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Audio Player Connection for In-The-Ear Hearing Aids

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201291D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Nov-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Nov-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

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Siemens

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Abstract

For hearing the sound, for example of music players, there are several solutions possible for the connection between the hearing aid and the player. For instance the connection is ensured by using an audio shoe, which is plugged onto the hearing aid to send the audio signal via a cable. For this purpose, the hearing aid has to provide a plug-in position, which results in an increasing hearing aid size, even if there is no need for the audio shoe. Moreover, this solution is not available for ITE-hearing aids (ITE: In-the-Ear). Another method to transmit an audio signal is the connection via wireless technologies, for example Bluetooth. Hearing aids using wireless technologies are usually smaller than those using audio shoes, but also more expensive. Furthermore, the wireless audio streaming requires an additional device for the wireless connection, which the user has to pay for and always carry around with. The duration of the audio streaming is limited by the battery life of the additional device and the battery life of the hearing aid is shortened by the streaming too. For ITE-hearing aids an antenna is needed, this raises the size of the hearing aid.

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Audio Player Connection for In-The-Ear Hearing Aids

Idea: KerSer Ang, SG-Singapore; Sathiyanathan Manjakkollai Pitchai, SG-Singapore; Ming Ten
Viona Ng, SG-Singapore; Mo Choong Marie Chan, SG-Singapore; Thet Oo Tom Maung, SG- Singapore

For hearing the sound, for example of music players, there are several solutions possible for the connection between the hearing aid and the player. For instance the connection is ensured by using an audio shoe, which is plugged onto the hearing aid to send the audio signal via a cable. For this purpose, the hearing aid has to provide a plug-in position, which results in an increasing hearing aid size, even if there is no need for the audio shoe. Moreover, this solution is not available for ITE- hearing aids (ITE: In-the-Ear). Another method to transmit an audio signal is the connection via wireless technologies, for example Bluetooth. Hearing aids using wireless technologies are usually smaller than those using audio shoes, but also more expensive. Furthermore, the wireless audio streaming requires an additional device for the wireless connection, which the user has to pay for and always carry around with. The duration of the audio streaming is limited by the battery life of the additional device and the battery life of the hearing aid is shortened by the streaming too. For ITE- hearing aids an antenna is needed, this raises the...