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solune writes: "Ipad 2 or 3: $399 or $499

Dell laptop computer: around $600

Smartphone, non-subsidized: $200 — $800+

Not to mention all the T.V’s, game consoles, etc, all around sub $1k prices... ...yet, a decent hearing aid for my mom will go upwards of $3000! WTF?

Excuse me if I sound a little pissed, but it seems to me with the shrinking electronics, better capabilities, and technological advancements, not to mention the rapidly increasing potential user base, quality hearing aids should be coming in a *lot* cheaper than what we can find.

Adding fuel to my fire is the fact, a hearing aid will greatly improve my mom’s—not to mention millions of others out there—life a lot more. Currently she suffers from frustration and isolation with having to ask people to “speak up”, and nodding her head to things her kids and grandkids say.

We’ve tried the cheapies, and they’re fraught with problems.

So, can someone tell me why a hearing aid should be so expensive?"
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Why are hearing aids so expensive

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    Because Medicare will pay for them.
  • well you can thank the USPTO for that
    and Congress for there lack of use to the 99%
    and Congress's bowing down to the 0.1%
    -- hail the 0.1 % , hail Caesar --

  • it's easy to understand. 1,because of the limited sale, no factory in this business will produce it massively which makes the cost unacceptable. 2the hearing aid is not indispensable for the old because the hearing problem is not as threathening as other diseses like heart attack. It aims to iompove the quality of life. So the optional equipement is mostly designed for the well-off pepole.

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