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Thread: Oticon Opn is now available in three performance levels

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    The R&D has been completed they are just charging more to turn on a button. look at other technologies and see that the prices go down after the first year. Not the we have the capacity built in but we are going to see how much we can get out of the consumer. as for reducing the functions why? leave that part up to the fitter. Getting the best possible hearing (which is not the same for all) is not a luxury item that should be exploited

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustEd View Post
    The R&D has been completed they are just charging more to turn on a button. look at other technologies and see that the prices go down after the first year. Not the we have the capacity built in but we are going to see how much we can get out of the consumer. as for reducing the functions why? leave that part up to the fitter. Getting the best possible hearing (which is not the same for all) is not a luxury item that should be exploited
    This is not about exploitation, it's all about running a for-profit business. The HA market is very small and captured so in order to win more market share and recoup their R&D cost, theyneed to provide options at different price points. It's not just Oticon that's doing it. Almost all vendors seem to have different models and price points.
    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    http://www.grandviewresearch.com/ind...ng-aids-market

    The global hearing aids market was valued at USD 4.5 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow with a CAGR of 4.3% over the forecast period. The high growth is expected on account of increasing deafness resulting from increased noise pollution levels, genetic factors, ear infections, birth complications and other factors. The aging population is at a high risk of suffering from hearing loss. In addition, the rise in demand for technologically advanced and aesthetically appealing miniature devices propels the market growth.
    The WHO estimates suggests that over 5% of the global population, suffers from disabling hearing impairment.

    This does not seem like a small market


    No one claimed that oticon was the only one to do this. When all premium HA's cost the same (approx. $6,000 US) one could only wonder why.

    Contrary to belief (and the lack of insurance coverage) Hearing aids are medical devices.

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    The VA is the largest customer for aids. A couple of years ago, someone pointed to a VA report that disclosed the cost per unit. I think they were paying around $330 per aid. They are set up as a distributor so can install the ROM that sets the level so that's for any level including premium which I image is all they use.

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