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77% score based on 49 reviews
Update February, 2018: Kirkland Signature™ 8.0 hearing aids are now available.
Costco has not published detailed technical specifications on the Kirkland Signature™ 7.0 hearing aids. However, some have speculated that the KS7's might be similar in technology to the Rexton Trax 42 hearing aids, also sold at Costco. The KS7's look very similar to the Trax 42's on the exterior and are compatible with the same accessories (Smart Connect, Smart Power Charger, Smart Remote, Speech Connect) and smartphone apps (Smart Connect App and Smart Remote App). The Trax 42 hearing aids have 42 processing channels, 20 gain adjustment channels, 6 programs, directional microphones with mic-pattern adjustment, telecoil, Bluetooth wireless, rechargeability, etc.
Informational videos, frequently asked questions, user guides, compatibility information, and more can be found at the Kirkland Signature™ 7.0 user portal. The current pricing for Costco's Kirkland Signature™ 7.0 hearing aids are $1,699.99 a pair.
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Update Sep 22, 2016
We received an anonymous tip this morning with more information about the KS7 hearing aids. The specs detailed below are quoted from the KS7 datasheet (download the full PDF below). Based on this information, we can see that the KS7’s are very similar in technology to the Signia primax 7px hearing aids, also produced by Sivantos.
• TruCore Audio Exchange (requires bilateral fitting)
• 42 Signal Processing Channels
• 20 Gain Handles
• Binaural Signal Processing Synchronization
• Volume and Program Coupling
• 6 Programs
• RIC Technology (45 dB, 60 dB, 70 dB, 75 dB external receivers)
• 312 Battery
• Rocker Switch
• SecureTec Protection (IP 67 Rating)
• Directional iLock Premium Performance
• iFocus 360
• Intelligent Mic Morphing (42 Channels)
• HD Directionality (3 steps and on/off)
• HD Bandwidth (10 kHz)
• Feedback Preventer
• Bandwidth Compression
Smart Set & Go
• Smart Automatic Equalizer Premium Performance
• Smart Automatic Acclimatization Premium Performance
• Automatic Classifier Premium Performance
• Data Logging
Sound Comfort and Convenience
• Voice Ranger
• Reverb Reducer
• Music Enhancer
• Smart Remote App (provides main functionality of the Smart Remote with just an app)
• Noise Management Premium Performance
• Sound Smoothing Premium Performance
• Sound Radiance
• Wind Noise Cancellation
• Omni Sound Locator
• Microphone-pattern Adjustment (Smart Connect App recomended)
• Smart Remote
• Smart Connect (for Bluetooth connection with cell phones and stereo audio streaming)
• Smart Connect App (requires Smart Connect)
• Transmitter (requires Smart Connect)
• Speech Connect (requires Smart Connect)
• Smart Power Charger
• Wired programming with 312-programming adaptor
• Wireless programming with ConnexxLink™
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 20 September 2016
The Kirkland Signature (Costco) 7.0 RITE has a dedicated volume control, an ingress protection rating of IP67, rechargeable batteries, uses size 312 hearing aid batteries, and is Android compatible.
|Kirkland Signature (Costco) 7.0 RITE|
|Disposable Batteries||Battery Size
|IP Rating (Liquid)||7|
|IP Rating (Solid)||6|
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I have the Kirkland (Costco) Signature Plus hearing aids available 3 years ago. So I'm not certain I've picked the correct HA from your profile list. I'm not happy. I lost the right HA last year, and when Costco replaced it, from that day forward there does not seem to be the quality I previously experienced. They do not seem t "sync" with each other. I have ordered Oticon OPN2 devices from my healthcare provider (not Costco).
