Bilateral Communication in a Two-Channel System

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APP PUB NO 20140214123A1
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13751768

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A hearing prosthesis system has a hearing prosthesis device for each ear. In the case of a cochlear implant, the prosthesis may have both an external portion and an internal portion. The external portion provides a wireless communication to the internal portion. Additionally, each prosthesis is configured to communicate with the other prosthesis. Thus, a second wireless signal provides a bilateral communication link between the two prostheses. Advantageously, in order to mitigate potential wireless interference due to each prosthesis communicating with both a corresponding internal component and the other external component, the disclosed systems and methods operate in a specific communication mode. Under this mode, for each time period, one external component is in a transmit mode, while the other external component is in a receive mode. As the time period advances, the external components simultaneously switch modes.

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COCHLEAR LIMITEDLANE COVE NSW 2066

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Janssen, Jan New South Wales, AU 12 101
Meskens, Werner Opwijk, BE 76 1007
Van, Baelen Erika Heverlee, BE 3 49
Van, den Heuvel Koen HOVE, BE 40 260

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