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NFL Players Association and EarQ Expand Hearing Loss Research to New Orleans

Published: 10/27/2015

Last Updated: 10/19/2017

As part of its research program to better understand former professional football players’ unique relationship with hearing loss, EarQ, with representatives of Sivantos, Inc., worked with the New Orleans chapter of the NFL Players Association to provide hearing health check-ups and hearing devices to participating former players at the chapter’s regional meeting.

EarQ with the NFL Players Association in New Orleans

Norm Hodgins (black shirt), president of the New Orleans NFLPA chapter, poses with members of the EarQ team.

New Orleans, LA (October 27, 2015)—Following significant player participation at the 2015 NFL Players Association’s (NFLPA) Conference in March and the Chicago regional meeting in August, EarQ and the Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) brought their landmark hearing health research program to the New Orleans chapter of the NFLPA.

On October 23 and 24, representatives of EarQ, with several representatives of Sivantos, Inc., provided participating NFLPA members with hearing health screenings and customized EarQ hearing solutions in an effort to continue their research on the correlation between hearing loss and former professional football players.

All testing data acquired will help EarQ and the NFLPA more accurately identify the connection, prevalence, and extent of hearing loss throughout the player population and help ensure larger steps can be taken to help enrich the lives of NFLPA members.

Upcoming research will be gathered from former players in Las Vegas.

“By continuing to work with the former players at regional events like this, we can learn more about how untreated hearing loss affects their lives and identify better solutions for them to improve not just their hearing health, but their physical and emotional health as well,” said Ed Keller, president of EarQ.


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