whitneyb at erols.com
Tue Sep 16 09:39:46 EST 1997
In article <341DE706.5ACA7D64 at barint.on.ca>, jbell at barint.on.ca says...
>My Senso C18's are high power aids that can go as high as a 100db to
>Oticon are just thinking about a high power model. They have told me
>that their model is appropriate for losses up to 85-90 db.
>In Canada the cost of the Senso is C$1050 or US$1000. Dispensing adds
>$350. Total for my two aids was $2800.. but they are well worth it. It
>seems to me that US costs are much higher..Wonder why?
>Howard Moss wrote:
>> Could you tell me the rough price range you're talking about
>> for these aids? And are they for severe losses or for "non-severe"
>> Howard Moss
>> hmoss at sr.hp.com
>> Rohnert Park, CA
While I agree getting too deep into costing and pricing issues can be
distracting, this particular issue is exactly why some pricing information
needs to be presented.
It appears (at least on the surface) Widex does have different pricing
structures for different countries. I have been checking pricing in the
Washington DC area for Widex Senso since jbell at barint.on.ca emailed me the
Candian prices a week or two ago. Under any comparision I can find, even
checking ahearingaid.com, US prices are at least 50% higher than Candian
These Aids are already very expensive and carry a very high margin for
dispensers. This whole issue may be ripe for either the FTC or some other
consumer group to investigate. Prices for the Widex Senso CIC differ by 50%,
fitted (ahearingaid.com is NOT the lowest! from $2000 to $2900 US) in this
With this kind of disparity on the same identical aid in price, it is
inviting consumer protection groups to get involved. I encourage this group
to tolerate at least some discussion on pricing issues in order to support
self regulation, otherwise government and consumers groups are going to
get involved. Since 1992, when the above average aid cost $700, to 1994
when the above average aid cost $1600, to now when the Widex Senso CIC
cost nearly $3000, the prices of aids have gone up over 400%,
again fueling regulator interests.
All arguments about being better aids are muted when compaired to most
all other technical advances( e.g. PC's, CD's, Computers, etc.) bring
improvements with price reductions.
That the opinion of this humble user!
Brad H. Whitney
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