1) Scientists have created a device is called the “forced inspiratory suction and swallow tool” or FISST to stop hiccups. In a survey of 249 self-reporting users, almost 92 percent of participants said FISST stopped their hiccups.
2) FISST is basically a rigid drinking tube with an inlet valve that requires forceful suction to draw water from a cup into the mouth. The forceful sucking stimulates the diaphragm in our abdomen to contract, and the suctioning and swallowing stimulates the epiglottis in out throat to close. The result is the ending of the hiccups.
3) Hiccups can be annoying but they can also affect quality of life for some people. The study was conducted by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and published in the journal JAMA Network Open.
Citation: JAMA Network Open
Evaluation of the Forced Inspiratory Suction and Swallow Tool to Stop Hiccups
June 18, 2021