Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2017 | Status: Active

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What is clEAR?

clEAR provides a new clinical tool to audiologists that allows them to provide customized hearing healthcare to their patients who have hearing loss. The centerpiece of clEAR is a set of web-based computer games that provide auditory brain training. The “secret sauce” is that training is customized to the particular patient, with individualized lesson plans and the option of training with voices that are familiar to the patient, such as an adult child or spouse.

Company Leadership

Nancy Tye-Murray

CEO & Founder

Dr. Tye-Murray is a Professor of Audiology at Washington University in St. Louis and the founder of clEAR. She serves as clEAR’s CEO and is the lead scientist of the clEAR research team.

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Brent Spehar

Dr. Spehar is an audiologist and research scientist at Washington University in St. Louis and the co-founder of clEAR. Mr. Spehar serves as clEAR’s Managing Director of Technology.

Chris Cardinal

President & CoO

Chris Cardinal is an entrepreneurial-minded executive with a successful history of driving corporate strategy through effective product and process management. Mr. Cardinal is the President and COO of clEAR, is a Member of the Consumer Technology Association’s Digital Therapeutic working group, is a Mentor at Sling Health and at ITEN. Formerly, Mr. Cardinal served as the SVP of Product at SensorRX and was Co-Founder and CEO of the digital health company Welltodo which was successfully acquired in Q3 of 2018. Prior, he also served as an EIR at the Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and as Managing Partner of the strategic management and business planning firm Huddle Strategic.

Tad Zelski

Mr. Zelski was formerly the Director of Professional Development at Widex Hearing Aid Manufacturing, in which capacity he helped audiological practices develop service delivery models. Mr. Zelski is clEAR’s Director of Marketing and the leader of our HHP Support Team.

Steven Tye

Mr. Tye is a former investment banker and has created several web-based services and businesses that promote good health. Mr. Tye serves as clEAR’s Director of Finance.

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