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Ear Nose and Throat Associates

Warehouse Club

(Representative of, but not specific to, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, etc.)

Hearing Aid Dealer

(Representative of, but not specific to,  Audible, Miracle Ear, Beltone, HearUSA, etc)

 

 

 

 

Pricing

 

 

 

Prices starting at $599 each for digital Behind-the-ear (BTE) or in-the-ear styles

 

Rechargeable hearing aids starting at $995 each

 

Bluetooth compatible hearing aids starting at $1295 each

 

 

Prices starting at $899 each for digital Behind-the-ear (BTE) or in-the-ear styles

 

$1249 each for rechargeable hearing aids

 

Will not provide upfront product pricing.  Product specific price quotes only available during consultation

 

According to the AARP, the average cost per hearing aid is $2300 with reported prices up to $8000 per pair.

 

 

 

Warranty

 

 

 

 

3 year warranty included on ALL hearing aids; including 3 years of loss and damage replacement coverage

 

1-3 years warranty, including loss and damage coverage, dependent upon the hearing aid technology level/price

 

90 days to 3 years warranty, including loss and damage coverage, dependent upon the hearing aid technology level/price

 

 

 

Education

 

 

 

Board certified Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) and Board certified Ear,  Nose and Throat physician (M.D.) in the same office location

 

Typically Hearing Instrument Specialist, though some locations have Audiologist employed.

 

No on-site physicians

 

Hearing Instrument Specialist

 

Educational requirements

  • high school graduate

  • 18 years of age or older

  • passed a written exam

  • be of good moral character

 

 

 

 

Follow-up service

 

 

 

 

In office services Included for life of instrument

Included for length of warranty

Included for length of warranty, with pressure to upgrade to new technology after 2 years

 

 

 

Newest Technology

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

No, typically offer products which are 1-2 generations old.  Often rebranded as  store brand

 

Variable, often sell in-house” brand by unknown manufactures.

 

Selection

 

 

 

 

 

Wide range of brands and styles to choose from

Limited selection of brands

Narrow, Typically only offer their own “in house” brand of HA’s

Ability to have hearing aids serviced in other locations?

Yes, all hearing aids are “unlocked” and can be programmed and serviced by other audiologist, warranty through manufacturer

Locked HA’s, can only be programmed and serviced by Warehouse store locations

Locked HA’s, can only be programmed and serviced by store locations

Trial period

Yes.  No obligation, no-cost, demo period prior to purchase and 60 day 100% money back returns from date of purchase

No demo products, patients purchase HA’s with understanding they can be returned for refund within 90 days

Variable, some chains have started to offer demo products, most encourage purchase with assurance can return within 30 days for refund, often with restocking fee

 

Insurance Accepted

 

Yes, Patients can utilize hearing aid benefits from numerous insurance plans

 

No

 

Typically no. Certain insurers may partner with a given chain to offer benefits or discounts