Richard K. Bogan, MD, and David Lewis, partners in sleep-science health ventures since 1994, developed a disposable device for nasal congestion relief in 2017. Now the device, SinuSonic, is available online. It does not require a prescription.
The idea for SinuSonic started after Bogan’s realized that humming alleviated his own nasal congestion. SinuSonic combines nasal acoustic vibration with oscillating expiratory pressure.
A prospective outcomes study to assess the safety and efficacy of the SinuSonic, a nasal congestion treatment device was performed at the Medical University of South Carolina.
“We were quite surprised at the effectiveness of the SinuSonic device for patients with nasal congestion. Our data, which will be presented formally early next year, showed significant improvement across all primary and secondary study endpoints after use of SinuSonic, including both objective and patient-reported outcomes,” says principal author, Zachary M. Soler, MD, MSc, of the Medical University of South Carolina.
Topline outcomes from the study included:
- Patients exhibited significant increases (15%) in peak nasal inspiratory flow (PNIF) within five minutes of using the device (p
- After two weeks of twice-daily use, PNIF scores increased over 30% versus initial baseline, a mean improvement of 25.0 L/min which was both statistically and clinically significant (p
- The Nasal Obstruction and Septoplasty Effectiveness (NOSE) score improved from a mean 50.4 to 23.3, a difference which was both statistically and clinically significant (p
- Significant improvements were seen for all patient-reported outcome metrics at each time point, including symptoms of nasal congestion, nasal drainage, and sinonasal pressure.
- No major adverse events were detected, with 97.5% of subjects reporting no pain or discomfort at the study conclusion.
- At study completion, 87.5% of subjects noted they would recommend SinuSonic to a friend or family member.
“We’re encouraged by the preliminary topline results from this phase I/II clinical trial,” says David Lewis, co-founder of Healthy Humming. “These results should give confidence to patients and physicians that SinuSonic is supported by scientific evidence demonstrating that patients not only feel better but have real changes in nasal airflow after using our device. We’re excited for the full study results to be presented and published next year. In the meantime, we look forward to spreading the word that SinuSonic is a great option for millions of Americans suffering from nasal congestion.”
Healthy Humming LLC, the parent company of the SinuSonic, is a SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority) client company of its entrepreneurial program, “SC Launch.” Client companies receive mentoring and support services and may also be eligible for grants, matching funds, and investments. Chartered in 1983 by the State of South Carolina as a public, nonprofit corporation, SCRA fosters South Carolina’s innovation economy by supporting entrepreneurs, enabling academic research and its commercialization, and connecting industry to innovators.
The MSRP is $49.95. Each device lasts for up to 60 days or 500 minutes. Users hold the device’s nasal mask to their nose and press the device’s trigger button to activate a gentle acoustic vibration. By breathing in and out through the device, users experience light resistance and an oscillating “flutter” pressure as they exhale.