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News Article | May 6, 2017
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From April 26-28, EarQ and Signia held an exclusive VIP training experience for EarQ members at the Signia Headquarters in Piscataway, New Jersey. This three-day event was designed to help practice owners learn how to position the value of their services, innovate their strategies, and communicate their purpose in an ever-evolving industry. For more than 15 years, EarQ has been invested in the independent practice due to the specialized patient care they provide. Today, the EarQ network expands to 1,400 independent provider locations across the country, and the company partners with five of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers, one of them being Signia. “Recent shifts in the industry have caused practice owners to face new challenges, but EarQ is ready for these challenges with innovative programs and evolved strategies,” says Clifford Carey, Vice President of Communications at EarQ. “Our VIP events are one part of a bigger picture to keep the independent practice ahead.” During the three days of training, practice owners learned about how they can utilize EarQ’s programs to differentiate their practices and connect with more patients. Industry-expert, Ron Gleitman, EarQ’s new vice president of sales and practice development, spoke about the EarQ private label, and how it helps to protect members from a number of industry concerns, including online hearing aid sales. Members also learned more about Signia’s new Bluetooth streaming options—something that is growing in importance as consumers become more tech-savvy. Additional EarQ VIP events are scheduled throughout the year. A full schedule from EarQ is available upon request. About EarQ:     A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.


Goins M.R.,Ear | Beasley M.S.,Eye and Ear Clinic Physicians
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America | Year: 2012

The majority of neck masses in the pediatric population are congenital or inflammatory in origin requiring a thorough understanding of embryology and anatomy of the cervical region. However, malignancy must always be ruled out as they represent 11%-15% of all neck masses in the pediatric population. The initial history and physical are of utmost important to correctly work-up and eventually diagnose the lesion. This article addresses many aspects of the workup, diagnosis and eventual proper surgical or medical management of pediatric neck masses. © 2012.


News Article | November 26, 2016
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On November 20, 2016, former NFL players gathered at the Meridian Neighborhood Health Center in Parker, Colorado, for a health assessment event sponsored by the Living Heart Foundation. There, these players received screenings, hearing aid fittings, and hearing health education from EarQ representatives. Events like these are one of the many ways EarQ and the NFLPA are addressing the high incidence of hearing loss in professional athletes. For more than five years, the partnership has been working together to tackle this issue. Their efforts include hosting and attending events around the country to connect with former players, screen them for hearing loss, and fit them with the appropriate hearing technology, if necessary. In addition to those efforts, EarQ and the NFLPA have also been spearheading a research study on the correlation between hearing loss and professional playing careers. With 1,400 independent provider locations across the country, EarQ has a network of skilled hearing healthcare professionals—many of whom have been active in EarQ’s work with the NFLPA. At the event in Colorado, these individuals provided quality hearing healthcare services and education as well as collected data for the exclusive research program, bringing EarQ and the NFLPA one step closer to identifying what preventative measures can be taken for the next generation of athletes. According to Ed Keller, President of EarQ, these efforts are all part of a bigger picture to spark a nationwide hearing loss awareness movement. “38 million Americans are living with untreated hearing loss and it is estimated that 643,000 of these individuals are Colorado residents,” says Keller. “By priming former Denver-area professional football players to be advocates, we are making an investment in the hearing health of both former players and their fans.” About EarQ: A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products. About the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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On January 28 and 29, 2017, the EarQ team attended the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, to provide hearing health education, free screenings, and hearing aid technology to former players. For more than five years, EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) have been on a mission to make hearing health a priority for former athletes, their family members, and their fans. In addition to providing free hearing healthcare services, representatives from EarQ discussed the number of health conditions related to hearing loss such as heart disease, sleep apnea, obesity, and cognitive decline. Members of the PAF and medical professionals from other fields—such as the Living Heart Foundation— learned more about these risk-factors and how treating hearing loss leads to a happier and healthier life. There are also risk-factors associated with occupation and lifestyle. Through the partnership’s leading-edge research study, EarQ and the NFLPA are drawing conclusions on the correlation between hearing loss and professional football. Later this year, EarQ will be presenting early findings from the study at the AudiologyNow! Conference in Indianapolis. “By fitting former professional players with hearing aids, we are improving one life at a time,” says Andrew Hebert, Senior Vice President of EarQ. “By equipping them with ongoing hearing health education, former players can spread awareness beyond themselves to their friends, families, and fans!” About EarQ: A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products. About the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws.


