I had the 71 dB receiver in the mold and it looked very robust. I don’t know how fragile the receivers or the cords are, but a fair number of readers here have reported very short lived receivers and/or cords. So I just felt vulnerable, but that might have been irrational.
With the ReSound, I have 65 dB receivers, which seem adequate if not ample. I have custom molds, but the receivers are easily removed from the molds for service.
When they priced out my aids, they first deducted the cost of standard receivers from the aids, and then added the high power receivers and molds as separate line items.
So the cost of the receiver in the mold was $100 each.
Speaking of prices though, personally, I can easily afford what I need, and I don’t mind paying. Even the $6000 I was quoted from the Starkey dealer honestly didn’t trouble me as it easily fits into my budget.
But when the prices are kept secret and car dealer tactics are used, I feel like I’m being used. I hate the idea that prices can’t be even discussed within earshot of another customer (he would take me into the sound-proof room whenever $$$ was discussed)
At Costco, the prices are right there on display. Everybody knows them. Nobody is ashamed of it. Everyone pays the same price; everybody gets the same service.
Not that I think that Costco is necessarily best. But there I was treated with complete fairness by a professional who felt no need to wheel and deal.