There is so much hype about hearing aids and brands.
I went to audiologists and they recommend the Siemens Aris 2, at about $2500 each.
Costco tells me they have the same thing that is made Rixton ( I may have the spelling wrong) which Costco sells as the Kirkland Signature, at about $2500 for a pair. Costco says the same technology and chips are in the Kirkland as in the Siemens model.
Does anyone know if this is right or wrong or where one can find out about the accuracy of what this guy at Costco is saying?
rexton is a siemens brand so does AM and electone..
rexton should be a value brand...
i would not be surprise if siemens did manf. HI for costco-..
try to get something better, perhaps Bernafon Move perhas GN xplore or GN ziga which should be sold at costco
Hearing aid hype
Thanks for the info, xbulder. Now, what makes Bernafone or GN better than Kirkland Signature?
What I was told by the an audiologist was that Rexton is wholly owned by Siemens, but the technology, chips, etc., were not given to Rexton. Any comments?
rexton is owned by siemens - im not sure rexton develop their own products,
Originally Posted by dunk01
but they are very similar to siemens, with a lower price point...
Gn and bernafon are well know manf. you can find review of their products in this forum. i believe you can find both brands at costco...
Rexton is the same as Siemens except the Siemens has 16 channals and the Rexton has 14 channels. They are both made by Siemens and good.
I bought a pair of Costco Kirkland SIgnature. I am currently comparing them to America Hears SIE units and they are comparing very favorably.
I paid $1995 for two and got everything needed to store, dry and power them. It's a very good value and the hearing aids are top quality, in my opinion.
I was in Costco this week to have my Bernafon Symbios adjusted to my new audiogram. While there I briefly tried on a pair of the Kirklands RITE HAs. I was pretty impressed with the features of the $1000 HA. They compared it to the Siemens Pure 700/500....it has more channels (12) than the 500 and if you will it seems to me to be a hybrid of the two. The form factor looks just like a Pure. The 4 memories seem to be on parr with what is in the market. For me the benefit of the Bernafon ICOS is that it is considered totally automatic, ie. it will adjust programs to the environment you are in without manual intervention. At Costco the ICOS is $3200 for a pair.
The other quick remark I would think this thread should be moved to the digital hearing aid forum by the admin.
Last edited by rod2625; 01-24-2009 at 11:06 AM.
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feedback on Costco aids
This has been so helpful. I am in the process of purchasing my first pair of HA for mild hearing loss. I am considering the Kirkland Signature. Everyhting that has been said on this sight confirms what they told me at Costco. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your insight.
To expand on my previous remarks here are some comments I made on another board:
Since then I have been doing some research on the Pures and how they
compare feature wise to the Kirkland. I have found that this site does a
good comparison of features and rating them a top level or value, etc,
also some of the features such as feedback control as either state of
the art (best) or 2nd generation (better). http://www.precisehearing.com
In their comparison for directional mic, feedback mgt, noise reduction,
they rated the 700 as best and the 500 as better. Plus there are
additional features available on the 700 that are not available on the 500.
So Precise Hearing sells the Pure 700 RIC (16 channels) for $1950 and
the Pure 500 RIC (8 channels) for $1450. The Costco aid (12 channels)
is $1000. So I have to say for the $$s I think that is a HA worth
consideration since they do not have a restock fee (they buy in bulk)
and full refund if you do not like it for any reason. One thing I did find
out which is a show stopper for me is that the aid is not totally
automatic. You have to manually change listening programs. Also I
found out the TEK does not work on with this aid. But I believe this aid
has a T-coil so there are other after market bluetooth options that I expect would work with this HA.
Some of what I thought were good features taken from their literature are that it
Analyzes the listening environment and automatically adapts noise mgt,
mic directionality and feedback control, automatic multichannel adaptive directional mic, sound location,automatic feedback cancellation,
wireless binaural communication with one button program selection,
soundsmoothing for rustling paper, etc, wind reduction, data logging and
aquaprotection with nano coating and mic gore protection. So for a
$1000 not a bad deal.
I hope this helps.
technically if they buy it @ bulk, if you return them for any reason they can not clean it and sell it to someone else. this I believe is against the law..
Originally Posted by rod2625
I wonder how they manage this risk