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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Cheap and Effective

Update Date: Sep 28, 2012 08:53 AM EDT

Hearing loss effects 1 and 5 Americans and over 80 percent do nothing about it. Primarily because of embarrassment and the costs associated with repairing the problem.

The World Health Organization notes that hearing loss affects approximately 34 million people in the United States, but hearing aid usage rates have historically remained at just 24%. The average cost for a a single hearing piece can cost $1,900 but rates almost always are higher.

But Researchers have confirmed that a hearing aid line found over-the-counter at your local pharmacy is both cost and work effective.

A study presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C reveals that the MD Hearing Aid Line is a relatively inexpensive method to aid hearing-loss and has a higher rate of costumer satisfaction than any other hearing aid product.

In the study, researchers at the Michigan Ear Institute sought to evaluate a novel, inexpensive (under $200.) over- the-counter hearing aid regarding to its acoustic properties and also to test the hearing aid on patients with varying levels of hearing loss to evaluate their perceived benefit by using validated questionnaires.

Researcher Seilesh Babu, M.D. And colleagues found that the MDHearingAid met all the acoustic targets.

After being asked to wear the device for a minimum of thirty days and than complete the questionnaires, all participants demonstrated user satisfaction scores that were within the standard range for patients with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.

The study found that the low-cost MDHearingAid is electroacoustically adequate and a reasonable low-cost solution to meet the needs of those value- and cost-conscious patients who were not using amplification via a custom hearing device. 

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