My hearing aids are my first, when I find issues with sounds I book an appointment to have them adjusted. The adjustments addressed the sound issues I was experiencing. I looked up causes of sound issues online, it helps me adjust to using hearing aids for the first time. So far what I have found online the Costco signature 7.0 heaing aids are high quality for an affordable price. I would recommend everyone who purchases these to have them adjusted if they don't sound right to them and ask questions about any issues they may experience with their dispenser. So far my 7.0 hearing aids work better after each adjustment.
I have enjoyed my Rexton Quintra aids for about four years. I lost one about a month ago. I ordered an exact match from ebay, second hand. I have an appointment with my Costco audiologist in a few days. I will need to get the replacement hearing aid programmed to my audiogram. However, I have a question related to what I am to expect ... I put in a battery to try out the replacement hearing aid. It works well. BUT (being on the left) it will not control the volume on both hearing aids. When I press the program button on the right hearing aid, it only changes the right one. I am wondering if this will be a problem? Is there someway to do an initial reset so that the two aids will interact with each other?
I have owned my KS7.0 hearing aids for about 3 weeks now. I’ve had a few adjustments in fitting done a few times and still find them uncomfortable to wear. Sort of feels like pencil erasers in my ear canal. Until today, when comparing notes with another KS7.0 person who shared my same concerns gave me a good suggestion on comfort. The soft cone that goes into the ear has circular design that if you cut the spacing support around the base of the cone, this action reduces the pressure from the outer rim of the cone on the inner ear and makes wearing them much more comfortable. The cone still fits snug in the ear and sound performance isn’t affected. You can cut the spacing between each rib one at a time testing after each cut. Your not removing any material with each cut. Your just allowing the outer circle of the cone to compress easier in you ear canal making it more comfortable in your ear. Works for me, thanks Jim!” I also noticed if I keep the volume turned down low, I don’t get feedback when I talk and the hearing aids pick up my voice. That is very uncomfortable and makes me constantly clear my throat but with the volume down low, that talkback is minimal. A sudden load bang or load noise seems to be amplified uncomfortably when wearing hearing aids. Overall, I am hearing Better but sound quality of music seems to be changed for some reason.
Being a retired audio engineer and product manager for several well known high end audio equipment manufacturers, I've been aware of the design issues required to overcome and return hearing to a somewhat normal level. There are some laws of physics in terms of acoustical reproduction that hearing aids can't overcome. That said, I wanted to end my constant asking my wife to repeat things. These hearing aids work well in that respect. They fail in others. The hearing aids I purchased are the Costco Signature 7.0 series manufactured by Rexton. First, the smart phone app offers a number of functions. They work reasonably well with the exception of the microphone pickup patterns. While you can hear differences, none seem to yield the results the pickup patterns displayed on your smart phone screen would suggest. As an example, when you narrow the pattern, according to the app, to pickup sound primarily from the front of you, it really doesn't reduce sounds from the rear to any significant degree. You will always be fighting reverberant energy bouncing around in the environment. This inability to localize sounds properly also makes these hearing aids very poor for allowing the human ear/brain to create what is known in audio engineering circles as the "cocktail party effect". With normal hearing when you're speaking with someone in a noisy room, your brain ignores sounds coming from directions other than that of the speaker you're listening to. These hearing aids do not allow your brain to perform that function particularly well at all. Second, the tone control is a high frequency roll off control. It simply turns down the treble and does not offer any bass (low frequency boost or cut). While different modes are offered for outdoors, music, noise /party, reverb reducer, and so on, none of them are particularly effective, especially the live music mode. For live music even the lowest volume setting colors the sound, especially live piano which becomes hard and brittle, with loss of any warm in the lower register. When listening to stereo, the reproduction is also very colored due to the unnatural emphasis in the response curve of these hearing aids in the voice range. For music, the response curve should have been the inverse of the user's hearing loss. Stereo imaging is thoroughly scrambled with these units, resulting in a completely unnatural sound stage. High quality headphones with a moderate boost in high frequency response from a high quality AV stereo receiver do an order of magnitude better job of reproduction of music. You will be thoroughly disappointed if you buy these hearing aids to improve your enjoyment of recorded or live music. I did not test the bluetooth accessory for listening to TV and I have doubts about the additional fidelity loss of bluetooth vs a direct headphone connection, as well as the ability of the tiny transducer that fits in the ear canal to reproduce low frequency sounds with any degree of realism. I have some concerns regarding long term reliability. Specifically, how long will the battery holder last before the pivot and contacts break? How long will the stiff connection wire from the hearing aid to the transducer that goes in your ear canal last before it breaks? I'm hopeful and my wife doesn't have to repeat.