Sikand A.,Ear
Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery | Year: 2011

The advent of balloon catheter dilation of the sinus ostia has advanced the ability of surgeons to manage chronic rhinosinusitis with tissue preservation and less-invasive techniques. This technology has provided the opportunity to perform endoscopic sinus surgery outside of the traditional operating room in a select patient population. This article describes the author's experience with a postmarket study assessing the feasibility of moving select endoscopic sinus surgeries with the use of balloon catheter dilation tools to the office setting. A discussion of anesthesia technique, patient selection, procedure room set-up, and equipment requirements is presented. The safety, tolerability, effectiveness, and cost of performing balloon catheter sinus dilation were evaluated in 10 patients in the author's practice. Effectiveness was assessed with both the sinonasal outcome test (SNOT-20) as well as change in Lund-Mackay computed tomography scan scores. Patient pain perception during the procedure was measured with a visual analogue scale. Patient outcomes were assessed at 1-, 4-, 24-, and 52-week follow-up to determine the durability of the surgical results. At 6 months, SNOT-20 symptom scores were significantly improved (0.89 vs 2.05 baseline), as were Lund-Mackay computed tomography scores, which decreased from a preoperative mean of 7.00 to 0.86. With respect to tolerability, 9 of 10 patients indicated that the procedure was well tolerated. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


von Boetticher A.,Ear
Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment | Year: 2011

Tinnitus is a symptom frequently encountered by ear, nose, and throat practitioners. A causal treatment is rarely possible, and drug and nondrug treatment options are limited. One of the frequently prescribed treatments is Ginkgo biloba extract. Therefore, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials of Ginkgo biloba extract preparations were searched for and reviewed systematically. There is evidence of efficacy for the standardized extract, EGb 761® (Dr Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co KG Pharmaceuticals, Karlsruhe, Germany), in the treatment of tinnitus from three trials in patients in whom tinnitus was the primary complaint. Supportive evidence comes from a further five trials in patients with age-associated cognitive impairment or dementia in whom tinnitus was present as a concomitant symptom. As yet, the efficacy of other ginkgo preparations has not been proven, which does not necessarily indicate ineffectiveness, but may be due to flawed clinical trials. In conclusion, EGb 761®, a standardized Ginkgo biloba extract, is an evidence-based treatment option in tinnitus. © 2011 von Boetticher, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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From October 23-25, EarQ hosted a training event for its members in Syracuse, New York. Throughout 2016, EarQ has held Thrive-themed trainings across the country; however, this was the first ever training held at the EarQ headquarters. The event was co-hosted by Signia, a leading hearing aid manufacturer and one of EarQ’s technology partners. As a nationwide network of over 1,400 select hearing healthcare providers, EarQ is a primary resource for practice owners who want their businesses to succeed while also remaining independent. With big box retailers and commoditization gaining momentum in the industry, small businesses are facing a lot of uncertainty and EarQ is determined to keep them ahead. According to Ed Keller, President of EarQ, this is important because the high-quality of care independent practices offer can’t be found with commoditized healthcare. “I don’t mind facing the giant retailers because I believe what we are doing is right and just,” says Keller. “Many of us have been witness to the life-changing benefits of focused and quality healthcare, and that is what drives our passion for what we do. We are thrilled to have our members—leading hearing healthcare professionals—here in Syracuse to work toward setting the bar even higher in our industry.” The week kicked off on Sunday night with a Welcome Ceremony and tour of the EarQ headquarters. For many members, it was their first time coming to the Central New York area and visiting the local attractions in Syracuse. The next few days were dedicated to learning more about Signia’s latest technology, and the programs that differentiate EarQ members and help them connect with more patients in need. EarQ’s Secure Warranty is one of those programs. While typical hearing aid warranties last anywhere from one to three years, Secure offers four full years of protection. As the longest warranty in the United States, it is a big draw for both potential and current patients. “With major practice differentiators and continued engagement, EarQ members are primed to be leaders in the hearing healthcare industry,” says Keller. “The future is bright for our members, and we look forward to seeing them utilize the information from our training and thrive in their communities!” About EarQ: A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.


