That’s why I decided to spring for the Quattro. When Costco switched from Forte to Vida and didn’t announce any future potential direct Android stereo streaming for the Vida, I decided to stop waiting. When @Bryan9 mentioned that the Quattro could handle sudden sharp noises better than 3Ds/Fortes (GN Hearing introduces ReSound LiNX Quattro), I decided as the family dishwasher, I’d like to have that feature, too. And I figured that I might not have a whole bunch of years ahead of me anyway so I might as well start enjoying improved hearing sooner rather than later after waiting for the next big thing that perhaps never arrives soon enough for me. The possibility of DIY with the Quattros somewhere down the road vs. not being able to do so with Costco’s ReSound offerings was also something in the back of my mind.
TruHearing is pretty open about their prices (none of the “Call for Price, Too Low to Mention” cr-p). Although they make the prices hard to find the better to try to sell their own private label brand. They have a very nice filtering web catalog: Hearing Aid Catalog (scroll down to the very bottom of their Home Page to find the link). The Quattro 9 61 is $2,195 EACH BUT you have to pay $175 extra for the charger. It’s listed as a required “accessory.” That’s a bit of a joke (although to be fair, disposable batteries are part of the REAL price of any non-rechargeable hearing aid and all the years you’ll have to buy them are never included in the price-so perhaps omitting the recharger cost for the 61’s price is an attempt to level the cost comparison playing field?). Better news on the Phone Clip+. That’s $180 from TruHearing vs. Costco’s special order price of $206. The TV2 streamer, though, is quoted as $320 from TruHearing vs. $266 via Costco special order, if I got all the prices right. Since I get $1,000 per ear every three years from my supplementary Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Texas plan that makes my out-of-pocket cost for the Quattros (with charger) about $2,600 vs the approximately $500-$600 or so I’d be paying for Costco HA’s after subtracting my insurance (not checking if chargers are an extra at Costco for the Vida’s-but the ZPower batteries only last about a year and you’d be going through a bunch of those over the years at $27 or so a piece, one for each ear).
Thanks for the great review of your ReSound experience, Tim. Happening to read about your and Bryan9’s experiences first got me interested in the Forte’s and then Google’s announcement of support for the Quattro’s helped steer me in that direction, along with glowing comments about the Quattro by others on this site. It’ll be interesting to see how it all works out and whether it’s really worth the additional expense.