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74% score based on 67 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.
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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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These are excellent, EXCEPT that I hear a static clicking when I use Bluetooth with my phone. I saw from one of the members here that the Tile key-finder devices may be the culprit. I am disconnecting my Tile devices today and I'll try to report back when I know if there's a difference.
I have been wearing these KS8.0 HA's for just over 2 weeks. They are my first hearing aids and I waited too long for this fitting. My left ear loss is 90 dB at high frequencies. The right is less severe. I was fitted with M receivers in both ears. I initially heard some distortion in the left HA, while the right one was good from the start. After 2 weeks the left HA has significantly improved, which really means that my ear/brain is now working better. I'm sure the HA has not changed. The only change after the first fitting was to increase the vented click sleeve from small to medium. It stays in place better now. The Automatic program works well for most situations. The Noise/Party program works very well in a noisy restaurant. The outdoor/traffic program does help some with wind noise, but does not eliminate it 100%. I use the recorded music program and the sound quality is good up to about 80 dB input. With my home stereo system I still hear lots of bass, but highs drop off above 5 kHz in my left and above 8 kHz in my right. The i360 program works well in the car, but the Auto program is essentially just as good. I have one program set up for the XPhone feature. It does provide more amplification and it is fine for voice. The phone side mic does pick up more noise and send it to the other side, so overall noise is at a higher level too. I do use the Connexx Smart Direct app is very good, and virtually identical to the Signia myControl app.(https://www.signia-pro.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2017/12/How-to-myControl-app2-final-1.1.pdf). The nicest feature with an iPhone is the made for iPhone iOS built in app. It lets you automatically stream phone calls from your iPhone to the HA's (both ears), as well as music from the phone in stereo. The My Voice feature also seems to work very well in making your voice sound normal. Overall these hearing aids seem to provide really good value, and are at the premium level for quality and features. I can recommend them providing your hearing loss fits their capability.
Still in the first week, I've been back to Costco once after the initial fitting. Still have a major difficulty hearing in restaurants and atmospheres with background music playing. Haven't given up by no means though. Costco hearing agents are very interested in tuning them, problem lies with getting scheduled to see them. Ours in NC are 10 to 15 days out. a little frustrating..............
A little better than I expected.My biggest problem is when I am watching TV with the family and I have the volume up louder than they would like if I do not have my hearing aids in place. I am home with just me and the dogs most of the waking hours but there a couple of TV series that I watch with the family and if I remember to put my aids in before we watch the TV in the evenings we have no problems.
much cheaper than a lot of places, but you get what you pay for. Going back to my Starkey hearing aids, service was much better there and they took the time to explain everything to me. These felt more like ear plugs and everything sounded so unnatural and tinny. Every time I would tell that to the technician he would tell me "I just need to get use to it"
I have been wearing a hearing aid in my right ear for over 20 years. I have a severe loss and need the moulded insert. My left ear had a mastoid operation done and is not suitable for hearing aids as the large mastoid cavity must be left unblocked. This is my 6th hearing aid and this new Kirkland 8.0 is the best by a country mile and the price was an absolute bargain. I have had Beltone, Phonak and Bernafon in the past . I am sure those brands have improved and I named them in the order I liked them. The Beltone was useless, I completely wasted 1600.00 . The other two were decent with the Bernafon lasting 7 years, I had it rebuilt at 5 years old, then got another two years before it died. I have no medical plan and have to buy my aids so I decided to go with the Kirkland as another Bernafon was 1600 and this Kirkland was 1100. I have an iPhone and the Blue tooth is incredible, so nice to turn up the volume, turn off the aid and have calls come directly to my hearing aid. I also have the Kirkland app that allows me to set the treble and bass. I wish I could wear two aids to have the fantastic feature of dialing in the direction of your sound but with only one aid, that feature does not work. Overall the sound quality of this Kirkland is outstanding. I just love it. I also got a 5 year warranty because I used my Costco MasterCard to buy it.
