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jefmafnl
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Hearing aids

Post by jefmafnl » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:23 am

My mother (92) asked me to evaluate a particular brand of hearing aid for her. (She likes research before she actually tries a product, and she does not use the Internet.)

Is there an independent review site, or a (Boglehead-like) forum of hearing aid wearers?

Thanks!

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Re: Hearing aids

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by carolinaman » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:56 am

Costco is the largest hearing aid seller in the US. They have great prices. The ones I bought last were under their Kirkland brand name but I was told they were identical to the Resound brand at about 30% of the cost.

I too like to research major items I will purchase. I found it difficult with hearing aids because there are so many brands and it was hard to find unbiased reviews.

I commend her for her effort and hope it works well for her.

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by 123 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:29 pm

We have a family friend who is an "expert user" of hearing aids and has been for a very long time. She is very much into the mechanics and principles of how they work. One of the brands she really likes is Resound. From what I've heard talking to others Costco is a very good place to buy a hearing aid, price and service are hard to beat.

An easy way to get started with research is to find out what brands/models are available at your local Costco and then to research those, you may have to do some digging if they are clones of major brands but it will likely be worth it. Costco does a great job generally of carrying the best products in any particular category. When I have researched other products it turns out that most of the time the product/model most highly rated by Consumer Reports is carried by Costco.

The "latest" thing in hearing aids is to have them adjustable (frequencies to boost etc) by an app on a smartphone. If the intended user is not a smartphone user that could reduce the choices, maybe not for the better.

If you're not a member already the ability to get a hearing aid at Costco may well be worth the cost of membership.
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Re: Hearing aids

Post by CULater » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:12 pm

carolinaman wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:56 am
Costco is the largest hearing aid seller in the US. They have great prices. The ones I bought last were under their Kirkland brand name but I was told they were identical to the Resound brand at about 30% of the cost.

I too like to research major items I will purchase. I found it difficult with hearing aids because there are so many brands and it was hard to find unbiased reviews.

I commend her for her effort and hope it works well for her.
I think Costco carries the actual ReSound. Not the top model with all the bells. Great thing about Costco is that you can return aids within 6 months, so lots of time to try them out. Usually only get a couple weeks or so from hearing aid vendors.
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, The foresight to know where you're going, And the insight to know when you've gone too far. ~ Irish Blessing

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by Bs3Bound » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:00 pm

Not sure if she has any of the AARP Medicare plans but this company saved my grandma money.

https://www.hihealthinnovations.com

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by skierrex » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:37 pm

I have researched this previously.
My next pair will come from Costco.

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by Sasquatch » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:31 pm

I just got my first pair of hearing aids yesterday. I wanted to go with Costco but they dont carry CROS systems for single sided deafness so I had to go to an independent local dealer. Insurance paid $1750 and I had about $900 out of pocket.I got Phonak brand and I am shocked at how well they work. Time will tell if they hold up.

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by CULater » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:12 am

Sasquatch wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:31 pm
I just got my first pair of hearing aids yesterday. I wanted to go with Costco but they dont carry CROS systems for single sided deafness so I had to go to an independent local dealer. Insurance paid $1750 and I had about $900 out of pocket.I got Phonak brand and I am shocked at how well they work. Time will tell if they hold up.
I have Phonak CROS aids as well. The problem I experience with these and also with Siemens I tried is that the dead ear transmitter seems to amp up the high frequencies in the hearing ear considerably. They've been adjusted for this but the problem remains. Also, they are terrible in noisy environments since the dead ear transmitter seems to recruit all the noise and make things worse. How has your experience been?
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, The foresight to know where you're going, And the insight to know when you've gone too far. ~ Irish Blessing

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by Sasquatch » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:32 am

CULater wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:12 am
Sasquatch wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:31 pm
I just got my first pair of hearing aids yesterday. I wanted to go with Costco but they dont carry CROS systems for single sided deafness so I had to go to an independent local dealer. Insurance paid $1750 and I had about $900 out of pocket.I got Phonak brand and I am shocked at how well they work. Time will tell if they hold up.
I have Phonak CROS aids as well. The problem I experience with these and also with Siemens I tried is that the dead ear transmitter seems to amp up the high frequencies in the hearing ear considerably. They've been adjusted for this but the problem remains. Also, they are terrible in noisy environments since the dead ear transmitter seems to recruit all the noise and make things worse. How has your experience been?
Did the hearing specialist hook them up to the computer to tweak the high frequencies down?

I am on day 2 of ownership and very happy thus far. I have not been able to test them thoroughly yet. I mainly got them for riding as a passenger in the car as the left is the dead ear. I have been to a quiet store and they really helped hear the employee that rang up my order. So far they have addressed the two deficiencies that concern me quite well.

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Re: Hearing aids

Post by CULater » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:02 pm

Sasquatch wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:32 am
CULater wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:12 am
Sasquatch wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:31 pm
I just got my first pair of hearing aids yesterday. I wanted to go with Costco but they dont carry CROS systems for single sided deafness so I had to go to an independent local dealer. Insurance paid $1750 and I had about $900 out of pocket.I got Phonak brand and I am shocked at how well they work. Time will tell if they hold up.
I have Phonak CROS aids as well. The problem I experience with these and also with Siemens I tried is that the dead ear transmitter seems to amp up the high frequencies in the hearing ear considerably. They've been adjusted for this but the problem remains. Also, they are terrible in noisy environments since the dead ear transmitter seems to recruit all the noise and make things worse. How has your experience been?
Did the hearing specialist hook them up to the computer to tweak the high frequencies down?

I am on day 2 of ownership and very happy thus far. I have not been able to test them thoroughly yet. I mainly got them for riding as a passenger in the car as the left is the dead ear. I have been to a quiet store and they really helped hear the employee that rang up my order. So far they have addressed the two deficiencies that concern me quite well.
Yes, I've had that done. Because everything is fed into the good ear I think it multiplies things. About the only time I notice a benefit is when I'm in a relatively quiet environment and someone is speaking to me on the bad ear side. The Phonaks are configured so that I can adjust the relative volume up or down on each side, and sometimes it helps to adjust so that the volume is increased on the good ear side while decreasing it on the bad ear side.
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, The foresight to know where you're going, And the insight to know when you've gone too far. ~ Irish Blessing

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