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Hearing Aid Discount Programs

Discount programs can seem appealing at first glance, but most often, they have underlying factors that could cost you more in the long term.  I would like to inform you about some of these factors concerning recent developments with hearing aid discount programs.

Due to potential enrollment fees, discount programs can end up costing you more than what you planned to pay.  Some programs require an annual enrollment fee of over $100.00.  Also, they typically allow only four free service visits.  After that, you would most likely pay for office visits or programming fees each time you visited your hearing care professional for service or adjustments.

Another factor to consider is when you purchase hearing aids through a discount program, it diminishes the control that we normally have over the product.  These programs often restrict the brands of hearing instruments from which you can choose, limit the level of technology options and hinder the relationship between us and the manufacturer.  For example, if a unit is defective or unsatisfactory in any way, we will take care of the issue promptly with the manufacturer.  But when the product is purchased through a discount program, it can be an awkward and lengthy ordeal to correct, potentially diluting the level of service and care our patients deserve and expect from us.

There are several discount programs being advertised incessantly, and although they may offer savings over most providers, we can usually match or beat the pricing, not to mention the service, they can offer.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us, and we will be happy to help you in any way we can.  And thanks again for placing your trust in us.  It is a privilege to serve you.