I have been wearing these Kirkland Sig Series 8.0's for the past two weeks after having worn Starkey CIC HA's since 2015. These Kirkland (Rexton) Sig Series 8.0 are a HUGE improvement over my very expensive, custom molded Starkey's. The iPhone MFI certification/integration to the Kirkland's is simply phenomenal. My Starkey's cost $7,800 from a local audiologist in 2015... I hated them in noisy environments like restaurants, they would just amplify everything and it was so difficult to separate the conversations at my table from the background environmental noise (even despite multiple reprogramming by audiologist). The Kirkland's handle such an environment very, very well. The sound quality is so much more natural and the handling/prioritizing of speech versus background noise is incredible. Wind noise was always intolerable on the Starkey's, not an issue at all with the Kirkland's as they significantly minimize the amplification of unwanted wind noise. The steaming of audio (music, phone calls, audio from video content watched on iPhone) is simply fantastic. I have zero issues controlling whether my Car Bluetooth or the HA's should be handling the steaming when I'm in the car (I can choose to prioritize either at will). I have to say that the hearing test administered by Costco as well as the post-exam fitting/programming appointment was far more comprehensive than what I received from my audiologist when I was sold my Starkey CIC's 4 years ago. Contrasting my experience with Costco versus my former audiologist simply dispels the adage "you get what you pay for".... in my case I got far superior testing, programming, fitting and overall HA performance than I did from the services and hardware dispensed by my former audiologist, at more than 4X the cost of Costco. At $1,600 out-the-door, purchasing superior hearing aids from Costco is simply a no-brainer. I'm told that Miracle Ear sells the same Rexton branded version of the Kirkland Sig Series 8.0 for over $7K. For those of you on the fence, run, run, run to Costco and don't look back. You'll be glad you did.
I wore these HAs for 6 months then returned them, as I decided that the modest improvement (hearing high frequency/low volume voices, in both quiet and noisy environments, with my mild/moderate hearing loss) did not justify the cost and daily care/maintenance. After 4 months since returning them, I am again experiencing enough difficulty (hearing my wife, other people with low voices, TV female dialogue) that I am ready to have another hearing test and try a new pair. I believe that my hearing loss level does not justify expensive aids (over $2k), so likely to try Kirkland Signature 9s, when they are released in February? Any improvements would be great, and TV blue tooth streaming without the need of an interface adapter would be a plus. While I very much liked my Costco HA specialist (Naples FL), in retrospect I felt I got a bit of a sales job ("even if the improvement is modest, think of them as preventive maintenance for your brain's processing of high frequencies"), based on the assessment of another Costco HA specialist in Boston. o I would really like to get an independent audiogram and bring it to Costco. That may require an appointment with an ENT, as local audiologists seem to all be connected to HA retailers. Stay tuned for an update on my ongoing experience.
Been using for 9 months. Vast improvement over more costly and much older brand. I have a high frequency loss only. I can keep them fairly loud and feedback is quickly, but not completely, suppressed. With my previous instruments, I would often be an outsider in a restaurant situation because I could not understand enough of what was said to actively participate. With the KS8, I can follow along "enough" to be part of the group. The different programs don't seem to make much of a difference and I suspect they can be adjusted but I don't think the technicians can bring their equipment into a restaurant for on the spot adjustments. Very hard to tell if the changes made in the booth will have any impact in the real world.
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.
My first pair of hearing aids. First discovery; yes, there are still birds in trees. After fifty years, I can still whistle (quite well). I had lost the ability to hear my own 'whistling". And more to come...…… My first post to this forum was 19 Oct 2018 so this will be four months later. As a first-time user, this has been a fascinating (and almost completely positive) experience. These devices do, in fact, do all they claim to do and then some. If there is a blatant weakness, it is the subjective nature with which the manufacturer describes the specific modes, features and functions. While this particular model can store six individually selectable 'programs', there are eleven or twelve available to choose from. Each is described in a general way (suggesting a particular advantage in a given situation) but the relationships and trade-offs between the programs are not defined. My experience has been that these differences can be extremely subtle up to wildly different with the triggers not easily understood. By trial and error, I believe that the non-automatic selections provide more CONSISTENT results, but not necessarily BETTER results. It appears that the entire repertoire of functions is imbedded by default, with the 'manual' programs providing additional enhancement. This would make perfect sense IF the actual contours of each function were more clearly defined. Things become chaotic in the automatic mode because the 'emphasis' among functions is shifted without notice (an automatic transmission with a mind of it's own) nor indication of 'which gear we are in'. Unfortunately, most of us do this shifting with our minds which will not always agree with the 'auto' algorithm. It should also be understood that the advanced functions of these devices far exceed the capabilities of 'normal' hearing and processing. For this reason, I believe the manufacturers have failed to take advantage of the most valuable aspect of the devices; training. There's a clear link between the devices as worn, our laptops (or tablets or phones, etc.) and the manufacturers. The potential to create an 'interactive' experience, it seems to me, would be ideal to allow us (users) to learn new hearing skills and how to 'drive' these exciting new devices.
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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