In article <960912224648_100759519 at emout12.mail.aol.com>, MrHiggins at aol.com
>...I can say that the CIC's have a
>higher rate of breakdown and warn patients accordingly...Many don't care as
>the idea of an aid that can't be seen is very appealing from a vanity
>perspective...First time user's tend to be as concerned with the looks as
>much as the hearing improvement...That will change with her second pair
>will probably occur 3-5 years from now...As an experienced wearer she will
> more discriminating in her hearing needs
The industry data has proven Mr. Higgins to be correct. The number of CIC's
returned to the factories for credit within the first 90 days is much higher
than for any other style hearing aid (like more than 25%). Doesn't this say
something? And the incidence of repair is considerably higher for CICs. What
does this say?
CICs do appeal to the person who doesn't want their hearing aid to be
"seen." Many dispensers use this approach very successfully in their
advertising...it does attract people. And I have no problem with "attracting
people" to obtain hearing help, provided the dispenser fits the "best"
hearing aid for the hearing loss. Unfortunately, an advertisement promoting
a hearing aid that cannot be seen can create a bias in the prospective
hearing aid wearer that may cause them to purchase a hearing aid that is not
the most suitable solution for their problem or pocketbook.
My greatest concern regarding CICs is twofold: the CICs' higher cost and my
fear they will not give as many years of service as some of the other
products we offer. I say this because we really do have to repair them more
frequently. They can break down too often!
I am fascinated with Mr. Higgins' comments about a person losing their
concern about the "smallness" of their first hearing aid. I contend that
many persons decide after the first day with their first hearing aid they
aren't concerned at all about the size of the hearing aid. Why should our
concern about a hearing aid being seen be any different than our concern
our eyeglasses might be seen?
Paul Woodard ;-)