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  1. Angry Forum newbie here - question about Oticon

    Been hearing impaired for 60 years now, and always got along with analog aids. I am loathe to pay the asking prices of some dispensers, knowing the actual costs of production, etc. (I have an electrical engineering degree.)

    Anyway, I have just purchased a used Oticon Spirit 3 digital aid, and will probably need reprogramming. My first inquiry to a local dispenser confirmed my fears; they wanted $300+ just for reprogramming, plus the cost of a new audiogram.

    Talk about a RIPOFF!!!!

    Does anyone know where to get reasonably-priced hearing aids and services? I think even Costco's prices are too high.

    TIA.

    Guy

    No audiogram yet

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    I would look for an audiologist rather than a hearing aid dispenser. Just yesterday, I visited one dispenser who works with an audiologist - open one Saturday a month Thank God - she adjusted my hearing aids at no cost. No one should charge you for an audiogram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techcntr View Post
    Been hearing impaired for 60 years now, and always got along with analog aids. I am loathe to pay the asking prices of some dispensers, knowing the actual costs of production, etc. (I have an electrical engineering degree.)

    Anyway, I have just purchased a used Oticon Spirit 3 digital aid, and will probably need reprogramming. My first inquiry to a local dispenser confirmed my fears; they wanted $300+ just for reprogramming, plus the cost of a new audiogram.

    Talk about a RIPOFF!!!!

    Does anyone know where to get reasonably-priced hearing aids and services? I think even Costco's prices are too high.

    TIA.

    Guy

    No audiogram yet
    Isn't that product exclusive to the UK NHS?

    Unless the dispenser/audiologist has the code to release this line of products to Genie, I'm not sure what they can do to program the aid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lau2046 View Post
    No one should charge you for an audiogram.
    Right...and you go and get physicals from your doctor and they don't charge for it either. I'm sure you also get eye exams at an optometrist's office or ophthalmologists office for free as well...

    Be real. If you go to an audiologist, don't expect the service for free. Free hearing tests are a marketing tool first and foremost. If you want a complete audiogram that is performed for other reasons besides to sell you a product, don't be surprised if it gets billed to your insurance and you have to pay a portion of it.

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    DocAudio,
    As of a year and a half ago courtesy of Obama's health care overhaul, Kaiser members no longer have to pay for a yearly physical, hearing test, eye exam and I don't know what else. However, if you have to go back for a follow up there is a co pay. So something good did come from this derailed piece of legislation.
    Oticon Agil Pro w/streamer

    -250 500 1000 1500 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
    L 10--5----10----30---50----70----85---80---80
    R 5--10----20----35---45----85----85--100--100

    SP Disc ------------- SRT
    L 88% @55db ------- L-10
    R 90% @55db------- R-25

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    Yes,Seb, one wonders under Obamacare who really pays for all these free exams! Maybe
    there is a tooth-fairy out there after all..oh wait..the folks in Greece and Spain who've
    been on the take for 10 yrs..maybe they will pay...folks, socialism does not work here
    or anywhere..
    L........R.........Hz
    40.....35........500
    55.....60........750
    65.....70........1000
    70.....65........2000
    80.....60........3000
    80.....70........4000
    105...75........6000
    N/R...75........8000

    Hearing Aid History:
    1992: ReSound
    2000: Siemens Signia CIC
    2010: Acoustitone Pro
    2012: Oticon Agil Pro
    2013: Custom Molds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Um bongo View Post
    Isn't that product exclusive to the UK NHS?

    Unless the dispenser/audiologist has the code to release this line of products to Genie, I'm not sure what they can do to program the aid.
    Yep that's what they issue here in the Uk on the nhs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NaidaUP View Post
    Yep that's what they issue here in the Uk on the nhs.
    are NHS aids for sale to the public?
    0250.Hz L-050 R-050
    0500.Hz L-075 R-075
    1000.Hz L-090 R-095
    2000.Hz L-090 R-095
    3000.Hz L-095 R-120
    4000.Hz L-105 R-120
    6000.Hz L-110 R-n/r
    8000.Hz L-110 R-n/r

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMBack View Post
    are NHS aids for sale to the public?
    No, it still belongs to the trust that fitted it. The aids are on-loan to the patients. They are owned by the government.
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    Unfortunately, if you go on Ebay you will see a lot of NHS HA's for sale and the people buying them are probably getting stuck with an aid they can't get programmed anywhere, not in the UK or anywhere else.
    Oticon Agil Pro w/streamer

    -250 500 1000 1500 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
    L 10--5----10----30---50----70----85---80---80
    R 5--10----20----35---45----85----85--100--100

    SP Disc ------------- SRT
    L 88% @55db ------- L-10
    R 90% @55db------- R-25

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