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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "User Interface and Method to Discover Hearing Sensitivity of User on Smart Phone", for Approval

June 12, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Hui, Siew Kok (Singapore, SG); TAN, Eng Sui (Singapore, SG), filed on October 17, 2013, was made available online on May 29, 2014.

The patent's assignee is BITwave Pte Ltd.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Many individuals suffer a certain degree of unrecognized hearing sensitivity loss that generally does no become apparent until becoming severe enough to disrupt their lives. Human hearing sensitivity degrades very slowly over a long period of time. As such, it is not easily detected by those suffering from hearing sensitivity loss. Most individuals are unaware of their hearing condition because equipment and/or facility to measure hearing sensitivity is not generally available to the public without visiting a costly hearing specialist.

"Hearing sensitivity loss is not just a natural phenomenon suffered by aging people, many individuals suffer the condition due to long exposure to loud noises from the environment such as construction sites, machine rooms, combustion engines, etc. Furthermore, due to the advent of portable audio devices such as portable music players and mobile phones, many young people also suffer from severe hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud music from setting the volume too loud while listening through a headset.

"Conventionally, specially designed equipment operated by trained hearing specialists has been employed to measure hearing sensitivity. Due to the expense, many individuals avoid having their hearing sensitivity measured until it is too late. In general, individuals who approach the specialist for help have already developed severe hearing sensitivity loss which could have been prevented in an earlier stage.

"Early detection of hearing sensitivity loss can allow for measures to be taken to prevent further deterioration."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A simplified summary is provided herein to help enable a basic or general understanding of various aspects of exemplary, non-limiting embodiments that follow in the more detailed description and the accompanying drawings. This summary is not intended, however, as an extensive or exhaustive overview. Instead, the purpose of this summary is to present some concepts related to some exemplary non-limiting embodiments in simplified form as a prelude to more detailed description of the various embodiments that follow in the disclosure.

"In accordance with a non-limiting implementation, a tone is outputted corresponding to a currently selected frequency band to a currently selected ear, one or more inputs are received indicating to at least one of increase or decrease a signal level of the outputted tone, the signal level of the outputted tone is adjusted according to the one or more inputs, and a current signal level of the outputted tone for the currently selected frequency band and the currently selected ear is recorded in a hearing sensitivity testing results record.

"In accordance with a non-limiting implementation, a tone generation component is configured to output a tone corresponding to a currently selected frequency band to a currently selected ear, a user interface component is configured to receive one or more inputs indicating to at least one of increase or decrease a signal level of the outputted tone and instruct the tone generation component to adjust the signal level of the outputted tone according to the one or more inputs, and a sensitivity results component is configured to record a current signal level of the outputted tone for the currently selected frequency band and the currently selected ear in a hearing sensitivity testing results record.

"These and other implementations and embodiments are described in more detail below.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary non-limiting system for estimating hearing sensitivity in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary non-limiting hearing sensitivity component that estimates hearing sensitivity of one or more users in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 3 illustrates a diagram of an exemplary non-limiting client device interfacing with a headset via a wireless link in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 4 illustrates a diagram of an exemplary non-limiting client device interfacing with a headset via a wired link in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 5 illustrates a diagram of an exemplary non-limiting user interface on a client device for estimating hearing sensitivity in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 6 illustrates a diagram of exemplary non-limiting hearing sensitivity testing results records in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 7 illustrates a diagram of an exemplary non-limiting user interface including a tuning wizard selection element on a client device for estimating hearing sensitivity in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 8A illustrates a diagram of an exemplary non-limiting user interface for a tuning wizard while increasing signal level on a client device for estimating hearing sensitivity in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 8B illustrates a diagram of an exemplary non-limiting user interface for a tuning wizard while decreasing signal level on a client device for estimating hearing sensitivity in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 9 illustrates an exemplary non-limiting flow diagram for generating hearing sensitivity results for a user in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIGS. 10A and 10B illustrates an exemplary non-limiting flow diagram for generating hearing sensitivity results for a user via tuning wizard in accordance with an implementation of this disclosure.

"FIG. 11 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary non-limiting networked environment in which various embodiments can be implemented.

"FIG. 12 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary non-limiting computing system or operating environment in which various embodiments can be implemented."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Hui, Siew Kok; TAN, Eng Sui. User Interface and Method to Discover Hearing Sensitivity of User on Smart Phone. Filed October 17, 2013 and posted May 29, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1461&p=30&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140522.PD.&OS=PD/20140522&RS=PD/20140522

Keywords for this news article include: BITwave Pte Ltd.

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