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74% score based on 49 reviews
The Kirkland Signature (KS) 8.0 hearing aids were released in early February, 2018. The hearing aids, like the previous generation KS 7.0 hearing aids, are Rexton brand hearing aids manufactured by Sivantos, the same company that produces Signia hearing aids. The new KS 8.0 hearing aids are $100 less than the previous generation, with a price tag of 1,599.99, inclusive of service and warranty.
There are a number of differences between the KS 7.0 and KS 8.0 hearing aids. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide our typical detailed feature descriptions for the KS line, as documentation detailing the functionality of each feature is hard to come by. Please refer to the technical data sheets on each product page to form a comparison. Many have compared the new KS 8.0 hearing aids to the Rexton Emerald 80 8c and Signia Nx 312 7Nx products.
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 06 February 2018
The Kirkland Signature (Costco) 8.0 has a dedicated volume control, water resistant coating, an ingress protection rating of IP68, uses size 312 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
|Kirkland Signature (Costco) 8.0|
|Disposable Batteries||Battery Size
|IP Rating (Liquid)||8|
|IP Rating (Solid)||6|
|Made For iPhone||Lowest iOS Version
|Water Resistant Coating|
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I'm not sure how to make them work with my cell phone or TV. I have them paired with my phone but do not know how to get them to accept phone calls on my Samsung S4 android phone. I can not find any video on YouTube explaining what to do after they are paired. I do not have any of the optional piece of equipment they say to use on the videos on Youtube that you wear around your neck. My hearing aids do not require this option.
My rating is based upon 1 week with the KS8 hearing aids. These are my first ones though I tried Phonak Lyric hearing aids for a couple weeks . I found that the Lyric were horrible. Normal noises were loud and sharp. My KS8 may be programmed for a 1st time user and currently seem too soft. App and buttons do not really seem to make a difference in volume. I notice no difference with the programs currently installed or the directional portion of the app. Need to be improved.
I would think about going the extra bucks and go with the Resound- I had them lost one and was suggested to go with the Costco brand- My major complaint is the tinny feed back - some days no matter what I do i cant get rid of it. Needless to say to have a constant tinny noise is very irritating and uncomfortable- Very low battery life 3 to 4 days - Resound lasts a week or more.
I teach high school and could not do my job without hearing aids. I bought my first pair of hearing aids in 2014. They were name brand and very expensive. They did the job but that was all. They lasted a little over 2 years. The Kirkland Signature 8.0 is far better (I love the Bluetooth for phone calls) and cost less than half the price. I had an audiogram from my last audiologist. I took it to Costco and they were able to program it quickly and I left with a pair of hearing aids that day. It was a little easier because I had already had hearing aids. I've had them for over 2 months now and I'm very pleased. I like how they are affordable. It seems like they come out with a newer version every 18 months or so and they lower the price by $100. The 8.0 cost me $1600 plus the cost of a Costco membership. I think when the 9.0 comes out, they will probably be $1500. Highly recommended.
Also purchased (and returned) a Widex from a hearing professional. The Widex was spot on first tuning. I have had 5 CostCo tunings so far and the response is still not right. I have been trying to get into CostCo Superior, CO but keep getting voice mail saying they are too busy. They did respond once but never again. I suggest you spend the extra for a professional, I wish I had.
