20120302822VIBRATION ISOLATION IN A BONE CONDUCTION DEVICE - A bone conduction device, including a bone fixture adapted to be fixed to bone, a vibratory element adapted to be attached to the bone fixture and configured to vibrate in response to sound signals, and a vibration isolator adapted to be disposed between the vibratory element and the bone.11-29-2012
20100179375VIBRATOR FOR BONE CONDUCTING HEARING DEVICES - A vibrator for generating vibrations in a bone conducting hearing device, i.e. a hearing device of the type in which the sound information is mechanically transmitted via the skull bone directly to the inner ear of a person. The vibratory movements are provided by a piezo-electric or magneto-elastic element arranged to transfer the vibrations via the skull bone from the area behind the outer ear to the inner ear. The piezo-electric or magneto-elastic element is arranged to be at least partially implanted in a surgically drilled hole directly into the mastoid bone behind the outer ear so that the vibrations are transferred directly from the element to the bone and transferred in the skull bone to the inner ear. The element is encapsulated with a bone integrating material, such as titanium or various biocompatible ceramic materials or coatings and is disc shaped and acts with a radial expansion upon electrical stimulation so that longitudinal sound waves are induced into the skull bone.07-15-2010
20100121134BONE CONDUCTION DEVICES GENERATING TANGENTIALLY-DIRECTED MECHANICAL FORCE USING A ROTATIONALLY MOVING MASS - A bone conduction device, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive an acoustic sound signal; an electronics module configured generate an electrical signal representing said acoustic sound signal; and a transducer, comprising a mass configured to move in a rotational direction, configured to generate a vibrational force in a tangential direction with respect to a recipient's bone.05-13-2010
20110137109IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONE FOR HEARING SYSTEMS - An implantable microphone for use in hearing systems includes a housing having a back wall. The back wall has a recess (e.g., blind hole) configured to be coupled to an auditory ossicle. The implantable microphone also includes a membrane coupled to a top portion of the housing and a vibration sensor adjacent to the membrane. The membrane is configured to move in response to movement from the auditory ossicle, and the vibration sensor is configured to measure the movement of the membrane and to convert the measurement into an electrical signal.06-09-2011
20110071339METHOD OF DETERMINING A GAIN SETTING OF A BONE-ANCHORED HEARING AID - The invention regards a method for determining a gain setting of a bone-anchored hearing aid comprising a bone anchor, the proximal and the distal ears having respective first and second monaural bone-conduction hearing thresholds, the first monaural bone-conduction hearing threshold being higher than the second monaural bone-conduction hearing threshold. The method comprises: obtaining respective first and second measured monaural bone-conduction hearing thresholds for the proximal and the distal ear; and determining the gain setting in dependence on the first and the second measured monaural bone-conduction hearing thresholds.03-24-2011
20110190568ENHANCED PERFORMANCE IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONE SYSTEM - To improve the performance of an implantable hearing prothesis having an implanted microphone, the present invention discloses the use of an acoustic hearing aid to amplify the ambient sound signals. This results in a higher signal level for the implanted microphone, and hence improved performance.08-04-2011
20100030012WIRELESS COMMUNICATION IN A MULTIMODAL AUDITORY PROSTHESIS - A multimodal auditory prosthesis. The prosthesis comprises a sound processing unit configured to process sound and to generate electrical signals representing different frequency components of the processed sound and a stimulation module communicably coupled to the sound processing unit, configured to stimulate the recipient to evoke a hearing percept of a range of the frequency components. The prosthesis also comprises an external stimulation module, configured to be positioned within an externally accessible portion of the recipient's first ear, comprising: a receiver unit to wirelessly receive the electrical signals representing the different frequency components, and a transducer that delivers acoustic or mechanical energy to the recipient's ear to evoke a hearing percept of a range of the frequency components.02-04-2010
20110218386Incus Replacement Partial Ossicular Replacement Prosthesis - An ossicular prosthesis is described which includes an elongated prosthesis member having a proximal end and a distal end. A cochlea striker mass is at the distal end of the prosthesis member and includes an outer striking surface for coupling vibration of the striker mass to an outer cochlea surface of a recipient patient. A locking clamp is at the proximal end of the prosthesis member and includes a clamp strap having a fixed end and a free end, and a locking head at the fixed end of the clamp strap which has a strap opening for insertion of the free end of the clamp strap. The clamp strap passes around an ossicle of the middle ear in a closed loop and is fixedly engaged by the locking head such that acoustic vibration of the ossicle is coupled by the prosthesis member to the cochlea surface.09-08-2011
