Much as I hate to say it, this is the correct view (Earwhack's)
>> Sam Writes
> >Do hearing aids really need to cost in excess of $800? I find it hard to
> >believe that the technology of hearing aid is that expensive.
>> I believe $800 would be a reasonable price providing:
> --the dispenser has never spent anything for education and training, i.e.,
> s/he has no formal training in hearing aid fitting.
> --the dispenser has no investment in equipment, such as real ear fitting
> equipment for prescription fitting of hearing aids, hearing aid test
> equipment, audiometers and other test equipment, etc.
> --less expensive older types of circuits, such as very simple linear
> circuits, are used in the hearing aid.
> --the hearing aid is made by persons paid minimum or less than minimum
>> There are other ways you could reduce the cost of hearing aids, I'm sure,
> but aren't you short-changing the person with the hearing loss?
>> My Mother has a severe hearing loss with poor discrimination and
> loudness-tolerance problems. My Mother wears two "technologically superior"
> hearing aids that cost $1,800 each. We went to a play this evening and she
> heard much better when she used the infra-red system. She doesn't hear too
> well with her Oticon Multi-Focus aids. However, she would do much worse if
> she were wearing the $800 hearing aids I described above. In other words,
> she does hear better with the Oticon Multi-Focus hearing aids than with any
> other hearing aids we have tried. My Mother is very important to me. She
> gave me an excellent home, an excellent education and an excellent
> upbringing! That is why she wears the Multi-Focus aids even though she could
> "get along" with the cheaper $800 aids. She does drive a Chevy Cavalier and
> not a Cadillac. Her hearing is more important!
>> Paul Woodard ;-)
> Des Moines Iowa USA
>> It always fascinates me that the people who want "cheap" hearing aids
> frequently do drive very nice, expensive cars. We each have different
> "value" systems.