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The background, research and safety
What does Modius do?
The Modius headset sends a signal to the area of the brain associated with appetite, cravings and feeling full. It does this by safely and non-invasively stimulating the nerve on the surface of the skin behind your ear via a low-level pulse. By using the vestibular nerve, which is scientifically proven to influence the hypothalamus and the brain stem, Modius modifies appetite, satiety and the overall desire for food. Therefore, when someone combines trying to lose weight along with completing
How and why was Modius developed?
The Modius headset brings together our team’s passion for medicine, electronics and helping others. The headset has been in development for over five years. It all began with Dr Paul McGeoch’s observation that electrical stimulation of the brain could help people struggling with weight loss. He shared his findings with his colleague and friend, Dr Jason McKeown, who had been drawn to the field of Neurosurgery in part due to his fascination with technology and electronics. Jason was intrigued. H
Are the benefits of Modius just the placebo effect at work?
Great question! Since many members of our team have a background in research, they were also very eager to look into this. A pilot study comparing vestibular stimulation with sham stimulation suggested that those who receive vestibular stimulation lose significantly more body fat than those receiving a placebo.
Can Modius have a negative impact on the hypothalamus?
There is no evidence to suggest (or theoretical reason) that the vestibular stimulation delivered by Modius can negatively impact the hypothalamus.
Does it interfere with any other brain activity?
There is no evidence to suggest it interferes with any other brain activity.
How does Modius work?
Modius works by sending a signal to the area of the brain associated with appetite, cravings and feeling full (the hypothalamus). It does this by safely and non-invasively stimulating the nerve on the surface of the skin behind your ear via a low-level pulse. By using the vestibular nerve, which is scientifically proven to influence the hypothalamus and the brain stem, Modius modifies appetite, satiety and the overall desire for food. Modius is intended to be used as an aid to weight loss, so
How much research has been done?
There is widespread acceptance that cranial stimulation can impact brain function. This is known from thousands and thousands of hours of research on animals and people, in labs and outside. A number of clinical studies have been carried out looking at the technology behind Modius. If you’re interested in further information on the research, please visit the science section of our website here.
How is Modius classified by the regulatory authorities?
The FDA and MHRA consider Modius to be a general wellness device which has been deemed suitable for sale as a consumer headset. This means you can buy a headset without the need for a prescription. We recommend that you consult with your doctor or health care professional if you are concerned or have any particular medical conditions before using the device.
Is Modius safe?
Although Modius is a new device, the technology of neurostimulation has been around for a long time and is well established. The first implanted devices were inserted over 30 years ago and operating at a higher voltage. Modius has a greatly reduced current compared to these implanted devices and does not directly activate the brain but rather stimulates the balance nerve that runs in the bone of the skull behind the ear. We are therefore confident that Modius is very low risk in comparison.
Is Modius the same thing as a TENS unit?
While these devices have many things in common, the properties of the electrical pulses that Modius delivers are very different from that of a TENS. We would in no way recommend using a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) device for vestibular nerve stimulation.
Is this device available for weight loss assistance in the USA?
Modius is intended to be used solely for the purpose of assisting adults with weight loss and weight management goals. The FDA considers Modius to be a general wellness device. This means you can buy it without the need for a prescription, but the FDA has not reviewed the device for safety or effectiveness.
What are the possible side effects?
Most people who use Modius will not experience any side effects. Sometimes in people with particularly sensitive skin, it can cause irritation and redness of the skin behind the ears. If this happens, we recommend discontinuing use and consulting your doctor. Other symptoms that might sometimes occur with stimulation of the vestibular nerve include headache and nausea, which are typically reported as mild and short-lived. However, if you are concerned about such symptoms discontinue using Modius
Modius Rental questions
Currently you can only rent Modius for a fixed period of 3 months. If you would like to rent for longer, you can purchase a second 3 month rental after your initial rental period finishes. You are unable to rent Modius for any less than 3 months. Our rental offering is currently only available within the UK. If you’d like to hear when we launch in additional countries, make sure to s
Who are the founders?
Jason (CEO & founder) is the youngest Visiting Scholar to be invited by world renowned Professor Ramachandran to study neurostimulation at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Scottish Neurosurgeon Paul McGeoch (Co-founder) has a Medicine Degree from the University of Aberdeen, is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, has more than 20 peer-reviewed papers o
Can I invest in Neurovalens?
We are delighted that you share our excitement about the future of our business. We are currently well funded but we may be looking to invest in expansion in 2019. If you are serious about investing, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the amount of money you wish to invest and we will be in touch.