Problem with these KS7 hearing aids is the sound (frequency) balance when sound comes to the hearing aids through the air (microphones). High frequencies, such as dishes clanking, little dogs barking, small children and some women talking come through annoyingly loud. Listening to TV or car radio is a challenge. At normal volume levels I hear the bass and high pitched tones. Best results I get with Bluetooth reception, but the room needs to be quiet, the volume on the TV turned off. Then the sound is good. However if there is noise in the room, it drowns out the TV bluethooth-based reception. Also any internal noise within my head, such as clicking teeth, crunching hard cookies, celery, or my own voice comes picked up very amplified. My hearing loss (audiogram) seems pretty standard. Drop off fairly sharply after 4k. Moderate to Moderate severe to 8k. Probably the hearing aids need some serious tuning, but I have had two different Costco audio technicians. They seem to use cookie-cutter methods, that just don't work in my case.
Overall very good. However, the rechargeable batteries and the included charger are worthless, as the rechargeable batteries typically do not last longer than about 8 to 10 hours at the most. Unfortunately the rechargeable batteries and charger were included in the price and not an option and likely drove up the overall cost unnecessarily. I get along much better with Duracell #312 bought in packs of 60 (a box of ten 6-packs) online. The Duracell "Activair" batteries typically last me around 5 days, which of course assumes taking my hearing aids out at bedtime and turning them off. I routinely carry a spare set of batteries in the glove compartment of the car and sometimes even in my pocket just as a hedge, but have seldom needed them. Just proactively change batteries every 5 days and you won't have a problem. Avoid cheap Chinese batteries. The Duracell #312 are made in Germany & I've never had a problem with them. The el-cheapos from the big-box stores are a whole other matter.
After a long time, I gave into vanity and started researching hearing aids. A name that kept coming up in reviews was Cosco Hearing Center. I made an appointment to have the free hearing exam at Cosco and picked up information on what hearing aids and pricing would be available when I went back. At the appointment the specialist and the exam given were very thorough. At the end if the exam and after saying that I may be interested I was given a walk around sample pair to try in the store for a while. When I returned and said that I was ready to purchase I was fitted at that time with a pair of the Kirkland Signature 7.0 Hearing Aids and was surprised that I was walking out of the store with them right away. The price point of $1699.00 / pr along with reviews was a factor in choosing the Kirkland Signature 7.0 Hearing Aids. When I returned for a 2 week checkup the specialist made an adjustment to the programing because one side seemed muffled. That has corrected that issue. There are modes for various conditions and events that work well and easily set on the hearing aid as are the volume settings. The mobile app supplied is also a convenient tool to make setting changes without an obvious ear tug, however not all features work smoothly.
I was very reluctant to get my hearing tested even though my hearing has suffered for years. This was probably due to going to a lot of loud rock concerts in my youth. Well, I'm no longer young nor as vain as I think I was, so I decided to take the plunge and get tested. Especially since my wife of 35 years has been "hinting" that I should get checked out. I chose Costco because I've been a member of their warehouse club for a number of years, and they have good merchandise and had good hearing air reviews. They also have VERY GOOD prices. The nearest Costco to me in Erie, Pa is in Cranberry, Pa which is about 2 hours away. The testing procedure went very well. The staff there is professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. It was determined that I did indeed need hearing aids, and they were ordered before I left the store. I returned a few weeks later to pick up the hearing aids, and the process could not have been smoother. I have nothing but good things to say about the hearing aids. They fit securely in my ears, and they have greatly improved my hearing ability. I have not had them very long, but I believe that they should continue to function well into the future. And, needless to say, you can't beat their price: $1,699.00 for the pair! A screaming deal! Their warranty and return policy can't be beat either. I would highly recommend giving Costco a try for hearing tests/hearing aids.