20120065458IMPLANTABLE DEVICE WITH COMMUNICATION MEANS - The invention relates to an implantable device, e.g. a Deep Brain Stimulation device (03-15-2012
20120016181Fully or Partially Implantable Hearing System - There is provided an at least partially implantable hearing system comprising a microphone assembly for capturing audio signals from ambient sound; an audio signal processing unit for processing the audio signals captured by the microphone assembly; an implantable main electromechanical output transducer for direct mechanical stimulation of the cochlea according to the audio signals processed by the audio signal processing unit; an implantable box having a central part and an open flange for penetrating through the cochlear wall into the perilymph fluid, wherein the inner cross section of the central part is larger than the inner cross section of the flange; and wherein the electromechanical output transducer is for acting on the perilymph fluid in the central part of the box through a port provided at the box. The box comprises at least one of a port for an implantable auxiliary electromechanical output transducer for acting on the perilymph fluid in the central part of the box, a port for drug application into the perilymph fluid in the central part of the box, a port for taking out perilymph fluid from the central part of the box, a port for applying optical stimuli to the perilymph fluid of the cochlea, and a port for at least one sensor for sensing at least physical or chemical parameter of the perilymph fluid in the central part of the box.01-19-2012
20110105829Implantable Signal Delivery Systems - An implantable hearing prosthesis is described for a recipient patient. An implantable receiving coil receives an externally generated communication data signal. An implantable signal processor is in communication with the receiving coil for converting the communication data signal into a transducer stimulation signal. An implantable enclosed acoustic transducer is in communication with the signal processor for converting the transducer stimulation signal into an acoustic signal for generating acoustic vibrational stimulation of one or more hearing structures in the middle ear of the patient. The transducer can be enclosed in an implantable signal delivery baffle. A probe microphone system includes a baffle to seal middle ear structures to reduce ambient noise pickup.05-05-2011
20120165597IMPLANTABLE PIEZOELECTRIC POLYMER FILM MICROPHONE - Implantable piezoelectric polymer film microphone apparatus and methods are described for use as an integral component of a hearing augmentation device system. The piezoelectric polymer film can be polyvinylidene fluoride (“PVDF”). Generally, a piezoelectric polymer film serves as the sensor that is well matched to tissue and which directly converts to an electrical signal by the piezoelectric effect vibration signals which are received through the tissue in which the piezoelectric polymer film microphone is implanted.06-28-2012
20120232333Adaptive Cancellation System For Implantable Hearing Instruments - The invention is directed to an implanted microphone having reduced sensitivity to vibration. In this regard, the microphone differentiates between the desirable and undesirable vibration by utilizing at least one motion sensor to produce a motion signal when an implanted microphone is in motion. This motion signal is used to yield a microphone output signal that is less vibration sensitive. In a first arrangement, the motion signal may be processed with an output of the implantable microphone transducer to provide an audio signal that is less vibration-sensitive than the microphone output alone. Specifically, the motion signal may be scaled to match the motion component of the microphone output such that upon removal of the motion signal from the microphone output, the remaining signal is an acoustic signal.09-13-2012
20120215057MULTI-MODE HEARING PROSTHESIS - A multi-mode hearing prosthesis for enhancing the hearing of a recipient, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive a sound signal component; a frequency spectral analysis module configured to analyze the sound signal component and to categorize the component into at least a high- or lower-frequency component; a bone conduction processor configured to generate bone conduction stimulation signals from at least one of said high- and lower-frequency component for bone conduction stimulation of the recipient's skull; and a second stimulation processor configured to generate auditory stimulation signals from at least one of said high- and lower-frequency components for stimulating the recipient.08-23-2012
20120215056CUSTOMIZATION OF BONE CONDUCTION HEARING DEVICES - The present invention relates to recipient customization of a bone conducting hearing device. Customization of the bone conducting hearing device may include attaching the bone conducting hearing device to a recipient, establishing communication between the hearing device and an external device, generating at least one control setting with the external device, and storing the at least one control setting in a memory device in the hearing device.08-23-2012
20120215055DOUBLE DIAPHRAGM TRANSDUCER - A transducer comprising a main and an auxiliary diaphragm. Each of these diaphragms are coupled to opposite sides of a central shaft located internal to the transducer. Further, the diaphragms may have similar thicknesses and areas. A difference in the pressure internal to the transducer and external to the transducer may result in a force being exerted onto the diaphragm on each side. These forces are transferred from the diaphragms to the central shaft where they may cancel out each other.08-23-2012
