It’s been reported on Medgadget before that vagal stimulation has the potential to stop the dreaded hiccup. The device made by The Hic-Cup Ltd. is a Class I medical device that trades embarrassing hiccups for the humiliation from drinking out of a funny cup.
“Using natural galvanic action to stimulate the Vagus and Phrenic nerves, the Hic-Cup administers quick, safe, pain-free sub-sensory bio-electric therapy to re-establish proper function of the esophagus and diaphragm. Constructed of stainless steel and brass, the device affords its owners with an attractive, durable, portable and easily cleaned apparatus for controlling singultus outbreaks. Thanks to the Hic-Cup, hiccup sufferers can be liberated from this plaguing condition.
Chronic hiccup sufferers report their condition as more than just a distressing nuisance. Singultus adversely affects the ability to perform activities requiring precision work and focused concentration – including but not limited to machinery operation, golfing, archery, darts, target shooting, sculpting, painting, and many other skills. Even poker players report that a case of hiccups can ruin their performance. In cases where laser-focused concentration, a calm demeanor, and a steady hand are critical, the Hic-Cup offers immediate protection from disruptive hiccups for better job/skill performance and increased confidence.”