After reading about rumors of new aids at Costco, I asked my fitter about them. Today, he told me that they will be introduced on March 2. They are called ‘Rexton Cobalt Bluetoot’. They are going to retail for $3699. The fitter did not sound very enthusiastic about them. He was told to allow for at least an hour to set up the bluetooth. He also said that he read 5 reviews from users and 4 of them gave it a negative review.
He said that in a memo he received, that they would need to set realistic expectation for members. . . . that members (customers) needed to be aware of the shortcomings of bluetooth connections and the technology was not perfect. The bluetooth connection is through a device worn around the neck that also served as a microphone.
Other than the bluetooth, he thought there may be more channels (16 compared to 12), but he didn’t think they were all that different than the Kirkland Signature Premiums.
I have a Blueant wireless headset that works fine with my aids, as long as I am careful when I take it off. I don’t think I am willing to spend another $1700 to get a set of HAs that replace an $80 investment. If you’re interested ask your Costco fitter.