20120136197HEARING PROSTHESIS HAVING A FLEXIBLE ELONGATE ENERGY TRANSFER MECHANISM - Aspects of the present invention are generally directed to using a flexible conductor for transmitting energy to a recipient's cochlea. The flexible conductor may be used to transmit mechanical energy, such as sound vibrations, to the cochlea from an actuator implanted, for example, in a recess in the mastoid bone of the recipient. The flexible conductor may be coupled at its distal end to a component of the recipient's middle or inner ear. In operation, mechanical movement (e.g., vibrations) may be transferred from the actuator to the middle or inner ear of the recipient by the flexible conductor. These vibrations then induce movement of perliymph in the recipient's cochlea to cause, for example, perception of the sound by the recipient.05-31-2012
20120172658MEDICAL IMPLANT SYSTEM - An implant including a bone fixture configured to anchor to bone of a recipient, and a structural component configured to be connected to the bone fixture and connect a functional component of the implant to the bone fixture, wherein at least one of the bone fixture or the structural component includes a deformable element configured to deform to form an anti-microbial seal between the bone fixture and the structural component, and the at least one deformable element and the respective at least one bone fixture or structural component form a monolithic structure.07-05-2012
20120172659Magnetic Attachment System for Implantable Device - A magnet arrangement is described for use with hearing implant systems. An external device for use with an implant system has an external device housing that contains external elements of a hearing implant system. A cylindrical external magnet arrangement within the housing has multiple magnetic sections lying in a common plane, including an inner center disc having an inner magnetic orientation in an inner magnetic direction, and an outer radial ring having an outer magnetic orientation in an outer magnetic direction opposite to the inner magnetic direction.07-05-2012
20100048983Multipath Stimulation Hearing Systems - A prosthetic hearing system is described that provides multi-path stimulation of the patient auditory system. A mechanical stimulation component applies mechanical stimulation signals to cerebral tissue such as the dura mater, cerebrospinal fluid, vestibular structures, etc. using multiple separate mechanical stimulation channels. And an electrical stimulation component provides electrical stimulation of auditory neural tissue of the patient user.02-25-2010
20120220818Middle Ear Implant for Otosclerosis - A middle ear transducer arrangement is described for engaging a round window membrane of a patient cochlea. A mechanical transducer is surgically implantable into a fixed position in the round window niche of the patient cochlea adjacent to the round window membrane. A drive face on the outer surface of the transducer has a diameter less than half the diameter of the round window membrane. The fixed position of the transducer engages the drive face against a side section of the round window membrane without engaging the center point to generate an acoustic stimulation signal for perception as sound.08-30-2012
20100292529BONE ANCHORED BONE CONDUCTIVE HEARING AID - The invention relates to a bone anchored bone conductive hearing aid which has a bone implantable screw (11-18-2010
20120253105METHOD OF ANCHORING AN ACOUSTIC ELEMENT IN A BONE OF THE CRANIOMAXILLOFACIAL REGION AND ACOUSTIC ELEMENT - An acoustic element is implanted in a human bone of the craniomaxillofacial region with the aid of at least one anchor element including a material having thermoplastic properties, wherein for implantation of the acoustic element an opening is provided in the bone, the anchor element is positioned in the bone and energy is transmitted into the material having thermoplastic properties for at least partly liquefying the material and making it penetrate the bone tissue in the opening and on re-solidification to constitute a positive fit connection between the anchor element and the bone tissue. Depending on the design of the anchor element and/or on the relative dimensions of the opening and the anchor element it is possible to achieve an anchorage which either transmits sound between the acoustic element and the bone tissue or does not do so.10-04-2012
20120253104HEARING PROSTHESIS WITH A PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR - A hearing prosthesis including an actuator. The actuator includes a material that deforms in response to an electrical signal and that is adapted to, upon implantation in a recipient, transmit vibrations representative of a sound signal to an organ of the recipient, wherein the material is at least partially exposed to at least one of body tissue and fluid of the recipient.10-04-2012
20120259158METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING VIBRATIONS - Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a dental patch are disclosed herein. The patch assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded intra-orally on a tooth or oral tissue. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.10-11-2012
