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Application 20180228405
Starkey Laboratories, Inc.

Fall Prediction System Including An Accessory And Method Of Using Same

Various embodiments of a fall prediction system and method of using such system are disclosed. The system includes a hearing device for a user, a sensor operatively connected to the hearing device and adapted to detect a characteristic of the user and generate a sensor signal based on the characteristic, an accessory operatively connected to the hearing device, and a controller operatively connected to the hearing device. The controller is adapted to determine a fall risk value based on the sensor signal, compare the fall risk value to a fall risk threshold, and generate a fall prevention output if the fall risk value exceeds the fall risk threshold.

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1 Independent Claims

  • Claim 1. A fall prediction system, comprising: a hearing device for a usera sensor operatively connected to the hearing device and adapted to detect a characteristic of the user and generate a sensor signal based on the characteristic, wherein the characteristic comprises at least one of a physiological characteristic and an environmental characteristic of the useran accessory operatively connected to the hearing deviceand a controller operatively connected to the hearing device, wherein the controller is adapted to: determine a fall risk value based on the sensor signalcompare the fall risk value to a fall risk thresholdand generate a fall prevention output if the fall risk value exceeds the fall risk threshold.
  • Claim 14. A method, comprising: detecting a characteristic of a user of a fall prediction system with a sensor, wherein the fall prediction system comprises a hearing device and an accessory, and further wherein the characteristic comprises at least one of a physiological characteristic and an environmental characteristic of the userdetermining a fall risk value based on the detected characteristic and sensor datadetermining a fall risk thresholdand comparing the fall risk value to the fall risk threshold.