Just a bit of background. I’m 43, last week I found out I have mild to moderate hearing loss. I made an appointment with Costco and the audiologist at my ENT for this week and got an appointment w/ Connect Hearing Monday.
At Costco they had me try the resound Preza’s. They seemed pretty good, walked around the store, talked to my wife and didn’t have to say “What!?!” 20x. The tech showed me the app and raved about how good it is. Videos on youtube seem to support this. I was a little disappointed I couldn’t have some sort of extended trial but I guess that’s just how it works at some or most places. $2600 for the pair didn’t seem too bad.
At the ENT the audiologist had me try Phonak Audeo Marvels. At first I thought they were up too high or something, things sounded a little tinny but the audiologist said that was normal and pointed out things may be more clear. I think she was right, and although I wasn’t walking through a costco I think they were more clear. I guess it could have been my imagination. Next I asked the audiologist about Costco mainly to lead into negotiating later on, I kind of predicted what she would say: “They aren’t audiologists in a medical environment could have worked anywhere in the warehouse before then got a promotion got training and now they are a tech”. “All hearing aids at Costco have at least 2 - 3 year old tech in them.” and a few others that don’t come to mind. Like I said I expected this. She then asked me if I was happy with them, I was so then she showed me the prices. I guess I was and wasn’t surprised at the pricing. They range from 6k to 2k per pair and didn’t seem to want to budge on price. They do include all followup visits but do require $350 for loss / damaged per ear.
Up next up is Connect Hearing. I see some posts about them price matching back in 2015, local reviews of the store near me seem to be great all around. I also see that there is a AAA discount off the retail price of all hearing aids at Connect Hearing as well as a 2 week trial and price matching. I’m not a member of AAA but I figure I can always join quickly for a year to save.
Does anyone have experience with Connect Hearing recently? Anything I should watch out for, do they deal much outside of the AAA deal? How many visits if any are included, and if they aren’t how much are they? Anything else that I’m missing / should consider?