Misleading Advertisements Warnings
This scam is just another way to get you in the door. The way it works: you get a mailer, flyer, or respond to an ad stating they need study participants to evaluate a “new hearing aid.” Once you are fit with the aid(s) you are asked to sign a contract stating that if you lose or damage the aid during the “study” you will be required to pay for it. Usually the amount is very high, nine, ten, fifteen or more thousand dollars. The object is to get your old hearing aids out of your ears and get you to try newer technology. They hope you will be impressed enough to want them. That is when they offer you “because you were part of the study” a 40 or +50% discount over the contract you signed. Sounds like a good deal right? Well usually the discount amount is what they sell for anyway. Often there is no study at all; it’s just a sales technique. If you want to determine if it is an actual study or a sales scam asks them how much you are going to be paid for your time and where the study will be published. In most authentic medical studies I have seen the participants are paid for their time and not with discounts off the cost of products. The persons conducting the study are Doctors or other medical professionals, not salesmen.