I tried HA’s from Costco (in the warehouse) and then a few hours later tried the Agil Pros in the same ware house. The audiologist at Costco then let swap the resounds back and forth with the Agils pros while I walked around different areas the store. I made it a point to talk to as many people in as many different areas of the store so I could get an accounting of both sets of HA’s performance.
The Costco aids seemed to be more harsh and amplified more noise than the Agil pros. My voice sounded substantially amplified and mechanical sounding with the Costco HAs which I did not experience with the Agil Pros.
Imagine a graph that contains sharp abrupt peaks and valleys. This is how I would characterize the Costco HA’s sound. Now take this same graph and rolled off the peaks and valleys and improve the sound clarity in the middle volumes with a reduction in noise and this is how I would characterize the Agil Pros.
Without question, both HA’s can be tweaked adjusted and probably setup to be excellent solutions for a variety of losses. I would have loved to save three thousand dollars buying the Costco HA’s instead of the Oticons, but I just felt more comfortable with the entire Oticon package. From the audiologist, ability to trial them for weeks, initial sound quality and lastly my gut feeling.
I personally believe that Costco could potentially be even more successful in the HA market if they developed and rolled out a functional trial program.
Of course this is just my opinion though. I have no idea what the challenges of the hearing aid industry are. :rolleyes: