US Patent No. 10,993,051


Patent No. 10,993,051
Issue Date April 27, 2021
Title Hearing Device With Neural Network-based Microphone Signal Processing
Inventorship Buye Xu, Minnetonka, MN (US)
Ivo Merks, Eden Prairie, MN (US)
Frederic Philippe Denis Mustiere, Chaska, MN (US)
Assignee Starkey Laboratories, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,993,051

1. A method for transmitting a target sound to a listener, comprising:receiving microphone signals including the target sound from microphones;
processing the microphone signals using a neural network to produce a processed signal including the target sound, the neural network including a linear signal processing path and a nonlinear signal processing path, the processing including using the nonlinear signal processing path to increase a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for the target sound and using the linear signal processing path to decrease distortion of the target sound;
producing an output signal including the target sound using the processed signal; and
producing an output sound based on the output signal using a speaker.