After five years of research and $13 million in venture funding, Eargo has created a hearing device that people actually want to wear.
Launching out of beta today, Eargo’s invisible, rechargeable hearing aid is modeled after the fishing fly, of all things. It’s made out of flexi fibers — small pieces of soft, medical-grade silicon — which suspend a tiny speaker in your ear.
Unlike traditional hearing devices, which block the entire ear drum, these fibers allow certain sound waves to pass through, so the speaker only has to amplify the frequencies that the user has trouble hearing.
Eargo has been operating in stealth mode since 2010, when it was founded by French ENT surgeon Dr. Florent Michel and his son Raphael Michel. The startup recently closed a $13 million Series A round led by Maveron, with participation from Dolby Family Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Birchmere Ventures and others.
According to Eargo, 48…
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