Update...do not buy used hearing Aids off Ebay, Costco


#63

They do offer Phonaks and ReSound, as well as their private brand. But they do not include features that I consider mandatory. Tried a pair of the ReSound aids that were priced at $2,500.00. They didn’t have feedback control and squealed even when I bought earmolds. The earmolds were a joke: the receivers stuck out of the back of the earmold 1/8 inch because the specialist didn’t know how to make the impressions. They also were also painful. The RIC wires were too long, and bulged away from my ear. When I used the “knife and fork” (restaurant), it didn’t do much of anything. I’ve owned 20+ pair, and never had this many problems. I returned them.


#64

the first thing I did with the (Costco)ks6 pair I bought on ebay was put new batteries in them and put them in my ears–that was not gonna work!! The previous owner and I apparently had hearing lost not remotely similar.


#65

The Costco aid programming software is not available to other than Costco.


#66

Been mentioned in numerous other threads. This applies only to KS5 and KS6 and other Costco Resound models. KS7, KS8, Phonaks, Bernafons and Rextons are not locked to Costco software.


#67

As a followup to my original post, I shopped eBay and found a pair of Oticon opn1’s for $2,500.00. They came with a one year warranty (which I paid for) and a no-questions-asked return policy for 30 days. The price included programming and I sent in the report I received at Costco. I have owned them for about a year with no problems. No, I don’t dare return them to Oticon because they will confiscate them. (I was told this by an Audiologist who worked for a traditional practice. Not sure it is true.) Previously I was told by a Starkey factory representative that Starkey would not confiscate them unless they were a pair that were given to a person as a replacement for lost or stolen aids covered under warranty. That may be true, but determining the source might be difficult if you buy on the Internet. Nevertheless, I will never buy hearing aids at full retail unless the pricing becomes reasonable. The opn1’s are working great! What I have found is a good Audiologist who sells for a reasonable price and is located in the US.


#68

That is why you need a hearing test done and the hearing aids adjusted to your loss. There are companies other than audiology practices that will adjust your hearing aids properly,