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  1. Question comparing Costco hearing aids

    I went to Costco for my hearing test. I have had two hearing aids recommended, but I do not know enough to make an intelligent decision. Hope someone can help. Does anyone know how the Costco Bernafon and the ReSound Future compare? Would one be rated better than the other. I tried going on line but got no info. Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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    Welcome, limoman.

    You can find lots of threads and posts about both these aids on this forum by using the Search button in the blue bar above. Since you're asking for a direct comparison, it may be possible to find that here, but not as many people will have tried both these hearing aids as will have tried one or the other. (And I personally have tried neither one of these, though I do have the ReSound Alera and have been very happy with them; the Future is Costco's version of the Alera and by all accounts performs very similarly.) Part of the best answer for you may depend on your loss. Can you post your audiogram results? You can copy and paste the lines from my signature and type in your own numbers if that helps.

    Good luck.
    2013 Audiogram
    Hz250.....0500...1000...1500..2000....3000....40 00...6000....8000
    L...20.......15........30........40........40..... ..45.......40.......55........65
    R...15.......20........30........40........40..... ..30.......55.......55........65

    Speech disc:
    L: 100% at 60 dB
    R: 100% at 60 dB

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNEEFENTON View Post
    Look for an Audina they are 1000.$ each and are the same in output.
    Rather than "spamming" threads like this, why not start a thread about the product with links to its specs, features and benefits, and get a real dialogue going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNEEFENTON View Post
    Look for an Audina they are 1000.$ each and are the same in output.
    Bye!

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    I'm trialing the Future but it's only been three days. So far I like them and I forget about them. I tried the demo of the Bernafon Verite in the store and I liked them as well. If these Futures don't work for some reason then I'll try the Bernafon. But so far these have a better fit for me and no feedback (compared to the Cobalts which I also liked) and they are cranked up there pretty loud. I'll have my first big speech-in-noise test tonight, loud restaurant and table for 9.

    I would say, based on my audiologist's comments, if feedback is a problem try the Futures first, if not then it probably doesn't matter which one you try first. One thing I don't like about the Resound is that the aids don't talk to each other so you have to set each one. The Cobalts and I think the Bernafons talk to each other so when you set one the other follows. That was a pretty convenient feature.

    You should already be aware you have a 90 day trial at Costco. I'm making heavy use of that.

    Did you try both in the store (store demo)? OK, I just re-read your questions and it appears these may be your first hearing aids? If so then you would not know if feedback is an issue but post your hearing test results and compare to mine. If your low frequency results are no worse than mine and your higher frequency results are any better, then feedback will probably be manageable (your audiologist can adjust for it).

    I'm right on the edge of being able to have an open fit (open fit is a good thing). I have an open fit with the Futures with no feedback, something I could not get with the Cobalts.



    Freq . Left . Right . . . Word Recognition Details and Equipment
    250 . 25 . 20
    500 . 20 . 25 . . . . . . SRT L/R = 60/55 , WRS @ 105 L/R = 80/84%
    1000 . 30 . 40 . . . . . Resound Future from Costco (April 2011)
    1500 . 50 . 55 . . . . . Phone Clip+ (May 2013).
    2000 . 50 . 65
    3000 . 70 . 85
    4000 . 85 . 95
    6000 . 90 . 95
    8000 . 75 . 85

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    I purchased the Bernafon 9 and Sound gate and I was very unhappy. Soundgate was useless, it kept dropping calls and my business requres I spend a lot of time on my cell phone. The HA are OK but the batteries kept running out every 5 days or so.
    I then puchased Rexton with the RCU unit. So far I have had it for 4 days and I find the RCU to be superior to the SoundGate. No lost phone calls. The HA are fine and I love the fact that I can just charge the batteries every night and not worry about them going out.

    Lastly the Rextons (made by Siemens) are $600 cheaper so I would go for them even if they were the same price as the Benafons. I plan to bring the Benafons back next week for a refund.

    PS Costco was not happy to have me try for a week each set but you have 9 weeks to get full refund so go try both.
    Last edited by Georgeg06; 04-01-2011 at 04:49 PM.

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    Have had the Bernafon Verite 9s for 6 months. Love them and the Soundgate; enjoy being able to change the aids color whenever the mood strikes. Right now I'm in green for Spring.
    No dropped calls (using a GSM cell phone) and my batteries last 9.5 days. Listening to "books on tape" at the gym with the Soundgate is fantastic. The dispenser at my local Costco is great!
    0250 Hz 35 35
    0500 Hz 40 40
    0750 Hz 45 45
    1000 Hz 50 45
    1500 Hz 50 50
    2000 Hz 55 60
    4000 Hz 60 65
    8000 Hz 65 70

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    I am 6 weeks into the trial period for Costco Premium Signature aids (Rexton Cobalt 16's). They were $1999.99 for the pair and so far I am happy with them. These are my first HA's. I have been back for 3 adjustments and each time they were adjusted to my satisfaction. I really believe the satisfaction level depends on your communication with the specialist/audiologist and also their patience and understanding. Try to describe anything that needs to be changed in detail. I specifically had issues with feedback and reverberation (speech/sound bouncing off high ceilings. hardwood floors). The picture of the 16 channels on the computer screen looks like a miniature stereo equalizer and just a tiny tweak within frequencies and gain or compression levels makes a huge difference.

    Other features I am very happy with: Focus 360, rechargeable batteries, wireless synching of programs between aids. The physical fit is very comfortable; they are the size of an almond. I wear glasses all day too. Many casing colors to match your hair.

    Have not tried the Bluetooth RCU as I am waiting for the new mini to come out maybe in 6 months or so.

    Hope this helps.

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    I have been wearing Starkey hearing aids for a long time but am not truly satisfied with them. I talked to a friend who wears the Costco hearing aids and he is extremely happy with them. I am going down next Weds to check them out. I want the digital option so may go with their best choice , the Kirkland. Even at that, two hearing aids will cost me less than one Starkey. Will post something after I try them out. They have you wear them around the store for awhile to see if you like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NLL View Post
    I am 6 weeks into the trial period for Costco Premium Signature aids (Rexton Cobalt 16's). They were $1999.99 for the pair and so far I am happy with them. These are my first HA's. I have been back for 3 adjustments and each time they were adjusted to my satisfaction. I really believe the satisfaction level depends on your communication with the specialist/audiologist and also their patience and understanding. Try to describe anything that needs to be changed in detail. I specifically had issues with feedback and reverberation (speech/sound bouncing off high ceilings. hardwood floors). The picture of the 16 channels on the computer screen looks like a miniature stereo equalizer and just a tiny tweak within frequencies and gain or compression levels makes a huge difference.

    Other features I am very happy with: Focus 360, rechargeable batteries, wireless synching of programs between aids. The physical fit is very comfortable; they are the size of an almond. I wear glasses all day too. Many casing colors to match your hair.

    Have not tried the Bluetooth RCU as I am waiting for the new mini to come out maybe in 6 months or so.

    Hope this helps.
    Congrats NLL. It is always good to hear a hearing success story. Glad for you. And I like the price you paid.
    Freq..250..500..1k..1.5k..2k..3k..4k..6k..8k.
    L........15...15...20...25...35..45..65..65..70
    R........15...20...25...25...40..45..65..65..70

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