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Method and apparatus for own-voice sensing in a hearing assistance device

Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for own-voice sensing in hearing assistance devices. One aspect of the present subject matter includes an in-the-ear (ite) hearing assistance device adapted to process sounds, including sounds from a wearer's mouth. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Configuration of feedback cancelation for hearing aids

In one example, a method includes determining, by one or more processors of a hearing aid programmer, values for one or more properties of a first hearing aid; obtaining, by the one or more processors, based on feedback cancelation configurations of a plurality of other hearing aids having the same values for the one or more properties as the first hearing aid, a predicted initial feedback cancelation configuration for the first hearing aid; and programming, by the one or more processors, the first hearing aid based on the predicted initial feedback cancelation configuration.. . ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Hearing device incorporating conformal folded antenna

A hearing device adapted to be worn by a wearer comprises a shell configured for placement on an exterior surface of an ear of the wearer. The shell comprises a first end, a second end, a bottom, a top, and opposing sides, wherein the bottom, top, and opposing sides extend between the first and second ends. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Antenna structure for hearing devices

A hearing device includes an enclosure comprising a shell and a faceplate and is configured for at least partial insertion within an ear of a user. An antenna structure of the hearing device is oriented such that a direction of an electric field (e-field) of a propagating electromagnetic signal generated by the antenna structure is directed non-tangentially with respect to the user at the location of the user's ear. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Configurable hearing device for use with an assistive listening system

A hearing device adapted for use by a wearer comprises an audio streaming circuit configured to receive electromagnetic audio streaming via a first communication link. A configuration circuit is configured to receive configuration parameters via a second communication link different from the first communication link for configuring the hearing device to receive the electromagnetic audio streaming. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Power management shell for ear-worn electronic device

An ear-worn electronic device comprises a shell defining an enclosure of the device. Electronics are disposed within a void in the enclosure. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Charging system with compressible contacts

A recharging system includes a contact pad charger having a compressible contact pad conformable to a rechargeable device body for charging a power storage device in the rechargeable device body. The contact pad charger includes a power supply configured to provide a supply voltage. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Charging systems for contact chargers and related methods

Systems and methods relate to a charger and a rechargeable device. The rechargeable device includes a power manager and a power storage device. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Integrated circuit module and method of forming same

Various embodiments of an integrated circuit module and a method of forming such module are disclosed. The module includes a first die having an active substrate, an integrated circuit disposed on a first major surface of the active substrate, and a cavity disposed in a second major surface of the active substrate. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Binaurally coordinated frequency translation in hearing assistance devices

Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods for a binaurally coordinated frequency translation for hearing assistance devices. In various method embodiments, an audio input signal is received at a first hearing assistance device for a wearer. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Hearing assistance device incorporating system in package module

A hearing assistance device comprises a system in package (sip) disposed within an enclosure. The sip module comprises a first substrate having a first surface and an opposing second surface, the first substrate supporting a first subsystem configured to perform a first function. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Radio frequency antenna for an in-the-ear hearing device

Disclosed herein, among other things, are systems and methods for a hearing device antenna. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a hearing device configured to be worn in an ear of a wearer to perform wireless communication. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Systems and methods for hearing assistance device antenna

Disclosed herein, among other things, are systems and methods for modular circuit component for a hearing assistance device flex antenna. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a universal apparatus for use with multiple hearing assistance devices. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

Method and apparatus for robust acoustic feedback cancellation

The present subject matter can improve robustness of performance of acoustic feedback cancellation in the presence of strong acoustic disturbances. In various embodiments, an optimization criterion determined to enhance robustness of an adaptive feedback canceller in an audio device against disturbances in an incoming audio signal can be applied such that the adaptive feedback controller remains in a converged state in response to presence of the disturbances.. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027343

Hearing aid with remote battery and antenna

A hearing aid design is described that compartmentalizes hearing aid components for easier use and better operation. In one embodiment, the processing circuitry and transducers are disposed in housing designed to placed in the ear canal so as to be isolated from antennas and sources of noise. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027341

Acoustic feedback event monitoring system for hearing assistance devices

The present disclosure relates to tracking of acoustic feedback events of a hearing assistance device, such as a hearing aid. Information about the acoustic feedback events is stored for analysis. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014131

