Earwax-Removal Device Heads to Market with $8M, FDA Clearance and a Viral TikTok Video


The man clicks a button on a device settled on his ears like a giant headphone set. A motor runs. Fluid flows. “It’s weirdly satisfying,” he says in a TikTok video that’s racked up more than 15M views. More people might have the same feeling if a Seattle company has its way.

SafKan Health is behind the ear-cleaning device that removes earwax and aims to supplant current clinical approaches to removing built up gunk.

“We want to essentially do for your ears what Sonicare and electric toothbrush companies have done for teeth,” said CEO Sahil Diwan, in an interview with GeekWire.

The startup recently raised $8 million to fuel expanded manufacturing and marketing efforts for its OtoSet device, which has been placed in hundreds of clinics. Diwan co-founded the company in 2016 with his brother, Aadil Diwan. The following year it won the top prize at a Seattle Angel Conference startup competition.