CVS Pharmacy has added audiologist-staffed hearing centers within seven of its store locations in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area, and plans to expand to a total of 50 locations by the end of 2017, according to an article in Drug Store News.
The audio centers, which are located adjacent to pharmacies and are about the same size as MinuteClinics, will offer hearing assessments and hearing aid consultation services for patients needing treatment, the article said.
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Source: Drug Store News
locations for CVS pharmacy offering hearing aid support.
Where are some possibilities for new Hearing Centers in CVS’s in the Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsboro counties in Florida.
Oh the naysayers. Costco and Sam’s can’t do it either. The distribution channels and pricing for hearing aids are changing. Kodak didn’t think their markets would change so soon either. Seachange coming.
As good as CVS is at the one-time encounter it will be interesting to see how they adapt to managing a highly personal, often deeply imbeded chronic condition in an older population who will demand more than just an accurate prescription refill. I know the argument will be that they manage the complexity of medication but they will be in for a wake up in managing technology for the older patient. They think it’s about access and price – in short order they will know its about so much more.
As an 84-year-old, I think I fall into the “older population” Scott referred to. I was a walk-in with curiosity because I suspected my hearing was not aa good as it used to be. I was pleasantly received, my questions courteously answered, the test administered, the results explained, and options also explained. There was no sales pressure. All decisions were left for me to make, based on my results. I got my hearing aids 4 days later, and was guided as I installed the batteries (not watched someone else do it) and put them on. I was taught how to store them to save battery life, and how to clean them. I was delighted with the service and the results of getting my hearing aids.