I am a long time hearing aid user with severe loss. I previously had the Kirkland 5s. Those were pretty good, with a few annoyances. Before that I was analog, which was terrible. These Kirkland 8s are very very good for the price. The digital filters on these are excellent. I can understand people in very noisy environments where normally hearing people can't hear me. The filters will pick out the voice and dump the noise. I can often understand people without looking at them, which I haven't been able to do in years. I am really happy with the general performance. They are also nicely water resistant and the coated digital electronics hold up very well to humidity and sweat. No need to get pricey maintenance every year like the old days. Another great feature is the iphone MFI pairing. I can listen to music, watch movies or take a phone call right to the aids automatically. The sound is good and the aids mix real life voices into the audio stream, letting you listen to something without being cut off from your environment. This is awesome for things like listening to music at work. Battery life is still decent while using the streaming. Many of the hearing aid options are built right into the iphone settings. You can also download an app that has additional features. With the excellent background noise reduction and bluetooth connection, I surprised people with normal hearing haven't started buying these as headphones yet. It's that good. I'm sure we will see adoption in the future as prices continue to go down. Speaking of price, these currently cost the same as terrible analog hearing aids I used a dozen years ago, but they are an order of a magnitude better. Some notes: 1 Get the telecoil model for the larger battery. 2 If you have never worn aids or are coming from analog aids, you will need to get used to them. They will sound weird at first, just use the setup they gave you for a couple of weeks until it clicks in your brain. The lack of constant background noise is disconcerting at first. 3 One thing you might need to go back for is getting the correct wire length. This takes about five minutes to swap out. The receiver should point straight back in your ear. If the wire is too short, it will point the receiver at the bottom of your ear canal and slowly pull it out.
This is my 5Th set of hearing aids and by far the best. The fitting process was the most complete and detailed I have ever experienced bar none as was the hearing test. The initial set up was nearly spot on and better than anything I have experienced after many adjustments and fine tuning efforts with my previous aids. Factor in the costs of the aids into the purchase and I am blown away. Anyone in the market for hearing aids would be smart to check these aids and Costco out before purchasing anything. Saved me $3-5000.00 on a set and got me a more than comparable product to what I had been offered by traditional hearing aid vendors. 6 month free trial period,3 year warrenty as well as 2 year "free loss" replacement is frosting on the cake. Without a doubt the best value available at there.
I have been needing hearing aids for years, but the cost has been prohibitively high so kept putting it off. I was comparing hearing aid reviews recently and found that the Kirkland Signature 8.0 were the highest rated and the cost were very reasonable compared the to the $4000 +/- per ear cost. I have been wearing these hearing aids for a little over two week and the change in my hearing is incredible. I hear sounds that i do not remember hearing for about 50 years. I heard the rustle of paper and stopped with a bit of surprise on my ace and my wife noticed my surprise and asked what happened and when i told her we both laughed. I am still getting used to wearing them and hearing new sounds again. I do not have an other hearing aid to compare these with, but in my opinion, I cannot imagine any others being any better. Arthur Webb Chesapeake VA
I am very disappointed with my Signature 8 Premium hearing aids. The right hearing aid is nothing more than an ear plug most of the time. Also, the Bluetooth works only in my left ear, when it works at all, and the right hearing aid eats batteries like crazy! I’m glad Costco has a 90 day trial period because I’m returning them. If they need repair already, I don’t trust the company. Also, I was told the clicking and other Bluetooth problems (the cutting in and out, the drastic slowing down of speech to a “wowing” sound, and the static) were Rexton’s fault, not Apple’s, and that Rexton is “still working on a fix.” So I don’t know who to believe. I’ll try Bernafon next, although they’re $1000 more. Yuck!
I am very happy with my new hearing aids compared to my 5 year old Phonaks! It’s amazing how technology has advanced. The only problem so far is TV listening, I am going to order their Table top device to take care of it, otherwise I have the volume turned up a little to high for others. I am only into these new Costco units 6 weeks and they possibly can possibly re-adjust my volume a tad bit higher and then the TV issue could be resolved without an additional TV box.
Very happy except for a couple of bluetooth problems with my iPhone: 1. When streaming music to the hearing aids, music sometimes stutters and bass is weak. But since I consider the bluetooth music to be just a nice extra, this doesn't bother me. 2. Although my phone still connects to my car when I'm driving, and although I can still initiate a call using my car's display, I can't answer a call from the display when I'm wearing my hearing aids- the car acts like there's no call coming in; I have to look at my phone to see who's calling and to answer the call. I've played around with settings on my phone and the only way to fix this is to disconnect the hearing aids from my phone. It's probably a bug in the phone or car software and not the hearing aids fault, but it's still disappointing.
