Please Tell Me About Hearing Aids
Yesterday I had an "audiological evaluation" at Costco -- and I have the chart of my performance to prove it! My ears are almost equally limited in the 'frequency' range ("Mild' to 'Severe' hearing loss), but I scored 100% on the 'word recognition' test. (You repeat two-syllable words.) I know *nothing* about hearing aids, so am turning to the KT for input before buying a pair.
Costco offers three different pairs of aids. One is branded Kirkland Signature 9.0, made by Phonak ($1500). One is Philips HearLink ($2500). One is ReSound, Preza or Vida models ($2500). The Kirkland uses disposable batteries (48 for $9), that last 5 - 7 days. The other two use rechargeable batteries ($250 for the charger). They all look alike, a bean-shaped 'works' with two control switches that goes behind the ear, and a wire leading to a teeny microphone in the ear.
Costco is ordering all three and will 'program' them for my particular hearing loss. I'm to try them Sept. 20. They all have 5 year warranties , and can be returned within 180 days.
Does anyone have personal experience with hearing aids? I think I'd try the Kirkland first, unless I hear a big difference between it and the others. (Cheaper, and I am able to replace the tiny batteries without difficulty.)