The only product of its kind, NERVANA debuted at CES earlier this year and generated industry and international buzz as one of the most highly anticipated wearable lifestyle products at CES 2016. In fact, NERVANA won the TechStars award for "Lifestyle and Digital Health" category at the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show (CES).
NERVANA combines science and technology to make an ordinary experience extraordinary. It synchronizes nerve stimulation with sound, allowing the user to experience music in ways never felt before.
NERVANA is a wearable product that sends a gentle electrical wave through the left ear canal to stimulate the body’s Vagus nerve, while syncing with music. This elicits a calm, relaxed feeling for most users in a natural way, which stimulates the brain’s pleasure center, known to release neurotransmitters (the body's feel-good messengers).
In more technical terms....A central signal-processing circuit receives both music and stimulation signals and routes those signals appropriately to the two ear buds. The right ear bud receives only the right channel of the music signal, which is output to a hand-picked, high-fidelity speaker in the right ear bud. The proprietary left ear bud, in comparison, not only receives the left channel of the music signal at its speaker, it also receives the stimulation signal within the ear bud material itself, to deliver electrical stimulation to the inside surface of the ear canal and, thereby, the Vagus nerve.
The NERVANA Generator acts as a pass-through for a user-selected music signal, which is input through a standard audio jack and is output through the speakers contained within the ear buds of the NERVANA ear buds. Proprietary, patent-pending circuitry within the NERVANA Generator analyzes the music signal and generates a targeted Vagus nerve stimulation output that synchronizes with the music’s signal, so the user can Feel the Music.
In contrast with Music Mode, Ambient Mode tasks the NERVANA Generator’s internal microphone with modulating output to the NERVANA ear buds based on sounds from the environment. Put more simply, any music being played around the user, for example, at a concert, will be the basis for the Vagus nerve stimulation output sent to the user through the NERVANA ear buds. This means that, in the Ambient Mode, all NERVANA users in the same location can experience similar nerve stimulation.
Each mode can be easily customized with simple buttons to control the intensity level of the signal, ranging from 2 to 25, and a sensitivity dial. NERVANA is portable and compatible with all music players and it can be used virtually anywhere.
The dual jack takes both output signals — from the NERVANA Generator and the music supply circuit (either from the user or from the environment) — and supplies them to various signal conduits within the lower portion of the NERVANA Ear Bud cord.
The NERVANA Ear Buds are unique and contain proprietary, patent-pending technology throughout.
The entirety of the NERVANA ear buds were designed in-house and are made by our company using custom-designed molds and circuitry. Ear buds like these do not exist anywhere else.
NERVANA was created by two brothers, Drs. Richard and Daniel Cartledge, both practicing physicians, who have been fascinated by Vagus nerve stimulation for decades. They had an idea to take the best part of vagus nerve stimulation and provide it to users in a way that was entirely non-invasive. In 2014, they formed NERVANA LLC, including medical and intellectual property experts and engineers to make that dream a reality. The team created NERVANA, a breakthrough product that accesses the Vagus nerve in a simple way and does so in harmony with tunes selected by the user.
“Vagus nerve stimulation has been studied for decades,” said Dr. Richard Cartledge, co-creator and co-founder of NERVANA. “We wanted to bring the wellness benefits of Vagus nerve stimulation to more people in a non-invasive way that is easy for consumers to use on a daily basis. That’s what NERVANA is all about: making people feel good.”
This is the first of many products NERVANA, LLC is planning to develop, with your support and contributions, that enhance our lives utilizing the exciting new science of bioelectronics. NERVANA is based in Boca Raton, FL.
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Q: How does NERVANA work?
A: NERVANA generates a gentle electrical signal that is transmitted to the surface of the left earbud on what looks like a standard earbud earbud assembly. When the left earbud is placed in the left ear and the NERVANA generator is turned on, the electrical signal beats to whatever music is being experienced by the user, whether supplied to the generator through a user’s phone or through the environment, such as in a concert hall. The electrical signal stimulates the Vagus nerve, which could result in the release of neurotransmitters (the body’s natural feel-good messengers). For most users, the results are increased feelings of calm and relaxation and stress relief.
Q: When should I use NERVANA?
A: NERVANA can be used at any time. During a stressful day, after an intense workout, at a concert, or any time you want to replace tension with feelings of well-being.
Q: How often should I use NERVANA?
A: Based on our testing, we recommend sessions of 15-45 minutes twice daily to promote wellness and balance.
Q: How do we know NERVANA is safe to use?
A: NERVANA has been tested on hundreds of adults. In the testing of our product, we have seen no evidence of safety issues, including with continued use. Also, there are more than three decades of studies on Vagus nerve stimulation and the development of the science associated with Vagus nerve stimulation.
Q: How do I recharge my NERVANA product?
A: Simply replace the 9 volt battery and you are ready to experience NERVANA right away!
Q: Should I avoid driving a car or operating machinery when using NERVANA?
Because NERVANA can create a state of deeper relaxation, you should not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or engage in any other activity in which being relaxed can put you at risk for injury while using NERVANA or for thirty minutes after use.
Q: Does NERVANA cause addiction?
A: In the testing of our product, we have not seen evidence of dependency. Decades of published literature on Vagus nerve stimulation support this observation and are readily accessible online from numerous sources.
Q: How long will the NERVANA effects last?
A: The effects of NERVANA can be felt within minutes and, for some users, can last as long as a half-hour after one session. The more consistently you use NERVANA, the easier it becomes to realize your ultimate state of relaxation. Everyone’s experience is unique and may be described differently.
Q: Are there health benefits to NERVANA?
A: It is well known that stress has negative health effects on the body. NERVANA can help reduce the effects of stress on the body by facilitating relaxation. NERVANA can help you feel good, plain and simple.
Q: What if I have a medical condition or take medication that could be affected by the use of NERVANA?
A: You should talk to your doctor before purchasing or using NERVANA if you have questions about your medical condition.
Q: Should I use NERVANA if I have a medical implant?
A: If you have a medical implant that could be affected by electrical signals, you should not use NERVANA.
If you have an implanted device and are unsure whether of the effect of NERVANA on your device, please talk to your doctor.
Q: Is it safe for children to use?
A: NERVANA is not for use by children. While we are unaware of any research showing safety concerns for children’s use, it has not been tested on people under age 18. Accordingly, please do not allow your children to use NERVANA.
Q: Should I use NERVANA if I’m pregnant?
A: Do not use NERVANA if you are pregnant, as it has not been tested on pregnant women.