And all these years I’ve been spending thousands of dollars on audiometers or MedRx systems for testing hearing, thousands more on sound booths, annual calibration and continuing education and license renewals. Yet all I needed to do was install a Flash sound player on my web site and let people test themselves! :rolleyes:
To me it looks like a straight up con, the more I think about it. What looks at first glance like a cheap hearing aid concept is actually a device not even certified as a hearing aid, not even called a hearing aid, no published fitting range, no meaningful service arrangement, nothing to protect the consumer at all really, except they can send the device back.
The scary thing is, we’re talking $1500 in round figures for a set. For just a few hundred more you could get a vastly superior system with a proper hearing test, life time service, and a real audiological fitting with follow up adjustments and annual hearing tests.
The web site is encouraging people to send in their audiogram, meaning that in all likelihood these people will have gone to one of those clinics, wasted the time of a hearing professional who offers free hearing tests, and then walks out of the office with a copy of their hearing test having just cost that hearing professional an hour or two of his professional time (I wonder why hearing aids get so expensive?). Then they send in their audiogram and order up a cheap amplifier and shove it in their ears and wonder why it doesn’t work.
Or worse, they order up a hearing aid set after self testing on the web site, and wear these fake hearing aids for a year or two when all along the problem was actually a build up of wax and what they really needed was a cleaning at the doctors office not hearing devices at all. They could have solved the problem for $50 at the doctors office, but instead convinced themselves they had a hearing loss with this self service web site, and now they are out $1,500.
Scam scam scam.