Hearing Aid "Lemon law"

HearWHAC HearWHAC at netins.net
Wed Feb 7 22:33:13 EST 1996


An interesting thing is happening in a number of states right now. A bill 
was introduced in the Iowa Senate two weeks ago that does not contain the 
words "hearing aid," "audiologist," "hearing aid dealer," or anything like 
that. It is a hearing aid "lemon law." I really refer to it as the 
"Manufacturer's Bill from Hell."

It requires that if an "assistive device" (defined elsewhere in the Iowa 
Code to include everything pertaining to breathing, seeing, hearing, 
smelling and about everything else in life) should need to be repaired more 
than two times in the first year, the MANUFACTURER of the device must refund 
to the consumer the entire purchase price of the assistive device, i.e. 
hearing aid! (Yup, that is exactly what it says!)

Apparently, a government grant was used to hold a convention this past fall 
and they taught persons from most or all of the states how to lobby their 
legislatures to get this bill ennacted.

A similar bill was passed in Minnesota, Missouri and one other state last 
year. It is being introduced into nearly every state right now. The bill is 
written in such a way that most audiologists and hearing aid dealers will 
never know it exists! And the bill is so complicated that most persons won't 
even know what it says.

Paul Woodard ;-)
Des Moines Iowa USA





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