MDHearing is a leading budget brand in the U.S. While the brand flies a bit under the radar, we frequently get questions about MDHearing, so I ordered the top-selling MDHearing products to give them a try. In this review I'll share my experience and thoughts on everything from sound quality to build quality and comfort.
Let's get into it!
Available MDHearing Models
MDhearing currently offers three main products: Neo, Air, and Volt. The most significant difference between the products is their form factor. Neo fits inside the ear, while Volt and Air sit behind the ear with a thin tube that sends sound into the ear canal.
MDHearing nearly always shows significant discounts on their site, but you can expect to pay between $300 and $400 for a pair of devices from the brand. Shoppers can checkout online through a reasonably straightforward process.
Here's a rundown of available products.
MDHearing products come in a compact box with a few supplies, a user manual, and a pair of hearing aids inside their charger. I put the devices on the charger for an hour or so before putting the devices in my ears.
Air and Volt
The behind-the-ear MDHearing products offer a volume dial or rocker switch to adjust volume and programs. Both of the behind-the-ear devices offer four pre-set programs. The dial or switch turns up the volume, and a longer press on the button changes the program.
- The Quiet program is recommended for watching TV or spending time in your quiet home with low conversation.
- The Social program optimizes clarity of voice without significant background noise suppression.
- Noisy and restaurant modes both optimize for background noise reduction.
Neo has a single button onboard. Each click of the control raises the volume by three decibels. Once you reach the top volume, you'll hear a long beep, and then the volume will return to the lowest setting before going up again. Each ear operates independently.
MDHearing does not have a programming app or customization process, so the hearing aids are set to match standard hearing loss configurations and won't be specific to your loss. This is common among sub $500 products on the market, while $1,000-$5,000 products offer apps or doctor support to customize the sound to your loss.
Sound Quality and experience
I think of sound quality in a few different categories.
Clarity of Speech
The most important thing any hearing aid should do is clarify speech and enhance my ability to interact with people around me. On this front, MDHearing gets passing marks for the price. The devices are not as effective as custom-programmed hearing aids, but they certainly amplify speech frequencies and manage ambient background noise.
I found that MDHearing did a nice job of clearly amplifying speech in reasonably quiet settings but didn't do as well when I was in a loud restaurant.
Another factor is comfort. If devices aren't comfortable, I'm unlikely to wear them and, therefore, less likely to benefit. In my experience, behind- the-ear versions of MDHearing aids are more comfortable for all-day wear since they limit occlusion (boominess of your voice).
Another aspect of comfort is the product's ability to manage feedback and loud sounds. On this front, I'd give passing marks to the Air and Volt models. I did find that Neo was more susceptible to feedback (squealing). Neo also struggled in the face of sudden loud sounds like a dish dropping.
Tip: When you pull Air or Volt out of their charger, I recommend turning the volume down before placing the product in your ears. This will help prevent feedback during the process of putting the devices on.
There are no two ways around it: MDHearing devices are affordable and basic. If I put up a chart comparing MDHearing to my prescription hearing aids, MDHearing would fall behind pretty quickly, but those prescription products are also thousands of dollars for a pair.
If you are looking for a pair of hearing aids with simple features and reasonable performance at a sub-$300 price point, MDHearing is my top choice. If you are open to spending closer to $1,000, I'd recommend Lexie B2 Powered by Bose.
MDHearing offers free product returns for 45 days, like most reputable hearing brands. That allows you to try the product and decide if it suits your needs.
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