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|Eargo Fast Facts|
On the hunt for new hearing aids? We know the search can be overwhelming with all the options on the market, so we're here to help narrow down your choices. Today, we're comparing two providers that simplify and innovate the way users can purchase hearing aids: MDHearingAid and Eargo. Read on as we get into how these providers measure up!
MDHearingAid and Eargo offer customers an interesting alternative to the typical “Brick and Mortar” hearing aid or audiology shop. There's no need to visit a hearing specialist in person for a test or to purchase your devices; you can do everything online. Both companies offer online hearing tests that, in our evaluation, yielded results similar to a standard in-person test. They also both provide remote follow-up care, so you can get your hearing aids adjusted and have any questions answered from the comfort of your home.
Both providers are best suited for mild to moderate hearing loss and first-time hearing aid users, so those with more complex or severe hearing loss will want to consider other top hearing aid providers.
One important difference between the two providers is that MDHearingAid doesn't offer customizable models, as they take a one-size-fits-most approach. Eargo offers solutions fitted to your ear anatomy, so if your ears don't fit the “typical” mold, they may be a better fit. MDHearingAid also only offers behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, so if you're looking for a more discreet style, Eargo will be the better pick. We'll get into more detail about both companies' products below!
|Price range||$199 to $799 per ear||$1,500 to $2,950 per pair|
|Hearing aids sold||Individually or in pairs||In pairs|
|Purchase devices online?||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||90-days||Up to 2 years|
MDHearingAid offers four models of BTE hearing aids. Each model comes with different levels of tech and features, so you can find a hearing aid that fits both your budget and your lifestyle. There are basic, budget options for users who want to keep things simple, and rechargeable models with Bluetooth and smartphone compatibility for those who want the bells and whistles. We like that MDHearaingAid sells hearing aids individually and in pairs, whereas Eargo only sells their devices in pairs. For users who only need one hearing aid, you'll be able to save on the cost, and you won't have an extra device lying around that never gets used.
Eargo's product lineup features four in-the-ear (ITE) devices designed for discretion and the ultimate comfort. Their top-tier models have companion mobile apps so you can easily control your hearing aids from your phone. Like MDHearingAid, Eargo has rechargeable options and models with high-tech features to block out background noise and help you focus in on the important sounds.
Eargo gets the nod for innovative designs and for sticking with their niche. When I reviewed them, their in-house folks made it clear that if they feel they can't fit you well based on your hearing test, they will suggest you seek alternatives, and I appreciate that honesty. I also really like that even though their devices are very small and discreet, they are rechargeable and can be adjusted remotely, which isn't the case for all small hearing aids. If you're concerned about looks, Eargo wins the race as their device is just about invisible in most ears.
Reader Tip: If you're unsure whether a BTE or ITE hearing aid is better for your needs, head over to our hearing aid buying guide. You'll find everything you need to know about the different styles of hearing aids and choosing between them.
Compared to other providers on the market, MDHearingAid and Eargo are quite affordable. Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar providers that don't disclose prices online, you can easily shop and compare prices for MDHearingAid and Eargo right on their websites. MDHearingAid is the more budget-friendly provider, with hearing aids starting at just $199 per ear and premium options going up to $799 per ear. On the other hand, Eargo's prices start at $1,500 per pair and range up to $2,950 per pair. Keep in mind that Eargo doesn't sell their hearing aids individually, so you'll need to purchase a pair, which is pricey for those who only need one device.
For those who want hearing aids that can be purchased easily online, you really can't go wrong with MDHearingAid or Eargo. The choice will ultimately come down to your lifestyle and budget. MDHearingAid is our pick for those who want simple, no-frills BTE hearing aids at some of the lowest prices on the market. On the other hand, we'd recommend Eargo for seniors who want more discreet, comfortable, and customizable hearing aids with the price tag to match. Head on over to our in-depth MDHearingAid review and hands-on Eargo review for more details from our hearing aid expert.