Eargo is the brainchild of Dr. Florent Michel, an ENT surgeon who developed the idea while fly fishing. Many of his patients had often rejected the idea of using hearing aids, claiming they were too bulky and uncomfortable. One day, he came up an innovative idea to “shrink the electronics and suspend them in the middle of the ear by soft medical grade silicone fibers,” he writes. The Eargo team also recently closed their series B funding round with $25 million. Congrats!
Eargo is made out of flexi fibers; small pieces of soft, medical-grade silicon, which suspend a tiny speaker in your ear. They suspend the Eargo devices in your ear without blocking the ear canal. This makes them more comfortable than regular hearing aids, and virtually invisible. The hearing aids come with four audio presets which can be adjusted with a simple double-tap on the ear, but users can also send their pair to the company where Eargo’s audiologists will custom program it for the specific user.
48 million people in the U.S. suffer from hearing loss, but many of those people haven’t done anything about it. Why? Well to start with, hearing aids are expensive — the average pair goes for $4,200 in the U.S., and that doesn’t include the battery which needs replacing. The stigma attached to hearing aids makes younger people hesitant to wear them.
That’s where Eargo comes in! Eargo not only proves how small, smart, and comfortable healthcare wearables can be, but it also shows that they are not your grandparent’s type of hearing aid! It is also significantly cheaper than most hearing aids, priced at about $1980/pair.
A smart, practically invisible hearing aid with a rechargeable battery is why Humavox has selected Eargo as our wearable of the month.