Doctor Invents A Cheap Hearing Aid Shown To Be Effective

The MDHearingAid is an FDA approved hearing aid designed to lower the high cost of hearing. A new study confirms that MDHearingAid offers a solution for those who can’t afford the high cost of custom hearing aids, or those who don’t have adequate insurance coverage.

Online PR News – 20-October-2012 –Chicago, IL - “Hearing loss can affect people of all ages,” says Dr. Sreek Cherukuri, an otolaryngologist, hearing specialist and inventor if the MDHearingAid® line of low - cost hearing aids. “Whether their hearing loss is age-related or caused by lifestyle factors such as listening to loud music with earbuds or working in a loud environment, one common factor remains: hearing aids are expensive. Many people just can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on custom hearing aids, and insurance often doesn’t cover the cost. The result? Millions of people go without addressing their hearing loss.”

“I wanted to find an affordable way to help people who have mild to moderate hearing loss,” says Dr. Cherukuri. The MDHearingAid line is designed so that the range of sounds associated with the human voice are 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,” he says. The MDHearingAid is sold on the company’s website, - a pair of hearing aids costs about $330.00 for the PRO model. “In many cases users have reported that these low-cost hearing aids work as well or even better for their needs than more expensive devices,” says Dr. Cherukuri.

Recently, a study was presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The study concludes that "The low-cost MDHearingAid was found to be electroacoustically adequate and a reasonable low-cost solution to meet the needs of those value- and cost-conscious patients with up to moderately-severe hearing loss who were not using amplification via a custom hearing device due to cost considerations."

“With so many cheap listening devices on the market, the public should be made aware of the differences between a real hearing aid and a “personal listening device” or a “sound amplifier,” says Dr. Cherukuri. The FDA provides guidance on its website which describes how a true hearing aid differs from a “personal sound amplifying product”, or “PSAP”. PSAPs are not intended to make up for impaired hearing. Instead, they are intended for non-hearing-impaired consumers to amplify sounds in the environment for a number of reasons, such as for recreational activities, according to the FDA guidelines. The FDA defines a “hearing aid” as a sound-amplifying device intended to compensate for impaired hearing. “The entire MDHearingAid line consists of FDA approved hearing aids,” says Dr. Cherukuri.

Dr. Cherukuri says that a person should buy the best hearing aid that they can afford, and he recommends that everyone should undergo a hearing test before purchasing a hearing aid. The FDA allows a person to sign a waiver should they choose to purchase a hearing aid without a medical evaluation.

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About Dr. Cherukuri & MDHearingAid:
Sreek Cherukuri, MD, is a Board-Certified Ear, Nose, & Throat Physician and 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.

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