CHICAGO, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MDHearingAid, North America's largest provider of affordable hearing aids, announced a partnership with the National Hearing Test to provide free hearing screening by phone in May. The limited-time offer, coinciding with Better Hearing & Speech Month, eliminates the usual $5 fee and can be redeemed by registering for a free access code at http://www.mdhearingaid.com/hearingtest.
Developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Hearing Test (NHT) provides a way to screen hearing with a scientifically validated test without leaving home. It is conducted completely by phone and provides anonymous results to the user within 10 minutes. The NHT is an independent organization with no commercial ties to specific service providers or hearing aid manufacturers.
Test participants listen to three-digit sequences and then use the phone keypad to enter what they hear. Participants whose results indicate "slightly below normal" or "substantially below normal" hearing ability are provided information on how to obtain a more complete evaluation by a certified hearing professional in their local area.
"Fewer than half of the more than 36 million Americans with significant hearing loss have had their hearing tested. Yet untreated hearing loss frequently leads to a serious decline in quality of life including social isolation, problems on the job, and even symptoms of dementia," said Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, founder and CEO of MDHearingAid. "This test is a simple and accurate screening that can help users determine whether they need a full in-office evaluation of their hearing."
To date, nearly 40,000 people have screened themselves for hearing loss using the National Hearing Test. Of these, 81% had significant hearing loss in at least one ear. Follow-up studies showed that 38% of those surveyed went on to have or plan to have a professional hearing exam, with 28% of those having obtained hearing aids or planning to do so.
MDHearingAid® is the #1 direct-to-consumer manufacturer of hearing aids in North America. It manufactures and sells medical-grade, FDA-registered hearing aids developed by a physician and audiologist to provide an affordable way to dramatically improve hearing.
Its advanced line of products is doctor-recommended, audiologist-tested, and an ideal solution for the millions of adults who want to treat their hearing loss but cannot afford the expense of custom hearing aids. Products that start under $200 come with a 45-day money-back guarantee plus free one-on-one telephone support from licensed hearing instrument dispensers and doctors of audiology. For more information, call 1-888-670-4327 (888-670-HEAR) or visit www.mdhearingaid.com.
About the National Hearing Test
The National Hearing Test is administered by Bloomington, Ind.-based Communication Disorders Technology Inc., in partnership with Indiana University and the VU Medical Center of Amsterdam. The test was developed with the support of the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health, under Grant No. 3R43DC009719.
Learn more about the National Hearing Test at www.nationalhearingtest.org.
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