We're on a mission to change the way the world lives and breathes. InHALE, exHALE... get it? I know, wordplay wizards over here. Hale also happens to mean "strong and healthy" which is what we're all about, and we're making it happen through the life-changing magic of better breathing.
Hale was formed through a unique partnership at Johns Hopkins between a biomedical engineer who suffers from nasal airway obstruction and an ENT (Ear Nose & Throat) surgeon who is a world leader in treating it. They recognized a clear, unaddressed need for breathing technology that actually works and fits within our lifestyles and budgets. Hale has since grown into a stellar team tackling breathing health from every angle and for every need.
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Patrick Byrne, MD, MBA, FACS
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We work with thoroughly vetted and trusted partners to provide a selection of high-quality and Hale-exclusive products. We ensure our teas are organic and GMO-free and pass thorough inspection. Our essential oil blends are tested to be skin-safe and are blended from certified organic oils where possible.
We are also the inventors behind the cutting edge Hale-Aid breathing aid (coming in 2020) which we designed to help people improve their nasal breathing without annoying strips or invasive surgery. We work with suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors which we know can meet the high bar for quality and customer experience we've set along with FDA requirements and guidelines for manufacturing and marketing.
Breathing sustains life. You know that, which is why you're doing it right now. But not all breathing is created equal. At Hale we believe strongly in the power of high quality and mindful breathing.
One example of high quality breathing is nose breathing. Nose breathing is far more efficient and less dehydrating than mouth breathing. It warms and moistens the air to reduce irritation on our throat and lungs, and it filters microbes, toxins, and other small particles to keep us healthy. Recent studies even tie nasal breathing to better mood, memory, and productivity. When people tell you to take a deep breathe through your nose to de-stress - this is why. This is science you can actually use to improve your sleep, fitness, and daily life today!
That's easy, check out our blog! We regularly post about topics related to your breathing and well-being, including articles about the latest research and emerging topics. We'll even throw in the odd fluff piece to keep things fresh.Check out our blog here!
Hale-Aid is a nasal breathing aid worn inside your nose. It can easily be inserted and removed, and works without any external components, making it completely discreet. We like to think of it like a contact lens for your nose - you insert and remove it daily, it clarifies your breathing instantly, and no one can tell you're wearing it. Hale-Aid is under clinical testing at Johns Hopkins and not yet available for sale, but we expect to launch in 2020. Join our mailing list to be the first to get updates on Hale-Aid!
Yes! The people behind Hale are the same people behind Hale-Aid. We have backgrounds in engineering and medicine, so we're first and foremost designers, inventors, and surgeons. To fully realize our company's mission, however, we also offer products beyond Hale-Aid to provide a full spectrum of breathing solutions. Our full line of products go hand-in-hand to tackle breathing challenges from every angle, from structural, to inflammatory, to habitual issues, to help you live and breathe your best.
Hale-Aid works by applying gentle pressure to the internal nasal valve, the area of greatest resistance inside your nose. This region is just beyond the nostril openings but before the nasal bone. Among those who suffer from difficulty with nasal breathing, 90 percent of people find that opening and supporting this area is effective in clarifying breathing.
If you visit an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist) for nasal obstruction, they may discuss surgery, wherein cartilage is taken from your body and placed in your nose to stent the airway and improve breathing. Hale-Aid is designed to comfortably sit inside your nose and mimic this procedure to instantly open your airway without surgery.
This common question usually gets a chuckle from our ENT colleagues. While it may seem like your nostrils are endless voids, this actually isn't the case, since they become very narrow just beyond the nostrils, just wide enough for air to pass through. We've designed Hale-Aid so that it has no way of receding too far into the nose. Even if you insert Hale-Aid incorrectly and you're worried it feels stuck, our handy removal tool, is very effective at retrieving the device without a fuss!