I have had the KS 7 for over 18 months now. They was an improvement over my prior kirkland hearing aids. My ratings mostly reflect my initial experience. Problems have since developed (see below). The only initial problems were: * directionality - sometimes loud noises sounded like they were behind me when they were not - almost echo-like. * listening to music in a car is annoying. The volume varies greatly, up and down, for no apparent reason. Audiologist was no help when I brought these up. The problem still exists. The biggest problem now is that the volume and clarity has diminished greatly. This happened slowly over months. I started noticing that I was missing a lot of sounds. I have actually switched back to my old HA's and am hearing much better. I will be sending these back for repair. I will try to post an update.
I switched from the OPN 2 TO the KS7 due to my budget. The difference is noticeable, but im not sure if the difference is worth the $3300 price difference . It's a dirty shame that hearing aids do not get insurance coverage...and that some companies are charging such ridiculous prices.
Still don't have confidence in the person fitting my hearing aids at Costco. I have tried three different people and still not satisfied. I am looking for information on the correct power of receiver. I have a 2M in my right ear and a 2P in my left ear. For my audiogram see my profile.
Quite an improvement over Kirkland Signature 3.0. Biggest problem occurred because provider Audiologist did not take into account that I previously had hearing aids, and did not setup the programs, loudness or the on off switch. I also asked for the ability to control them with my phone. She said this also could be done when I got used to them. She set an appointment for 3 weeks later to do all that - which is still coming up! Almost drove me crazy as we had to take a 5 hour trip and I had to remove the aids because the car and car radio were way too noisy, and I couldn't turn them down or off. (My husband listens to ball games!). I went to another Costco in the city we were visiting to have them programmed and adjusted 2 days after getting them and had them setup the iphone connection which is wonderful. Fiddling with your phone is a lot easier than fiddling with your ears! They setup 4 programs. I am going to ask for the other ones, because not sure i have the best one for crowded situations like restaurants, etc. Once i figure out which is best for me, I will maybe have some removed. Also, I have had difficulty finding out if rechargeable battery chargers are hard on the receivers. My provider says yes. I really prefer rechargeable batteries but would like to know the answer to this first. My other hearing aids lasted about 5 years, but seemed to be a problem for the last year. I also tried to find silver zinc rechargeable batteries and a charger. I can find the batteries but not the charger. I understand they will hold a charge longer.
Love it in every way, except there is a VERY important problem to address. The app isn't out yet, but the Signature 7 aid is. The finder feature was on the Signature 6 app, made by a different company. Rexton, the current manufacturer, hasn't come out with the app yet for 7! I lost my #7 aid in a gravel driveway and now I have to use up my only free replacement offer, whereas I wouldn't have to if I had a finder. I certainly hope the 7 app is coming out soon and I hope it has the finder feature. Please, someone should give consumers an update on these issues.
Am able to hear the TV, movies in a theater, and female voices much better. High frequency gain makes a huge difference when listening to people speaking. As an instrumentalist, I am able to program my hearing aids to "playing music." The noise reduction program does help in conversation in a noisy environment. The music listening program helps me to hear the audible high end such as snare drums and cymbals. Overall, these Cosco Kirkwood 7 hearing aids are a bargain for $1699.00. Some of my friends spend upwards of 6 to 8 thousand dollars for similar aids. I have 160 day trial period with my Cosco aids and a money back guarantee if not satisfied. Where else can you go and be treated so fairly? Before you spend 6 grand or more, see Amy at the Grand Rapids Cosco location. She'll also give you a free trial. Cosco from my perspective is hard to beat.
