I was unable to go to Costco today because of time constraints. Drive time to Costco with traffic is over an hour from where I reside (FLORIDA). However, I did visit two other hearing aid centers (mom & pops type businesses). They were very informative and did NOT use any high-pressure sales tactics. They both told me that RIC hearing aids were best; just as forum members have mentioned. They even showed me very small RIC hearing aids. With all said, at this point, I am considering IIC and CIC hearing aids. I am considering CIC hearing aids because of the added technology. I am also considering them because some CIC aids sit deeper in the canal of the ear and aren’t as noticeable. With the aforementioned stated, I still don’t feel comfortable with over the ear hearing aids. I’m sure that will change with age or experience or both. After all, most people with hearing difficulties will experience further hearing loss throughout their lifetime.
I have an appointment at Audibel tomorrow (it’s closer to my home) and will see if I will have time to make it to Costco. No matter what, I will be making a visit to Costco.
After speaking to a Costco representative over the phone, they informed me that their IIC hearing aids are $1399 each and have what I believe is a 3-year warranty which includes loss prevention (I don’t have the warranty information in front of me). However, the representative stated that many people look at their IIC’s and think that the IIC will be the same size as what’s on view. However, he warned me that the size could be larger depending on my ear canal shape. I wish manufacturers had clear pics of what their hearing aid would look like at different angles when worn; some do and some don’t.
I will NOT be making a decision until I contact Costco and ZipHearing and hear further suggestions and experiences from forum members. I will not be actually buying hearing aids until the end of January to early February.
Does anyone have experience using Beltones IIC Micro Invisa hearing aids? (I have private messaged others in the forum that have posted about the aforementioned H.A.'s but have yet to receive a response)
Does anyone have experience using Costco’s Resound IIC Cala Hearing aids?
[SIZE=2]I’m seeking the best of both world’s, but I know that I may not get what I want. However, I at least want to make sure that I have done my home-work. I am conflicted as to what to choose which is probably normal. May I add, I’m also angered [/SIZE]:mad:[SIZE=2] by the prices of H.A.'s. I can only imagine what a self-conscience child would feel like who’s parents could not afford a smaller, less noticeable hearing aid [/SIZE]:([SIZE=2].
I am appreciative of everyone’s help! [/SIZE] I will continue to read your suggestions and experiences and update everyone!
Btw, if I do not respond to your comment, it’s because I’m new to the forum (previously not actively participating) and may not know all of the functionalities of the forum and have noticed that I do not always receive notice via email that someone has responded. As an added note, I also have vision problems.
Thanks again everyone! I appreciate your input!