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Hearing Aid Dispensing Question?

HearWHAC HearWHAC at netins.net
Wed Feb 14 02:27:21 EST 1996

In article <4fossd$k14 at degas.ICSI.Net>, gcire at icsi.net says...
>Lately I have been thinking about the many patients that I have come 
>across with hearing aids that are six, seven, eight and sometimes ten 
>years old that are still being used?She desprately need a new earmold and 
>an New Hearing 
>Aid!! which we discussed.  She told me that they were just too expensive 
>and that she would "Ride it till it died"  with no interest in even a new 
>earmold?  When I tried to sell her on the improvments of the newer 
>technology she just laughed and said, "Just Fix This One!"
>I would be interested in some discussion on the newsgroup about this 
>topic, as I see several different ways to react.

We use a "progressive" pricing schedule for hearing aid repairs based on the 
age of the hearing aid. We hope the higher prices we charge for repairing 
older hearing aids will "nudge" people into replacing their older hearing 

We also have real ethical questions about the use of "All Makes" labs. I 
know this is now going to bring a rebuttal from my son who does not agree 
with me on this subject. <g>

Paul Woodard ;-)
Des Moines Iowa USA

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