Study Proves MDHearingAid is the Best Low Cost Alternative
Hearing loss affects millions of people but remains highly under-treated in the United States. It is an unfortunate fact that 77% of the people who need hearing aids won’t get them because custom-made aids can cost thousands of dollars, and majority are not covered by health insurance.
Low-cost alternatives to custom-made hearing aids
The hearing aid market does offers a variety of low cost, one-size-fits-all hearing aids that many people choose over the expensive custom-made types, but unfortunately, many of these hearing aids will not perform to expectations and the customer 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.
Researchers evaluate the MDHearingAid
In the study, researchers evaluated MDHearingAid, an inexpensive (under $200) 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, the MDHearingAid scored so well that researcher Seilesh Babu, M.D. stated that the MDHearingAid line should be further developed and investigated, as it might be the best solution for those people with hearing loss.
Dr. Babu deems MDHearingAid the best low-cost solution
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 MDHearingAid was that the line offers a reasonable low-cost solution to those who are not using hearing aids or other amplification devices because of cost concerns. It is the best low-cost solution to meet the needs of the nearly 28 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss, who cannot afford hearing aids.