Hearing assistance device ear-to-ear communication using an intermediate device

Disclosed herein, among other things, are systems and methods for relaying wireless communication from ear-to-ear for hearing assistance devices using an intermediate device. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a method of using a first hearing assistance device in a first ear of a wearer to communicate with a second hearing assistance device in a second ear of the wearer using wireless communication, and determining whether quality of the communication between the devices has fallen below a programmable threshold such that communication can be improved by relaying the communication using an external intermediary device such as a smart phone. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007479

User interface control of multiple parameters for a hearing assistance device

Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for a user interface control to allow control of multiple parameters from a single control for a hearing assistance device. One aspect of the present subject matter relates to hearing assistance device for a wearer, including a housing, hearing assistance electronics housed in the housing, and a tinnitus therapy generator housed in the housing. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359662

Modular connection assembly for a hearing assistance device

The present subject matter relates to an improved connection assembly for hearing assistance devices. The improved connection assembly provides a connection system that is reliable, straightforward to manufacture, and easy to use. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359660

Method and apparatus for channel selection in ear-to-ear communication in hearing devices

A pair of binaural hearing devices can dynamically assess and select a channel from a plurality of frequency channels suitable for ear-to-ear communication with each other. In various embodiments, the hearing aids can each initiate a channel assessment by calibrating a channel quality threshold and transmitting a packet including the channel quality threshold to the other hearing aid. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339497

Hearing assistance system with own voice detection

An example of an apparatus configured to be worn by a person who has an ear and an ear canal includes a first microphone adapted to be worn about the ear of the person, and a second microphone adapted to be worn at a different location than the first microphone. The apparatus includes a sound processor adapted to process signals from the first microphone to produce a processed sound signal, a receiver adapted to convert the processed sound signal into an audible signal to the wearer of the hearing assistance device, and a voice detector to detect the voice of the wearer. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311103

Hearing device antenna with optimized orientation

A hearing device, such as a hearing aid, includes an antenna for wireless communication. The antenna is housed in the hearing aid with an orientation determined to approximately minimize change in performance of the wireless communication when the hearing aid goes onto a wearer's head from free space. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311098

Hearing assistance device with improved microphone protection

Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for improved microphone protection for hearing assistance devices. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a hearing assistance device, such as a completely-in-the-canal (cic) type hearing aid, that includes a battery door with a microphone slit and a battery contact including a microphone port. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311095

Neural network-driven feedback cancellation

Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods for neural network-driven feedback cancellation for hearing assistance devices. Various embodiments include a method of signal processing an input signal in a hearing assistance device to mitigate entrainment, the hearing assistance device including a receiver and a microphone. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311091

Tonality-driven feedback canceler adaptation

Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods for tonality-driven feedback canceler adaptation for hearing devices. Various embodiments include a method of signal processing an input signal in a hearing device to mitigate entrainment, the hearing device including a receiver and a microphone. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289710

Hearing assistance device with balanced feed-line for antenna

A hearing assistance device, such as a hearing aid, includes an antenna connected to a communication circuit through a feed-line for wireless communication. The antenna and the feed-line are configured and placed such at capacitance between their conductors is approximately minimized. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280458

Adaptive channel mapping for wireless communications

Disclosed in some examples are devices, methods, systems, and machine readable media that reduce the burden of a master device of a second wireless connection by utilizing the channel map of a first wireless connection. Since both the first and second wireless connections are located at nearly the same location, the “good channels” are very similar for both connections. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272872

Adjustable elliptical polarization phasing and amplitude weighting for a hearing instrument

Multiple antennas at the receiver and/or transmitter are commonly used in wireless communications systems to provide diversity in order reduce fading and other effects brought about by multi-path propagation. Due to the size of hearing aids and the wavelengths of the frequencies used for communication, it is difficult to achieve what is called spatial diversity by disposing the multiple antennas at different locations. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272869

Noise characterization and attenuation using linear predictive coding

Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods for noise characterization and attenuation for hearing assistance devices. In various embodiments, a method of operating a hearing assistance device includes receiving an audio signal using a microphone of the hearing assistance device and identifying a transient in the audio signal. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

08/17/17 / #20170235565

Unobtrusive firmware updates for hearing assistance devices

The present disclosure includes some examples of methods, systems, and machine readable media which deliver firmware updates to a computing device of a hearing professional while requiring little or no user interaction. For example, the firmware patches may be delivered in a way that does not require administrator access on the computer. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230768

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. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230759

Wireless environment interference diagnostic hearing assistance device system

Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for wireless interference diagnostic hearing assistance device systems. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a method for assessing and mitigating wireless interference for hearing assistance device programmers. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195808

