With TeleCare coming in to play from Signia and others, it will make physical presence less important. That said, if you are not an experienced hearing aid user, it will be tough to make every thing, such as custom ear molds, work. For mild loss, I think service over the internet is quite possible.
Sounds like warranty work is going to be problematic anyway. Unless he forks over the $9000+ that is.
Exactamundo! That’s how I feel. So if you are going to get Opn 1’s without warranty then try to get them for less than $1000.
Currently less than $850.
Yes, I saw those!
Oh, maybe not? I was thinking of this one from . Plus a TV Adapter 3.0. But it looks like it got pulled;
Why is extended warranty difficult to purchase for these second hand hearing aids? Surely they are affordable?
Extended warranty implies that you have an original warranty that you want to extend.
Costco, a warehouse chain of stores throughout the US, is well respected for providing quality hearing aids at very good prices. I went with my wife two months ago for a hearing test (we were both tested at the same time by two different people), and Resound aids were recommended to her. Her hearing loss is far less than yours. She bought a pair, cost of $2,800 for the pair, no cost for the exam. That’s half the cost of what an audiology practice would charge for the same aids! I’m a retired pro audio professional, so I know quite a bit about the human hearing system, and about various technologies used in aids. I was very impressed with everything I saw at Costco, from the hearing specialists to the equipment used for hearing tests and adjusting the aids.
They are pretty busy at the hearing aid center in our local store, so it took about two weeks to get an appointment, and another week or so to get the aids. If you choose to go that route, I suggest that you choose one of their stores near where you can fly (and stay in a hotel for a while) at low cost,tell them about your situation, and make an appointment. I would also ask if there is anything they can do to shorten your waiting time.
I have two other friends who bought their aids from Costco, and they’re both quite happy. Costco has a policy of no charge for any adjustments and a full refund for six months after delivery.
I am not aware of any law or regulation forcing a business to do business with anyone.
All business have the write to refuse to do business with anyone.
In a free enterprise system the consumer can choose who he wants to do business with and so can the seller.
you can shop for the best price for a car, TV, appliance or Hearing aids. If you don’t like a dealer’s prices, go somewhere else and find a price you like.
The hearing aid dealer is not paid by any manufacturer for providing service to hearing aid wearers.
the VA may pay $320.00 per aid but i pay 5 times that for the same aid.
In what way does their policy hurt consumers?
I buy hear aids from Oticon and sell them in my retail store at
prices set by me. How is that price fixing?
In Oticon opinion, and mine, you should purchase your hearing aids
from a dispenser that will examine your ears, do a complete
hearing evaluation, determine the best choice of aid for
your llifestyle, fit you and provide service and after care.
In Florida it is illegal to sell hearing aids over the internet and
A regulated health care provider ( especially the only group in town ) is not just any business and their patients may not have alternatives.
There is always an alternative.
You can not force someone to do business with you.
The Supreme Count has just ruled on that right to refuse.
What’s jhallet’s alternative then?
So is it purely business then? You acknowledge that you are protected by law but you don’t seem to think that any social contract applies to you. You put free enterprise above anything else. I didn’t even do economics in high school but I don’t think that a pure free enterprise system would allow a supplier to restrict who its customers can on-sell their product to. And I’m pretty sure that free enterprise doesn’t really work when you have exactly one supplier in an entire country. I think the inhabitants of that country are entitled to expect their government to safeguard their interests.
well, first of all, i am referring to My country, USA
That is the way business operates here.
It may not apply to any other country.
You don’t know me or how i operate my business.
I think you’ve provided us with a pretty good idea.
What are you inferring?
I sell all brands of hearing aids.
Take excellent care of everyone.
Anyone that comes into my business get free service even if they didn’t buy from me.
I am a veteran, and service my fellow veteran for free.
I have been fitting hearing aids for 51 years, i am BC-HIS and ACA
I am very good at what i do and still working at 78 years old because i love what i do.
My prices are at or below many internet sales.
I was being a Devil’s advocate, to show the other side of the argument
I am offended by what you imply.
One thing is that the US basis for business isn’t exclusive. It is based on English Common Law. If we’ve done anything of late, we’ve ignored its basis for fairness.
As for how the HA business operates, that certainly isn’t exclusive to any place. It is an Oligopoly and that means limited competition.
How you describe your business seems exemplary. Too bad there aren’t more like that.
You have a peculiar view of the law. This has nothing to do with laws or government; I’m saying that I suspect the manufacturers, as part of their dealer agreement, REQUIRE them to service their aids at risk of violating that agreement (and can have their account shut down).
No, there is no such requirement by a manufacturer