I too have been wearing HAs for the past 20+ years, and the last 13 have been Starkeys. I went to my Audiologist last week to discuss my possibilities as mine current one are due for replacement. She recommended the Rexton Cobalt 16 which I believe are similar to the Kirkland 16, this recommendation came due to the amount of time I spend on my blackberry. I am hopeful that I can get ride of my headset with the Mini-Blu.
Hopefully we can compare note in a couple of weeks.
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With that hearing loss, almost any hearing aid would work for you. BTE brands with bluetooth possibilities include Oticon/Bernafon, Siemens/Rexton, Phonak/Unitron and Widex. At this stage, Starkey is the one without an inclusive bluetooth option although they do say something is in the works. But a 3rd party telecoil based bluetooth option is always possible with any hearing aid that has a telecoil.
The Rexton 16 and Kirkland 16 are the exact same thing according to the Costco rep. My concern with the Bluetooth is the issues reported on this board and others with the technology. But, I’m going to make the leap.
I had good results with the Kirklands, except for feedback. I understand feedback has been improved with the models they sell now. The Kirklands (Rexton/Siemens) have a lot of features and I’ve heard the new mini-Blu bluetooth device works well.
I switched to the Resounds because of feedback with the Kirklands and trying to stay in an open fit. I’m very happy with the Resounds! The bluetooth device for the Resound is probably not quite as good as the Kirklands but the hearing aid itself is probably a little better, but really, for the major brands, you are talking about very small differences in the hearing aids themselves (my opinion). The differences are in the setup and adjustments that you and your pro make.
I picked the new HA’s up on Thrusday. They are the Kirkland signatures but not the Rexton
's but the new ones the “Onyx”. Goes up to 75 db. More channels and has the T-Coil at the same price.
Pairing to the I-Phone was a easy. I also got the mini Blu RCU. Having the music go directly to the HA’s from the I-Phone has improved the quality of my life. I listen to internet radio, podcasts etc. with a push of a button.
I’ve not set up the streamer yet.
Love the HA’s so far. No feedback. Hearing things I’ve never heard in my life. Hearing conversations on the left and right side and beign able to distingish the sounds is something new for me. I’ve not has any feedback or any other issues so far.