Review of Costco Resound future BTE Hearing Aid
by Laurie Altfest
(Sullivan County, NY)
This is my second BTE hearing aid. My first was an Oticon and looked identical to this one but was purchased through an audiologist (ENT and Allergy) about 5 years ago. I hardly ever wore it because I didn't feel it helped me hear that much better.
So I will say that this hearing aid, the Resound Future,I wear all the time and there have been great tech advances. I definitely hear better with it than without, but I have been back at least 6 times for adjustments. And this last time, an ear mold was made for my ears because the domes that hold the microphone in the ears keep getting loose and this affects my hearing in a negative way. That was an additional $80 that I wasn't informed of before.
The price for the aids at $2600 is unbeatable, so I feel the value is great. The same
hearing aids retail "outside" Costco would be $6700. So that's all well and good but my problem is that I'm still saying the dreaded word, "what" more often than I want to, and in restaurants--which have their own program which I have and can control--I can never hear conversation because of the background noise. And if playing tennis, I definitely can't hear things being said. So the hearing aid is great for the TV which is definitely at a lower volume. But anytime there is background noise--like in life, EVERYWHERE, I have the same deficits. And at work when speaking to a group, I often need to have questions or comments repeated.
So I am feeling discouraged. Can I find true love with a hearing aid? I need to be able to hear your answer clearly!
Thank you Laurie for your review of the Costco ReSound Future BTE hearing aid.
I hear a lot of the comments you make about hearing aids in general in my practice. Background noise is very difficult to manage. I fit the ReSound Alera in my practice which is comparable to the Costco ReSound Future. I have been told by a hearing instrument specialist at Costco that the Future is a "dumb downed" version of the Alera. In other words, you don't get all the bells and whistles with the Future. It would be interesting to try the Alera hearing aid to see if you noticed much improvement.
Ron Allander, BC-HIS