Raising the Curtain on Wholesale to Retail Hearing Aid Pricing, part 2

Last week’s post raised the curtain on average wholesale and retail hearing aid pricing with the data in Figure 1, but it did not address average retail price of premium instruments.  That’s a crucial part of the Price puzzle because that’s where most of the wholesale increase is occurring.  Two big questions were left unanswered:…

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Raising the Curtain on Wholesale to Retail Hearing Aid Pricing

Are hearing aid markups as high as internet operators and others claim?  Are Audiologists routinely using a “5x markup?”  So ended the last post in this series and so begins today’s post.   How High Did You Say? Based on the 89,400 results accrued from a simple Google search of “$6000 hearing aids,”  it seems reasonable to…

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The Squeezed, the Gouged and the Family Dog

Are Audiologists being “squeezed” by hearing aid manufacturers?  Are hearing aid consumers being “gouged” by Audiologists and dispensers?  Are the squeezed and the gouged going home and kicking their dogs? Loaded verbs raise blood pressures but Hearing Economics insists on careful evaluation of available data before agreeing that it’s a war out there.  This requires…

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Wholesale Hearing Aid Pricing – Is It On the Level?

Today picks up on a series begun in response to a headline-grabbing proclamation by a manufacturing CEO: “‘The hearing aid industry uses every new thing … to raise prices.” To which Hearing Economics posed rhetorical questions and slowly began addressing them:  What is the basis for making such a claim?  Are claims like this true or do…

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Econ 202: Let Them Eat Cake, Monopolists at Work

“My position on cake is pro-having it, and pro-eating it.”  Boris Johnson, colorful British politician I’m with Boris and Marie on that one — cake for all… who can afford it.  And I want to make all the cakes.  In short, I’m a born Monopolist.  I’ll bet you are too.  So, why aren’t we all…

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