It is time to upgrade my 10 year old Siemens Motion 700s. My hearing loss is becoming more severe as I age and the old Siemens just were not cutting it. I contacted a local hearing aid dispensor in Windsor and trialed a pair of Widex Evoke 440s and had to make a decision to purchase in 14 days. While the Widex aids did improve my hearing they did a lot of strange thing connectivity wise. I also felt pressured by the audiologist and the 7000 dollar price tag made me proceed with caution. I ended up returning them primarily due to the cost although I liked the overall improvement and loved the bluetooth function, even if it was somewhat quirky. I also questioned the “service fee, dispensing fee and shipping fee” that made up almost 2500 dollars of the total price. She said that they were just being up front about the cost. Regardless that is a lot of money for fees especially since they are already making a healthy profit on the hearing aids themselves. The hearing test for the trial only lasted about five minutes which I thought was pretty short. I did have a more in depth hearing test done a year ago so she may have been relying on the results of that test.
The other issue was service on the aids since we spend six months of the year in the US. I would have had to ship the devices back to Canada for repair.
I ended up doing a bunch of research on this forum and others and decided to make the two hour trip to Costco in London, Ontario. Wow. The hearing test was in depth and completed by an Audiologist. No “fees” and the Kirlands came to a total of $2150. I also orded the SmartMic. The “loss” warranty was the same and the device warranty was a year less than the local clinic. All that at about a third the cost of the local hearing clinic. With the ADP funding 1000 dollars and my private insurance payout of 500, I will be out of pocket just over 700 compared to 5500 at the local clinic. I just need to wait three weeks for the aids to come in. And any Costco in Canada or the US will service them. There is a Costco Hearing Center a short drive from where we spend the winters. So far the Costco experience was very positive. Hopefully the Kirklands will work out for me as they have for many of the folks on this forum.