20120232332Hearing Aid Apparatus and Method - An apparatus for imparting low amplitude vibrations to at least one tooth in a human head having a cochlea to facilitate hearing via a dental bone conduction pathway includes an extraoral transmitter, a band at least substantially surrounding and adhesively secured to at least one tooth, and a receiver assembly. The transmitter is configured to detect ambient sounds, and to generate and wirelessly transmit audio signals corresponding to the detected ambient sounds. The receiver assembly is removably coupleable to the band and configured to receive the audio signals from the transmitter, and to transduce the audio signals into vibrations that are conducted to the cochlea via the dental bone conduction pathway.09-13-2012
20120271097Bone Conductive Devices For Improving Hearing - A method is described for providing sound perception in a hearing impaired patient. An externally generated electrical audio stimulation signal is received in a receiver unit located under the skin of an implanted patient. The electrical audio stimulation signal is delivered to an implanted bone conduction transducer having a planar bone engagement surface mounted to a temporal bone surface of the patient. The electrical audio stimulation signal is transformed into a corresponding mechanical stimulation signal coupled to the temporal bone by the bone engagement surface for delivery by bone conduction through the temporal bone to the cochlear fluid of the patient for perception as sound.10-25-2012
20120095283TRANSCUTANEOUS BONE CONDUCTION SYSTEM - A transcutaneous bone conduction system comprising a bone conduction device configured to vibrate in response to received sound. The system also comprises a totally implantable support apparatus positionable under a recipient's skin, comprising: a fixture configured to be implanted in the skull, and a substantially rigid cradle. The cradle has opposing, spaced plates connected by a bridge member, wherein a first of the plates is configured to be secured to the fixture and wherein the space between the plates is sufficient to receive the bone conduction device, and wherein the plates are configured to retain the bone conduction device against the skin proximate to the first plate.04-19-2012
20120323066THREE-COIL TYPE ROUND WINDOW DRIVING VIBRATOR HAVING EXCELLENT DRIVING FORCE - The present disclosure provides a three-coil type round window driving vibrator, which includes a permanent magnet having the same magnetic poles adjoining each other and is designed to allow electric current flowing through coils to run in opposite directions in order to increase driving force without being affected by an external magnetic field. The round window driving vibrator includes a permanent magnet having three poles of SNS or NSN, a coil member wound around an outer periphery of the permanent magnet, and a vibration member connected to one end of the permanent magnet. Here, the coil member includes a first coil wound around a middle section of the permanent magnet and second and third coils wound around upper and lower sections of the permanent magnet, respectively.12-20-2012
20110319703Implantable Microphone System and Calibration Process - A method of calibrating an implantable microphone for a hearing prosthesis is disclosed. For an implantable microphone which includes a vibration sensor to provide body noise cancellation, a calibration method is disclosed, in which known acoustic and vibration signals are provided by an external device. This may be as part of the external charging system for an implantable device.12-29-2011
20130018218Systems, Devices, Components and Methods for Bone Conduction Hearing Aids - Various embodiments of systems, devices, components, and methods are disclosed for hearing devices and systems.01-17-2013
20130018216FULLY-IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONELESS COCHLEAR IMPLANT - A fully implantable apparatus for improving the hearing of a hearing-impaired subject is shown, said apparatus comprising a means for sensing vibrations impinging upon the tympanic membrane or an object in operative contact with the tympanic membrane, a means for converting said vibrations to an electrical signal, and a means for transmitting the electrical signal to the inner ear.01-17-2013
20130018217Clover Shape Attachment for Implantable Floating Mass Transducer - A middle ear prosthesis device includes an elongated prosthesis member having first and second ends. A transducer clamp is at the first end with clamping fingers for securely engaging the outer surface of an enclosed mechanical signal transducer. An ossicle fastener is at the second end for secure attachment to the ossicle of the middle ear. The ossicle fastener includes parallel planar fastener clips each having a clover shape with springy lobes surrounding an interior region defined by lobe connecting bends. There is an opening between opposing bent leg ends of each fastener clip that displaceably provides access for the ossicle to the interior region of the clip so that the fastener clips securely enclose an ossicle such as the incus bone within the interior region. Vibration of the mechanical signal transducer is coupled by the prosthesis member to the incus secured within the ossicle fastener.01-17-2013
