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MDHearingAid: An Option for the Under and Uninsured With Hearing Loss

hearing-loss-from-loud-musicHearing loss is a growing problem with many people getting diagnosed at earlier ages, usually in their 40’s and 50’s. The Baby Boomer generation, one of the largest generations, will soon be reaching the age where many people will be getting diagnosed with hearing loss.

In the US, an estimated 36 million people have problems hearing. Unfortunately, the majority of those people, around 28 million of them, will not seek treatment. As these Baby Boomers approach retirement, they usually lack the medical insurance they need to get help with their hearing loss. For those who do have insurance, they will frequently find that their insurance will only cover some, or a very small amount, of the cost of their care.

Unfortunately for many, getting diagnosed in their 40’s and 50’s could mean that they don’t have medical coverage for their problem. With diagnoses coming in earlier, the cost of long term care is becoming more prohibitive. Some blame technology for the increased cases of hearing loss.

Many think that this technology is going to continue to make the problem worse. While technology certainly has its benefits, it’s had a major drawback. It probably plays a large factor in the increased occurrences of hearing loss. Products like iPods and amplified music at concerts can cause damage to the ears that later results in hearing loss. As more and more generations are exposed to louder technology, more will have hearing problems.

These individuals will usually begin to notice their hearing loss around retirement age, when they might have limited options available for health insurance, or have none at all. In fact, a large amount of insurance plans will only cover the cost of an exam and not the cost of the devices themselves. This results in 77% of the people with hearing loss not getting treatment for their condition.

Luckily, technology can mend the problem it helped cause. Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, a Chicago based ear, nose and throat specialist, noticed  that many of the people who had been diagnosed with hearing loss left without getting the care they need. The custom made devices required to fix their problems could sometimes cost many hundreds to thousands of dollars.

That is when Dr. Cherukuri decided to create a low cost option for people who did not have medical insurance or were underinsured. His goal was to develop the best quality hearing aid at the lowest possible price. He started by doing quality control tests of dozens of different low cost, one size fits all hearing aids.

All the products were under $200 and they all had one thing in common. They simply amplified everything, making it difficult to hear in areas with a lot of background noise. Dr. Cherukuri decided to improve on these failings by creating the MDHearingAid line.

The MDHearingAid line, which contains both analog and digital hearing aids, was developed with a focus on cost effectiveness and quality. The aid amplifies voice frequencies rather than all frequencies, resulting in a clearer sound. In addition, they are much more affordable than the custom made sets, but many clients think they work just as well. The MDHearingAid line is designed around comfort, because the hearing aids were designed to be as discreet and functional as possible.

Since Dr. Cherukuri created this line of hearing aids to combat the high cost of lost hearing, no one should go without the care they need, for any reason. The MDHearingAid line makes getting that care easier and more affordable.

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