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  1. Default Resound 3D/Beltone Legends or Costco KS6 or Resound Cala

    I have 2 recent hearing tests, one from Costco and one from Hearing Aid Solutions using a local Beltone office. Both have indicated a mild to moderate hearing loss, particularly in the high tones. The hearing aid specialist in the local office seemed much more knowledgeable than the Costco representative, but both were ok.

    With the Hearing Aid Solutions discount, i could purchase the Resound Linx 3D 7 or the Beltone Legend 9 for about $500 more than the Costco Cala and $1300 more than KS6. They also offered the Resound 3D 5/Beltone Legend 6 for $300 less than the Cala or about $500 more than the KS6.
    The warranty is the same at both places, the local dealer would adjust and clean them at no cost for 1 year, as i understand Costco does that for the life of the instrument. (is this a big cost item and should it be factored into the decision?)

    If possible i would prefer only using one firm to test HA rather than going to both firms.

    Which one of these firms is offering the best quality, thechnology and value for the money?

    Shown below are the results of my hearing tests. Thank you for your help.


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    Nipick: Costco likely is selling the KS7. The KS6 was discontinued in Fall of last year. The big pluses Costco offers are 1) 180 day return period, 2)Warranty can be extended out another 2 years if you buy with Costco Credit card. Costco warranty includes replacement of receivers. I'm not sure if Beltone does. 3)Costco offers very good prices on accessories. Differences between hearing aids: The Costco Cala is a premium level Resound aid, but one generation older than the Resound Linx 3D 7 which is a mid level aid. The Costco one will also come with a free accessory (likely either a microphone or TV transmitter. The KS7 is a very solid hearing aid, but does not have direct streaming to an iPhone. It can do streaming, but it needs the addition of a $230 device. If you don't care about the ability to stream to an iPhone directly, the KS7 is by far the best value. Costco continuing to do cleanings for life of instrument is nice, but it's not hard to do yourself. Considering you could have the aids for 5 years or more, the free adjustments are nice if your hearing changes (and it likely will) My leanings would be to go with Costco. Indeed, that's what I did. I have the KS7 with SmartConnect and Speech Connect.

    Quote Originally Posted by busterbrown885 View Post
    I have 2 recent hearing tests, one from Costco and one from Hearing Aid Solutions using a local Beltone office. Both have indicated a mild to moderate hearing loss, particularly in the high tones. The hearing aid specialist in the local office seemed much more knowledgeable than the Costco representative, but both were ok.

    With the Hearing Aid Solutions discount, i could purchase the Resound Linx 3D 7 or the Beltone Legend 9 for about $500 more than the Costco Cala and $1300 more than KS6. They also offered the Resound 3D 5/Beltone Legend 6 for $300 less than the Cala or about $500 more than the KS6.
    The warranty is the same at both places, the local dealer would adjust and clean them at no cost for 1 year, as i understand Costco does that for the life of the instrument. (is this a big cost item and should it be factored into the decision?)

    If possible i would prefer only using one firm to test HA rather than going to both firms.

    Which one of these firms is offering the best quality, thechnology and value for the money?

    Shown below are the results of my hearing tests. Thank you for your help.


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    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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    Sorry, i meant the KS7. I am not sure how much streaming i would do to my hearing aids. I do like the idea of being able to change programs and sound with an iphone instead of carrying a separate remote around. Does Costco provide domes, receivers and wax guards as needed or are they an additional charge?
    After the initial setup, how often do you end up having to go back to Costco for changes? Is it only when your hearing worsens? Do they do annual hearing tests at no additional charge?

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    Costco provides all at no charge. The KS7 doesn't need a remote to have its setting changed. They have an app for iPhone and Android. I trialed the earlier version (Trax42) and it worked well. Sends high frequency signals to change things. My dog didn't mind.
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    KS7 has a free app (Connexx Smart Remote) that works with iPhone or Android that lets you change volume, tone, mike direction, etc. Most of this can also be handled by push button controls depending on how the aids are set up. Costco supplies domes and wax guards as needed. Mine suggests I come in every two months and they clean the aids and change wax guards and domes while I wait or shop. Receivers are covered under warranty. I'm not sure if all Costcos work alike, but mine scheduled a followup about 2 weeks after initial fitting. After that, it's up to you determine what's "good enough." Hearing tests are no charge as long as you're a member.

    Quote Originally Posted by busterbrown885 View Post
    Sorry, i meant the KS7. I am not sure how much streaming i would do to my hearing aids. I do like the idea of being able to change programs and sound with an iphone instead of carrying a separate remote around. Does Costco provide domes, receivers and wax guards as needed or are they an additional charge?
    After the initial setup, how often do you end up having to go back to Costco for changes? Is it only when your hearing worsens? Do they do annual hearing tests at no additional charge?
    .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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    Thank you for the information. One of the things that the tech told me today was to check if the receiver is stainless steel or plastic, that he has run into ones where people did not remove the wax guard carefully enough on plastic ones and the plastic opening got to large to hold the wax guard and it got lodged in the persons ear and they had to go to the Doctor to have it removed.
    Do you know if the KS7 is plastic or stainless steel or am i concerned about something that is not really a problem?

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    I won't vouch for it being stainless steel, but it's definitely metal. I've never heard of the issue, but I've only worn hearing aids about 9 months ad been on the forum a similar time.

    Quote Originally Posted by busterbrown885 View Post
    Thank you for the information. One of the things that the tech told me today was to check if the receiver is stainless steel or plastic, that he has run into ones where people did not remove the wax guard carefully enough on plastic ones and the plastic opening got to large to hold the wax guard and it got lodged in the persons ear and they had to go to the Doctor to have it removed.
    Do you know if the KS7 is plastic or stainless steel or am i concerned about something that is not really a problem?
    .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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    I purchased the Costco Cala after trying both KS-7 and Cala. To me better sound with Cala. Offered free accessory of my choice. Picked Multi mic. When I arrived to pick up hearing aids was informed Resound refused to send Multi mic and sent mini mic instead. Mini mic free however kinda useless. Specialist said they are fighting to get me the Multi mic which has many more functions that I can use. That was 8/4/2017. Not Costco's fault. they are the best!
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    KS7.. You could simply use the onboard rocker switches.

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    Thank you all for your help and suggestions

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