Come on, it's been 2 days already....
I started a thread about the Acrivas in early April. I didn't get much of a response, which was discouraging for a newbie.
I've kept checking back and doing a search for Acriva/Costco since. They've been available in Canada and elsewhere.
There was nothing new here until Ziplock revived the thread recently.
Costco has just gotten them in, but only the BTE model and my Costco fitter doesn't know when the RIC are going to be available, he says, "Maybe months".
I'm going tomorrow for my hearing test and will trial the Acriva BTE aid. I plan to turn them in when RIC model becomes available, or do without and wait if the end of my 90 day trial is nearing it's end.
I will definitely keep you updated.
I haven't had aids for a long time though I obviously need them.
This audio-gram is from the end of 2011:
Possible interesting development: On the "Hearing Aid Styles" page of the Costco web site you can click on the link that says "Better hearing starts now". Up until a couple of days ago that link took you to an ad for the Bernafon Chronos. For the last couple of days clicking on that link takes you to a page with no information on it. Could that mean that Costco is about to redesign that page to feature the Acriva? If so, that would seem to bode well for national availability soon.
I was at Costco today and will have the Acriva a week from Thursday.
Sorry to Hearingaidhelper, I was wrong when I said "not from Costco" refering to the RITE, not knowing that it's the same as what I call a RIC.
They have both the RITE and the BTE available now.
I forgot to ask if it was the Acriva 9 or 7.
Does anyone know? or is it a different model for Costco.
I'm looking forward to receiving them. The Bernafon is the only manufacturer that make a microphone that will fit in my very narrow ear canal.
Ok after about a week with a pair Acriva 9 Nano RITE's, the sound quality on them is very good. Their new noise reduction system works quite nicely allowing conversations to come through dispite the noise.
Their Live Music program works quite well for live and recorded music playback. The Soundgate 2 works well for cell phone calls, but music playback through streaming is somewhat lacking in richness of sound.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Acriva's.
Let me know if you have specific questions.
HearingAidHelper, To repeat my earlier question: In your opinion is the Acriva a quantum leap forward in performance (especialy in speech-in-noise) from the Bernafon Chronos, or is it only a slight improvement? How about compared to the Resound Alera/Forza? Thank you for your very helpful comments.
Bernafon compared to Resound is also a very subjective comparison, and thus a difficult one to make. I personally did not like the Resound Alera line, but the Resound Verso seems to be better. Their speech in noise processing ability is quite good.
Let me know if there are more questions.