Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Acoustic Support System

15.12.2009
1. Summary
This early patent for an Acoustic Support System for hearing aids addresses a big and growing market. It describes a technology to add harmonic waves to the basic frequencies to active and train hearing abilities; and enrich and ease the sound for a better understanding. The patent is granted only in Germany, but due to the size of the German market and the origin of the key market Players (esp. producers of hearing aids) from Germany or neighbouring countries, it indirectly targets the world market.
2. Technology
The described Acoustic Support System targets users that cannot hear specific frequencies. These disabilities are normally addressed with electro-acoustical amplifiers by increasing the relevant frequencies. The described technology proposes that the hearing aid (a) activate and trains the hearing ability by adding harmonic waves that stimulate the hearing sense; and (b) supports the hearing abilities by complementing the basic frequencies with related harmonic waves. The user "learns" to relate the harmonic waves to the disabled frequencies and hereby decodes the sound more clearly.
3. Development Stage
The inventors successfully build a prototype in 1997 but did not follow up with a commercial product.
4. Market / Opportunity
Only a few big companies control the world market, whereof Siemens (D) is markel leader with 23% followed by Phonak (CH) and William Demant/Otikon (DK) with 22% market share each. Resound (DK) is #4 addressing 13% of the world market. All four companies have a very strong position in the German market - with a total value of approx. 300 mUSD - and, cumulatively, catch >80% of the hearing aid sales. The technology to add harmonic waves to increase the hearing ability is known and used in commercially available hearing aids. Due to the increase in the proportion of elderly people, the market for hearing aids will continue to grow significantly. As the German market is one of the most important markets worldwide for hearing aids and the most relevant players are located and partially have manufacturing sites in Germany or one of the neighbouring countries, the patent has a significant value for the world market, even if just a German patent is granted.
The described Acoustic Support System, respectively this early patent, could be interesting for any producer of hearing aids or an IP-holding-company seeking "licensing out” opportunities.

5. IP / Status of the Patent application
Priority Date 18/07/1995
DE19525944 18/07/1995 granted
6. Contact Details
If you are interested in the described technology and/or further Information on the Patent, please contact
engage - Key Technology Ventures AG
Mr. Moritz v. Grotthuss
Gerhart-Hauptmann-Strasse 23
D -18055 Rostock (Germany)
Tel. +49(381)49747-39
Fax. +49(381)49747-40
E-Mail: m.vongrotthuss@engage-ventures.com

Heike Klockow | PVA - MV AG
Further information:
http://www.pva-mv.de

More articles from Technology Offerings:

nachricht Flexible and rigid, heavy-metal free organic redox polymer batteries
09.03.2017 | TechnologieAllianz e.V.

nachricht Quat primer polymers – the universal key to permanent surface functionalization
27.02.2017 | TechnologieAllianz e.V.

All articles from Technology Offerings >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Giant Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.

The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.

Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...

Im Focus: Tracing down linear ubiquitination

Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.

Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...

Im Focus: Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Layered 2D material improves efficiency for solar cells and LEDs

In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...

Im Focus: Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets as alternative to graphene: A perfect team for nanoelectronics

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...

Im Focus: Researchers Imitate Molecular Crowding in Cells

Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to simulate these confined natural conditions in artificial vesicles for the first time. As reported in the academic journal Small, the results are offering better insight into the development of nanoreactors and artificial organelles.

Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

International Land Use Symposium ILUS 2017: Call for Abstracts and Registration open

20.03.2017 | Event News

CONNECT 2017: International congress on connective tissue

14.03.2017 | Event News

ICTM Conference: Turbine Construction between Big Data and Additive Manufacturing

07.03.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

When Air is in Short Supply - Shedding light on plant stress reactions when oxygen runs short

23.03.2017 | Life Sciences

Researchers use light to remotely control curvature of plastics

23.03.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles

23.03.2017 | Earth Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>