20080255406Implantable Auditory Stimulation Systems Having a Transducer and a Transduction Medium - Systems and methods for improving sound perception in a subject equipped with an implantable vibratory unit comprising a transducer and a transduction medium in which the transducer is disposed within or against the transduction medium. The transducer is configured to impart vibrations to a vibratory structure of a subject's ear through the transduction medium in response to an electrical signal corresponding to sound. In certain embodiments, the transduction medium directly contacts the vibratory structure of the subject's ear, whereas the transducer does not.10-16-2008
20130172662PARTIALLY IMPLANTABLE HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - A partially implantable hearing assistance system, having: an external unit (07-04-2013
20080249351IMPLANTABLE HEARING AID TRANSDUCER WITH ADVANCEABLE ACTUATOR TO FACILIATE COUPLING WITH THE AUDITORY SYSTEM - A hearing aid transducer that includes an actuator advanceable relative to the transducer to couple with a middle ear component. In one aspect of the invention, the actuator is a separate structure from the transducer that is insertable into an aperture defined between a first and second end of the transducer. This permits separate connection of the actuator to the middle ear component and the transducer to improve coupling of the transducer to the middle ear component, e.g., minimizing loads on the middle ear component.10-09-2008
20080234539SOFT TISSUE PLACEMENT OF IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONE - Provided herein are systems and methods where an implantable microphone of an implantable hearing system is positioned at a location spaced from the surface of the patient's skull. More specifically, the microphone is mounted to soft tissue of the patient to at least partially isolate the microphone from skull-borne vibrations. Accordingly, by utilizing a soft tissue mount, the microphone may be made more sensitive to ambient sounds with reduced concern to amplification of non-ambient vibrations caused by skull-borne vibrations including, for example, transducer feedback, talking and/or chewing. The system will further include an auditory stimulation device that is located proximate to the skull of the patient and which is operative to stimulate an auditory component of the patient in accordance with an output signal generated by the microphone. A subcutaneously routed signal wire may extend between the implanted microphone and the auditory stimulation device.09-25-2008
20090253951BONE CONDUCTING FLOATING MASS TRANSDUCERS - A floating mass transducer for assisting hearing in a person is provided. Inertial vibration in the floating mass transducer (10-08-2009
20090281367TRANS-TYMPANIC MEMBRANE TRANSDUCER AND IMPLANTABLE HEARING AID SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A trans-tympanic membrane transducer and an implantable hearing aid system using the same. The trans-tympanic membrane transducer vibrates the tympanic membrane using a miniature magnetic member perpendicularly extending through a portion of the tympanic membrane and a coil implanted adjacent to the magnet to generate alternating magnetic field corresponding to sound signal, so as to remarkably improve sound qualities in high frequency bands, which are hardly achievable by a conventional air conduction hearing aid. This overcomes difficulty, inconvenience and risk associated with a conventional operation that implants a miniature magnet on the surface of the tympanic membrane or on an auditory organ such as the ossicle in the middle ear.11-12-2009
20130096367OPTICAL MICROPHONE FOR IMPLANTABLE HEARING INSTRUMENT - An implanted microphone is provided that allows for isolating an acoustic response of the microphone from vibration induced acceleration responses of the microphone. The present invention measures the relative motion between a microphone diaphragm, which is responsive to pressure variations in overlying media caused by acoustic forces and acceleration forces, and a cancellation element that is compliantly mounted within a housing of the microphone, which moves primarily in response to acceleration forces. When the microphone and cancellation element move substantially in unison to acceleration forces, relative movement between these elements corresponds to the acoustic response of the microphone diaphragm. This relative movement may be directly measured using various optical measuring systems.04-18-2013
20130096366IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - An implant configured for secured implantation into a recess formed in a recipient's bone and to removably retain a separate component in a compartment thereof such that the separate component is removable from the implant without removing the implant from the bone.04-18-2013
20130131437System and Method for Measuring and Recording Skull Vibration in situ - A method and apparatus for recording and measuring in-situ skull vibration includes a receiving means, a transducer mounted into or unto the receiving means and capable of transducing mechanical vibration within the dental bone conduction pathway into electrical signals, and extra-oral recordation hardware and software capable of receiving and processing the electrical signals from the transducer.05-23-2013
