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EarQ Partners with NFLPA to Educate Players on Hearing Health

Coach Chuck Goldstein, Mike Hantge, Chris Langan, Adham Talaat, Ryan Bonheyo, and Nicholas Elstad

Syracuse, NY (February 3, 2014) - For the second year, EarQ worked with members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to advocate the importance of maintaining one’s hearing health throughout activities leading to the big game on February 2.

Local EarQ providers performed free video ear inspections for the players, as well as helped educate attendees about their hearing health and the advanced hearing loss solutions available today. EarQ is a member discount program provider for the NFLPA.

On Saturday, February 1, the EarQ team and representatives of its non-profit organization, the HearStrong Foundation, honored the Gallaudet University football team as HearStrong Champions during the NFLPA’s private Smocks and Jocks art auction event.

The Bison received national attention in 2013 when they earned a 9-1 record en route to a conference title and the first NCAA playoff berth in the program’s history.

“One of our goals is to show people that we are defined by how we react to challenges, rather than the challenges themselves,” said Ed Keller, president of EarQ and founder of the HearStrong Foundation. “By celebrating inspirational individuals like the members of this team, we are closer to reaching that goal.”

About EarQ:

EarQ strives to revolutionize the hearing healthcare industry through innovative business and marketing practices, national public awareness efforts and advocating for excellence in private patient care. Through its nationwide hearing healthcare providers, EarQ will shatter the stereotypes surrounding hearing loss and empower the millions of Americans who experience it to take control of their hearing health.

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About the HearStrong Foundation:

The HearStrong Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to challenge the way hearing loss and its solutions, such as hearing devices, are viewed by honoring the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss and inspire others to do the same. Supported by the dedication of EarQ providers, the foundation is a world-wide advocate for hearing loss awareness, education and support. For more information about the foundation, or to nominate a HearStrong Champion, please visit

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About the NFL Players Association

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. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit


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