I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Ours was interesting with 3 broken pipes from our freezing temps and 3 days without water. Thanks to YouTube, and many trips to the hardware store, my husband was able to fix all 3 breaks and we had running water again by the night after Christmas🥳
2023 is going to be an exciting year for Columbine Hearing Care and I’m so grateful for all of you and your continued trust in our hearing services. In this month’s newsletter:
- Office Update (Part 1): We’re Moving in April!
- Office Update (Part 2): Pricing Increase
- Sound Bites with Brenda: Rechargeable Batteries
Here’s to a wonderful 2023!
Dr. Dusty and the Columbine Hearing Care Team
Office Update Part 1: We’re Moving in April!!
After 5 years in our lovely Regus suite, we’ve decided it’s time to move into a bigger space. The first day in the new office will be April 3rd. The new address is: 5808 S Rapp St, Littleton. We’re excited about so many aspects of this new location:
- Close to downtown Littleton
- Smaller building with plenty of private parking
- 1st floor (no more waiting for elevators)
- Spacious atrium area (this is what you’ll see in the photos)
- Our own private waiting room
Watch for more details in upcoming newsletters as well as a mailer that will go out in March. In the meantime, the button below will take you to a website that shows photos of the outside of the building as well as the atrium area. I don’t have good photos of the actual office space yet but will share those once we take possession in the next month!
Office Update Part 2: Pricing Increase
Most of you already know that one of the least favorite parts of my job is taking your money. If I could, I’d give away all of our products and services for free – simply because I love helping people. I chose this profession because I’m a caregiver and serving you is what brings me joy. However, part of being in private practice means that I have to pay all of the people who I buy products and services from. And as you know, the prices of all products and services have increased significantly. I’ve always tried to offset these price increases by being more efficient in all areas of my business, or taking the cut personally, and that’s how I’ve managed to maintain the same pricing for more than 5 years. But the time has come that I have to raise prices in order to stay in business. So, effective immediately, we are increasing our hourly rate from $150/hr to $200/hr, and all visits will be prorated accordingly. Just to put this into perspective, the industry average is $250/hour, so we are still well-below the industry average. If you have any questions about this pricing increase, please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to chat with you about it. The button below will take you to the page on our website with exact pricing and payment options.
by Brenda A. Garcia, BC-HIS
Happy New YEAR!!!
With the start of 2023, we can’t wait to see what the hearing industry has in store for new technology this year! One thing we can be certain of is that the expansion of rechargeable hearing aids and hearing aid batteries is at the top of the list due to consumer demand. Let’s review the most common questions we get surrounding rechargeable hearing aids/rechargeable batteries.
Should I switch to rechargeable hearing aids?
We are routinely asked if rechargeable batteries are “the way to go” when it comes to ordering a new hearing aid. Undeniably, both Dr. Dusty and I agree, “YES!” Rechargeable batteries eliminate the need for you to ever change a battery again. At the end of the day, you simply place your hearing aids in a charger (provided with the hearing aids) overnight and the hearing aids can be used up to 24 hours before the next charging cycle. What if you forget to charge the hearing aids before bed? Not to worry! These medical-grade, fast-charging lithium-ion batteries achieve a 12-hour charge in just one hour! By the time you have your breakfast and second cup of coffee, your hearing aids are charged and ready for the day.
What about travel?
Do you travel a lot or worry about not having an electric source to charge your batteries? The manufacturers all offer “on-the-go” charging options ranging from auxiliary batteries built into the charger to wireless charging pads. There is no shortage of options to keep your hearing aids charged for your active lifestyle – just ask us which one would be best for you.
How long do they last?
What is the total life expectancy of a rechargeable hearing aid/hearing aid battery? Depending on the manufacturer, a rechargeable hearing aid battery can last between 3-5 years. Before the end of your hearing aid warranty, we send your hearing aids back to the manufacturer to have the batteries replaced. This ensures that, even on the low end of the battery life, you will have a minimum of 6 years before you would have to pay for a new battery (at 6 years, it is time to get new hearing aids!).
Do they only come in behind-the-ear styles?
Last, but not least, do you have to wear a hearing aid behind-the-ear to get a rechargeable battery? No, you can now get a custom hearing aid with a rechargeable battery. So, for those of you that have been wanting a custom, in-the-ear hearing aid with a rechargeable battery, the wait is over!
If you haven’t made the switch to rechargeable hearing aids, 2023 may be the year for you to stop buying and changing hearing aids batteries.