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Collar Adaptor for Hearing Aid

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000207917D
Original Publication Date: 2011-Jun-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2011-Jun-16
Document File: 5 page(s) / 199K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

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Abstract

Most of the hearing aid remote controls are simple or bulky. Flexibility of the features offered by a remote control is limited by the physical hardware size. Simple remote controls offer only few features such as volume up and down and program change. High-end remote controls feature a large color display and a physical array button but require batteries with higher capacity. Large color displays and physical buttons can create more issues such as mechanical drop test issues, EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) issues, SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) issues and so on. Higher capacity batteries lead to bigger and bulky housings.

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Collar Adaptor for Hearing Aid

Idea: Hoong Yih Chan, SG-Singapore; Cheoung Hong Lee, SG-Singapore; Gee Heng Ler, SG-
Singapore

Most of the hearing aid remote controls are simple or bulky. Flexibility of the features offered by a remote control is limited by the physical hardware size. Simple remote controls offer only few features such as volume up and down and program change. High-end remote controls feature a large color display and a physical array button but require batteries with higher capacity. Large color displays and physical buttons can create more issues such as mechanical drop test issues, EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) issues, SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) issues and so on. Higher capacity batteries lead to bigger and bulky housings.

Hence, a novel solution for hearing aid remote controls is proposed, named Collar Adaptor (see Figure
1). The Collar Adaptor has a small profile so that it can be hidden underneath the collar, it provides Bluetooth functions, enables hearing aid proprietary wireless systems, and has only one physical button for the user interface. All the user interface remote control functions are determined by application software, which are installable on mobile phones or handheld devices. The application software is designed to be very flexible, features large virtual buttons, a color background, sound feedback indications, various hearing aid or remote control information columns, and so on. All flexibility can be achieved by taking advantage of the large dynamic graphic display. Hence, the Collar Adaptor is acting as a bridge between the hearing aid and a mobile phone. The entire control and information signal interchanges between the hearing aid and the mobile phone via the Collar Adaptor. Besides it may provide a built-in microphone and a rechargeable battery.

The virtual hearing aid remote control interface function is pre-installed on the respective mobile phone. The Collar Adaptor creates a wireless link, e.g. Bluetooth, to the mobile phone. All the commands and informations are linked by the Collar Adaptor to and from the hearing aid via the proprietary wireless system. The dynamic color and common touch-screen display on the mobile phone transform the traditional bulky remote control to a user friendly software application on the mobile phone. The application software can display all the required information, status, virtual command button and much more.

The Collar Adaptor and its software application is the core of the novel solution. The Collar Adaptor acts as bridge between the hearing aid and the software application on the mobile phone. It translates the Bluetooth signal that contains the command from the mobile phone application software to the proprietary hearing aid wireless signal to the hearing aid and vice versa.

In addition, there can be an option for the user t...