News Article | November 15, 2016
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From November 10-12, hearing healthcare professionals from across the country gathered at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California, to attend the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) Conference, AuDACITY. There, professionals collaborated, discussed new advancements in hearing technology, and learned more about ways to succeed in a competitive landscape. As an organization dedicated to helping independent practices succeed, the ADA welcomed representatives from EarQ to discuss how practice owners must reach their patients online in order to grow their practices. With a network of over 1,400 independent provider locations nationwide, EarQ supports practice owners as they build their brands and develop their individual approaches toward patient engagement and education. Ed Keller, President of EarQ, says creating and maintaining a strong online presence is key to this growth. “Having an evolved digital strategy is necessary in order to compete in any industry, especially healthcare,” Keller says. “We are constantly developing new solutions for our practice owners so they can become the primary resource for hearing healthcare in their communities.” Some of these solutions include programs like Iris, EarQ’s innovative responsive internet strategy. This program allows participating members to be highly visible online through digital marketing strategies and websites with rich and original content. EarQ offers a variety of multichannel marketing programs to reach those at different stages of the hearing aid buying cycle and emphasize practice authority. Conventions like ADA give EarQ an opportunity to reach independent practice owners and highlight the programs that allow their practices to thrive. For more information on EarQ’s programs and services, please email info(at)earq(dot)com or call 866-432-7500. About EarQ: A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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From February 17-19, EarQ teamed up with the NBA Retired Players Association during the NBA All-Star game weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the fifth year in a row that EarQ representatives have attended the event to spread awareness about the prevalence of hearing loss in athletes and ensure healthy hearing is a priority for former players. With 1,400 independent provider locations across the country, EarQ has a network of skilled hearing healthcare professionals committed to helping former pro athletes hear better. In exclusive events leading up to the All-Star game, members of EarQ provided hearing screenings for former professional basketball players to determine if they are in need of treatment. Former pro players were also able to access educational resources on hearing conditions, hearing aids, and hearing loss prevention. More than 38 million Americans with hearing loss let it go untreated. There are also many health conditions closely related to hearing loss such as heart disease, obesity, depression, and more. EarQ believes that spreading hearing loss awareness and education is essential to breaking down barriers that prevent people from seeking treatment and leading healthy futures. “We see a significant need when we examine the population of people who let their hearing loss go untreated,” says Clifford Carey, Vice President of Communications at EarQ. “Our work with the NBA Retired Players Association has allowed us to address this need and help former players improve their quality of life.” About EarQ:      A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products. About the National Basketball Retired Players Association: The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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On February 4, 2017, EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation will attend the 2017 Super Bowl LI pre-game activities in Houston, Texas, and launch its second annual student scholarship program for remarkable student athletes with hearing loss! Last year, the partnership invested in the success of the next generation of athletes and these efforts will continue in 2017. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to student athletes with hearing loss who display excellence in athletics, great determination, and courage on and off the field. The program is open to high school juniors through college sophomores who have played at least one year of varsity sports and are attending—or have plans to attend—a college or university. EarQ and the NFLPA’s PAF have been active in tackling hearing loss related issues since 2013. Their work includes spearheading a research study on the correlation between professional playing careers and hearing loss, providing hearing screenings for former players and their family members, and fitting them with hearing aids, if necessary. “Hearing loss affects more than 40 million people in the United States, and we are becoming more aware of what we can do to reduce risk-factors and spread awareness,” said Andre Collins, Executive Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation, “With our scholarship program, the PAF can identify and reward remarkable young people who are taking action to treat their hearing loss and don’t let it hold them back from the activities they love. They are truly an inspiration.” To learn more about the scholarship, please visit the dedicated webpage, or download the scholarship packet. About EarQ: A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products. About the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws.

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