Speaking for myself, I had NO IDEA so many visits would be required. you should have educated yourself before stumbling into your purchase. Eyeglasses, dental work, done and done. HA’s never done. Sheesh. My TIME has a great deal of value to me, :rolleyes: and mine is a pretty close drive, I really feel for folks who need to drive an hour or more for an appt.
The argument that you could “hurt yourself” is BS, I drive on race tracks, I shoot, I scuba dive, rock climb, all potentially more dangerous than tweaking my aids. So full BS on that. no wonder you need hearing aids… I’ll bet you called BS on hearing protection.
It all comes down to $$$$$, as near as I can calculate the high end aids cost wholesale about what a cell phone costs retail, 250 - 450 cost to the audioligist. Sorry not even remotely close I know for a fact the VA pays about $600 per aid and no body is paying remotely close to what the VA pays. If we could buy user programmable high end aids the whole business would be shrunk down by a bit, IMO probably not that much but I believe there is fear that it would be more significant, no one really knows.
The other big issue I have is my audi is really marginal on her knowledge of the advanced features of Alta Pro’s and very secretive about me watching her set the software, why? It’s PRETTY EASY. You should have found an AuD that you could work with (as you have been told in other threads)
You remember when consumer laws were passed that required the eye doctor to give you a Rx for your lenses? Prices on eyeglasses & contact lenses dropped because all of a sudden there was competition, it’s a beautiful thing competition. The big HA companies & audi’s (with the help of lobbiests/polititians/laws on who can sell ha’s are all in bed together keeping the prices high. Sounds like a load of buyer remorse jumping into a purchase without doing your homework on HAs or AuDs. I have a feeling you are not your AuDs favorite client.