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    The OPN MiniRITE manual says explicitly not to wear them showering or during "aquatic activities". I just got fitted for these yesterday - my first HA - so it will be an adventure.

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    Think the op just wanted to piss and moan about Costco..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonat View Post
    The OPN MiniRITE manual says explicitly not to wear them showering or during "aquatic activities". I just got fitted for these yesterday - my first HA - so it will be an adventure.
    Congrats! Come back after a month or two and share with us what your experience.
    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    I submitted an audiogram to BuyHear to see about getting fit for the Oticon OPN RIC hearing aid and they said I could not be fit for that model. They would sell me an Oticon traditional power BTE as well as Phonak Naida and one other traditional power BTE but I am now wary about buying these from an online outfit like buyhear without good followup from a local fitter. I think self-programming these kinds of hearing aids with a blue tooth loaner device at home may not be easy for someone like me with severe loss. So I am heading out to see a Kaiser audiologist for more options, specifically now Phonak Naida which has power options that may be suitable for my severe loss (including a RIC with two power options for the speaker in the ear). Also I do want to say that some of the recent failures I have experienced with my 3 year old traditional BTE aids may be caused by wear and tear on the battery contacts and not moisture. I recently fixed a failure of one of these older AGX aids by taking a little screwdriver to the tiny copper contact bars on each side of the battery compartment and prying them up a bit for better contact and it worked beautifully. Finished that home fix with a little emery board polish to their surfaces to improve conductivity. Thanks to all who gave input on my posts. I will follow up with my exploration of the Naida options I am now considering.
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    Curious to hear how Kaiser goes and their prices. Our Kaiser in Northern California seems to have three price levels, with mid level being about $4000 and premium being $5800. No complaints, but I was more impressed with Costco's thoroughness and value.

    Quote Originally Posted by georged193 View Post
    I submitted an audiogram to BuyHear to see about getting fit for the Oticon OPN RIC hearing aid and they said I could not be fit for that model. They would sell me an Oticon traditional power BTE as well as Phonak Naida and one other traditional power BTE but I am now wary about buying these from an online outfit like buyhear without good followup from a local fitter. I think self-programming these kinds of hearing aids with a blue tooth loaner device at home may not be easy for someone like me with severe loss. So I am heading out to see a Kaiser audiologist for more options, specifically now Phonak Naida which has power options that may be suitable for my severe loss (including a RIC with two power options for the speaker in the ear). Also I do want to say that some of the recent failures I have experienced with my 3 year old traditional BTE aids may be caused by wear and tear on the battery contacts and not moisture. I recently fixed a failure of one of these older AGX aids by taking a little screwdriver to the tiny copper contact bars on each side of the battery compartment and prying them up a bit for better contact and it worked beautifully. Finished that home fix with a little emery board polish to their surfaces to improve conductivity. Thanks to all who gave input on my posts. I will follow up with my exploration of the Naida options I am now considering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georged193 View Post
    I submitted an audiogram to BuyHear to see about getting fit for the Oticon OPN RIC hearing aid and they said I could not be fit for that model. They would sell me an Oticon traditional power BTE as well as Phonak Naida and one other traditional power BTE but I am now wary about buying these from an online outfit like buyhear without good followup from a local fitter.
    Oticon is coming out with a new Power Plus OPN BTE13 PP model that fits people with severe to profound hearing losses up to 105dB SPL. On paper it seems to be the same spec as the OPN MiniRITE 105db receiver version so I'm not sure if it's more powerful or not. But maybe this design may work better for you. But it's still very new and it doesn't look like BuyHear carries it yet.

    As for doing follow up with the online outfits, I believe that if you need more follow ups, they'll send the programming device to your home do to more follow-up programming until you're satisfied before you return the programming device back to them.
    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    Yes BuyHear carries the OPN BTE 13 PP model. I don't know if they are ready to go with home programming. still very new. But it is a traditional tube BTE, not a RIC. I am shopping now and gathering data, costs, etc. I really want to try RIC. Lighter, smaller, no tubes to collect moisture, maybe less hassle. Phonak is the only RIC with power receivers that would fit me as far as I can find on the web. I am severe loss maybe getting to profound. Getting a new audiogram to see shortly. Costco 3 local stores could not fit me and only carries the Phonak Brio. Costco works for many but not now for me.
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    georged193, I came away from Costco believing that they do a fine job for people with mid-range or normal age-related hearing loss. Most modern HAs will perform well enough to satisfy most people and Costco's prices are attractive. Hard to go wrong. Once one crosses over into the seriously HOH category it's time talk to an audiologist. I'm unfamiliar with Costco's current line, but at my last visit they didn't offer anything powerful enough for my needs, though the sales tech still pitched me an inadequate model. I'm currently wearing Phonak's Naida V-SP V90. It's a significant improvement on the Bolero SP Q70 model they replaced. Good luck.

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    I thought I read on the forums that Costco carries a Phonak BTE with a 675 battery. Hard to believe that wouldn't be a pretty powerful hearing aid.

    Quote Originally Posted by georged193 View Post
    Yes BuyHear carries the OPN BTE 13 PP model. I don't know if they are ready to go with home programming. still very new. But it is a traditional tube BTE, not a RIC. I am shopping now and gathering data, costs, etc. I really want to try RIC. Lighter, smaller, no tubes to collect moisture, maybe less hassle. Phonak is the only RIC with power receivers that would fit me as far as I can find on the . I am severe loss maybe getting to profound. Getting a new audiogram to see shortly. Costco 3 local stores could not fit me and only carries the Phonak Brio. Costco works for many but not now for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lzcr View Post
    georged193, I came away from Costco believing that they do a fine job for people with mid-range or normal age-related hearing loss. Most modern HAs will perform well enough to satisfy most people and Costco's prices are attractive. Hard to go wrong. Once one crosses over into the seriously HOH category it's time talk to an audiologist. I'm unfamiliar with Costco's current line, but at my last visit they didn't offer anything powerful enough for my needs, though the sales tech still pitched me an inadequate model. I'm currently wearing Phonak's Naida V-SP V90. It's a significant improvement on the Bolero SP Q70 model they replaced. Good luck.

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    Costco will work for your loss. They carry a Phonak UP hearing aid which is ultra power and will work for people who are profoundly deaf.
    Currently wearing Phonak Q70's.

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