Hi, we're MDHearing: a Midwestern company with over a decade of experience

Hi, we're MDHearing: a Midwestern company with over a decade of experience


Founded on the idea that everyone deserves to hear, we manufacture affordable, high-quality, FDA-registered medical devices that are designed, programmed, and tested by our in-house team of audiologists and hearing professionals.

Our goal is to bring the hearing clinic experience to you—for thousands less than a traditional clinic. From our online hearing test to our video consultations and licensed support professionals, we’re 100% dedicated to making your experience with us a good one.

DESIGNED BY DOCTORS

Our FDA-registered hearing aids are designed to assist 94% of people with hearing loss.

TRUSTED BY THOUSANDS

We’ve helped more than half a million Americans hear better over the last decade.

CLINIC-LEVEL SUPPORT

Our licensed hearing professionals are here to provide one-on-one remote support.

How MDHearing compares to a clinic


For far too long, brick-and-mortar hearing clinics were the only option for Americans to get high-quality hearing aids. 

This “old way” of buying hearing aids is frustrating, complex, and shockingly expensive. Not only does it take multiple visits to a hearing center just to get the devices in hand—but you’ll likely have to go back for recurring adjustment and calibration appointments, or to fix any performance issues. 

Furthermore, buying from a hearing clinic is simply not possible for customers on a budget. Hearing aids sold at clinics are manufactured by a small group of companies that inflate the price to keep their profits high. Then the retail hearing clinics and offices mark up those inflated prices up even more to account for overhead and other brick-and-mortar expenses.

The reality is that when you go to a hearing clinic, the cost of the hearing aid is a small fraction of what you are paying—and that's not right.


A better way to shop for hearing aids


At MDHearing, we believe that choosing the right hearing aid should be as easy and affordable as possible, which is why we revolutionized the entire process. We’ve made the hearing aid buying process simpler without sacrificing customer service or device quality, and we deliver your hearing aids right to your doorstep.

By removing the middlemen and overhead costs of brick-and-mortar businesses, we’re able to offer high-quality hearing aids at just a fraction of the cost that you would pay at your local hearing clinic.

Plus, we’ve assembled a team of credentialed audiologists and licensed hearing professionals with decades of experience in the field to make sure you get the most out of your hearing.

Everything we do as a company—from designing our products to providing the best care and customer support—benefits from the profound knowledge that our experts have to offer.

Meet our hearing experts

Sandra Porps, AuD
Head of Audiology
Cassidy White, AuD
Audiologist
Dondra Mbachu, AuD
Audiologist
Jennifer Stanton, AuD
Audiologist
Jackie Cooper
Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist
Robert Lehman
Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist
Kristin Moffitt
Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist
Virginia Herington
Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist

Affordable hearing for more than a decade

MDHearing was founded in 2009 by a board-certified Chicago otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) who saw too many of his patients go without the hearing aids they needed because the cost was out of reach. Knowing how crucial high-quality hearing is, he set out to manufacture an affordable hearing solution that could help the majority of hearing loss patients. 

Over the last decade a lot of things have changed, but MDHearing's mission remains the same: to improve your access to the best hearing technology and the best hearing professionals.

Support from licensed hearing professionals

Our relationship with you doesn't stop when your hearing aids are delivered. An audiologist plays a significant role in your hearing health even when you choose to buy hearing aids remotely. That’s why our dedicated team of U.S.-based audiologists and hearing specialists are here to provide clinic-level care throughout your hearing journey. 

With MDHearing, you can get one-on-one support—without the inconvenience and cost of repeated office visits. Get in touch with us over the phone, email, or even video chat.






Better hearing backed by science


What sets MDHearing apart from other affordable hearing aid companies is a commitment to the scientific and medical underpinnings of the industry, driven by our team of audiologists and cutting-edge research.


This commitment dates all the way back to MDHearing's founding, with the 2012 research article "An Electroacoustic Analysis and Satisfaction Study of an Inexpensive Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid" by Dr. Seilesh Babu, president of the Michigan Ear Institute. In this study, Dr. Babu demonstrated that MDHearing's PRO device could successfully meet the ANSI S3.22-1996 hearing aid specification standard for a test group of people with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss—despite a cost of less than $200.

Another research study by Dr. Babu, "A Comparison of a Smartphone App-Based Personal Profile versus a Traditional Hearing Test," showed that MDHearing's smart hearing aid could accurately assess users' levels of hearing loss just as well as a traditional air-conduction hearing test performed by an audiologist. On average, the difference between the traditional hearing test thresholds and the personal profile results was within 5 decibels for all subjects with hearing loss.

