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    Agree that there's a lot of marketing hype. I think it was Corona who referred to all of the "magical features" that were claimed. I also agree that they are expensive, but they are pretty sophisticated. Besides amplification, you have two computers that communicate wirelessly with each other, determine your listening environment and make frequent changes to allow you to hear better. There's stuff on one of these threads that has some screen shots from Corona that show different programming options for KS7. I'd encourage you take a look if you're interested in KS7. Any problem finding it, go ahead and PM me. For that matter, I'd encourage taking a look at programming software for any hearing aid your considering. As far as I know, looking at the software is the only way to truly know what options are available. Corona's hearing loss was similar to yours except that you have more high frequency loss. Was quite happy with KS7s.

    Quote Originally Posted by jtl View Post
    MDB, I am going to for sure trial the KS7 toward the end of my Brios 2 trial. I am still not sure if the KS7 is a Rexton or a Primax 7px. I like my current HA's as far as HA's go but if I can save some $$ I will. Way too much marketing hype with these products. In one form or another they are all amplifiers. Expensive amplifiers. Some even suggest they are "rewiring" the brain to hear better.
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    Agree that there's a lot of marketing hype. I think it was Corona who referred to all of the "magical features" that were claimed. I also agree that they are expensive, but they are pretty sophisticated. Besides amplification, you have two computers that communicate wirelessly with each other, determine your listening environment and make frequent changes to allow you to hear better. There's stuff on one of these threads that has some screen shots from Corona that show different programming options for KS7. I'd encourage you take a look if you're interested in KS7. Any problem finding it, go ahead and PM me. For that matter, I'd encourage taking a look at programming software for any hearing aid your considering. As far as I know, looking at the software is the only way to truly know what options are available. Corona's hearing loss was similar to yours except that you have more high frequency loss. Was quite happy with KS7s.

    Quote Originally Posted by jtl View Post
    MDB, I am going to for sure trial the KS7 toward the end of my Brios 2 trial. I am still not sure if the KS7 is a Rexton or a Primax 7px. I like my current HA's as far as HA's go but if I can save some $$ I will. Way too much marketing hype with these products. In one form or another they are all amplifiers. Expensive amplifiers. Some even suggest they are "rewiring" the brain to hear better.
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    Recently was fitted with a set of KS7 and have used them during business travel (airlines) and other environments with a large number of individuals and noise. I'm very satisfied with how the hearing aids are working when picking out who is talking to me versus a bunch of background talkers. Sometimes have to move to noise/party program, but very happy.

    Eventually may add the Smart Connect device, but I'm trying to locate more reviews on it's use and how it sounds for streamed calls and music.
    Hearing aids: Kirkland Signature™ 7.0 Premium P-Receiver

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    Impressed with Costco. Had my 2 week follow up and as it's mostly higher frequency hearing loss the smart connect was not recommended. I explained that I have some environments where it's hard to hear the phone conversations without blocking the other ear. He provided me an Xphone program and showed me how to use the magnet on my smartphone so that the call is heard in both ears. Very clear and works great! I already had hands free in the car and a bone conductive headset, so the smart connect would have been redundant. You know that you are treated well when you get excellent free follow up service and a recommendation to save money.
    Hearing aids: Kirkland Signature™ 7.0 Premium P-Receiver

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    Found this thread thanks to z10user2. I have been using KS7 for close to a month now and want to learn more. This thread discusses many KS7 programs. Costco never discussed any with me except for automatic I guess. I am making notes and will ask next time I'm back at Costco.
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    Default Kirkland Signature 7 vs Bernafon Supremia Super Power BTE

    Hi All,

    I'm considering upgrading from 3 year old KS-5's to possibly an aid that includes frequency shifting, such as (apparently) KS-7 or Bernafon Supremia Super Power BTE. I have an appointment at my local Costco next Friday, including a new hearing test.

    I have trouble understanding speech for certain voices including low-pitch voices and, of course, in noisy environments or when more than one person is speaking. I enjoy listening to classical music but wish I could hear better.

    I have an iphone 5s. Will that work for programming the new aids?

    Thanks,
    Fred, audiogram from 28 Jul 2017
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    I can vouch for the KS7s having what Rexton calls Bandwidth Compression (Frequency Compression) Bernafon has what they call Frequency Composition. It is similar to Oticon's Speech Rescue. The thing frequency lowering is most effective at is making certain consonant sounds audible (s and sh in particular) If you have a good ear for music, you probably won't like it (Rexton's version) as the high notes when compressed will be way out of tune. Widex has what they call Audibility Extender which preserves harmonics. I don't know how well it works for speech understanding.

    Quote Originally Posted by FredO View Post
    Hi All,

    I'm considering upgrading from 3 year old KS-5's to possibly an aid that includes frequency shifting, such as (apparently) KS-7 or Bernafon Supremia Super Power BTE. I have an appointment at my local Costco next Friday, including a new hearing test.

    I have trouble understanding speech for certain voices including low-pitch voices and, of course, in noisy environments or when more than one person is speaking. I enjoy listening to classical music but wish I could hear better.

    I have an iphone 5s. Will that work for programming the new aids?

    Thanks,
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    Look at fredo's audiogram his classical music days are behind him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Jake View Post
    Look at fredo's audiogram his classical music days are behind him.
    Don't be such a damn stick in the mud. We had this discussion about a year ago with another classical music fan. It's not gone, it's just different. I'm sure that when we go to a concert, my wife is hearing something different than I am, but I am still enjoying myself.
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    OK, his classical music days will no longer be the classical music days he remembers!

    Sometimes you need to face reality..

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    I agree BlueCrab.
    When I was first getting hearing aids I was all about the music. Like yeah sure speech of course but how will the music sound. Then I learned about music programs and found that it sounded pretty good. Then I figured out setting up my computer to play music with an equalizer tuned for the different ear capability. Especially using headphones but not using aids. This sounded very good.
    So it's not the end of the world for music just because one has poor un-aided hearing. One can enjoy music un-aided with headphones and equalizer adjusted to ones hearing loss. And one can enjoy music elsewhere.
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