While Hale-Aid was primarily designed for individuals with deviated septums and other strucutral conditions that make nose breathing a challenge, we've found that the vast majority of people are blown away by their breathing potential when wearing the device. That's right, even if you don't identify as having a breathing issue, Hale-Aid could help your breathing go beyond what you thought was possible! This makes it especially useful for athletes looking to improve their endurance and performance, snorers and poor sleepers, cold and allergy sufferers - you name it!.
Hale-Aid does not contain any active ingredients or drugs, but can still be useful for allergy sufferers. Nasal breathing is restricted by both inflammation (cold and allergies) and structural issues (deviated septum and nasal valve collapse). For those who normally have difficulty breathing though their nose, seasonal allergies or a mild cold can completely shut off their nose. With Hale-Aid in place, you can combat the structural issues, and take allergy medication, drink tea, or rinse your sinuses with a Neti pot to keep inflammation at bay.
Peake isn't for sale yet, but will be soon, and you can get it right here at breathehale.com. If you'd like to be notified when Peake is available, sign up for our waitlist:
The best way to try Hale-Aid early is to join our waitlist. In addition to being first in line when Hale-Aid goes up for pre-order, we'll let you know when we're looking for beta testers to give us their feedback and testimonials. Did someone say free samples?
While we have not yet conducted a sleep study to demonstrate Hale-Aid's benefits for snoring (we plan to soon!), many users do find it it to be incredibly helpful in reducing snoring. In addition, it is well documented that nasal breathing aids can improve sleep quality and alleviate snoring by improving air flow. Based on preliminary results from our clinical trial at Johns Hopkins, Hale-Aid improves nasal airflow significantly more than any of the top selling nasal sleep aids, who do show proven benefits for sleep and snoring.
We are setting up a study to test Hale-Aid's effects on sleep apnea. Existing nasal sleep aids have shown some ability to reduce apnea events and severity. At the very least, Hale-Aid may help CPAP work better by allowing air to flow more freely into the nose from the machine, more effectively preventing the throat from closing at night.
As long as you are wearing the correct size, Hale-Aid should not be noticeable to other people when it's in your nose. Since Hail-Aid works by dilating the nasal passages, it is possible that you will notice a slight change in the shape of your nose, but this is rarely noticeable to others - even your significant other or parents!
Yes! Hale-Aid is available over the counter and falls into the same regulatory category as a bandage. You will be able to order Hale-Aid online at first and eventually in stores.
No, Hale-Aid is non-invasive and can be inserted and removed from your nostrils at will in seconds. Think of it as a contact lens for your nose. Its effects are not lasting - Hale-Aid only works to improve breathing when you're wearing it.
Yes, each pair of Hale-Aid inserts can be used for 10 days before replacement. We strongly recommend keeping to a regular replacement schedule so Hale-Aid stays at its peak! We will offer a handy subscription refill service to help you out and save you some money on each shipment.
While these have not been reported with our most recent product version, potential risks include temporary pain from excessive pressure or stretching of the nose and nose bleeds. If there is any discomfort, irritation, skin
breakdown, or nose bleed, stop wearing the device immediately. This may be the result of a sizing issue or incorrect usage of the device. Don't hesitate to contact our team at email@example.com with questions or concerns.
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Carefully read, understand and follow directions before use. Using this product other than directed may cause breakage or serious injury. As with all intra-nasal devices, there are inherent risk factors associated with using them. You should proceed with extreme caution while using this product and regularly examine it before and after each use for any defect that may present a potential health hazard. Discontinue use and replace if breakage occurs. Consult your physician before using, especially if you have had surgery or a medical condition relating to the nose, sleep apnea, asthma, serious respiratory or heart problems. Seek medical attention for abnormal breathing patterns during sleep, daytime sleepiness or difficulty breathing. Discontinue use if you have skin or mucosal irritation. Do not use for more than 24 hours in a 24-hour period. Cleanse with soap and water before and after use. Not intended for use if under the age of 12. Keep out of the reach of children.