They fit comfortably and I have no feedback problems or buzzing like other hearing aids. Unfortunately for me, however, my hearing has not been improved at all. I am very concerned that nothing can be done for my hearing loss. This is the 4th set of hearing aids I have had in my lifetime. This set is the best in everything you would want in hearing aids except they do not help my hearing.
I am first timer when it comes to aids, so I cannot compare my Kirkland is 7.0 to others. I kept putting off getting aids but I finally went to A ENT for a problem with my right ear. He referred me to an Audiologist for hearing evaluation. After medications for the problem I was having, my ENT recommended that I check out hearing aids. The audiologist quoted me between 5,000 and 7,000 depending on the model. Way too Much. I guess I don't really need them.. After further thought, and some internet searching I ended up at Costco. I tried out several pairs of aids and chose the KS 7.0. 1700 dollars I would give them a try. I am very pleased with my purchase, make that amazed. I am hearing sounds that I can't remember hearing before. I can follow conversations in a crowded restaurant. I tell everyone I know with hearing issues to try Costco.
I've had mine 4 days now and I'm impressed. Had lunch with my daughter today and it's the first time in a long time that I could understand her without straining or asking her to raise her voice. Smart Phone App is nice, although one needs to remember the phone only sends message to the HAs. They don't send anything back to the phone. This is why the battery level checker requires the aid to beep at you to show the battery level
Purchased the 6.0 version in August as my first hearing aid. Was satisfied with performance, but really had nothing to compare them to. Since the purchase contract allowed for a 6 month return, thought I'd give the 7.0 a try after reading all reviews and literature I could find. Contacted my Cosco hearing aid specialist and made an appointment., and she had a demo set ready within minutes after arriving the next day. LEFT my 6.0 units with her and took them for a spin. First thing I noticed was that the sound was more natural and less aggravated by clunky noise. Walking around Cosco in search af an irritating sreaming, screeching baby I noticed that the background noise of A/C overhead was barely noticable. Found a test subject baby and to my supprize the screaming was not irritating. So far, so good. Onward out the door and down the road. Conversation in my truck with wife was easy, and did not have to turn the left off to eliminate some of the road noise. On to tex mex restaurant along I45. Can hear blinkers. Traffic noise seems more natural. Arriving and out of truck noticed just how loud a Harley Davidson roar really is. Conversation over dinner table with family was quite natural and improved over the 6.0 and background noise seemed less noticable. Fajitas were tough as rubber, but the conversation was easiest I can remember. Back to Cosco, wife in back seat, conversation easy without having to turn head. LOVE these things. 6.0 is good. 7.0 is great. Fitting and programing the 7.0 took about 30 minutes. Returing the 6.0 for credit went flawless as did the new purchase. Thanks to Mikki for doing an excellent job . Features I really like is being able to turn aids off and on with button rather than opening the battery door and the on the device volume control. At home, hearing the country sounds I can't hear without aids ... crickets, birds singing and frogs around the stock tank. Overall, a great experience, better hearing and a $100 savings.
I only tried them out for a short while and was very impressed. I will be returning for my next appointment and will definitely be purchasing the SIGNATURE 7.0. At $1700 I can't go wrong. My next appointment is 10/8. I was told the 7.0 has 48 channels. Sounds like more for your money over the Trax 42. I spoke to the Costco Hearing Aid technician today and he told me each aid has 1 speaker, 2 microphones and 48 channels/Tracks. I have an appointment next week and will try them one more time. I will follow up with my results.
I've had 2 pairs of "in the canal" hearing aids before. They were uncomfortable; sounds were not natural & often tinny. The Kirkland 7.0s are very comfortable &sound very natural, not tinny at all. In fact, they're so comfortable & natural that sometimes I think I'm not wearing them or they're not turned on. I've only had them a week.
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