I don't often write reviews of items I purchased, even when not satisfied with the product. This time; however, I feel it is important for any prospective purchaser of the Kirkland (Costco) Signature Premium 8.0 hearing aids to have this information. By way of background, I am a 49 year old professional with an active lifestyle. I delayed purchasing a hearing aid for two years, but finally realized that I was missing too much in meetings and the like to put off getting them. I investigated many brands, went to at least two private hearing centers associated with ENT offices and tested a few different hearing aids out. I thought the Kirkland Premium 8's had the best balance of cost, performance and features available. My hearing aids are ONLY one month old and already I have had to return one of them to Costco for service. Despite purchasing a store item (they keep these in stock so they can sell you a pair of their own hearing aids as soon as your hearing test is done) when i brought my hearing aid for service because all I heard was loud static, they were unable to replace it right there. The Costco Bloomfield Hills, Michigan store informed me that they would have to send my right hearing aid back to the manufacturer (Reston) for repair and that it would take two weeks. And, despite my explaining to Costco Hearing Center personnel that I was leaving town in two days for a business trip (where I really need my hearing aids), they essentially told me that I was s-out of luck. I take very good care of my hearing aids, I clean them when needed and don't wear them when I'm working out. For the Costco Kirkland Signature Premium Hearing Aid 8.0 to FAIL after only one month is unacceptable. For Costco hearing center to tell me I was out-of-luck while I awaited the two weeks for it to be returned to the manufacturer for repair, when these are essentially off-the-shelf products ('programmed' at the hearing aid center) means I was a sucker to think that saving a few dollars would help me in the long run. I guess if you can afford to wait the two week (or more) turn around time for Costco to repair a product that is not damaged or misused by you, then Costco's Kirkland Signature Premium 8.0 Hearing Aids may still an acceptable solution for your hearing loss. However, if you are still working or require your hearing aids for communicating with the outside world I would strongly recommend that you pay the few extra dollars and purchase a different brand (NOT the Costco Kirkland Signature Premium Hearing Aid 8.0) and consider using a hearing aid provider who can provide a loaner or who has a shorter turn-around time with their manufacturers or distributors. Many private hearing centers can provide this service and I never thought that the Costco Kirkland Signature Premium Hearing Aids 8.0 would fail so miserably after just one and half months of service. PRO: low cost CON: Unreliable and defective hearing aids; Two-week (minimum) turn around time for repairs; No loaners or replacement even for something they acknowledge is defective and what is really a commodity-type product; No real diagnostics performed at the Costco hearing aid center to trouble shoot the hearing aids; Long wait times for appointments; Inconvenient hours of service at the Costco hearing aid center.
My previous hearing aids were 5 years old and it was time for an upgrade, when my dog ate them! My last pair cost $7,000.00 and my budget just could NOT handle that big a hit. But hearing aids are not a luxury, they are a necessity. I did not belong to Costco and they were two hours away from me. Sam's Club offers hearing aids, but they were $800. more that Costco's and $800.buy a lot of batteries. I made an appointment with Costco and made the drive. I could not be more impressed with Mr. Kelso and how he examined and tested my hearing. He was caring and compassionate and delinitely fined tuned them PERFECTLY! I walked out with them that very day. It wasn't until I'd gotten my new Kirkland Signatures, did I realize that I had not gone to the movies (which I love) for a long time, opting to stay at home and read closed captions because my hearing aids didn't work well enough for me. Quite frankly, if you can fall in love with a hearing aid, I have. My world is so much better. I love being able to adjust them to the environment from my cell phone! I no longer live in silence. My television is at a level that "normal" people hear television. I HEAR WHISPERS! Cannot say enough good things about Mr. Kelso and my Kirkland Signature 8.0 hearing aids. I tell EVERYONE!
