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Automated Earbud Noise Pollution Disclosure Number: IPCOM000216385D
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

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Disclosed is a method to automatically notify the user of noise pollution coming through earbuds. The system performs a calibration of wavelengths to identify noise pollution, provides feedback to the user, and can shut off clusters of wave generators in order to improve the user’s listening experience.

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Automated Earbud Noise Pollution

With earbuds, users experience noise pollution when they:

• Do not properly insert earbuds

• Accelerate the volume due to hearing loss

• Improperly modify the volume based on past use

Figure 1: Waves

Current solutions are noise attenuating and do not interfere with the solution proposed in this disclosure.

The invention is a method to automatically notify the user of noise pollution, where:

1. An inaudible wave is emitted from the wave generator (speaker)

2. A series of detectors identifies a bounced wave at specific angles

3. The lack of detection automatically modifies the output of the audible range waves and audible wave generators

The invention performs the following:

• Calibrates the wave based on initial use of the speaker

• Provides feedback to indicate to the user how to reposition the earbud(s) or headset

• Shuts off clusters of wave generators

The components and process for implementing the invention include: (Figure 2)

1. One earbud in-going into the ear canal is an input, and one is the bounced input

2. The wave generator creates an inaudible wavelength

3. The wavelength is calibrated on initial play

4. The wavelength if detected means the sound is in use

5. The absence of a response wavelength results in the system:

A. Turning off the unused speaker element

B. Notifying a user to reposition the speaker element

C. Notifying a user to modify the volume

Figure 2: Components of the method to automatically no...