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From a young age, our founder has regularly had to visit his physician for ear syringing to fight earwax buildup. After becoming a biomedical engineer, he came up with the idea for OtoSet to solve his own problem with impacted earwax. As our team began developing OtoSet, we started to realize the scale of this problem and how frustrating today's earwax removal procedure is for both patients and providers.
More than 35 million Americans are affected by impacted earwax. Symptoms can include pain, infection, vertigo, and hearing loss. The earwax removal procedure is very common but has seen little innovation over the last 200 years. This has left providers with antiquated, inefficient, and messy 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 will be available late-2020 and we have started working on a consumer version. We are an experienced team of biomedical, electrical, and software engineers advised by some of the most innovative physicians and medical entrepreneurs. Interested in joining the SafKan Health team?
" 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. "Seattle Business Magazine
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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 current primary care practice for removing excess or impacted ear wax is the ear and bladder syringe, which has been the standard of care since 1821, a time consuming and potentially unpleasant process for both the patient and the clinician. "
" OtoSet removes impacted earwax in about five minutes versus 20 to 30 minutes for traditional removal with a syringe. "
" The OtoSet device, invented by SafKan Health's CTO, is designed to offer an alternative to ear syringing — a procedure that 12 million patients receive each year in the U.S. and is the leading standard of care. "
" 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. "