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Ethics and Audiology

HNGBIKER hngbiker at aol.com
Sat Jul 22 09:29:57 EST 1995

I think I would advise the patient that you would be happy to fit the
hearing aid, but would have to charge fair prices to cover your time,
effort, overhead etc. I would also advise the patient to contact the
clinic where the hearing aid was initially ordered and ask/demand a
partial refund. We all know that fitting a hearing aid is not simply
placing an order. This is especially true for a more expensive
programmable device.
 I regulary have advised patients who live a good distance away, unless I
am the closest/sole source of services for that individual, that they
would be much better served to be fitted locally.

Howard Gutnick, Ph.D.
Atlantic Coast Ear Specialists
Virginia Beach, VA

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