Caring and thoughtfulness are not so rare after all. This response shows the
kind of audiology I am used to practicing and seeing in my fellow
practitioners. Thank you for your honesty.
You can work with my mother anytime.
>On Wed, 24 Sep 1997, Patricia Burns wrote:
>> Susan M Lopez wrote:
>> > Today, I saw a woman who was 82 years old.
>> > (However, based
>> > on the discrim score, you could argue that no hearing aid circuit would
>> > make that much difference).
>> And did you not suggest a cochlear implant?
> No. I didn't. She wouldn't have qualified for an implant based
>on her hearing thresholds and the discrim score. I am basing this on my
>experience working with the cochlear implant program in Iowa at the Univ.
> Michael Riddenhour added a wry comment that he sold just such a
>patient such a hearing aid at a "ridiculous price" and something about how
>maybe he should be tarred and feathered for it, etc. etc. based on my
> My first reaction to this woman was that she had been had. After
>thinking about it, I'm not sure that she was. I do know that I wouldn't
>have charged what she paid for what she got for her money...and I probably
>wouldn't have ordered her an aid with a class A circuit. However....she
>had been fairly happy with them from what I could tell. Her daughter was
>the one who made her mom come in. So I probably jumped the gun with my
>righteous indignation. I guess I felt that for what this woman *reported*
>she paid for her aids, I would've expected a higher end product. But, she
>bought it, and didn't return it after her 30 day trial period. And I
>didn't bother to find out who her dispenser/audiologist was to check her
>story. So I was definately in the wrong.
> I was writing in a combination of anger and frustration from the
>recent threads from consumers complaining about prices and the general
>lack of knowledge about hearing aids and what the money a consumer pays is
>for. Everyone wants the best but nobody wants to pay for it. I had had a
>bad day, and it showed. Sorry everyone!
>(all comments are mine, and have nothing to do with those of my employer)