Patent Number: 7,612,655

Title: Alarm system for hearing impaired individuals having hearing assistive implanted devices

Abstract: An alarm system for certain hearing impaired individuals having implanted hearing assistive devices contains a device for detecting an alarm condition, and a transmitter which is tuned to a resonant frequency of an implanted passive energy portion of a cochlear implant or similar device. Upon detection of an alarm condition, the transmitter transmits an alarm signal at the resonant frequency, causing the implanted device to resonate even in the absence of the externally worn hearing assistive portion. Resonance is perceived by the hearing impaired individual as a buzzing or other abnormal noise, alerting the individual to the alarm condition.

Inventors: Kolz; Daniel Paul (Rochester, MN), Sullivan; Garry Joseph (Rochester, MN)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H04B 3/36 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017