Obscure Items that Crack Me Up!

As an employee at Oaktree Products for close to nine years, I am familiar with most of the 4,000 or so products that we offer.  Occasionally, I will come across some obscure item and think to myself “What is this?” quickly followed by “Seriously, have we even sold any of these?”  Much to my amazement (and amusement), there are products out there that I, as an audiologist, probably would have never imagined would sell but they do which goes to show what little I do know.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The Eardoc is a vibrating device designed to reduce ear pain.  Placed at the mastoid, the vibration generated by this product opens the Eustachian tube to help relieve discomfort associated with otitis media, ear infection, swimmer’s ear, and the like.  I don’t know why but when I see the “As Seen On TV” logo on the packaging, I giggle.  Nevertheless, there seems to be a legitimate use for this product so perhaps others are giggling at me.

The Deflector is an awning-like cover that slips over the ear, resting between the hearing instrument and the head.  It is designed to deflect moisture away from the hearing instrument, perhaps when a patient insists to stand in the pouring rain.  When this first came across my desk I automatically thought “No way”.  Well, once again I was wrong since this is a hot little item that sells and does the trick as indicated by many of our customers.

The Ear Protector Caps always brings a smile to my face, more so because the actual picture of the model wearing them in such a graceful fashion just seems funny.  These waterproof ear protection caps (24/pk) are designed with an elastic band for a secure fit for all ear sizes.  It has been a popular item for Lyric wearers to use in the shower to keep water out of the ears.  All of these items, along with the other 3,997 are available at Oaktree Products.  And no worries; I never giggle when someone places an order for something!

About AU Bankaitis

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is a clinical Audiologist with extensive clinical, research, and business experience within the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis created this blog to educate her colleagues on viable product solutions for their patients and/or clinical practice.
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6 Responses to Obscure Items that Crack Me Up!

  1. A.U,
    I had to smile at some of these but couldn’t deny that their intended purpose seems legitimate.
    The deflector, ear doc, and the ear covers are pretty cool. How are they selling?
    Rich Reikowski, Au.D

    • aubankaitis says:

      believe it or not, we sell about 15-20 deflectors every month during the summer and then about 5-6 each month during the non summer months. We also sell about 5-6 EDOCs every month!

  2. eardoc says:

    the eardoc works great the idea behind is simple- two actions
    1- shake the eustachian tube. even if only a fraction of the fluids drain – it would release some of the pressure on the eardrum
    2- relax the tissue surrounding it.

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