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1. (WO2007001989) SOFT TISSUE PLACEMENT OF IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONE
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Pub. No.: WO/2007/001989 International Application No.: PCT/US2006/023826
Publication Date: 04.01.2007 International Filing Date: 20.06.2006
IPC:
A61F 2/00 (2006.01)
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
F
FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
2
Filters implantable into blood vessels; Prostheses, i.e. artificial substitutes or replacements for parts of the body; Appliances for connecting them with the body; Devices providing patency to, or preventing collapsing of, tubular structures of the body, e.g. stents
Applicants:
OTOLOGICS, LLC [US/US]; 5445 Airport Boulevard Boulder, CO 80301, US (AllExceptUS)
SLATTERY, William, Howard, III [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
SCHNEIDER, Robert, Edwin [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
KASIC, James, Frank, II [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
Inventors:
SLATTERY, William, Howard, III; US
SCHNEIDER, Robert, Edwin; US
KASIC, James, Frank, II; US
Agent:
MARSH FISCHMANN & BREYFOGLE LLP; 3151 South Vaughn Way, #411 Aurora, CO 80014, US
Priority Data:
60/692,22420.06.2005US
Title (EN) SOFT TISSUE PLACEMENT OF IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONE
(FR) PLACEMENT D'UN MICROPHONE IMPLANTABLE SUR TISSU MOU
Abstract:
(EN) Provided herein are systems and methods where an implantable microphone of an implantable hearing system is positioned at a location spaced from the surface of the patient's skull. More specifically, the microphone is mounted to soft tissue of the patient to at least partially isolate the microphone from skull-borne vibrations. Accordingly, by utilizing a soft tissue mount, the microphone may be made more sensitive to ambient sounds with reduced concern to amplification of non-ambient vibrations caused by skull-borne vibrations including, for example, transducer feedback, talking and/or chewing. The system will further include an auditory stimulation device that is located proximate to the skull of the patient and which is operative to stimulate an auditory component of the patient in accordance with an output signal generated by the microphone. A subcutaneously routed signal wire may extend between the implanted microphone and the auditory stimulation device.
(FR) L'invention concerne des systèmes et des procédés aux termes desquels un microphone implantable d'un système auditif implantable est posé en un emplacement à distance de la surface du crâne du patient. Plus précisément, le microphone est posé sur un tissu mou du patient afin d'isoler au moins partiellement le microphone des vibrations portées par le crâne. En conséquence, en utilisant un porte-tissu mou, on peut rendre le microphone plus sensible aux bruits ambiants avec une préoccupation réduite en ce qui concerne l'amplification de vibrations non ambiantes provoquées par les vibrations portées par le crâne, y compris, par exemple, la rétroaction du transducteur, l'expression vocale et/ou le masticage. Le système comportera en outre un dispositif de stimulation auditive posé à proximité du crâne du patient et destiné à stimuler un composant auditif de ce dernier selon un signal de sortie généré par le microphone. Un fil de signal acheminé par voie sous-cutanée peut se prolonger entre le microphone implanté et le dispositif de stimulation auditive.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, NA, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
EP1906871