Did You Know?

  • An estimated 2.4 million healthcare visits each year result in a diagnosis of Swimmer’s Ear.
  • Swimmer’s Ear costs the U.S. approximately $500 million in medical costs per year.
  • Medical spending for ear infection treatment totaled $2.8 billion in 2006.
  • The minimum expense for ear infection treatment each year is $350 per person.
  • Five out of six children experience an ear infection (otitis media) by age 3. That’s roughly 3,319,491 children!

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Our Story

It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s certainly the case with acQuaMD! It’s a common problem for water to get stuck in the ear canal when a person goes swimming or enjoys aquatic activities (or even just showering), and when water remains in the ear, it can cause infection and conditions like Swimmer’s Ear. acQuaMD solves this with a simple, safe, easy-to-use household device for all ages! It’s great for surfers, scuba divers, swimmers, people with pools, and anyone who gets in the water and gets water in their ears.

It’s also completely safe for kids, which is important to their health and wellbeing. Kids are prone to ear infections, especially if water is stuck in their ear canal more than 25-35 minutes, which has led to widespread ear infections for young children and caused many parents to avoid the pool.

Like many young children, acQuaMD’s inventor Ilich Vahimi’s niece was prone to ear infections. Her susceptibility was caused from water getting stuck her ear so long that she became prone to ear infections on a repeated basis. Her mom felt that she had to keep her daughter out of the pool in order to prevent repeated ear infections. That’s no fun for a little kid who loves playing in the water!

Ilich was playing with his niece one day and was about to toss her in the pool, but his sister stopped him and explained the issue. Ilich was struck by this problem, and felt that a solution was necessary and not that difficult to invent. As an avid swimmer, scuba diver and surfer, Ilich had also experienced frustrations from getting water trapped in his ears and suffered from Swimmer’s Ear or Surfer’s Ear, so he knew that a solution must help people of all ages.

He found a way to safely remove water from the outside ear canal by using the simple method of vibration. Ilich spent years in research, development and engineering with a local, Seattle-based design firm to implement the safest and most effective design. He collaborated with local doctors to help fine-tune the device, and gained their enthusiasm and endorsements. He also acquired CE and FCC certifications for the device’s safety and testing, and got acQuaMD pre-approved by the FDA.

A successful Kickstarter campaign followed, and now acQuaMD is being used worldwide to remove water from their ears after being in the water. Its smooth, ergonomic design makes it comfortable and easy to use, while eliminating the need for costly doctor’s visits to treat ear infections and other problems caused by water retention in the ear canal. Kids and adults alike can avoid ear infections and the painful condition of Swimmer’s Ear by using acQuaMD after getting out of the water. It really works; Ilich’s niece doesn’t get ear infections anymore as one of the earliest testers and ongoing users of her acQuaMD!

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