I purchased my first pair of hearing aids in 2010 from Costco - Kirkland brand and have been disappointed ever since. I am now back to Costco after several adjustments and was recently told by a Costco employee that the Kirkland was so inexpensive was that Costco was buying product with old technology. He went on to inform me that Costco now buys product with current technology. The Kirkland 5.0 Premium brand BTE is $1900. The Phonak Brio is $2700 and the Rexton Quintra, Finesse 2 & Charismo 2 are $2800.
When I checked out the Phonak and Rexton websites these names wee not listed. I recognize that Costco would have these manufactures provide product names that help them differentiate but it makes it difficult to qualify whether these products are budget priced lines or high performance. In my search I am looking for “VALUE” not “Cheap” BTE basic product that gives the best hearing experience with the latest technology without all the expensive add-ons.
I would appreciate anyone’s input on what I should be looking for and how to best qualify brands and products available.