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Consumer Team: Don’t Overpay for Hearing Aids

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   Consumer advocate Pete Thomson says he was blown away when he investigated the prices of hearing aids.   “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  A pair of hearing aids could cost as much as a car.”    The prices he found motivated Thomson to look deeper into how the hearing aid business operated.  Thomson will report the results of his findings on The Consumer Team, Saturday, April 5th on 1080 KRLD Radio.

Hearing Aid Pricing - The Consumer Team Investigates

Hearing Aid Pricing – The Consumer Team Investigates

“It just didn’t make sense,” Thomson continued, “The prices for electronics are generally falling.   Smart phones, printers, laptops and tablets are getting cheaper while hearing aids still often cost a fortune.  Hearing aids are really not that complicated.  They consist of a speaker, microphone, amplifier and a power source.”   What Thomson found was a consumer world full of middlemen who called themselves specialists.  “They’ve got all kinds of names from hearing specialist to hearing advocate.   Regardless of the title, the markup is significant and not a good deal, especially for older consumers who are often on a fixed income.”

The Consumer Team hearing aid segment will include recommendations for businesses that feature fair pricing on hearing aids.  Thomson said, “If a consumer will shop around, they can find quality without paying too much.  We’ll be talking about several hearing aid outlets that offer quality products, competitive pricing as well as expert consultation.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7PM (Central) on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas.  The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to locally produced consumer advocacy programs in the nation.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

Hearing Aids: Why So Expensive?

(DALLAS, TX)      Americans spend billions annually on technology designed to improve hearing.  And as baby boomers have become candidates for hearing aids, there are more makes and models than ever before.   The price on custom hearing aids can exceed that of a new car.   On Saturday, February 16, 2013, The Consumer Team radio program will air a special segment focusing on getting a better value on hearing aids.  The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD Radio, Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Saving Money on Hearing Aids: The Consumer Team Investigates

According to Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, the goal of the segment is to educate the consumer regarding the choices that exist in the marketplace.  Thomson commented, “My dad recently spent a considerable sum of money on hearing aids.  His experience put this category on my personal radar.  When I did some investigation into the hearing aid industry I was amazed to see how expensive the devices are.  Hearing aids can cost more than a car.”  Thomson added that the pricing in the hearing aid industry didn’t make sense to him.   He continued, “The high prices of hearing aids run contrary to the price trend for other technology.   Think about it, generally the prices for technology such as cell phones, computers and other electronics is dropping.  The pricing model for hearing aids make no sense, especially when you consider that the device basically consists of a speaker, microphone and an amplifier.  It should be going down and not up.”

Thomson says that The Consumer Team will have good news for consumers.  Thomson said, “Like all consumer items, if you search, there are ways to get a better value for your dollar.  On The Consumer Team we will talk about several sources that give consumers much more for their hearing aid dollar.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.


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