I would like to share my experience with my search for purchasing a pair of hearing aids. Several months ago I went to an ear specialist who sent me to an Audi for testing. She was very thorough in her testing and of course I needed to get hearing aids. She programed a BTE open fit, Siemens for me and let me take it home for a trial period. Purchase price would be $4000. A two year warranty and 1year of free adjustments. After wearing them for several days I did not like them and so I returned them.
Then I went to Miracle Ear. The Audi there told me my hearing was much worse then the test results I had from the first Audi. He then tried to sell me a full shell and said the open fit was not right for me. He wanted $3800.00 plus $400.00 for making the molds. I thanked him for his time and left.
My third attempt at purchasing hearing aids took me to Costco. The Audi there tested me again and her results were very close to the first Audi. I asked her if I was a good candidate for open fits and she said absolutely.
She programed three different sets of hearing aids and laid them on the table in front of me. She said, one is a Siemens, one is a Rexton and one is a Bernafon. She did not tell me which was which though. She then told me that one brand costs $1599, one costs $1399 and one costs $1049. She again did not tell me which price went with what brand.
Then she had me put on the first pair and told me to go and walk around the Costco store, talk to some people, take notice of background noises, feedback, etc. and then come back to her. We did this with all three pairs of hearing aids.
Then she asked me which one I liked the best. I was sure that it would be the one that cost the most. But I was wrong. Out of the three that I tried the Swiss Ear made by Bernafon felt the most natural. My own voice did not sound amplified or distorted and the background noises were very subtle and yet I could hear the people voices very well. They also can be converted to the molds, for $35.00 each, should my hearing get worse in the future. So I purchased them. I have a 60 day money back trial period. It comes with a 3 year warranty for loss or damage. Free adjustments for the life of the hearing aid. Free tubes and tips for the life of the hearing aid. And should I move out of my current area, I can go to any Costco anywhere and have it serviced for free.
Total cost for two hearing aids. including 6 months supply of batteries, $2,118.75. Now I have always believed that you get what you pay for, but I have to tell you that these hearing aids work wonderful for me and I saved a ton of money.