The following are frequently asked questions from patients and clinicians. This is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment. Each person presents differently. Diagnosis and treatment recommendations are strictly a decision between the patient and treating clinician.
Q. Can I wash my hair while wearing a device ?
A. Yes. While all the devices carried by IHS are water resistant they should not be considered water proof. It has been recommended that holding a dry wash cloth or a small plastic cup over the ear while showering will be enough to protect the device.
Q. Is auricular device treatment for everyone ?
A. No. IHS products should not be used for people with hemophilia, psoriasis vulgaris, or anyone using cardiac pacemakers. An intact skin surface is essential for the use of the NSS-2 BRIDGE stimulator. Always thoroughly discuss your medical history with your treating clinician so treatment decisions can be accurately made.
Q. What happens if any IHS device gets wet ?
A. It will simply stop working. It will not shock you or explode. If you accidentally get the device wet, carefully dry it and call your treating clinician.
Q. Can I exercise while wearing the device ?
A. Sweating enough to make the affixing bandages or the generator come off is a possibility but rarely occurs. DO NOT SWIM while wearing the device and it is not recommend to go into a sauna. If any device is immersed in water the adhesive holding the arrays or the generator may become loose.
Q. How long should the device be left on ?
A. The NSS-2 BRIDGE runs for up to 120 hours (5 days) / with periodic rest. The MFS runs for 2 hours on 2 hours off up to 120 hours (5 days). The device should be left on for the recommend length of time unless discussed by the treating clinician.
Q. How many treatments are required ?
A. Treatment length varies from patient to patient depending upon your condition and many other factors. Treatment time and estimated number of devices should be discussed in advance before treatment is initiated with your provider.
Q. How soon can I expect results from device treatment ?
A. The NSS-2 BRIDGE clinical trials demonstrated response in 30 to 60 minuets. Patients will notice a reduction in the symptoms of opioid withdrawal within that time frame.
The MFS is a Chronic Pain device and usually requires multiple placements over several weeks to obtain desired results.
Any concerns should be discussed with your provider.
Q. Can the IHS devices be used by themselves or are they to be used in conjunction with other treatments ?
A. IHS products can be used by themselves or in conjunction with other therapies. Often other treatments are enhanced by adding IHS neuromodulation therapy and may be considered part of an overall treatment plan. This is a decision made by the treating clinician based upon their clinical judgement and experience.
Q. Should I take the device off if I don't feel the pulsing ?
A. No. This is one of the most commonly asked questions. Each device is checked several times in the factory before they are shipped. Each device is activated immediately before placement. The device will be working when placed. IT IS NORMAL to not feel the pulsing on the second day because the nerves get used to the pulsing. Just because you don’t feel it doesn’t mean it is not working.
Q. Do the devices work for everyone ?
A. The IHS products perform to expectations every time. Each person is different and each condition is unique. A proper diagnosis by the clinician and compliance by the patient is essential.
Q. What are the most commonly asked questions from patients ?
A. Can I wash my hair while wearing a device and is it normal if I don’t feel the pulsing especially on the second day ? These two questions account for the majority of patient’s concerns. These questions are addressed above.
We hope these FAQ’s help with the understanding of using the devices.
Any further questions can be addressed by your local IHS representative or further researched by our professional consultants.