In article <3q9s15$81b at mserv1.dl.ac.uk>, berg11 at post.tau.ac.il says...
>>Re hearing aid prices: I recently referred a friend to a dispensing
>who I knew to have obtained his Ph.D. at one of the finest university
>programs in the U.S.A. I ws astonished to receive the friend's report
>of the contract he had been asked to sign (and did). He said that he
>treated kindly and well and was not unhappy, but I was deeply
>disturbed at the
>economics of the transaction.
You have to establish priorities in life. Purchasing a hearing aid is one of
them! If your hearing is not very important, you probably can get by with
something pretty cheap. I can get by very nicely with cheap tooth paste
which I frequently get from K-Mart or other places when it is on sale. That
is not my number one priority.
When I purchase a camera, I really don't care about the service that goes
with it, because a good camera should not require any service - so I
determine the model I want and then go for the lowest price, usually through
You can purchase eyeglasses through the mail. (Don't they still sell some
cheap corrective eyeglasses in drug stores? I know they used to.) Or, you
can go to a doctor to get your eyeglasses. Again, it is a matter of
The same is true with a hearing aid. I know of people who order their
hearing aids through the mail without having a hearing test. Others choose
to wear very sophisticated "computer programmable" hearing aids where the
audiologist even places a probe microphone in the ear canal to adjust the
hearing aid to the unique "acoustics" of your ear! It is all a matter of
Whatever you think is important! Some people do think that "hearing" is
pretty important. Others do not think it is important at all.
Paul Woodard, M.Div.
Des Moines Iowa