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Apr 26, 2024 - 11:05:47 AM

banjoT1

Canada

77 posts since 7/18/2019

to Rinemb...........

you asked: ....if you'll have to pay for an audiology exam (?).

The answer is....this is a subject that typically, the private hearing aid companies tease you with to clinch a sale.

Many will offer the audiology test at 'no charge' if you decide to buy your hearing aids from them. If you decide not to buy from that clinic then you'll have to pony-up maybe $100 or more so (the $$ varies from clinic to clinic).

But, I would advise that you ask up front, at the outset, what the actual price of their hearing test is to avoid being played later down the road. When asked the question the clinic rep may be vague or non-committal but ya gots to be persistent - because obviously, you might have to part with YOUR money. No surprises.

Apr 26, 2024 - 12:58:56 PM

15059 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by banjoT1

to Rinemb...........

you asked: ....if you'll have to pay for an audiology exam (?).

The answer is....this is a subject that typically, the private hearing aid companies tease you with to clinch a sale.

Many will offer the audiology test at 'no charge' if you decide to buy your hearing aids from them. If you decide not to buy from that clinic then you'll have to pony-up maybe $100 or more so (the $$ varies from clinic to clinic).

But, I would advise that you ask up front, at the outset, what the actual price of their hearing test is to avoid being played later down the road. When asked the question the clinic rep may be vague or non-committal but ya gots to be persistent - because obviously, you might have to part with YOUR money. No surprises.


We have a place here in my hometown that sends out letters weekly sometimes, but at least once a month advertising their hearing aids ........ and they get a lot of business.  One day I ran into a good friend at Costco, who can afford any hearing aid made, and I asked him what he was doing there.  He said he was going to buy the same hearing aids that several years ago he paid $5,000 for that audiologist, for $1500 at Costco.  Basically, when you buy hearing aids from them you are paying a lot for their advertising.  I am very happy with my Costco hearing aids, but want to give the VA a try and see what they have to offer.

Apr 26, 2024 - 3:49:21 PM
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667 posts since 11/2/2009

I’ve been dealing with hearing aids since 2004 with my first SSNHL event. I also have paid as much as $6500 (Prly ten years ago) for aids through an audiologist. Now I am at Costco, for $2,250 (that was the price maybe 4 years ago?). And please don’t take this wrong, but I have the means to pay for what I need, and my livelihood depends on being able to meet with clients and not having to go back and forth with “I’m sorry, can you please repeat that?”. That would cost me clients, and that would cost me referrals. Costco service is great. They will service them while you shop, as often as you want, make adjustments as the hearing slips (subsequent SSNHL events) for no charge, and have a way of getting the manufacturer to do a little something that might not be under warranty any longer. And if they do have to go out for work, they gave me loaners.

Just sharing my experience to help others.

Apr 26, 2024 - 6:08:01 PM

banjoT1

Canada

77 posts since 7/18/2019

to Gcpicken.......

You're at a happy place now with, after many years, working through the learning curve of what works best for you and who can provide it. And agreed.....good choices, the right hardware, and technically proficient audiologists bring a hearing impaired person back to the living as I said above. Life changing.

I'm not privy to the Costco pricing structure (i.e., pricing levels) and I certainly don't know anything about their buy-in costs, but I do think Costco has a retail advantage due to their buy-in quantity price breaks from their sources. Possibly even the franchised clinics can't compete in that regard. I did find though that Costco was more receptive for asks for spare parts such as replacement speakers and ear wires - items that kind of fell off the edge of the table due to their high volume (presumably).

I can only report about the beginning of my earlier hearing aid 'exploration' about 15 years ago. At the time I could not find consistent competence with their software adjustment program, or, there was regular staff turnover or store reassignments, or, so-and-so was out sick or 'didn't come in today'. This happened at 3 different Costco stores. Anyway, bottom line, the company lost me as a frustrated customer and I began a new search for 95% consistency and reliable know how. The fellow I've found in my area, at a non-franchised private clinic, is a full-timer, certified and experienced audiologist whom I've referred a number of other folks to.

So similarly, the story to the moral is a fella could have a $5,000 banjo that performs no better than a $500 Goodtime if it ain't set-up properly by a knowledgeable banjo techie.

Good hearin' to ya !! Life is good.

Edited by - banjoT1 on 04/26/2024 18:10:05

Apr 26, 2024 - 8:45:22 PM

667 posts since 11/2/2009

banjoT1 Good point, that the store makes a difference. I’ve been lucky here with these folks.

Apr 27, 2024 - 12:21:53 PM
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rinemb

USA

16292 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I am now 71, I wonder if medicare will pick up the costs of a new full audiologist examination? (from the first exam when I was only 65) Brad


Brad ...... I am pretty sure they won't.  For some reason, I think they think of hearing just like they do teeth ...... you are on your own!  I hope I am wrong!


Hmmm.  I took my only audiologist full exam after I just turned 65.  I had Medicare and a good supplemental.  As I recall, I did not pay anything for that expensive exam.

