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hearing aids are expensive because dispensers do not make money except when they sell it. We should pay them for their testing, we should get the results and buy the units wherever we want.

The warrantees are made so the unit is at the end of its life cycle at the end of the warrantee. So another unit has to be purchased. They are like Detroit cars. Expensive repairs will happen when the warrantee runs out.

Then you have to buy a new one. I am on my 4th hearing aid unit and shopping for a new one.

All dispensers sing the same tune, do the same tests and hope you buy the unit they are "pushing". I think hearing aid companies provide offices or part of it to dispensers.

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Anonymous
Albany, Georgia, United States #970019

Some hearing aids are better than others just like Chevrolet, Dodge, BMW, and Yugo. Some will hold up for years if taken care of like Phonak and Oticon, while others may only last 2-years.

The person you get to help you select, fit, and service your hearing aids is the most important element. Find a crummy dispenser and you get crummy service, find a dispenser that cares and looks after you and you will do well. A good dispenser may cost a little more up front but can be well worth it in the long run. (This does not mean a crummy dispenser will not try to charge you a small fortune, but go with a friend or family member when you go or buyer beware.) As far as shopping on the internet, shop but don't buy.

Do you really want to buy a pacemaker on the internet and cut out the middle man (doctor.) Have a doctor who will pick what is right and insert it properly. As a final note I like to use the analogy of driving from Albany to Atlanta. I can use transportation that costs me $40, $150, or $20,000. A $40 pair of tennis shoes will allow me to make the 250 mile trip as well as the $150 for a bike will allow me to make the trip as well.

If I am going and will go again I might want a car for $20,000. All transportation is not the same and neither is a $20 hearing aid compared to a $2,500 hearing aid. FYI, $5,000 set of aids= $1,500 for dispensers time testing, fitting, follow-up, experience + $100 per hearing aid per year for service + cost of hearing aids which in this case would be $2,500.

This is based on a use of 5-years. The hearing aids do include a profit margin based on each dispensers cost of goods and office model.

GHI
#367402

General Hearing Instruments (www.generalhearing.com) is, in fact, an FDA regulated manufacturer of a wide range of ear-worn hearing health instruments. Nevertheless, General hearing has long recognized that a new delivery model for hearing aids was needed that would facilitate obtaining amplification to those who could not or would not pursue the traditional clinical model. This alternative model would provide quality aids at a significantly lower price and provide a process that was simpler, non-threatening, and more straightforward than the traditional process.

This alternative model would, then, provide a positive hearing aid experience by providing a “stepping stone” hearing instrument for that population (Simplicity & SimplySoft Hearing Aids). Such a hearing aid should be of straightforward design, and easy to use. This is not to say that it is unsophisticated. It should, in fact, have all the prerequisites of an advanced hearing instrument: DSP, feedback and noise management, multi-memory capability and the like.

It is important at this point to describe our concept of a “stepping stone” hearing instrument. Most of those experiencing the beginning stages of hearing loss have little or no experience with amplification. This lack of sophistication relative to hearing aids leaves them either overwhelmed or unreceptive to features such as Bluetooth capability, directional microphones, or telecoils.

However, as they enjoy positive results from amplification, they will outgrow these stepping stone devices either by virtue of increased hearing loss over time or by the understanding of how advanced features would enrich their listening experiences. Since such features require fitting and tuning best provided by the hearing health professional, most of those in this demographic would then progress on into that level of care.

Posted by: General Hearing Instruments, Inc. (www.generalhearing.com)

Anonymous
to GHI Seattle, Washington, United States #683168

a great company, little known.

thanks, G H

elijah

Anonymous
#284217

When people complain about their hearing aids to me [ the ones that were provided for free mind you ]I tell them it is not the aids that are the problem it is your hearing that is the problem. People are searching for the miracle setting from an amplifier which is never going to happen.

Attitude is very important. In Australia the government provided free aids to eligible people.A great system :)

Anonymous
#280484

Glad to see this information.its very interesting.I would like to hear more information from your side.

