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The Hidden Cost of Hearing Aids (Part I): the Value of Audiology

The Hidden Cost of Hearing Aids (Part I): the Value of Audiology



How a lot do listening to aids actually value? On this video, Emma discusses how the listening to rehabilitation business has advanced over the many years to focus extra on the product itself somewhat than the rehabilitation. Listening to support costs usually ‘bundle’ the price of appointments, servicing, and consumables into the general value. Extra just lately, ‘unbundling’ has develop into extra commonplace, so that customers can see the price of listening to aids versus the rehabilitation providers. So what’s the worth of this? How necessary are the abilities that your audiologist has to supply on the subject of buying a listening to support? Emma sheds some mild on these questions.

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  • Hey doesn't it also depent on what country you get your hearing aids at as well is australia hearing aids more money than usa hearing aids from Kylie

  • Appreciate the video. For me - as a new Hearing aid user - the issue is about transparency. One clinic claimed complete independence a "no commission" model which was "for the clients benefit" but charged significantly more than other clinics - comparing apples with apples ;) . I find that extremely frustrating. Personally I am a BIG fan of paying a specialist/expert for that expertise - usually in the way of their time. However - I do wonder about some clinics charging top dollar for that time AND marking up the HAs to a stratospheric degree - all the while spruiking the benefits of the independent, "no commission" model of their practice. I look forward to your next segment! :D

  • Hi Emma another great honest and up front video
    I've been to several clinics in wexford but none have even mentioned real ear measurements ,
    My question is how is real ear measurement

  • Fun fact - the only fitter who follows best practices in my area was also the cheapest one. My guess is because he didn't have to bill me for endless hours of 'tweaking' by method of 'how do you hear me now'. And yes, half yearly checkups with inviting are included. Figures.
    Reviews where folks say how fitter is nice aren't worth anything, nice fitter who doesn't do their job properly maybe will hurt less your ego for money you gave them but you won't get proper fitting. And sadly, many reviews focus only on how nice someone is, then price. But yes, not many people understand how tricky proper fitting is or what actually is or isn't possible with their loss.
    I advocate for people to demand best practices and to get their money worth out of it :)

  • It’s a difficult conversation to have, because my audiologist has quoted me $9200 for the Paradise P90 R with all appointments and fitting included etc and he’s always been very responsive and willing to help. An extra 3 grand on top of the hearing aids (based on the prices on your website) is still a hefty premium though - or perhaps it’s not? How would I know whether that’s reasonable or not?!

  • Hi Emma,

    I hope audiologists follow your lead and make their charges explicit for their diagnostic, fitting and continuing care and expertise.