Apr 27, 2024 - 3:04:01 PM

15059 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I am now 71, I wonder if medicare will pick up the costs of a new full audiologist examination? (from the first exam when I was only 65) Brad


Brad ...... I am pretty sure they won't.  For some reason, I think they think of hearing just like they do teeth ...... you are on your own!  I hope I am wrong!


Hmmm.  I took my only audiologist full exam after I just turned 65.  I had Medicare and a good supplemental.  As I recall, I did not pay anything for that expensive exam.


Brad ..... Medicare only covers visits for "diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders them to find out if you need medical treatment."  It also covers it for other hearing type problems, but it does not cover hearing aid exams or fitting for hearing aids.

Apr 27, 2024 - 3:22:12 PM
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RV6

USA

1492 posts since 2/3/2012

I've been wearing hearing aids for 16 years.  Locally, we're in a wasteland of audiologist/hearing aid salesmen who left a lot to be desired.   About 2 1/2 years ago, I drove 2 1/2 hours to our nearest Costco and had the most comprehensive hearing test I've ever had and it was free.   I bought their KS 10's (no longer available through Costco) and have been very pleased.  A year and a half ago, we bought hearing aids for my wife at the same Costco.  Same people on staff and the same very well done hearing test.  She likes her Philips's hearing aids.   It's a pain to drive that far but the quality of the testing and "fitting" was the best I've experienced. 

Apr 27, 2024 - 4:24:44 PM
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667 posts since 11/2/2009

RV6 Gosh, that is a looooooong drive to a Costco!

Apr 27, 2024 - 4:50:30 PM

banjoT1

Canada

77 posts since 7/18/2019

....yep Bob,

you've again underscored the value and positive impact of finding, and staying with, the clinic service who provides hi-level and professional quality experience. But, further to that, from my experience, I've found it imperative to find THE SPECIFIC individual that CAN, at each appointment, make your hearing better than expected. Meaning, through teeth-gnashing trial-and-error I finally found Mr. V. - so unless something unforeseen arises he's my go-to guy.

Since as I said earlier that my aids are WCB prescribed, I'm just not certain if there are opportunities to book with a specific VA specialist or not - likely depends on variables at your local Vet Center or maybe depends on staff allocation limitations.

BTW......later I'll post some VA and VA.gov resources links that some folks may not be aware of - starting points if you're not already enrolled in the VHA, Veterans Health Administration. Eligibility requirements apply. Eligibility for certain health related no-cost benefits depends on many factors of your service. There's lots of info to become aware of.

(.....disclaimer as stated, I am not an accredited VSO representative.)

Apr 27, 2024 - 5:20:52 PM

41244 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by gcpicken

RV6 Gosh, that is a looooooong drive to a Costco!


Yeah...

But..what are yer ears ..worth...

ROAD TRIP...!

 

Get a nice lunch while yer at it too.. :0)

Apr 27, 2024 - 5:43:18 PM

15257 posts since 6/2/2008

In 2016, my Costco Kirkland brand KS-7 hearing aids cost $1700 for the pair. In 2021, my KS-10 hearing aids were $1400. Costco, of course, doesn't manufacture hearing aids. For each model, they contracted with a name manufacturer to produce a device Costco could offer at a desired price point -- typically half (or even less) the cost of those same manufacturer's aids sold though audiologists. Costco also sold name-bracn hearing aids, some of which started at $2500.

When Costco discontinued the KS10 a year or so ago, it was not replaced by a KS11. I asked about this when I was in a Costco store last year getting service (more of instructions for self-help) on my hearing aids. The worker at the hearing center said with the cost of technology coming down, manufacturers were able to offer hearing aids to be sold under their own names, so there would be no more Kirkland branded hearing aids.

Costco is the largest seller of hearing aids in the US.

Apr 27, 2024 - 6:05:29 PM

RV6

USA

1492 posts since 2/3/2012

The way I understand the way things happened:   Costco puts bids out to those company's who want to build hearing aids to the Costco specs.  Phonak was the company chosen to produce the KS 10's.  Costco and Phonak had a "disagreement" and parted ways. From what I've gathered,  Costco will find another manufacture for the new version of the KS branded hearing aids. 

May 3, 2024 - 6:58:43 PM

banjoT1

Canada

77 posts since 7/18/2019

…this may b be relevant to some of you :

Google search page….
‘HEARING LOSS DUE TO ORGANIC SOLVENT EXPOSURE’

bing.com/search?pglt=675&q=hea...C=EDGEDSE

May 24, 2024 - 1:48:52 PM

banjoT1

Canada

77 posts since 7/18/2019

REDEFINING SUCCESS IN ADULT COCHLEAR IMPLANT OUTCOMES
May 23, 2024
Aaron C. Moberly, MD1; Irina Castellanos, PhD2; Theodore R. McRackan, MD, MSCR3
Author Affiliations
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online May 23, 2024

jamanetwork.com/journals/jamao...e/2819303

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