Oh dear - you’ve got it wrong all three.
Glucas - not sure why you are so riled, but you are misled by hearing aid prices if you think that £3000 is a rip off for top-range aids. Go into a few branches and compare. Jeez i’m not sure what’s rattled you so much, but you do have it all wrong. You need to actually trust that some dispensers are trying to do more than make a mint. Whilst i would like to earn a good wage, I give away far more accessories than you’ll ever know at more or less market price. I didn’t say it cost more for us to purchase wholesale than to buy in Denmark retail - I said we may pay more wholesale than what they do. I don’t believe there is still a great difference between us and them now, but you are welcome to prove me wrong. Why don’t you start a thread publicising how much cheaper it is to fly to Denmark, have a holiday and buy some aids at the same time and help everyone save a penny or two?
Um Bungo - sorry - it wasnt meant to be personal, but you article didnt justify why CIC’s shouldnt be sold in todays market. They simply don’t break down as they used to, and i was just adding that RIC’s are now more liable to break down, but may well be easier to fit.
Canthearmuch - I think yo may be a dispenser that is not in agreement with the way the internet has changed the pricing structure of hearing aids? I didn’t slag off anyone - I raised the issue that not selling CIC’s cannot really be best advice for everyone - where does that get personal? I don get good discounts off Bernafon because i belong to Hearbuy - the discount is therefore the same as Oticon, but Oticon have better support on the road. And i don’t believe they offer anything that Oticon don’t (the larger better supported division).
I will look at the NHS part of the site and amend if it is now due for update - but i feel that it is almost still correct - the Zest hardly compete with the new AGil do they!
RICs - this is a fair statement, and is easier for those who have branches - but for field dispensers, which i am, it is a call out. Yes easier to maintain, but that again is no reason to rule them out. Again, I reiterate, my clients rarely have problems with them nowadays, and i supply them all with the Siemens STAY-DRI dehumidier.
Ultimately I can’t please everyone and won’t try to - the site is well laid out compared to the others. If you think it’s cheap then that is down to you. My clients disagree, and the blog is proving itself to be a valuable way of staying informed as a client. Or maybe i just do that for my own greed too?