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SAN JOSE (CBS 5) — For millions of couples, snoring is the sound that keeps husbands and wives up at night. A Bay Area company said it has found a solution.

Ventus Medical of San Jose has developed a new snore therapy product called Theravent. The treatment recently received FDA approval for use over-the-counter.

Theravent looks like a big band-aid that seals tightly around one’s nose. So-called “micro vents” allow the person to breathe in freely, but restricts the airflow when the person breathes out.

Dr. Raj Doshi said he invented the product after his wife complained about his snoring.

“Because it’s actually creating pressure when you breathe out, it actually pressurizes the airway,” Doshi explained. “So instead of having a floppier, smaller airway, the airway is distended and expanded and less likely to vibrating. And that’s how Theravent will treat snoring.”

Ventus Medical said Theravent is one of the very few products of its kind to undergo clinical trials. Results showed it reduced snoring by as much as 76 percent.

The device costs less than a dollar a night.

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