In the fall of 2008, Dr. Fan-Gang Zeng, inventor and researcher at the University of California – Irvine developed his first prototype of a cochlear implant that uses Frequency-Amplitutde-Modulation-Encoding (FAME) technology to improve the audio signals the device receives. While cochlear implants are not a new invention, Dr. Zeng’s improvement was a significant advancement on this important technology. His device is called the Nurotron, and while the basic principles are the same as other cochlear manufacturers, Dr. Zeng’s system utilizes this FAME technology to deliver a more clear, defined and acoustically-pleasing sound. Needless to say, his invention is revolutionary in the field of hearing technology, and it is likely this invention will continue to hold immense value in the years to come.
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About Patent #7,225,027:
All sounds are characterized by changes in amplitude and frequency. The auditory systems of humans and many mammals are sensitive to changes in amplitude and frequency. In the cochlear implants that have heretofore been available, only amplitude changes are extracted and encoded.
Patent #7,225,027 uses Frequency-Amplitude-Modulation-Encoding (FAME) to improve the quality of sound perception for the cochlear implant users and to compress audio signals so that broad-band qualities can be achieved with narrow-band transmission channels.
The FAME strategy extracts essential information (changes in amplitude and frequency) and is able to use a narrow-band capacity to provide broad-band (i.e. high-quality) audio signals, which can be used in auditory prostheses and telecommunication.
Frequency-Amplitude-Modulation-Encoding (FAME) strategy is aimed at improving perception of music, tonal-language speech, and speech in multiple-talker backgrounds (“cocktail party effect”). The same strategy can also be used to compress audio signals for all communication purposes including wired, or wireless and internet signal transmission, storage and retrieval of audio information.
In Layman’s Terms:
Looking at the big picture, a cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. Cochlear implants are often called bionic ears. These implants are a significant technology in the field of hearing aid because they help the deaf and hard-of-hearing improve their quality of life. Cochlear implants are not a new technology per say; however, Dr. Fan-Gang Zeng’s improvement upon them using the FAME method has gained significant praise in the hearing technology field. Essentially, patent #7,225,027 protects the FAME methodology that Dr. Zeng invented.
Based on the MyPatentAssets analysis and our own personal research and evaluation, we conclude that patent #7,225,027 holds significant value.