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Etstorm

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I got mine at Costco, for less than half the,price of the “hearing specialists “

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Etstorm wrote:

I got mine at Costco, for less than half the,price of the “hearing specialists “


Yep that is what I did.

Back story is that I went to an audiologist that my Doctor recommended. They ordered in my hearing aids for a nifty $4,000. Went to pick them up and one didn't work so they sent them back. While I was waiting for the replacements I went to Costco, got a test, (and the results were same as the audiologist test) and walked out with a pair, in ears, for $2,000.

Several months later back at the Doctor for followup and he was giving his stamp of approval on my new ears. I told him my story.

His dad had recently got new ears ($5000) and had dropped one. While looking for it it got stepped on, totaled. They brought back to the audiologist and they replaced the broken one for $500. Like doctor said "Now we know what they really cost."

Mine are 9 years old, but for the first five years I only wore them on weekends, as I worked in a fairly noisy environment. Last time I had a retest at Costco they said no change in my hearing. And my hearing aid were now obsolete so take care of them.

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My comments have nothing to do with buying hearing aids, but in case you don’t know, there is a company or service where you can donate used hearing aids, much like the program sponsored by the Lions Club for used eyeglasses. I did not know that. When my mother passed away several years ago, I wanted to donate her hearing aids. I asked my audiologist if there was such a service. He said that there was, and to bring the hearing aids to him. A few weeks later I received a letter from a company thanking me for donating them, and stating what they were actually worth if I wanted to deduct that amount on my taxes. I apologize in advance that I do not remember the name of the company/service, but I think your audiologist would would know.

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First are your aids in the ear or behind the ear? If in the ear do your aids have a hole in them if so and you are having feedback issues plug the hole the sound is coming out the hole and causing the feed back. My last two pairs were ordered with out the hole and I get almost no feedback another option is to have them go a little deeper in the canal, I had that done on my last pair, it helped a lot. It is best to go to an audiologist that knows what they are doing most chain aid people sell aids the way the company wants them sold, go to some one that has more than one brand to sell you. I haven't used Costco but have heard good things about them and have also found they have better batteries they last almost a day longer than most name brands.


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In my view the key is working with a good audiologist that will work with you and make the necessary adjustments to fit your individual situation. There are many good aids on the market but it is critical that they be fitted and adjusted correctly. I just replaced my 10 year old aids this week and am very impressed with how the new aids work. The new technology seems to have made many advances over the last few years. Mine are Oticon--the same as my old ones. They are not cheap but insurance helps. Not sure if medicare covers any of the cost but you may want to check out whatever health insurance you have.

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I have been wearing hearing aids since the early 70's and have found the price you paid to be a bit excessive compared to some of the ones I have had . My first pair were the old analog kind that completely filled the ear cavity. Those cost me around $3000 and lasted for about 24 years! They were Oticon brand

The next two pair were also Oticon but were behind the ear type. They were a huge improvement in both sound and comfort but only lasted about 7 or 8 years. If I remember correctly they cost over $4000 for the pair,

My last two pair of BTE aids were from the VA. They did not cost me anything other than the many years of service in the Army but are the best aids I have ever had. They are top of the line Phonak aids with bluetooth for phone and TV connections. I love them and recommend them highly whether you have to purchase them or not. I am sure there are other brands that are good also but these are the ones I will stick with.

Also, be aware that the smaller the aid, the smaller the battery. I get a week out of my P13 (orange) batteries. My wife only gets about 5 or 6 days out of her 312 size (brown) batteries. We purchased her Phonak BTE aids from a local Audiologist and both of us wear them all waking hours.
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You won't get very long life from the hearing aid batteries if you frequently use the Bluetooth adjustments and phone connection. Those take the batteries down pretty quickly. I get about 8 days out of my Oticon BTE with size 312, and about 10-12 days with my Resound and size 13 batteries. Less usage of the Bluetooth will result in longer battery life.

My audiologist says that Phonak, Oticon, and one other I can't remember are the most natural sounding aids, with Resound, Starkey, and Miracle Ear as the sharpest and loudest, i.e. harshest sound. And she's right. My Oticons sound much more natural than the Resounds I have from Costco. But they are over twice the price.


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When I first got hearing aids, I went in for the final fitting/ tune up. As I was leaving the office, they handed me a pamphlet. She said give this to your wife.

It said your loved one has a hearing problem.
Look directly at them when speaking
Speak slowly and clearly
Speak loudly

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I asked her why she didn’t just give me the pamphlet instead of Hearing aids that cost $5k?

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I need that pamphlet.

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Etstorm wrote:

I got mine at Costco, for less than half the,price of the “hearing specialists “


Same here. Very satisfied and the aids cost 1600. Great trial period (6 months) too.

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