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Dan Schwartz

Electrical Engineer, via Georgia Tech


  1. Audioman
    September 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    How much money did providers pay extra per aid to generate the funds for this event?? Do the Audiologists who attend these things ever care about the money they unwittingly charge their patients to cover the extra high costs they pay for products they then sell the hearing impaired they are supposed to be serving??

    • Dan Schwartz
      September 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      John, the real cost of hearing aids is in all of the attendant overhead for marketing, R&D, and audiology/tech support. The tender price to Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), which buys approximately the same number of hearing aids as the Veterans Administration (VA), is about £60-65 (~US $100) for basic aids, which points to a marginal cost of about $85 or so for parts & assembly labor.

      [By the way, you may want to copy & paste your comment on the article page as well, as nobody will see this attachment page.]

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