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

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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.

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

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... --Ed Keller, president of EarQ

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.

About EarQ:
A prestigious nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and in patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.
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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

About Sivantos Group
The businesses of Siemens’ former hearing aid unit have been combined into the Sivantos Group since the beginning of 2015. The origins of Sivantos go right back to 1878, when Werner von Siemens invented a telephone receiver which made it considerably easier for the hard of hearing to follow conversations. Today, Sivantos Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hearing instruments. With its 5,000 employees the Group recorded revenues of € 690 million and a reported EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of € 126 million in the 2014 business year. Sivantos’ international sales organization supplies products to hearing aid specialists and sales organizations in more than 120 countries. Particular emphasis is placed on product development. The declared goal is to make Sivantos with its brands Siemens, Audio Service, Rexton, A&M and HearUSA the market leader in the years to come. The owners of Sivantos are the anchor investors EQT together with the Strüngmann family and Siemens as co-investors.

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