As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Quite literally this is how the company I currently run got started. It’s a medical device business that was founded by an ENT surgeon. He used to make twice-yearly humanitarian trips. For months before each trip, he and his team would fundraise so that they could purchase the expensive and specialized testing equipment needed while they were there. They would then donate and leave it behind at the clinics they visited. But upon each return trip, he often found this equipment damaged or missing. Or worse, it went unused because of a shortage of professionals trained on how to operate the units. Frustrated by what he saw, he thought there had to be a better way.
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Ototoxicity Monitoring in Tuberculosis Patients With SHOEBOX Audiometry and Extended High Frequency Testing
Photo Credit: Vital Strategies
Did you know that March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day? It recognizes the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis (TB) and it is intended to raise public awareness that, even today, the disease remains an epidemic that causes the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people each year.
Tablet Audiometry and the Evolution of Occupational Hearing Conservation
In the 7 years since Apple released the first iPad®, how we connect, communicate, receive and share information has changed in ways we could not have imagined. Nearly every industry – from automotive to music, retail, publishing, education, construction, even farming has taken notice. They have found ways to leverage the mobility of tablet technology and take advantage of these powerful computing devices. Even healthcare – an industry notoriously slow to adopt new technology – has found in the tablet a device that many physicians like for its portability, long battery life, and ease of use.
Elderly Hearing Loss – It’s Riskier Than You Probably Think
I think it is safe to say that most of us are familiar with the risks children face when their hearing loss goes undetected. It is well documented that they may fall behind in school, have cognitive or speech delays, feel isolated, and even suffer emotionally. These are all very serious issues, and it saddens me to think about even one child who does not have access to regular hearing health care. But lately, I’ve been thinking – and reading – about risk-of-elderly-hearing-loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Never Ignore a Sudden Change in Hearing
I was chatting with our founder, Dr. Matt Bromwich, over lunch yesterday. He told me about an interesting case that he had seen in the E.R. that week, and I thought it was important to share. I had never heard of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) before. My guess is that I’m not the only one.
Inventing the Future of Hearing Health
If you haven’t seen the news, we announced $6M in Series A funding led by Whitecap Venture Partners. This brings the total amount invested in our company to $9.5 million to date, so we are taking a moment to celebrate.