Membership Plans

General Membership

$ 25 *Annual Cost
  • Rewards at the end of the year if profitable
  • Ability to contribute in forum
  • Ability to sell used hearing products and aids to other members
  • Some discounts
  • You can earn points that you can spend when you complete a purchase
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5-Year Membership

$ 100 *5 Year cost
  • Rewards at the end of the year if profitable
  • Ability to contribute in forum
  • Ability to sell used hearing products and aids to other members
  • Some discounts
  • You can earn points that you can spend when you complete a purchase

Membership

Let’s take ownership of our Hearing Health Care Space – A cooperative?

New E-commerce (website) company called “Hears Hearing & Hearables”

How many of you have joined a business membership?

Maybe a warehouse-type place or a store that you want to support or frequent often?  Earlier when we first started Hears Hearing & Hearables we wanted to form a Coop.  I have joined a few Cooperatives but never really knew a great deal about it.  Like a neighborhood grocery store.  Maybe because groceries are a commodity, and you can go anywhere to get the basic groceries like eggs, milk, and bread.   Did you know that when you joined you were part owner?  Yes, you got a check back and it covered your cost of membership and you also got a little discount on the groceries.   Memberships are similar to Coops, except when you join, you are not part-owner and you do not get a vote.

Co-ops have been around in one form or another for centuries.  The general idea is that the members of the co-op own, control, and use the products and /or services.  The goal is to provide members and customers with the best possible product or service at the best price.  Many who created a co-op did so with others who share common values; a desire to work toward a common goal to create a place where people are placed above profit.  It is a business model that creates shared prosperity; allowing more people to participate in the economy.

While you may have seen a co-op grocery or your utility company, they do exist for healthcare.  Yes, healthcare.  Can you think of an area of the economy where people need to be placed above profit?  However, the healthcare industry is about profit.   Republican, Independent, or Democrat, most people believe our healthcare system is not working.  Now, we are not equipped to take on the entire industry, although I have tried, maybe in our little corner of the world, we can make things better—for all of us.

The idea of the Coop is so interesting and we looked into starting Hears Hearing & Hearables to be a coop.  We spoke with legal counsel and sadly, the concept we have for helping members with the shared support of hearing health care providers does not support the coop model.  It is because the two-member types are not synonymous even though both want what is best for the consumer/patient.

In general then, Hears Hearing & Hearables will support the hearing health care community running as an LLC; membership for those who want to join to get the discounts, rewards, and profit at the end of the year.

 

Hearing health care is changing.

Here is what we know and see so far in the marketplace.

  • What I know is that more hearing aids are going to be sold online by various companies pushing one product.  There will be an audiologist that will dispense them online with the advent of telehealth.  The audiologist will be licensed in the state you are purchasing your aids.  (Don’t worry, there will still be some audiologists that offer brick and mortar service, but fewer).
  • Health care insurance will continue to push you to the 3rd party administrator which is owned and operated by the insurance companies or the manufacturers of hearing aid.
  • Venture capitalists are getting richer.
  • Large corporations are getting richer.
  • The health care and service industries are suffering.
  • People aren’t always getting the service they need.
  • There will be many new products on the marketplace including but not limited to Over-the-counter hearing aids for mild hearing loss, Hearables, and other accessories.

We have learned a lot about membership-type programs as we study what is important to us, the professional, the employee, and of course the consumer.  Here are a few of the benefits to joining the membership, of something you care about, your ears, and hearing.

  1. To do what is best for the members, providing what they need
  2. To provide the best pricing with a larger membership
  3. To provide rewards, discounts, and even profits if they are available at the end of the year.
  4. To keep the benefits local and support the community
  5. Keep the professional providing good service as they will also benefit as does the consumer
  6. Provide the best products and services to help all
  7. Keep educating people on why hearing is more important than many people think.  To learn what is important in this industry without marketing one brand, one insurance; the one size fits all approach. This is for all.
  8. Help others feel safe in a marketplace that doesn’t want to just make money.
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