The hearing aids have allowed me to hear sounds I have not heard in 20 years. The audiologist said your brain will relearn to hear sounds. I have had them a month and can now hear crickets and referee whistles again. I was told it takes a month to really see a difference. I wear them during waking hours.
They do not fit in my mother's ears. They fit and seemed fine when she was first fitted with the. They were serviced shortly after that; maybe 46 months after. Ever since the servicing that have not fit in her ears. She has not received any resolution for this problem. They didn't have any problem selling them to her, but they don't want to help resolve the problem. They tell her that they don't fit her small ear canals. Then they never should've been sold to her. Very disappointed in Costco.
I have had my Kirkland Signature KS8 hearing aids for two weeks. I am very happy with them. They assist me to hear all that is going on around me. It is taking a little while to get used to the sound of my own voice, however, I am told that will correct itself in about 2 - 4 weeks. The only issue I have is that Rexton have made these for iPhone compatibility. As I am a long time Android user (Samsung Galaxy S9+) it is a little frustrating that the app does not do what it does if you own an iPhone. Rexton should correct this so that those with Android phones have the same functionality as those with iPhones. Afterall, we pay exactly the same amount for the hearing aids, but have to then turn around and buy accessories in order to have the increased functionality. Not good! However, on the positive side, as someone who has severe hearing loss as a result of two inner ear infections, I am very very pleased with the KS8s, they have changed my life very quickly. Peter!
Update 8-3-18. I updated to the iOS newest beta 12. With iOS 11 I had isolated but infrequent instances of pops and static when streaming from iPhone-these have completely disappeared. Also I found that when moving between iPhone and iPad for streaming make sure to disable Bluetooth on the device you are leaving and enable Bluetooth on the device you intend to stream from. If the hearing aids seems to not immediately reconnect, turn off Bluetooth for 5 seconds - turn back on and theyreconnect just fine. Make sure you went into both devices originally and set up the hearing aids in ios’ settings. The new iOS version 12 upgrade should be released to the geraral public in September 2018 I am using this app with Costco's Signature 8.0 hearing aids. I was blown away by my iTunes streaming music directly to my hearing aids directly from my iPhone 7+. The sound clarity and bass is hard to believe when you first hear it. You can even use iOS’ sound equalizer to output sound tuned to your particular preference. I can move back-and-forth between devices simply by disabling Bluetooth on the device I am leaving. The sound is not 100% perfect because sometimes I get crackling and pops in the hearing aids when streaming Music or podcasts– not frequently but often enough that I would like to find the cure. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern for when this occurs. I was using Google Maps the other day and was surprised to hear the GPS directions coming in over my hearing aids. It’s also nice to control music or podcast volume using the iPhone’s volume controls, and you can even use iOS to change the sound output balance when needed from center weighted to heavy in the left or right hearing aid. I am almost deaf in my right ear in certain tones and the ability to hear clearly is amazing. Last night I was hearing birds chirping in nearby trees which I’ve never heard before. I've had a little bit of problem losing mucic/iTunes connection with occasionally the L hearing aid - usually new batteries and reconnecting using Apple's settings fixed the problem. They work ubelievably well 99.9% of the time - only problems have occurred when streaming sound from the iphone or ipad - I suspect this is an iOS Bluetooth/MFi problem not a problem with the hearing aids. When the L channel music is out I still have good hearing aid function. I was walking the other day and notices as I came upon a mower that the L device automatically adjusted the volume level up to compensate and override the ambient noice -same thing happened walking into the wind - no wind noise but a slight increase in volume. Nice!
These are my first hearing aids, and have had them for about 2 months. I am generally pleased with them. They are extremely comfortable, and I don't even know I am wearing them. The one complaint that I have, and it's got nothing to do with the quality. It's the battery life. I am getting 5 days on average. I just wish the life was longer. Considering the batteries are about 19 cents at Costco, I guess that's not really bad at all.
