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Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power without the use of a headpiece.


Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of distributed power.


Patent
Advanced Bionics | Date: 2017-01-25

A system includes a sound processor included in an electro-acoustic stimulation (EAS) device configured to direct a cochlear implant to apply electrical stimulation to a patient and a receiver to apply acoustic stimulation to the patient. The system further includes a volume control facility and a selection facility configured to selectively associate the volume control facility with the electrical stimulation in response to a first user input, selectively associate the volume control facility with the acoustic stimulation in response to a second user input, and selectively associate the volume control facility with both the electrical stimulation and the acoustic stimulation in response to a third user input.


An exemplary sound processor included in a cochlear implant system comprises a control facility that represents a first frequency domain signal to a patient by 1) directing a cochlear implant included in the cochlear implant system to apply, during a first stimulation frame, a first monophasic stimulation pulse representative of a first temporal portion of the first frequency domain signal that corresponds to the first stimulation frame, the first monophasic stimulation pulse having a first polarity, and 2) directing the cochlear implant to apply, during a second stimulation frame that is temporally subsequent to the first stimulation frame, a second monophasic stimulation pulse representative of a second temporal portion of the first frequency domain signal that corresponds to the second stimulation frame, the second monophasic stimulation pulse configured to at least partially charge balance the first monophasic stimulation pulse and having a second polarity opposite the first polarity.


Patent
Advanced Bionics | Date: 2017-05-17

There is provided a hearing assistance system comprising an auditory prosthesis device (10) for neural stimulation of a patients hearing at one of the patients ears and a hearing aid (21) for acoustic stimulation of the patients hearing at the same one or the other one of the patients ears, the system including means (20) for providing an input audio signal; the auditory prosthesis device comprising a sound processor (24) for generating a neural stimulation signal from at least part of the input audio signal, and an implantable stimulation assembly (12, 14, 19) for stimulation of the patients hearing according to the neural stimulation signal; the hearing aid comprising: an audio signal processing unit (27) for processing at least part of the input audio signal, an acoustic output transducer (23) for stimulating the patients hearing according to the processed audio signals, and a control unit (62) for controlling the audio signal processing unit, the control unit being adapted to control at least one parameter used in the processing of the input audio signal such that, during an adjustment period, the value of the at least one parameter is automatically changed from a first value to a second value as a function of the time having passed since a reference point in time.


An exemplary auditory prosthesis system includes a sound processor apparatus that is configured for external use by a patient and includes 1) a position sensor that detects a positioning of the sound processor apparatus and 2) a control module that is communicatively coupled to the position sensor and performs a predetermined action with respect to the auditory prosthesis system in accordance with the detected positioning of the sound processor apparatus. Corresponding auditory prosthesis systems and methods are also described.


Patent
Advanced Bionics | Date: 2017-02-08

A method for sterile packaging of a surface modified implantable device includes irradiating a surface of the device such that the hydrophobicity of the surface is decreased and, optionally, the device is simultaneously sterilized. The surface of the sterile, surface-modified implantable device is then covered in a polar solution to prevent hydrophobic recovery of the surface.


Patent
Advanced Bionics | Date: 2017-01-04

An exemplary stimulation configuration management system may 1) obtain electric field imaging (EFI) data for a plurality of stimulation configurations associated with an electrode included in an intracochlear electrode array that is a part of a cochlear implant system associated with a patient, 2) identify, based on the EFI data, a stimulation configuration included in the plurality of stimulation configuration and that focuses an electric field produced by current applied to the electrode more than any other stimulation configuration included in the plurality of stimulation configurations, and 3) direct the cochlear implant system to use the identified stimulation configuration for the electrode during a normal operation of the cochlear implant system.


An exemplary auditory prosthesis system includes a sound processor apparatus having 1) an interface assembly that includes at least a first contact that facilitates interchangeable connectivity of a plurality of external components to the sound processor apparatus, the plurality of external components including a programming system, and 2) a control module communicatively coupled to the first contact and that communicates with each of the plurality of external components by way of the first contact. The exemplary auditory prosthesis system may also include a wireless module configured to be interchangeably connected to the interface assembly in place of the programming system, wherein, while the wireless module is interchangeably connected to the interface assembly, the wireless module is communicatively coupled to the control module by way of the first contact. Corresponding auditory prosthesis systems and methods are also described.


Hearing assistance apparatus, systems and methods that involve the use of a head mountable power supply to power an implantable cochlear stimulator

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