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Oral Cavity Sound Reproducer and Inducer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240582D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a design for an oral cavity based sound reproduction and induction device. The self-contained design is similar to a dental retainer, and includes sound reproducers that induce sound into the jawbone and then transmit the sound to the auditory canals of the human's ears.

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Oral Cavity Sound Reproducer and Inducer

Humans increasingly require continuous access to alternative audio sources . This may be as informal as listening to music, or more formal, such as a phone call, or audio from a presentation. In some cases, wearing headphones may be inconvenient, or for reasons of security a serious limitation.

A method is needed to convey audio into the auditory canal from a different location .

The novel contribution is a design for an oral cavity (i.e. mouth) based sound reproduction and induction device. This design is similar to a dental retainer. (Figure 1) The design is self-contained, comprising batteries, radio receiver, and sound transducers. Sound reproducers induce sound into the jawbone , and then transmit the sound to the auditory canals of the human 's ears. The sound transducers are placed
on the left and right sides of the retainer at the back for the retainer . The transducers propagate sound vibrations into the upper jawbone on either side of the human skull , and the vibrations carry to the inner ear.

The apparatus for audio reproduction and /or audio transmission comprises the following components:


• Device, composed of a moldable material, that has been molded to fit in a human oral canal adhering to the top of the mouth canal

• Battery power source • One or more electronic audio transducers
• Radio circuit for receiving an audio transmission that is operatively coupled to the

  audio transducers and powered by the battery power source
• Microphone and audio transmitter for sending audio wherein the device supports

two-way audio reception and transmission


• Audio analyzer that supports decoding jaw taps and teeth movements to transmit recognized jaw gestures wherein the device supports gesturing.

Figure 1: Oral retainer. These devices come in many shapes, and some use wires to atta...