I thought I did not need hearing aids. I felt I never had trouble hearing. Then I noticed I could not hear the TV as well as my wife and in some public presentations I could not make out what they were saying when others seemed to have no problem. I went for a test with the audiologist Alan Kawer and found very professional and complete diagnosis, answering all questions in and easy to understand and helpful manner. The hearing aids were ordered and installed with amazing results . I hear a lot of high frequency sounds have not heard for years , I now here the birds chirping and other beeps and have much less difficulty with hearing the TV. Very satisfied with the product, the process in getting outfitted and the cost of batteries. I am a very satisfied customer.
This is the third set of hearing aids I've gotten from COSTCO (health plan covering portions of them over the last 14 years) and the best ever. Love the BlueTooth capability and listening to recorded books from library. Receiving phone calls directly into the hearing aids is great. (only draw back is finding the phone where I left it in the house since it rings in the ear - - but does FLASH when a call comes in) Very comfortable - I even had them put in the larger ear cups so that I hear just about everything via the hearing aids verses the smaller cups that would do both live to ear and via the hearing aid. Staff are very conscientious, kind and caring. App on iPhone lets me adjust for environment changes - i.e. restaurant, movie, etc. ((though these are fairly "smart" and try to do that on their own.) No, you don't end up like glasses where you can sometimes get back to 20/20 for vision, but these are the best I've had. I'm a young 71 and hope to have these for quite a while
I am new to hearing aids and I felt as if they were just okay. Everyone else say they definetly help because I am not asking them to repeat themselves. So yes the are doing there job. I have only had one adjustment. I started realizing after talking to others HA wearers, that even HA's at $6000 are no better, in fact mine seem to do better overall than theirs. This is most true in noisy places and have far less reverb. T.V. is okay as is music but not great, maybe more fine tuning? Wind is not a problem at all unless it is strong from behind, I should not that I am bald. Road noise is very minimal, surprisingly. Comfort is outstanding, I often forget them when I jump in the shower or in bed. Battery life is five solid days 14 to 16 hours daily. 2 year free replacement for damage or loss, free adjustments and cleaning for life. Hard to beat for the price!
I've had these KS8s for about a week and a half. These are the third pair of HAs I've owned over the past 12 years, and they are a major improvement over my previous 6 year-old pair. These new aids are better in noisy environments, the installed programs allow me to tweak performance in unusual settings (although I find the Automatic program works pretty well) and I even "water tested" them by accidentally wearing them in the pool one day (NOT recommended, but they survived without damage - just needed new batteries). I've had two problems: one is that I can't figure out how to stream music from iPhone direct to hearing aids, and the second is I'm having trouble with music sound quality -- high notes sound shrill and sharp, not rich like low and mid range music. My Costco audiologist is an hour drive (each way) so I'm using the Base/Treble control in the Connexx App to get an acceptable sound. In general, I'm pleased with the Aids and I'm pleased with Costco's audiologist -- just wish the store was closer to home.
I started with Costco Ks 7.0 and they were OK at best. I switched to KS 8.0 and for me there is a world of difference. With the KS 7.0s I was always fiddling with volume, base/treble, and programs, with the KS 8.0 I turn them on and forget them. KS 7.0 would pick up road noise in the car and make it the dominant sound, no problem with KS 8.0. With KS 8.0 everything sounds better, my voice, my wife, TV, music, etc. The phone applications: Sound Exposure and Motion Sensor seem to crash frequently but I don't feel a need for them. I am running the app on a non approved Samsung J3 so I find no fault with the phone issues. Batter life is not great, about 4 days but that is fine with me. My hearing loss is just in certain ranges so open domes let me hear low sounds naturally and the missing ranges are filled in seamlessly. I wear the KS 8.0s 16 hours a day and completely forget I have them in.
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