Bizarre headphones deep clean your ears in just 35 seconds – but they have an eye-watering price tag
Say goodbye to cotton swabs! Bizarre headphones promise to thoroughly clean your ears in just 35 seconds, but they come with a price tag that will make your mouth water
- The OtoSet Ear Cleaning System blows water into your ear canals
- Developer says the device offers a “safe, effective and mess-free procedure.”
- However, the headphone-like device carries a price tag of $2,753 (£2,297).
At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking these are the latest luxury headphones.
Put down your lunch, though, because the “headphones” are actually a bizarre new device for removing earwax.
The OtoSet ear cleaning system blows water into your ear canals and promises to remove wax from your ears in just 35 seconds.
However, if you’re hoping to ditch the cotton swabs in favor of the new device, you should start saving.
OtoSet Ear Cleaning System carries a mouth-watering $2,753 (£2,297) price tag.
At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking this device is the latest cool pair of headphones. Put down your lunch, though, because the “headphones” are actually a bizarre new device for removing earwax
For use by healthcare professionals only, it uses a new system of irrigation and micro-suction technology, all built into an automated and wearable device that resembles a familiar and streamlined pair of headphones
Seattle-based medical startup SafKan Health received $8 million (£6.67 million) in funding for the device this month.
It says it’s the first FDA-approved ear cleaning device that quickly and safely removes mild to severe earwax impacts.
Intended for use by healthcare professionals only, it uses a new system of irrigation and micro-suction technology, all built into an automated and wearable device that resembles a familiar and sleek pair of headphones.
In a rapid cleaning cycle, the fluid stream is directed from solution containers through disposable earplugs and to the walls of the ear canals to break down earwax.
Continuous micro-suction draws wax and fluid back through the earplugs and into disposable waste containers for an easy, clean procedure.
The company says the device provides patients with a “safe, effective and mess-free procedure.”
It was announced last week that private equity firm Unorthodox Ventures has made a lead investment in SafKan Health, developers of the FDA-cleared OtoSet Ear Cleaning System.
The $8 million (£6.67 million) funding will help the company launch OtoSet, with total funding to date of $13 million (£10.86 million).
Sahil Diwan, co-founder and CEO of SafKan Health, says, “The first thing that impressed us at Unorthodox Ventures is their knowledge of all things manufacturing has been a great help to us as we grow our business.
“In addition, their willingness to assist us in all aspects of our business is what makes Unorthodox Ventures such a unique and welcome partner.”
Carey Smith, ‘Contrarian’ founder of Unorthodox Ventures, added, ‘I’ve devoted my career to transforming ancient technology for the modern age, from ceiling fans to hand sanitizer systems.
“SafKan Health does the same with OtoSet.”
Continuous micro-suction draws wax and fluid back through the earplugs and into disposable waste containers for an easy, clean procedure
What is wax buildup?
Earwax usually falls out on its own, but in some cases it can get clogged.
It cannot be prevented because the wax protects the ears from water, dirt, germs, infections and foreign objects.
You are more likely to have buildup if:
- You naturally produce more wax
- You have hairy or narrow ear canals
- You are old because wax hardens with age
- You wear hearing aids, headphones or earplugs, which push the earwax further in
Symptoms include ear pain, hearing problems, itching, dizziness, ear infection and tinnitus.
You can use over-the-counter wax drops or warm water to rinse your ears.
If this doesn’t work, seek professional medical help in case of infection.
Source: Mayo Clinic