Family member – friend or foe?
A 70-year-old gentleman has been wearing binaural hearing aids successfully for about 10 years. He is currently wearing a pair of large ITE hearing aids. He is accompanied by his wife, who is very vocal about the fact that her husband drives her crazy. She complains that he can’t hear anything she says and embarrasses her with his big, bulky hearing aids.
You show them a small power BTE and traditional mold and briefly review technology. Although you will fit basic hearing aids because of his price concerns, they will be better acoustically than his current aids. The couple agrees to this, and impressions are taken.
At the fitting, he is obviously dismayed when he sees the BTEs. However, he confirms that he is hearing well and the fit is comfortable, and he appears to go away
happy. The next day he returns with his wife, who says that the new devices look terrible and he refuses to
wear them at home. She rants about what an awful husband she has. New impressions are taken to make smaller earmolds. Two days later the wife returns alone with the hearing aids and demands a full refund.
How would you deal with the situation?