Wireless Digital Link Companion Microphone

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R42NR010323-02
Agency Tracking Number: NR010323
Amount: $799,974.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2007-2
Small Business Information
DUNS: 927303412
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 (763) 463-4814
Business Contact
Phone: (763) 463-4814
Email: thendrickson@ame-corp.com
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective of this project is to develop a hearing aid and wireless companion microphone system based on new, highly-innovative, very low-power ultra-wideband impulse radio technology. The phase I program successfull y established the feasibility of fully integrating an ultra-wideband (UWB) impulse radio transceiver and antenna system inside a behind-the-ear hearing aid and companion microphone. Companion microphones represent an established methodology for providing a signal-to-noise ratio improvement for hearing aid users in noisy environments. However, to date they have met with limited commercial success for a variety of reasons including the requirement of additional hardware to be worn by the hearing impaired pers on and the relatively large, power hungry, and sometimes data insecure companion microphones. The proposed technology addresses these issues by miniaturizing the microphone and integrating a novel ultra-low-power UWB radio directly into the hearing aid wit h a minimal effect on battery life.

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