Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS – Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
For the last year and a half, we have seen significant economic changes that have impacted all of us in our daily lives. The price of fuel, housing, vehicles, and pretty much everything has gone up. There are numerous reasons why this is happening. One happens to be related to shortages of computer chips and other parts that make up many of the products we use.
The hearing industry has also been impacted by economic changes as components for some accessories and even some vital components have become difficult or impossible to get. So far, the greatest impact has been on assistive listening devices and other accessories that work in conjunction with hearing aids to improve communication. Global shortages of components have directly impacted every hearing aid manufacturer and indirectly every hearing aid provider in some capacity.
In addition to technology-related shortages, we have also experienced price increase in many supplies we use including gloves and cleaners. Currently, we are paying 4 to 5 times as much for gloves than we did prior to the pandemic. Even with these increased costs of doing business, we have managed to avoid raising prices at any point during the pandemic.
If you are considering treating your hearing loss for the first time, or are in need of improved technology or replacement hearing devices, now is a good time, before prices inevitably go up. Even during these uncertain times, we have been able to help every individual who chose to hear better and will continue to do so. We are dedicated to not only finding the best solution for our patients, but to providing that solution at the best price.