Last updated on Feb 14, 2019
Hearing loss affects millions of people but remains highly under-treated in the United States. It is an unfortunate fact that 4 out of 5 people who need hearing aids won’t get them. This resistance is partially because custom-made hearing aids can cost thousands of dollars, and most American health insurance policies don’t cover them. But what are the best low cost hearing aids on the market?
The exapanding hearing aid market offers a variety of one-size-fits-all, low cost hearing aids that many people choose over the expensive custom-made types. Unfortunately, many of these hearing aids don’t perform to expectations and the customer still will be out several hundred dollars.
To help consumers find a satisfactory product, researchers at the Michigan Ear Institute did a quality test of low cost hearing aids and presented their study at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
In the study, researchers evaluated MDHearingAid’s inexpensive over-the-counter hearing aid using a Fonix Hearing Aid Analyzer to give an analysis of its acoustics properties. In addition, it was tested on real users with varying levels of hearing loss, who were asked to wear the device for a minimum of 30 days and complete surveys regarding quality and comfort.
In both the technical and user tests, the results were excellent. In fact, MDHearingAid scored so well that researcher Seilesh Babu, M.D. stated the MDHearingAid line should be further developed and investigated, as it might be the best solution for those people with hearing loss.
Dr. Babu believes that the line would give access to hearing aids for those who could not afford them and allow those patients to reap the medical, social, and emotional benefits of improved communicative abilities.
Dr. Babu is no layman when it comes to studying hearing loss. He is a board-certified Otolaryngologist and a nationally recognized expert in ear surgery, hearing loss, dizziness, and other inner ear disorders in children and adults. He had also published numerous books and articles regarding hearing loss.
The overall impression of the study is that the MDHearingAid line offers a reasonable low cost solution to those who are not using hearing aids or other amplification devices because of cost concerns. And we feel they’re the best low cost hearing aids to meet the needs of the nearly 28 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss who cannot afford hearing aids.
MDHearingAid is dedicated to offering affordable solutions for our customers. Take your first step to hearing clearly again with our low cost hearing aids.
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