US 11,051,974 B2
Fluency aid
Tahir Rashid, Tewkesbury (GB)
Assigned to Cirrus Logic, Inc., Austin, TX (US)
Filed by Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd., Edinburgh (GB)
Filed on Jan. 29, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/261,038.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/624,445, filed on Jan. 31, 2018.
Claims priority of application No. 1804170 (GB), filed on Mar. 15, 2018.
Prior Publication US 2019/0231586 A1, Aug. 1, 2019
Int. Cl. A61F 5/58 (2006.01); G10L 21/0208 (2013.01); A61B 5/12 (2006.01); G10L 21/003 (2013.01); G10L 21/057 (2013.01)
CPC A61F 5/58 (2013.01) [A61B 5/121 (2013.01); G10L 21/003 (2013.01); G10L 21/0208 (2013.01); G10L 2021/0575 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A fluency aid comprising:
a pacing signal generator operable to output a signal for generating, at regular time intervals, an audible sound;
a controller operable, in response to a voice being detected by a voice detector, to control the pacing signal generator such that the output signal causes the audible sound to continue for a predetermined amount of time, stop or fade;
a background noise detector for detecting background noise around the fluency aid, wherein the audible sound is output at a loudness based on a loudness of the background noise; and
a masking sound generator for generating a masking sound, wherein the masking sound is faded out following detection of the voice.