Couldn’t agree more that the purchase decision shouldn’t be based on price alone. I’ve checked out a “one-brand” store (I’d rather keep saying “huh?” than buy from them), I’ve been to Costco, and I’ve got an appointment with an independent audiologist tomorrow. I’ve exchanged several emails with the audiologist and am looking forward to the appointment and her recommendations.
Here’s a comparison of Costco and what I know about the audiologist:
Costco: First appointment: Two day wait to get a time outside my working hours. Nearly two hours in length. $0 cost.
Audi: First appointment: Ten day wait, during working hours. One hour is scheduled. $75 cost.
Costco: Evening and Saturday hours. This is important as I’m undergoing daily radiation for a sarcoma and need to be at work as much as possible outside of treatment.
Audi: Mostly weekday hours.
Costco: 90 day money back guarantee.
Audi: 45 day money back guarantee.
Costco: Unlimited adjustments.
Costco: Recommended aid was the Rexton Quintra, $1299.99 each.
Audi: Don’t know what she’ll recommend, but let’s say it’s the Rexton Strata 18 2c, which I understand is nearly identical to the Quintra. The price through TruHearing MembersPlus is is $1895.00 each.
I’m not a professional like you, but it looks like by going to the audiologist I’d be paying nearly $600 an aid for a shorter return period and less convenient hours. The audiologist has a degree, of course, but the Costco HIS has over ten years’ experience. She did a quick program on a pair of Quintras and let me walk around the store and listen to my car stereo for 15 minutes, and they sounded better than I imagined hearing aids would sound. (Based on my earlier visit to the “name-brand” store.) So I have to believe that she could quickly get a pair of Quintras dialed in for me, should I decide to go that route.
So tell me what extra benefits would I be getting from the audiologist for the extra expense?