Patent Number: 6,298,247

Title: Method and apparatus for automatic volume control

Abstract: An apparatus (100) is disclosed for automatically controlling the volume level of an audio signal transmitted to or received by a mobile station and/or terminal within a telecommunications network, the apparatus including a noise measuring device (102), a volume controller (104) communicably coupled to the noise measuring device, and a memory module (108) communicably coupled to the noise measuring device. In a wireless telecommunications network, the memory module may comprise a subscriber identity module (SIM) and contain preferred volume levels for given levels of noise for that particular subscriber. A method is also disclosed for automatically controlling the volume level of an audio signal transmitted to or received by a phone terminal and/or mobile station within a telecommunications network, comprising the steps of obtaining measurements of a background noise signal, obtaining a preferred volume level corresponding to the measurement of a background noise signal, and automatically adjusting the volume level of the audio signal to the preferred volume level.

Inventors: Alperovich; Vladimir (Dallas, TX), Valentine; Eric (Plano, TX), Evanyk; Walt (Plano, TX)

Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L.M. Ericsson (publ)

International Classification: H04M 1/60 (20060101); H04B 001/38 (); H04M 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018