Is there anyone out there that can compare/contrast both the KS9 and the Philips/Oticon from Costco? I’m not sure what to do here. Was in the store the other day and was told that all HA appointments are on hold until we’re past COVID19 and the stores are allowed to deal with the public again. I’m expiring on my trial time with the KS9 in early May and am not 100% in love with them. Was thinking of trying the Philips/Oticon instead but I can’t order them, even if I’d like to, everything is on hold with the HA department. I had the original Brio that I was very happy with. Was spliiting hairs over whether to go with the KS9 or the Philips, chose the KS9. It’s not bad but not great. Sometimes I hear things when in theory I should have trouble (noisy restaurant) yet my husband can be in the same room and I can’t make out what he’s saying, very frustrating. My tech keeps trying to push me into keeping them. I’ve been at 70%-80% of target, now set at 92% of target and I still turn them down. Washing your hands should not sound like Niagara Falls! Louder doesn’t necessarily do it, and I was told I don’t need a new hearing test – frustration! It’s the making out of the sounds that is sometimes the issue, not necessarily the volume.
On top of this, the new Brio 4 finally made it’s way into the store rather quietly. I saw them, they’re slightly larger, still not rechargeable, I believe it now has telecoil, was told the wire from the HA to the ear is slightly different (“a bit more noticeable”, it was not attached on the demo) and bottom line, has the same processor as the KS9 so theoretically should sound the same? I didn’t get the pricing, it may be on the Costco website.
So… with all of that… any comments? Anyone have either of these HA’s and love them? Suggestions for my tech person? Thanks a lot!