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Old 11-14-2017, 12:53 PM   #1
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It's time...but I can't see myself shelling out thousands for them. Any of you with good experiences on some lesser expensive models I would appreciate the advice.
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:13 PM   #2
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Costco.
They have hearing aid centers. I went through extensive testing at no cost other than the membership. The doctors (examiners) do not work on commission. They will recommend what they think you need, but they have quite a few options.
I've had mine for a little over a year now and I'm very happy with them. They fit behind the ear with a little clear tube going to the thingy that goes into the ear canal. Not noticeable at all, although I wouldn't care if they were more visible because I can hear again. I can select different modes for different situations: Normal, traffic, TV & music, party - which screens out background noise. All on my smart phone.
I paid $1,800.00, three year warranty and any adjustments that may be required are free. Just make an appointment.
My hunting partner got some several months after I got mine and there had been an upgrade, I think he paid around $2,300 for his.


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Old 11-14-2017, 01:28 PM   #3
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If a Vet, they are free.
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:29 PM   #4
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I bought mine from Costco and been happy with them, service is good.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:13 PM   #5
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Good luck---mine are VA-issued to service-connected disability. If you were ever in uniform, and have hearing loss, it is a presumed service-connected thing and the VA will treat you for that issue.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:16 PM   #6
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The VA gave me some great Hearing Aids that link to my iPhone
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:19 PM   #7
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I am 32 and this day is coming soon unfortunately. I have a little girl on the way and saying "huh" for every 2 sentences of her life isn't going to work. Thanks for the information above.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:23 PM   #8
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Costco. I have had mine a year. They have been great.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:35 PM   #9
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I have high frequency loss. Pretty severe. Have trouble hearing young women, teenage girls etc with high pitch voices. Really tough on me as I have a heck of a time hearing my grand daughters. No much trouble hearing men speak as they tend to have lower frequency speech. Hearing aids help but don't fix the whole problem for me. Shop around for prices. There are some real flim flam folks out there who will nail you to the wall on pricing.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for the responses. Keep them coming if you have anything different than Costco or military. I am not a veteran, but I am a member of Costco.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:39 PM   #11
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I wear them now. They have changed my life . I can hear the change rattling in my pocket now. I was tired of shaking my head and smiling like I really heard the conversation. Go for it.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:42 PM   #12
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I've got a constant ringing in my ears and I can't hear high pitched noises. My wife (and kids) swear that her brakes squeal extremely loud, but I've never heard them. Will hearing aids help with the ringing?
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:46 PM   #13
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Not that the above fellows are wrong or haven't had good luck with Costco but this is what my wife does for a living. She is not a rep or a technician (as you may see in some of these types of places), she is an AUD and not on commission.

Anyway, long story short, a majority of her patients come to her after going to the big box stores, spending 1500-2500 and not being satisfied or even hating the product, lack of service, etc. Ultimately they will buy hearing aids from her...so in other words they had to pay twice to help 1 problem.

So take that into consideration. Also, there can be more to hearing loss than just being exposed to loud noises for an extended period of time (Cancer, Tumors, Viral Infections, etc). I'm not sure the person at Costco that just had to take a quiz to get his license from the state would be able to help you with that.

In my opinion, I'd go to an actual audiologist in a hostpital/clinic setting.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:47 PM   #14
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I've got a constant ringing in my ears and I can't hear high pitched noises. My wife (and kids) swear that her brakes squeal extremely loud, but I've never heard them. Will hearing aids help with the ringing?
It won't go away, but they do have hearing aids that play a white noise to make the ringing less noticeable/nerve racking.

Like listening to a fan blow vs squealing brakes
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:57 PM   #15
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Not that the above fellows are wrong or haven't had good luck with Costco but this is what my wife does for a living. She is not a rep or a technician (as you may see in some of these types of places), she is an AUD and not on commission.

Anyway, long story short, a majority of her patients come to her after going to the big box stores, spending 1500-2500 and not being satisfied or even hating the product, lack of service, etc. Ultimately they will buy hearing aids from her...so in other words they had to pay twice to help 1 problem.

So take that into consideration. Also, there can be more to hearing loss than just being exposed to loud noises for an extended period of time (Cancer, Tumors, Viral Infections, etc). I'm not sure the person at Costco that just had to take a quiz to get his license from the state would be able to help you with that.

In my opinion, I'd go to an actual audiologist in a hostpital/clinic setting.
Don't be so quick to discredit Costco. My sister has been wearing hearing aids for over 30 years, with no shortage of money to spend to get the best available. She recommended Costco to me through her experiences.
And they do test for disease.

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Old 11-14-2017, 07:29 PM   #16
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I had my ears tested from a specialist and Costco, same results. I also have loud dining in my ears, I honestly don’t notice it while my ears are in but when I take them off it’s like taking head phones off and ringing comes back. The cool thing is that I have a hunting mode that actually allows me to hear leaves fall or animals walk in the woods, works great except on windy conditions.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:41 PM   #17
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Yep Costco, got my Dad's there, he lost one and they replaced it at no charge, also had him in there a few times to have adjustments also no charge.
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:46 PM   #18
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Does insurance pay for hearing aids and the exam?

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Old 11-14-2017, 09:07 PM   #19
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I am 32 and this day is coming soon unfortunately. I have a little girl on the way and saying "huh" for every 2 sentences of her life isn't going to work. Thanks for the information above.
Iím in this exact same boat. Iím 31 with two daughters, Iíll be getting hearing aids very soon. Iím going to have to check my pride and just go get them.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:08 PM   #20
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Depends on your insurance. Mine will pay up to $2500.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:19 PM   #21
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Not that the above fellows are wrong or haven't had good luck with Costco but this is what my wife does for a living. She is not a rep or a technician (as you may see in some of these types of places), she is an AUD and not on commission.

Anyway, long story short, a majority of her patients come to her after going to the big box stores, spending 1500-2500 and not being satisfied or even hating the product, lack of service, etc. Ultimately they will buy hearing aids from her...so in other words they had to pay twice to help 1 problem.

So take that into consideration. Also, there can be more to hearing loss than just being exposed to loud noises for an extended period of time (Cancer, Tumors, Viral Infections, etc). I'm not sure the person at Costco that just had to take a quiz to get his license from the state would be able to help you with that.

In my opinion, I'd go to an actual audiologist in a hostpital/clinic setting.
No truer words have ever been spoken. While many people have had excellent luck with Costco and hearing aid dispensers, nothing beats the skills of a licensed and trained Doctor of Audiology at a reputable institution. The technology today is constantly evolving and you want someone who stays up to date on those changes and can offer you the best service and expertise. Texas requires certain trial periods and warranties also. Please do yourself a favor and at least start at an audiologist for the proper testing and see what they have to offer for hearing aids. Testing should be covered by insurance if ordered by a physician. A hearing aid consultation will likely be considered a self-pay service but is money well spent. If $3-10K for hearing aids isn't in the cards, go to Costco but understand that customization and service will be limited.

Also, consider extended warranties that offer replacement for lost and damaged aids.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:43 AM   #22
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I have had my hearing aids for over a year and I could not hear without them.
I went to a franchised dealer called "Bell Tone" The price for the better aids was not in my budget so I asked the audiologist about refurbished aids and saved a ton of money, over half. Free batteries for a year and lifetime service.
Couldn't be happier.
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