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  1. Question KS7 and smart connect

    My current BTE HAs are 6 years old so I plan to replace them at Costco next month in Colorado Springs (a 4-hour drive) -- hope their KS7 will do the job. My brother has a pair and and he says they work great for him. I'm also thinking about the Smart Connect for both the hands free phone function and TV streaming. Anyone who has this setup please advise how it is working for you and does anyone know the price of a Smart Connect at Costco? Anyone have problems connecting their Smart Connect to the Android app?

    Thanks for the help.

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    The Smart Connect is $229.99 at Costco here in Virginia. It works fine with my iPhone, though I'd like a bit more volume for music streaming.

    I picked up an Avantree Bluetooth transmitter from Amazon for $44.99 and it works well with my Dell laptop or Vizio TV.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's also less than the $89.99 for the Rexton transmitter. I have that too, but haven't opened the box yet. I'm trying the KS7 after wearing ReSound for years, and the Cala 8 since late December. So far I prefer the KS7. It's overall automatic program works well. The TV program enhances dialogue well, and the Music program for speakers is nice for music listening. The KS7 with the initial programming sounds as good or better than the Cala 8 with a few tweaks. The domes are much more comfortable for me too.
    Last edited by jay_man2; 04-15-2017 at 03:10 PM.
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    Since it is no small task getting to Costco, I'd go in with the Smart Connect app loaded on your smart phone and make sure it works before you leave. If you're undecided about Smart Connect, load Smart Remote too, although I understand it's not a great idea to try to use both. At least with Smart Remote, to take advantage of all of the features, you need to scan a code with your smart phone. Getting this all set up while at Costco could save a lot of frustration. Enjoy! Great hearing aids!
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    I found going through the KS 7 user portal useful before my fitting.

    http://www.ks7userportal.com/userguides/
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    Yes, great resource. Depending on how into this one wants to get, it's kind of neat to go to the DIY forums and download the Connexx 8 software and Rexfit database. Run a simulation on a Rexton 80 S (6c) and it will let you see all of the options of different settings that are available (with the exception of tinnitus setting which is not available on KS7. There's a lot to it and it helps to go to audiology online to understand the software, but if you really want to understand possibilities, it's the only way I know. Then again, just working with your hearing aid fitter is also a fine approach.
    Quote Originally Posted by jay_man2 View Post
    I found going through the KS 7 user portal useful before my fitting.

    http://www.ks7userportal.com/userguides/
    .25 .5 1 1.5 2 3.0 4.0 6.0 8.0

    15 15 20 30 30 55 75 90 NR ​KS7
    10 10 20 15 25 35 65 85 95 WRS 100/92@45/40

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    Please don't come backing bitching and moaning about adjustments because you have to drive so far.

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    Thank you all for the helpful information. I've downloaded the KS7 manuals and will load the two apps on my phone and android tablet tomorrow. I've started a list of questions to ask when I get the hearing test and hopefully HAs fit. Because of the distance involved I agree that the better prepared I'm the greater the chance for a good outcome.

    Doc Jake there will be no bitching about the travel needed for adjustments as we enjoy the area to visit and if need be there is a Costco closer in Albuquerque. In addition, we are retired so our time is more open.

    Thanks again all for the help and links.

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    I may be wrong but if this is your appointment for an audiogram you won't be leaving with aids.
    The ks7, smart connect and tvlink are solid. The app installed on the wife's Samsung phone and on my kindle are work great. If you set the rockers correctly you can get along fine if you forget the smart connect.

    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    Yes, great resource. Depending on how into this one wants to get, it's kind of neat to go to the DIY forums and download the Connexx 8 software and Rexfit database. Run a simulation on a Rexton 80 S (6c) and it will let you see all of the options of different settings that are available (with the exception of tinnitus setting which is not available on KS7. There's a lot to it and it helps to go to audiology online to understand the software, but if you really want to understand possibilities, it's the only way I know. Then again, just working with your hearing aid fitter is also a fine approach.
    Last edited by Doc Jake; 04-15-2017 at 08:09 PM.

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    Agreed, he won't be leaving with aids the first visit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Jake View Post
    I may be wrong but if this is your appointment for an audiogram you won't be leaving with aids.
    .25 .5 1 1.5 2 3.0 4.0 6.0 8.0

    15 15 20 30 30 55 75 90 NR ​KS7
    10 10 20 15 25 35 65 85 95 WRS 100/92@45/40

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    Agreed, he won't be leaving with aids the first visit.
    It might be worth a call to explain you situation maybe they can work something out and have a pair on-hand. Talk to the dept manager not a receptionist.

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