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I, like many of you, I own a modern portable phone. I don't pretend to be an expert with my 'phone but for app. $500 a person can use their modern I-phone or Smart phone like they would a lap-top. There are literally hundreds of functions on todays phones that enable you to do banking, surf the internet, send mail or texts, talk to people practically anywhere in the world, in any language. etc, etc ,etc. The functions are endless. All for a $500 expenditure.

Now, as you get a little older (as we all are), your hearing might begin to suffer. It may be just one affected ear or maybe both, but either way your choices for a solution are pretty limited. You pretty well have to look into buying a hearing aid.

Herein lies the problem. For anywhere from $1000 to $3000 (per ear) you can be outfitted with a hearing aid. A little device that has probably less than $100 worth of parts, that never seems to work to your satisfaction, that goes thru batteries like crazy, that the salesperson is continually trying to get you to upgrade to a more expensive model, that really is no end of aggravation.

Are we being ripped off or what?

I'd enjoy reading your comments.
 

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Listen up.
You guys are too funny. I just had to get it off my chest.
Shit, I bought three Passats for less than $5000 and they all run.:)
 

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Nah, I hear you (pun intended). That does sound like an insane amount of money for what is basically an amp and a custom mount... Ever consider any of the cheap versions?
 

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If you read some of the horror stories on the Internet you'll see where people that have paid as much as $5000 for a set, and aren't happy with the performance, are being coerced to upgrade to a $7500 set. I can just imagine how happy I'll with a cheaper set.
I've been browsing antique shops for a hand held horn; but they are extremely hard to find.
I guess they are all being snapped up by the American Pickers.
Maybe I'll just have to be satisfied with eh?
 

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All seriousness aside...

A few of the newsmagazine type TV shows have done features about the subject, with not many encouraging conclusions. On the one hand, the latest gadgets in the field do have quite a sophisticated setup that's needed, as well as customization and ongoing monitoring, and audiologists are professionals who should be compensated for their expertise and efforts. The trouble is compounded because there are quite a few variables and too many opportunities for miscommunication. (A poster-boy for the latter would be my father-in-law who would refuse to go back for any adjustment but would instead complain forever about them being crooks...) Then again... the price structures are generally closer to the 5th Avenue / Rodeo Drive model rather than the WalMart model... (Costco appears to be a mid-priced option for those that have a store nearby, but again, we're into the thousands of dollars...)

...sigh...

It's almost as bad as trying to find an honest mechanic...

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There is an audiologist in San Antonio that I would more than be happy to recommend. A family member would fly down from Michigan to see him and Family. He has fitted- tinkered with several members now.

Family reunion would have cops called for all the yelling because so many are hard of hearing.
 

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Exactly !!
as I mentioned in post 8, they're impossible to find.
the "American Pickers" must be hoarding them
BTW, one of my dogs had both eyes removed about six years ago. I guess I shouldn't complain.
Things could always be worst.
 

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I have a girlfriend who is deaf and she was so good at reading lips that I didn't know she was deaf until the 3rd date when she told me. she is getting one of those new implants.
 

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I have a girlfriend who is deaf and she was so good at reading lips that I didn't know she was deaf until the 3rd date when she told me. she is getting one of those new implants.
Best of luck to her. I hope all goes well and that it is successful.
I don't think I'll go to that extreme.
I'd much rather donate one of my eyes to my dog.
 

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Best of luck to her. I hope all goes well and that it is successful.
I don't think I'll go to that extreme.
I'd much rather donate one of my eyes to my dog.
She knows the risks and the potential benefits watch some YouTube videos of people born totally deaf and hearing for the first time, It might bring tears to your eyes.
 

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When my wife went to have her hearing tested, I introduced myself as a Volkswagenologist... the receptionist didn't get it, so I had to tell her it was to distinguish myself from the profession (and vehicle) of her boss...

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To answer the OP, yes, you are being ripped off. You can buy a basic hearing aid (amplifier) online for as little as $9. Of course the quality is low at that point, but, you can buy higher quality and still have enough money leftover for an oil and filter change and all the fuel leading up to the service. You just have to be willing to pay out of pocket instead of using the fleecing service at your durable medical equipment provider.

For example: http://advancedhearing.com/hearing-aids/hc-206-hearing-aid

That's affordable with acceptable quality and features.
 

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I think the problem is that hearings aids are fixing a problem that isn't all that fixable. If you have tinnitus and diminished hearing, a hearing aid is really a pretty mediocre fix.

A lot of things medical science does are really compromises. No, you will never have the hearing you had in your 20's or 30's and holding on to the belief that you can with the "miracles" of medical science is just a waste of your time and money.
 
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