Hi everyone. HA virgin here. This forum is AWESOME. Thx in advance.
I’ve had mild hearing loss since childhood, but just now (age 64) doing something about it, as it’s gotten progressively worse (shocking, rite?)
Mom was hard of hearing, and 2 older brothers have hearing aids, so it’s a family thing it seems.
In general, I’m in very good health. I eat well and exercise regularly.
I went to an ENT, who examined me and then sent me to their audiologist (same bldg.) to get tested. Here are the results.
Freq - 250 - 500 - 750 - 1K - 2K - 3K - 4K - 6K - 8K
– R – 20 – 50 - 55 - 55 - 60 - 60 - 60 - 65 - 75
– L – 10 – 35 - 40 - 45 - 55 - 60 - 70 - 80 - 85
SRT dB HL
- R 50
- L 30
WRS / SRS 1 % – dB HL - [m]
--------- R 88 - 95 ---- 
--------- L 92 - 70
PTA AI (%)
---- R 17
---- L 34
After the above test results, he sent me for an MRI, which came back negative.
Audiologist is recommending Oticon Vera2 Pro MiniRight, at $4400/pair, and I’m not feeling comfortable, because… 1) This is the only brand suggested, with little discussion of features, and 2) the price seems high, based on many posts on this forum.
My insurance (Aetna) DOES cover hearing aids, up to $3K every 3 years. (I think that’s an In-Network amount.)
So… My next stop is Costco, based on numerous recommendations. I plan to give them my test results, and see what they recommend.
Does anyone have experience with Costco in the Philadelphia area, and can recommend a particular location and/or individual?
The Costco’s within range are (in order of closest): King of Prussia, Montgomeryville, Warminster, Mt. Laurel (not convenient), Pottstown (not convenient either, but better than Mt. Laurel NJ).
Of course, any other suggestions / feedback would be graciously accepted