MDHearing's audiology team continues to work on advancing the science of hearing loss and hearing aids. Below are some of our team members' recent publications:

Dr. Sandra Porps, AuD, CCC-A

  • Babu, Seilesh MD. “Practical Otology for the Otolaryngologist.” In: Zappia John, Porps Sandra. “Introduction to Audiology.” 2013
  • Wilkerson, Brent., Porps, Sandra., Babu, Seilesh. “The Impact of Multiple Co-morbidities on CI performance in the Elderly.” Podium presentation. “14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies.” May 11-14, 2016.
  • Wilkerson, Brent Jerome; Porps, Sandra L., Babu, Seilesh C. “The Impact of Comorbidities in the Aging Population on Cochlear Implant Outcomes”. Otology & Neurotology: September 2017-Volume 38-Issue 8 – pe285-e288
  • Porps, Sandra L., Wilkerson, Brent J., Babu, Seilesh C., “Cochlear Implants and the Aged Population.”. Poster Presentation. 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies. May 11-14, 2016.
  • Porps, Sandra L., Sioshansi, Pedrom., Conway, Robert., Schutt, Christopher., Hong, Robert., Babu, Seilesh., “Outcomes of Cochlear Implantation as a Treatment for Translabrynthine Resection of Acoustic Neuromas,” Podium presentation. CI2021 Cochlear Implants in Children and Adults: "Cochlear Implantation: It takes a village." April 28-May 1, 2021 
  • Conway, Robert M., Tu, Nathan C., Sioshansi, Pedrom C., Porps, Sandra L., Schutt, Christopher A., Hong, Robert S., Jacob, Jeffrey T., Babu. Seilesh C., “Early Outcomes of Simultaneous Translabyrinthine Resection and Cochlear Implantation." Laryngoscope. 2021 Jul;131(7):E2312-E2317.

Dr. Danielle Zion, AuD, CCC-A

  • Deroche, M., Zion, D.J., Schurman, J.R., & Chatterjee, M. (2012). “Sensitivity of school-aged children to pitch-related cues.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(4), 2938-2947. 
  • Brungart, D., Cohen, J., Cord, M., Zion, D., & Kalluri, S. (2014). “Assessment of auditory spatial awareness in complex listening environments.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(4), 1808-1820. 
  • Gordon-Salant, S., Zion, D.J., & Espy-Wilson, C. (2014). “Recognition of time-compressed speech does not predict recognition of natural fast-rate speech by older listeners.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(4), EL268-EL274. 
  • Chatterjee, M., Zion, D.J., Deroche, M.L., Burianek, B., Limb, C.J., Goren, A.P., Kulkarni, A.M., & Christensen, J.A. (2015).” Voice emotion recognition by cochlear-implanted children and their normally-hearing peers.”. Hearing Research (invited paper), 322, 151-162. 
  • Brungart, D., Cohen, J.I., Zion, D., & Romigh, G. (2017)., “The localization of non-individualized virtual sounds by hearing impaired listeners.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(4), 2870-2881. 
  • Tinnemore, A. R., Zion, D. J., Kulkarni, A. M., & Chatterjee, M. (2018). “Children's Recognition of Emotional Prosody in Spectrally Degraded Speech Is Predicted by Their Age and Cognitive Status.” Ear and Hearing, 39(5), 874-880. 
  • Phatak, S., Brungart, D.S., Zion, D.J., & Grant, K.W. (2019). “Clinical Assessment of Functional Hearing Deficits: Speech-in-Noise Performance.” Ear and Hearing, 40(2), 426-436.
  • Brungart, D.S., Kruger, S.E., Kwiatkowski, T., Heil, T., Highland, K., Cohen, J., Kokx-Ryan, M., Schurman, J., Zaleski-King, A., Zion, D. (2019). “The Effects of Blast-Related Neurotrauma on Aurally-Aided Visual Search while Standing and Walking.” Journal of Neurotrauma, 36(16), 2443-2453.

Meet our leadership team

Doug Breaker
Chief Executive Officer
Sandra Porps, AuD
Head of Audiology
Steven Maguire
Chief Technology Officer
Jason McKinney
Chief Revenue Officer
Stephen Page
Vice President of Operations
Brian Jahn
Vice President of Finance and Accounting
Paul Bryant
Vice President of Products & Business Development
Frank Van Der Vis
Chairman