I now better understand your situation, having worn the SIEs the last couple of months, and trying a pair of the Costco aids this evening.
I stopped by the Costco on my way home from work, and luckily was able to get a hearing test and demo the aids. At $1999 for the pair and $85 plus tax for the remote, I think they’re a nice setup. I decided to buy a pair and so far really like them. I have noticed that in quiet settings, I can cup my ears and get more feedback than I do with the SIEs, but in other situations, its no more feedback than the SIEs get when I do the same thing.
I’m using 10mm open domes with the integrated wax guards, and like how these fit and feel on and in my ears. They’re more comfortable than the SIEs, probably because I don’t need the sports lock (or canal retention or whatever piece) and they’re open domes instead of tulip domes.
I had them programmed for automatic, driving noise, speech in noise, and music. I like the driving noise mode, as it cuts the road noise but I can still hear the radio fine. And I like having a button on the aids, or the remote to change programs. But any rare volume changes will have to be done only with the remote.
My parents have each needed hearing aids for a while, and hopefully when they see these when I visit them this weekend, they’ll be pushed closer to going in for a hearing test and demo.
Its only been a few hours, but the Costco Kirkland RIC aids seem like they’re keepers.