Affordable Hearing Aids Lower The High Cost Of Hearing
After going through three pairs of expensive custom hearing aids, Douglas Smith says he found a better solution for his needs with the MDHearingAid line of low cost hearing aids.
Online PR News – 15-July-2012 – Chicago, IL – Chicago, IL - For many people, hearing loss progresses so gradually that they don’t notice until it begins to affect their ability to communicate with others, according to Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, a Chicago-based ear, nose and throat doctor. Douglas Smith, 61, says he started to experience hearing loss during his late 40's and especially beginning in his early 50's. "During meetings I was always asking people to repeat what they were saying," says Smith. "It was getting very hard to understand what people were saying to me. Many times when trying to communicate with my wife, she would get frustrated and just give up. Eventually, I went for a hearing test and it showed that I was having difficulty in hearing the higher sound frequencies."
Smith says that he was fitted with a pair of in-the-ear custom hearing aids, which cost him about four thousand dollars. Like many people in his situation, the cost of Smith’s hearing aids was not covered by his insurance. "But it was great the first time I used them, says Smith. I went outside and I could hear sounds I haven’t heard in years,” he says.
"After using the hearing aids for a few years, my audiologist told me that my hearing was getting worse and that I needed a new pair," says Smith. “Then a friend of mine suggested that a vocational rehabilitation program run by the state might be able to cover the cost.” Smith applied for financial assistance, and the agency agreed to pay for his next pair of hearing aids. "Even though the state paid for that pair of hearing aids, I learned that they still needed $450.00 per year for maintenance," says Smith. After several years, Smith needed to get a third pair, but this time he again had to pay the full cost, because he was now retired and the state agency would no longer cover his expenses.
“After reading through many reviews I decided to try a low cost set called the MDHearingAid, which was designed by a doctor”
“Even with the custom hearing aids, I was having problems,” says Smith. "I still couldn’t understand what people were saying to me nearly as well as I thought I would, and background noises were always distracting. I then decided to try a few different kinds of hearing aids in the $300.00 price range, but I was disappointed in their performance," says Smith. He says he then noticed articles and advertising for other low cost hearing aids on the internet and started to do more research. "I read a lot of reviews by users. After reading through many reviews I decided to try a low cost set called the MDHearingAid, which was designed by a doctor."
"Many people don't get hearing aids because of the high cost," says Dr. Cherukuri, who invented the hearing aids that Smith purchased.
"It's estimated that 36 million people in the U.S. need hearing aids, but over 77 percent (or about 28 million) are doing without them," says Dr. Cherukuri. According to research by Johns Hopkins scientists, about 6.7 million Americans age 50 and older have hearing loss, but only one in seven uses a hearing aid. The Hopkins researchers say it shows how under treated hearing loss is.
"I believe that the low cost hearing aids that I found are better than my expensive pair because they are simple to use and they are tuned to receive human speech frequencies,” says Smith. “Now I can actually communicate with people.”
Sreekant Cherukuri, MD, Board-Certified Ear, Nose, & Throat Physician in Chicago, IL is the inventor of the MDHearingAid line. As an attending physician in otolaryngology, Dr. Cherukuri found that he saw too many patients with hearing loss going home without a solution because they couldn’t afford the hearing aid prices— many hundreds, or thousands, of dollars were usually needed to pay for them. As a physician, he knew the effects of untreated hearing loss: depression, social isolation, anxiety and symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s dementia.
After conducting a hearing aid quality comparison of several hearing aids and sound amplifiers in the under-$200 range, he found that most failed to work well on clearly amplifying the human voice. His passion became developing the best hearing aid at a reasonable price that used typical hearing aid batteries and could help with the most common types of hearing loss. He was looking for a “one-size-fits-most” hearing aid similar to reading glasses that can easily be purchased at the drug store. Adding to that mission was to provide clear, expert consumer information on hearing aids to anyone with a hearing issue.
He then created the MDHearingAid line of hearing aids to exact technical specifications so that the range of sounds associated with the human voice would be amplified without overly amplifying background sounds. Hearing aid ratings on the flagship MDHearingAid PRO by leaders in the hearing loss field (ENT Physicians and Audiologists) show unanimous agreement that the sound quality and output is surprisingly accurate given its low cost.