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    I lost one HA and looking for a less expensive option than going to my audiologist to replace. I think I need in the ear because of the degree of my loss but if anyone has another opinion, please let me know. So for an in the ear, it seems Costco has limited options. Does anyone have an experience with Costco in the ear? Thank you.

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    The RIC aids have pretty much done away with the different aid for different loss. In one form factor they service all losses with different power, interchangeable receivers. When power is needed they actually are less obtrusive than the larger canal aids that address loss

    I have seen a large assortment of canal aids in the Costco display case. The reason that they aren't discussed is because few people want them.
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    Oh dear, I have a lot to learn. Had to look up what RIC meant. Thank you for helping to educate me.

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    Now days you can normally find the type of aid you are most comfortable with for your hearing loss. Myself I like my ITE aids. But that is just what I am comfortable with. The key to wearing aids is get what you find comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meddie View Post
    So for an in the ear, it seems Costco has limited options.
    Costco carries a wide range of in-the-ear devices. You can get IIC all the way to Full Shell, from multiple brands. And many devices are powerful enough to fit losses in the profound range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meddie View Post
    I lost one HA and looking for a less expensive option than going to my audiologist to replace. I think I need in the ear because of the degree of my loss but if anyone has another opinion, please let me know. So for an in the ear, it seems Costco has limited options. Does anyone have an experience with Costco in the ear? Thank you.
    we need an audiogram to make a recommendation. does not matter how old it is.

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    Probably the last hearing aid design that would be "needed" would be an In-The-Ear design, as the success of this design depends the physical dimensions of a person's ear canal. You likely can choose a design of hearing aid that you like the looks of, however if an In-The-Ear design is not suitable for you, it is likely that a BTE, Mini-BTE, RIC or OE hearing aid would be.

    I work for a company that sells hearing aids online for prices between $299-$499 per hearing aid. If you would like to email me a copy of your audiogram I would be happy to recommend hearing aids that are well suited to your hearing loss.

    audiogram@clearlyhearing.com

    I also wrote an article last year that was originally aimed at helping children in their 50's and 60's purchase hearing aids online for their aging parents, however many customers trying to navigate the hearing aid marketplace have found the information in this article educational.

    https://www.clearlyhearing.com/blogs...hearing-parent

    Quote Originally Posted by meddie View Post
    I lost one HA and looking for a less expensive option than going to my audiologist to replace. I think I need in the ear because of the degree of my loss but if anyone has another opinion, please let me know. So for an in the ear, it seems Costco has limited options. Does anyone have an experience with Costco in the ear? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meddie View Post
    I lost one HA and looking for a less expensive option than going to my audiologist to replace. I think I need in the ear because of the degree of my loss but if anyone has another opinion, please let me know. So for an in the ear, it seems Costco has limited options. Does anyone have an experience with Costco in the ear? Thank you.


    I agree, RIC style aids can be fit to any degree of loss. In terms of price, Costco and Sam's Club are about the same, and both are much cheaper than your typical audiologist. As far as Sam's Club goes, you can get a super power receiver in a custom canal mold (doesn't need a full shell) with the 64 and 96 channel models of RIC. There are also a variety of sizes of custom in the ear models as well. I'm not as familiar with the Costco lines available, but I think their website has pretty decent information about what's available.
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