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Thread: Trial of 2 different HAs at the same time period?

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    I have to admit that all the Costco posts have me interested in checking them out. Who does not like to save money? Yet I also want what works best for me.

    I'm bantering about the idea of doing a trial with what the place I've been dealing with recommends. Yet I'd like to hear what Costco can offer. Is there any reason other than outlaying some $$ to get the trial sets from each? I'm thinking that I could do a direct comparison by trying each set under varying conditions that are important to me. Like go to a lecture and try the 1st set for part of the lecture and the 2nd set for another part and so on.
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    There are so many variables involved that it won't be clear whether differences relate to the HA's themselves or the programming. My best analogy is going to BestBuy (or equivalent) and trying to judge TV sets by how they look on the floor; except for glaring differences (e.g. UHD vs HD ... sometimes), it's purely subjective - and unfair. Good salespeople can easily adjust TV's to look better at first glance, when in fact they are horribly miscalibrated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chatteremail View Post
    There are so many variables involved that it won't be clear whether differences relate to the HA's themselves or the programming.
    I can understand that. I'm thinking that after some adjustments I would know what work best for me. I realize it would take a bit of logging perceptions on my part.
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    To me the biggest challenge in a direct comparison would be that hearing aids take getting used to. I don't have a good analogy, but it's likely that initially your hearing aids won't sound great, but after awhile, you'll get used to the quirks and it will be pretty decent. Then switching to a different hearing aid is going to start the process all over again.
    Comparing how you liked one set of aids after you got used to them to another pair after you got used to them is pretty challenging, but if it makes you feel like you're making a more thorough decision, have at it.

    Quote Originally Posted by HalfEar View Post
    I can understand that. I'm thinking that after some adjustments I would know what work best for me. I realize it would take a bit of logging perceptions on my part.
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    I think there's some merit to trialing 2 different HAs at the same time, AS LONG AS, you have plenty of time to try both of them out. The way I would do it is spend a whole month with just one set, or until I have a pretty good idea of what to expect from it (maybe take up to 2 months if necessary). Then spend the next month or two with the second set. Then in the end, once you know what to expect from both after a long adjustment period from both, you can start doing A/B comparison.

    Because the Costco HAs have the longest trial period (180 days) as well as the (more likely) lower price, I would start out with the Costco HAs first for a month or two. Then hold on to the Costco HAs while you start trialing the other pair with the place you've been dealing with. If you get 30 day trial from the other place, then spend 2 or 3 weeks getting used to them, and spend the last week or two doing A/B comparison. If you get 60 day trial from the other place, that's even better -> more time for A/B.

    Hopefully by that time you'll be able to form an opinion of which one you like better. If you think they're about the same, keep the Costco (assumably cheaper). If you like the Costco ones better, then of course keep the Costco. Then you'll have a few more months left to change your mind on the Costco even.

    But if you like the other ones better, then keep both and continue to do A/B until the Costco trial nears the end then the return the Costco. This way, maybe you'll be able to confirm that you made the right decision by keeping the other pair, confirmed further through a longer A/B period. If somehow you change your mind later and like the Costco ones better, but you already kept and are stuck with the other ones, then return the Costco but at least you now know more what you like and don't like about both for the next round of purchase a few years later down the road.
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    Four paragraphs on how to screw the man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Jake View Post
    Four paragraphs on how to screw the man!
    I'm not sure which man is getting screwed, I'm starting to feel it it might be me.

    On this side of the border, Costco gives 90 day trials. Hearing Connect gives a 2 week trial with a 60 day "confidence guarantee" (what ever that means).

    I'm glad I asked the question, because I'm starting to understand it takes time to adjust to new aids. I assumed it would be somewhat like comparing 2 sets of speakers on a stereo. Switching back and forth while tinkering with the treble and bass on a tune one is familiar with. Consensus seems to be that it is not.

    I find it interesting that Connect Hearing with the 2 week trial period - says on their website it can take up to 12 weeks for your brain to adjust to hearing aids.

    Volusiano's suggestion of trialing Costco first appears to be the way to go.
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    And folks wonder why independent AuDs can't match Costco prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Jake View Post
    And folks wonder why independent AuDs can't match Costco prices.
    That is not the situation here though. It is two big corps Costco vs Sonova.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonova
    Sonova owns both the chain Sonova => AudioNova Group => Connect Hearing and the product Sonova => Unitron
    The AuD is an employee.

    I started going to this clinic before it got bought out by Connect Hearing, since then the Corporate influence is highly noticeable.
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    I had 2 sets of hearing aids to compare at one point. I started with Costco's KS6, and they seemed harsh to me. In retrospect that may have been new-hearing-aid-user-itis, but the fact is it wasn't love at first use. I wanted to try Costco's Rexton Trax 42's, and so I got a pair of the Trax and had them along with the KS6 for the lat 3 weeks of the KS6 trial. I actually thought that was less wasteful than sending the KS6 back, trying the Trax, and deciding I wanted the KS6 after all.

    Anyway, I did try to wear the both in all the usual situations of my life. Each set did better in one instance than the other, but neither did better in more than that, and I found myself more and more wearing the Trax and letting the KS6 sit - so Trax for me.

    Costco's KS7 that is now their brand aid is, I understand from posts here, the equivalent of my Trax with a few tweaks and a considerably lower price.
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