20110213196Middle Ear Direct Action Improved Hearing Aid and Related Installation Method - A middle ear prosthesis device and corresponding implantation procedure are described. A sensing microphone converts an acoustic audio signal into a corresponding electrical audio signal. A sensing amplifier amplifies the electrical audio signal. An audio transducer converts the amplified electrical audio signal into a corresponding amplified acoustic audio signal. An acoustic waveguide conducts the amplified acoustic audio signal from the audio transducer to the middle ear and includes: i. a main tubular portion having an outer end for placement in the outer ear canal and an inner end for placement in the middle ear, and ii. an extension portion having an outer end coupleable to the audio transducer and an inner end coupleable to the outer end of the main tubular portion.09-01-2011
20130150657IMPLANTABLE COMPONENT OF A HEARING PROSTHESIS - A hearing prosthesis including an implantable component including a vibrator portion configured to vibrate in response to a sound signal to evoke a hearing precept and a screw portion configured to removably attach the implantable component to a recipient, wherein the vibratory portion is rigidly adhered to the screw portion.06-13-2013
20100317913IMPLANTABLE AUDITORY STIMULATION SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH OFFSET IMPLANTED MICROPHONES - An improved implantable auditory stimulation system includes two or more implanted microphones for transcutaneous detection of acoustic signals. Each of the implanted microphones provides an output signal. The microphone output signals may be combinatively utilized by an implanted processor to generate a signal for driving an implanted auditory stimulation device. The implanted microphones may be located at offset subcutaneous locations and/or may be provided with different design sensitivities, wherein combinative processing of the microphone output signals may yield an improved drive signal. In one embodiment, the microphone signal may be processed for beamforming and/or directionality purposes.12-16-2010
20130190552IMPLANTABLE ACTUATOR FOR HEARING APPLICATIONS - The invention relates to an electromechanical actuator 07-25-2013
20120016180MIDDLE EAR IMPLANT - A hearing actuator (01-19-2012
20120029268MAGNETOFLUIDIC HEARING AID SYSTEM AND HEARING AID - A magnetofluidic hearing aid system includes a hearing aid having a signal processing device connected to a magnetic transmitter. The system includes such a hearing aid and a magnetofluid suitable for use in the body. The magnetic transmitter transmits a magnetic field producing vibrations in a liquid mixture containing the magnetofluid. The liquid mixture is operatively introduced into a cochlea, and the vibrations are suitable for triggering an auditory perception in the cochlea. Acoustic feedback is precluded as a result of the transmitter producing neither acoustic signals nor mechanical vibrations. A functional impairment caused by physical influences such as soiling, for example, of an acoustic receiver, is also precluded. Problems arising from impaired contact with the body are prevented from the beginning by the non-contact signal transmission. A hearing aid supply is also advantageously enabled regardless of the functional capability of the middle ear apparatus.02-02-2012
20120029267Electromagnetic Bone Conduction Hearing Device - An implantable hearing prosthesis for a recipient patient is described. An implantable attachment magnet is fixable beneath the skin of the patient to underlying skull bone and is adapted to magnetically connect with an external attachment magnet over the skin. An implantable signal transducer also is fixable beneath the skin of the patient to underlying skull bone and is adapted to transform a magnetic audio signal from an external signal drive coil into a corresponding mechanical stimulation signal for delivery by bone conduction of the skull bone as an audio signal to the cochlea. A connector member flexibly connects and positions the attachment magnet a fixed distance from the signal transducer.02-02-2012
20130197298ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER WITH MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE - A vibratory apparatus, including a housing having an internal chamber, wherein the internal chamber includes a lever having a first end and a free second end, and a piezoelectric element adapted to deform in response to an applied voltage, wherein deformation of the piezoelectric element displaces the free second end of the lever, and wherein displacement of the free second end of the lever within the internal chamber imparts a vibration to the housing.08-01-2013
20120088957SUBCUTANEOUS PIEZOELECTRIC BONE CONDUCTION HEARING AID ACTUATOR AND SYSTEM - An implantable bone-conduction hearing actuator based on a piezoelectric element, such as a unimorph or bimorph cantilever bender, is described. Unlike other implantable bone conduction hearing actuators, the device is subcutaneous and once implanted is entirely invisible. The device excites bending in bone through a local bending moment rather than the application of a point force as with conventional bone-anchored hearing aids.04-12-2012
20120095284BONE ANCHORED HEARING AID WITH ADJUSTABLE RESONANCE DAMPING - The invention relates to a bone anchored hearing aid with a sound processor which generates a vibration signal and serves the signal at a vibrator for transmission of the vibration signal into the skull bone of a wearer and where a resonance damping system is provided in the hearing aid and comprising an electronic notch filter having a notch filter center frequency F1, wherein the notch filter frequency F1 is below a resonance frequency F04-19-2012

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