P.S.-I’m also a runner, and it’s great to be able to answer a call if I need to without taking my phone out of my pocket!
This is great information @jonifoz concerning the Phonaks. My hearing loss is moderate, and so far the Oticon More’s seem to make it sound quite natural… but only if I turn it down a bit. I will have to demo the Phonaks to make a proper decision.
The Phonak P90 does everything you want, and it doesn’t matter what cell phone you have. I’ve never had a complaint from anyone regarding the quality of my voice. Additionally, they can be paired with eight different bluetooth devices, and connected to two.
Here are some differences between the P90 and Costco’s Kirkland 9.
The P90 is the KS10 in Costco.
Welcome to the Forum, whatdidtheysay. Six years ago, I decided I needed new hearing aids, so I started reading this forum and tried purchasing HAs online, since the prices were much lower than audiologist prices. I tried a couple of brands and was not happy, so I finally decided that I wanted to try Oticon OPN 1s. I found them at a legitimate online seller for around $3000, about half the price the local audiologists sell them for. I contacted the audiologist who first fitted me for hearing aids about 10 years earlier, and asked him if he would meet the price. He agreed to do that. So, I got audiologist support and the hearing aids I wanted at a reduced price. It will be interesting to see how this industry changes now that hearing aids can be sold over the counter.
I am a big fan of Costco and its hearing aid department. I did not buy from them last time because they did not have the HAs I wanted. They have a good range of hearing aids, including some that are very similar to the OPN1s (ask them), and some excellent Phonaks. Their models are not “this year’s models,” but it’s likely they are last year’s model. Compare to see what you need. Their policy for trialing the HAs cannot be beat. Most Costcos do not employ audiologists, but hearing specialists, who are quite knowledgeable.
I have not been wholly happy with these hearing aids. More than once I have wondered if the Oticon sound is just not for me. I had to write to the company about my hearing aids when the left one continually shut itself off and my audiologist sent them back 3 times and the problem wasn’t fixed. The company finally sent me a new pair of HAs and admitted the problem was a known glitch. I wonder how many wearers didn’t know that? I was working with an audiologist who was not an expert with Oticons, and I felt they never worked well. Recently I started to see a new audiologist who is knowledgeable, so I hope I can keep these for a while.
Good luck on finding the aids that work for you.
Hi, Oticon just released the 1.4 firmware last week and handsfree calling works great with my iphone. Haven’t tried it yet on android. The oticon More is the best sounding aid out there. I don’t totally agree with their philosophy to give you all the information and let your brain sort out the background info. They don’t have the best noise canceling, because they don’t believe in it. I find the Starkey evolv to work much better in noise, but, the audio quality isn’t close to the Oticon. Give the 1.4 firmware a try.
99% sure it’s not available on Android, the hands free option.
Not really. Until Phonak and Resound just released their new models, the Costco equivalents were top current aids.
Thanks for correcting that!
I am currently using More loaners while my Oticon OPN S pair are in the shop. I am wondering if Oticons are best for me because of their focus on " their philosophy to give you all the information and let your brain sort out the background info" as you said, David. Maybe my brain has a hard time sorting out the noise. I hear much bettter with the loaners because there were lots of distortions in my pair of HAs. I will be looking at Phonak, probably from Costco, for my next pair of hearing aids.
Does the audiologist have to apply the firmware when my hearing aids come back from Oticon?
Oticon has NOT issued a firmware update to the OPN S aids.
The last update was 8.0, and that was at least 2.5 years ago.
Of course not! No money in it for them! Thanks.
TBH, they did support the OPN & OPN s Velox processor for about 5 years, but all the while they were in development of the Polaris Processor being used in the current More & OWN product.
They’ve actually released 3 f/w updates so far for the Polaris.
s’ all good, man!
Hi, the firmware update I referred to was only for the More, not your Opn S’s. I had the Opn s and I like the Mores a lot “more”. Aids from costco can be great if fit correctly. Since you have been a user give them a trial and see what you think. For listening to music or tv I think the More’s are fantastic, however, they are kind of useless in a restaurant setting in my opinion. Good luck!
Thanks! I did try some Resounds through Costco once, but they were too “hot” for me and I returned them. I will definitely try Costco again when I need new hearing aids, because their prices are fair. I would really like to find some hearing aids that allow me to enjoy a restaurant meal with friends.