I have been reading postings about internet purchases and I am really surprised by the vitrol and complete lack of empathy and understanding aimed at people who are simply trying to improve their lives by some of the folks here. Talk about an elitist attitude.
I am a law enforcement professional and find myself in a situation where hearing aids have become a neccesity in order for me to safely continue in my profession. I have insurance through work which will provide a very nominal reimbursement, but will not come near covering the cost of ha’s. I had my hearing tested through the insurance program and was told that I would benefit from ha’s and the provider made two recommendations for aids that would benefit me and my particular situation. Unfortunately, it was not financially doable for me at the time.
I am contributing to the care of elderly disabled parents, and at the same time have had my compensation reduced due to the current economic situation, so unfortunately, the cost for ha’s locally is still out of reach for me. Additionally, the person who did the initial testing and recommendation is no longer practicing.
I was able to obtain a pair of the same brand aids as was recommended by purchasing them on line used. This was the only avenue available to me at this time, and while not ideal, I felt it was a reasonable thing to do.
Fortunately, I was able to find a local audiologist who understands my situation and is willing to work with me on a fee basis. I spoke with several other local business and got varying responses from helpful to completely hateful before settling on this gentleman, who just coincidentally happens to be the closest to me. Hopefully this will be a workable solution for me.
My point in making this post is that there seems to be an awful lot of judgement here. That is a shame, because someone who is not as thick skinned ( it helps in my job) could be quickly turned off and discouraged from seeking help due to some of the responses from “professionals” here.
I lurked here for quite a long time before signing up and posting this. I have scoured the net for a solution to my hearing problems for several years, and feel like the solution I am trying is superior to doing nothing, and probably not being able to safely continue in my job.
Perhaps a bit more understanding and a little less judgement could be used in some of the responses to folks who are just here looking for help. I understand that this is some folks’ livelihoods that we are talking about, but perhaps a look at the big picture is in order. Someone who you help now may be in a better position a little further down the road when they need their next set of ha’s, and they will probably return to someone who actually helped them when they needed it rather than excoriating them and treating them poorly.
I chose my profession because I enjoy it, and it is my opportunity to help people. I would think that people in the hearing aid business would have some of the same motivation. Some of the things I have read here make me wonder- one person talks about his thin margins in one post and then talks about his expensive designer watches in another. Kinda makes you wonder…
Anyway, thanks to those of you who actually are trying to help here. I have obtained a great deal of useful information here and I appreciate it. To some of the others- maybe a step back would be in order.
just my .02