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What is ReSound Cala?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

14 September 2016 - 12728 Views

The Resound Cala is currently on sale at Costco, and looks to be the newest product offering from Resound (superseding the previous Costco-only Sola models). Many compared the Resound Sola to the first generation of Resound's LiNX hearing aids, which were one of the first Made-for-iPhone hearing aids to hit the market (and a hugely successful product for Resound). Resound released the LiNX2 on March 2, 2015. Going by the images and downloads available at future-resound.com, it looks like Resound has re-released the LiNX2 technology under the new... Read more

Is Costco's ReSound Cala a 'made-for-iPhone' aid?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

25 October 2016 - 1687 Views

If you look at Apple's official made-for-iPhone (MFi) compatible device list you will see that the ReSound Cala is not listed. The only Kirkland Signature device listed as MFi is the KS 6.0. Having said that, I'm not entirely sure whether Apple's guide is updated. If you take a look at ReSound's Cala guide, you will find the following: "You can personalize your listening experience with the ReSound Smart™ app, and connect with your world thanks to direct streaming from your iPhone®." I speculated before that the ReSound Cala is similar to the Resound... Read more

What are the differences between the Resound Linx2 9 and Costco Cala 8?

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Julie Norin, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Baltimore

04 April 2017 - 2077 Views

I am not familiar with the Cala - or any other Costco-brand hearing aids, but it's my understanding that many of the products being sold through Costco are "made-for-Costco" products, so they are not really the same exact products as those being manufactured and sold under the manufacturer label (in this case, Resound Linx 2 9). Also, the products being sold through Costco are often not the current or most recent platform as products being dispensed by Audiologists obtaining products directly from the manufacturer. They are likely technology that is... Read more