My reply addressed several of your points, although I agree that your post was largely irrelevant to the original post, since you are neither an audiologist, nor do you know for a fact what hearing aids cost or how they are marked up. You have made numerous erroneous statements on this board regarding what you think things should and do cost.
What you claimed the markup was.
Why you are wrong about the volume of hearing aid sales.
Your errors regarding what you think the cost of a hearing aid is to the professional.
I failed to address a few other issues you raised:
You suggested that charging several thousand dollars for a hearing aid for a mild to moderate loss is a non-starter. Well that’s simply not true on many levels. In fact it is sometimes harder to fit a patient like this, especially with good low frequency results, because of the occlusion issue, and the difficulty of reproducing excellent high frequency response without feedback.
This is another reason why patients with this kind of loss may require MORE adjustments than someone with a severe to profound loss.
Also a person with a mild to moderate loss is often getting aids for the first time, and is therefore going to require more help to get used to them. These baby boomers you keep talking about often have more active lifestyles than our older patients, and so are far more demanding about getting results in a wider variety of situations.
Additionally, when you are talking about baby boomers, you claim they are all computer savvy and can adjust their own hearing aids. That’s simply not true. Not all baby boomers are tech savvy. I’d seriously doubt that 20% of them would do a good job at adjusting their own aids. Heck there are plenty of hearing professionals out there that don’t do a good job of making adjustments, and they have been trained an licensed to do so.
I don’t have an issue with people having an opinion. But I resent posts that are so scathing of hearing professionals, and simply make up ‘facts’ to portray the industry as some kind of evil that needs to be stamped out.
The hearing aids enjoyed by millions of hard of hearing individuals around the world wouldn’t even exist if hearing aid companies hadn’t invented them. So how about we cut them just a little slack?
I’ve met with a bunch of hearing aid industry people from various major companies over the years. They always seem to have genuine enthusiasm for helping people to hear.
I have been involved in other industries that appear to be profit focused, but all the people I’ve met from the major hearing aid companies seem to be very genuine people.
I will concede however, that there are some hearing professionals who are less than professional, and will push over priced product onto patients to make money. But then I’ve met dentists like that too. There are useless professionals in all professions.