Self-fitting in-canal component and hearing assistance device

The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatus for constructing and fitting a component that is designed to be worn at least partially within an ear canal. The methods and apparatus may be used in hearing aids such as receiver-in-canal hearing aids and completely-in-canal hearing aids. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195807

Article with internal light source for fitting in-situ and related devices and methods

Articles and related devices and methods for fitting in-situ include a flexible sleeve, a housing assembly fixed to the flexible sleeve, a light source disposed within the flexible sleeve, and a photocurable resin contained within the flexible sleeve. The flexible sleeve may be elastomeric. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171816

Systems and methods for managing power consumption in a wireless network

Disclosed herein, among other things, are systems and methods for managing power consumption in a wireless network. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a method for wireless communications of isochronous data. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171673

Method and apparatus for communication between hearing assistance devices in a bluetooth network

A hearing assistance system provides for wireless communication between hearing assistance devices that are in a bluetooth connection with a host device. In various embodiments, during a bluetooth connection interval, one or more time slots are used for communication between the host device and one or more of the hearing assistance devices, while one or more additional time slots are reserved for communication between the hearing assistance devices.. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171672

Method and apparatus for localization of streaming sources in hearing assistance system

A hearing assistance system streams audio signals from one or more streaming sources to a hearing aid set and enhances the audio signals such that the output sounds transmitted to the hearing aid wearer include a spatialization effect allowing for localization of each of the one more streaming sources. The system determines the position of the hearing aid set relative to each streaming source in real time and introduces the spatialization effect for that streaming source dynamically based on the determined position, such that the hearing aid wearer can experience a natural feeing of the acoustic environment.. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142528

Method and apparatus for a binaural hearing assistance system using monaural audio signals

The present application provides method and apparatus for a binaural hearing assistance system using a monaural audio signal input. The system, in various examples, provides adjustable delay/phase adjustment and sound level adjustment. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127199

Hearing assistance device and method of forming same

Various embodiments of a hearing assistance device and a method of forming such device are disclosed. The hearing assistance device can provide sound to an ear of a patient. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127191

Hearing aid using wireless test modes as diagnostic tool

Various system embodiments comprise a plurality of devices configured to wirelessly communicate with each other. The plurality of devices includes a battery-operated hearing aid configured to communicate with another device using bluetooth low energy (ble) wireless communication technology. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

04/27/17 / #20170118568

Managing a hearing assistance device via low energy digital communications

Disclosed herein, among other things, are systems and methods for programming and modifying hearing assistance devices via low energy digital communications. One aspect of the present subject matter includes a method of using a hearing assistance device. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

04/13/17 / #20170105078

Enhanced comfort earbud

An earbud that uniformly conforms to the ear canal and maintains a constant and comfortable radial pressure on the ear canal regardless of size. The earbud is designed to extrude distally when placed inside a small canal and yet still conforms to the canal while maintaining the aforementioned comfortable radial pressure. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

04/06/17 / #20170099644

Method and apparatus for synchronizing hearing instruments via wireless communication

A hearing assistance system including a hearing instrument designated as a master device and at least another hearing instrument designated as a slave device. The master device is communicatively coupled to the slave device via a wireless link. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

03/23/17 / #20170085999

Multi-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. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078809

Methods and systems for loading hearing instrument parameters

Methods and systems are described for transferring programming information to a hearing instrument. Such programming information may include hearing loss compensation parameters and/or other information pertaining to device operation. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

03/09/17 / #20170070829

Antennas 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. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

02/16/17 / #20170048627

Enhanced dynamics processing of streaming audio by source separation and remixing

This application relates to a systems and methods for enhanced dynamics processing of streaming audio by source separation and remixing for hearing assistance devices, according to one example. In one embodiment, an external streaming audio device processes sources isolated from an audio signal using source separation, and mixes the resulting signals back into the unprocessed audio signal to enhance individual sources while minimizing audible artifacts. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

02/09/17 / #20170041896

Low power intermittent messaging for hearing assistance devices

The present subject matter includes a system for communications between a transmitter and a receiver. In various embodiments, the system uses a sleep interval to allow the receiver to go to sleep between wake up times to “sniff” for transmissions from the transmitter. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc

01/26/17 / #20170026761

Methods and apparatus for improving speech understanding in a large crowd

Methods and devices are described for improves speech understanding by hearing aid users in crowded environments. In one embodiment, a hearing aid wearer's speech signal is extracted using the microphone or microphones in the hearing aid. ... Starkey Laboratories Inc








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