Hearing aid accessories

Anonymous
#266514

I has someone in my office last week who bought a hearing aid online. It was broken and in need of more repair than I can do in the office.

I called the manufacturer and gave the serial number to check the warranty status. The aid was a "demo" unit and, therefore, was not meant for resale.

It cannot be sent back to the company for repair. Buyer beware!

Anonymous
#163787

In this age of high technology and internet access, you can find almost any piece of information or product available with the click of a button. But not all information obtained is accurate and not all products actually do what they claim and no website will ever replace the personal dialogue that can only be obtained by talking to a live person. This holds true whether you are sick and need to see a doctor, have a toothache and need to see a dentist, or have a hearing loss and need to see an audiologist.

As purchasing items on the internet has become easier, more people are using the internet to research and, ultimately, buy a wide range of products. When one considers that a mid-level digital hearing aid can cost about $2000, buying a $1500 hearing aid online may seem like a pretty good deal. And it would be if a hearing aid was the kind of item that had a universal fit and magically restored your hearing. But that is just not the case.

Many hearing aids are custom fit and most will probably need to be adjusted at least once and will need to be routinely checked by an audiologist on a regular basis to ensure it stays in working order. These services can not be provided efficiently or cost effectively when you are dealing with a website.

What an inexperienced hearing aid user may fail to realize is that it may take more than just one adjustment to get a hearing aid to sound optimal for any given person. Even if the hearing aids are mailed back to the website company for an adjustment, there is no guarantee that they will sound like they should when they are sent back. This could result in one of three things. 1. The patient is spending more time without the hearing aids than with them; 2. They get frustrated and assume it is the hearing aids, not the fitting process, that is the problem and return the hearing aids; 3. Keep the hearing aids but never wear them because they “just never worked right”. In all three of these cases, the patient who was motivated to get help, ends up feeling disgusted and may give up on improving their hearing altogether.

Therefore, it is important that you find a knowledgeable audiologist that you are comfortable with and that you trust because this is most likely going to be the person that guides you through the process of better hearing and, ultimately, a better quality of life. This person is the one you will depend on to monitor your hearing and explain the results, that narrows down the vast array of hearing aid technology available and explains what would help you, He or she will be the one you call when your hearing aid stops working and teaches you how to care for them. In other words, your audiologist is your lifeline to the world of the hearing.

The care an audiologist provides to their patients cannot be duplicated by a hearing aid website. You see, when you buy a hearing aid off of the internet, you are buying a product, but when you purchase a hearing aid through an audiology office, you are investing in, not only the product, but the knowlegde, service and support of a trained and licensed professional.

The internet is a great starting point but, when it comes to your health, should not be your only stop. The next time you are tempted to save a few bucks on something as important as hearing aids, think of Tom and remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Anonymous
#121375

The last analog style and brand from

Oticon,Unitron,and Avanti From Beltone???

NEED THIS INFORMATION NOW!!! Thank-You

and GOD-BLESS!! Mark F.

Anonymous
#116888

I bought hearing aids from a company called HearSource.com. They do professional adjustments for me via the internet.

I just don't have to go to to the office and I don't have to pay for the office overhead. $995 each.

Anonymous
#104775

The cheapest one that I have built:

hearingaid.awardspace.com

Anonymous
#69986

Check out www.HearSource.com

I have been wearing their OpenEar hearing aids for 11 months now and I love them. Very natural sounding and comfortable.

I paid $1,990 for the set and they came with adjusting software so I can do the adjustment myself. :)

Anonymous
#65886

I looked at the hearingaiddocs.com website and I don't think they are much less expensive than a traditional hearing aid dealer. Personally, I think that is a bad way to go. I want personal support and assistance and not just a set of mail-order hearing aids.

Anonymous
Gibsonburg, Ohio, United States #63313

VERY dangerous to purchase a hearing aid without a professional to fit and adjust the hearing aid

Anonymous
#58676

here's a cheap option where they eliminate the middle man and the customer saves about 50%

hearingaiddocs.com

Anonymous
#58674

here's a hearing aid company that eliminates the middle man and sells for significantly less

hearingaidocs.com

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