From a young age, our founder has regularly had to visit his primary care physician for ear syringing to fight earwax buildup. After becoming a biomedical engineer, he invented OtoSet® to solve his own problem with impacted earwax. As our team began researching and developing OtoSet®, we learned the true scale of this problem and how frustrating today’s earwax removal procedure is for both patients and healthcare professionals.
More than 35 million Americans are affected by impacted earwax, which is the leading cause of conductive hearing loss. Other symptoms can include pain, vertigo, tinnitus, itching, and coughing. The earwax removal procedure is very common but has seen little innovation over the last 200 years. This has left healthcare professionals with time-consuming, messy, and antiquated options to provide relief to their patients — until now.
We are out to change things for the tens of millions of Americans like our founder. OtoSet® is the first automated and FDA Cleared ear cleaning device for clinical use, which is available to healthcare professionals now. Our team at SafKan Health has also started developing a consumer version for home use.
Interested in joining the SafKan Health team? We’re hiring!
“Earwax is hardly a sexy topic. But the founders see in it an alluring business opportunity. They’ve launched SafKan Health, a Seattle company they hope will be to earwax what Sonicare is to dental plaque.”
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“Say so-long to Q-tips and those huge, awkward water syringes. If Seattle startup SafKan Health gets its way, antiquated ear cleaning devices will be a thing of the past. The company has developed OtoSet, a pair of headphones that can professionally clean a patient’s ears in just 35 seconds.”GEEKWIRE
“Medical devices come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one ear-cleaning device that resembles Beats by Dre headphones. OtoSet, developed by SafKan Health, is a wearable device that offers irrigation and ongoing suction designed to eliminate earwax in 35 seconds. Plus, the headset looks cool.”TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER
“SafKan Health has developed OtoSet, a medical device resembling a trendy set of earphones to make the job of removing excess and impacted earwax in a safe manner easier. The procedure could be carried out by nurses in primary care settings, freeing up specialists to focus on more complex patients.”MEDCITY NEWS
“Impacted earwax can be a major nuisance, causing loss of hearing, discomfort, and dizziness. OtoSet looks like a pair of headphones, but with irrigation and suction tips. Treatment takes five minutes from setup-to-cleanup, and in clinical studies it was able to deal with even severe earwax buildup.”MEDGADGET
“Each year millions of Americans visit their physicians to remove impacted earwax. The current practice for removing impacted earwax is the ear and bladder syringe, which has been the standard of care since 1821, a time consuming and unpleasant process for both the patient and the clinician.”ARIZONA PUBLIC MEDIA
“Developed to clean impacted earways, OtoSet has irrigation and microsuction technology built into an automated device. Impacted earwax is present in 1 in 10 children, 1 in 20 adults, and more than one-third of the elderly. It is also the leading cause of conductive hearing loss, according to a Harvard report.”MASS DEVICE