I also like the blurb on the site - I realized we need to read between the lines re: where the remaining margin is going. And that actually leads to my question - I have a 11yo daughter with mild hearing loss, who has been wearing aids for over 5 years now (Siemens Music Pro BTE). Living in TX, I feel we’re being held to ransom by audiologists who wish to charge ~3500 for a pair of new aids. I’ve done my research, and these are mid-range aids, freely available via eBay for <$2000. I can’t afford the $3500 to buy them (the exact same HA) from the audiologist, it would be a stretch to get them for ~2k off the web. But when talking with the audi, he made it extremely clear that he would not support us for any aid purchased over the net.
My question/s are these:
- why can a adult sign a waiver but as the parent/guardian of my child (and the actual ‘purchased’ of the HA devices) I cannot?
- why would/should I stretch to pay the 3500 to the audi, when this is less than $500 less than buying a complete second second set via eBay?
- leaving my indignation aside for the moment, and asking a more ‘people’ focused question, how in good conscience can an audiologist who knows my child needs HA’s, knows I can’t afford them from you but can get them from elsewhere, refused to support us in our support of our child? How can they, with a straight face, tell us that they have our childs best interest at heart? Do i need to pay a 1500+ premium for you to care? really? Really?