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$1400 for the pair??? That’s is so inexpensive!! Even when missing those features!!
Can you comment on the ability of a Samsung 10 (which has the ability to re charge other phones wirelessly with a magnetic field) to recharge various rechargeable hearing aids?
Is it possible for hearing aids to give back musical ability (not tone deaf but have mild high frequency loss)
Does the music streaming feature include stereo reproduction of the music?
I have a question regarding Eustachian tube dysfunction. One year ago, I had a cochlear concussion from a big, bad firework that misfired. I had some hearing loss in both ears which since then has returned. One symptom remains, a clogged feeling and crunching every time I swallow or yawn. My ears had a burning sensation off and on in the past year. Popping them myself doesn't help. In fact, that clogs it even more, and medication doesn't help. My doctor didn't seem to think it related to the accident, but that's precisely when it started, and it's gotten better, but just not all the way gone. Can you share an opinion on what could be going on? I do plan on seeking medical advice, but would like to see what you say anyway.
Let's see…Locked hearing aids – not my favorite choice.Can't recharge – I've used 312 throwaways for years.No Telecoil – I have only been in one building in the last ten years that offered this.No tinnitus help – fortunately I rarely use this feature on my Signia 7NX aids.No Roger mike support – this is the biggest downfall.
$1,499 as opposed to $6,000 for the real Phonak – I think the five cons just got cancelled!
Dr. Cliff, thanks for keeping us well informed.
Are these hearing aids locked?
I'm glad they do not have all the features that the flagship models have. Audiologists in private clinics should be able to charge more for hearing aids. Not everyone wants to go to a big box store… Or go to college for 7 years to have to work at one.
Just got mine this past Sunday, voices including mine sound more natural. Music sounds better and I like to listen to musicPhone calls come through very clear,, streaming music sounds better, very comfortable fitBatteries don’t need the rechargeable feature..wind noise is diminished, smaller than my previous nx7 and did I mention they are just 1500 dollars.?I could have spent 3 times as much but I have better uses for that money and I like what I am hearing !!!!!!
Dr Cliff, do you know if these aids are locked as per previous aids from Costco. And if so why do they do that, it must upset a lot of their customers who live considerable distances from Costco stores.
Does it stream music and phone calls to both ears on Android? David Portillo – said that it does NOT stream phone calls to both ears. I know the Phonak Marvels do so that seems strange that it would stream music to both ears but not phone calls? The 9.0 have a great price point.
Does Costco do REM? Also was wondering if REM should be done again if hearing aids are sent off for repair?
Great video. Always enjoy the impartial realistic approach of your videos. It's been an exciting hearing aid to work with.
Dr Cliff,How can I find out if my Bernafon Zerena 9 MiniRITE aids have the Telacoil feature? I got them from Costco fall of 2018.
Hi Dr Cliff, As always, Thanks for such an informative video!! You mentioned K9.0 should have a high range of customization with 20 frequencies bands. I learned K8.0 had 48 channels. I wonder how does it have higher range than K8.0? Is frequency and channels 2 different things?
As usual, Dr. Cliff, I enjoy your informative videos!
So are the Signature 9.0 better than the Signature 8.0? I have the 8.0s but I only got them 3 months ago, so I'm still in the 6 month return window. Is it worth it to get the new ones?
Thoughts on PRP/Stem cell injections in the ear that restores hearing and lessens tinnitus? I know it's fairly new and there are very few doctors that do it but patients report good results.
I wish that people pushing Phonak Marvel and it's knock-off rebranded generic, Kirkland 9, would stop saying that the hearing aids will stream to "any bluetooth-enabled device." This is NOT true. Phonak has a list of phones on their support site that they have already stated have been found not to work with the Marvel-type hearing aids. This happened to me, as I had to go out and buy a new phone because the Marvel would not work with a Moto G5 Plus Android phone that was less than 2 years old (new in 2017). So it would behoove anyone buying Marvels or the Kirkland 9 hearing aids (which are based on the Marvel platform) to check the list of compatible phones first before you buy. It's false marketing that they will work with any phone. If they did, Phonak wouldn't have posted a list of noncompatible phones on their site.
Is the 9.0 an improvement over the 8.0 for most hearing loss?
Thank you for the quick great summary with comparisons. As someone who has had the same hearing aids for over 10 years and paid $6k for them, this is a dramatic improvement and a great price. I personally prefer the standardized replaceable batteries and don't like how mobile phones and hearing aids are going with non-replaceable batteries (unless you send it in for a price). I have also never experienced most of the features mentioned that the hearing aids are missing compared to the Phonak original, therefore it won't really be a deal breaker for me personally. Now… are they waterproof? It would be great to swim and listen to music 🙂
I have the 9.0 to replace my lost phonak v90 and I have noticed that the k9.0 volume buttons dont respond as fast as the v90 did. Also the k9.0 volume makes no sense to me, as I increase the volume the background noise gets much louder and the speech barely gets amplified. Lowering the volume actually is better because it lowers background "ocean" like sounds. This is very annoying because I'm not able to up the volume on the the voices. I can hear keys and paper rattling but voices, which is the MOST important requirement to my needs I cant get it amplified. I'm not sure what's the issue. Maybe I need midrange frequencies bumped up and high frequency ranges bumped down. My concern is the ability to turn up the volume as needed will still be an issue.
When I discussed with my Audi in Kaiser about Phonak her recommendation (probably all Kaiser audis) not to take it. Kaiser believes that the new bluetooth (streaming all devices) feature causes to the 2 HA to stop working together and communicate with each other. Therefore it reduces the efficiency, quality of hearing, of the HA.I believe this apply to Kirkland 9.0.
I wonder if these and the Marvel will have better power handling in Android streaming by firmware upgrade, after Google comes out with their competitive version to MFI?
I've been wearing these for about a month now. I'm a new hearing aid user. I tried and returned the Brio 3 Phonaks after 3 weeks from Costco prior to the KS9's coming out. The KS9's have a much higher sound quality to me, and the while I miss the recharge-ability of the Phonaks….I'll take the 50% price reduction, and the full Bluetooth compatibility of the new KS9's. The Brio 3's had the horrible intermediary device to make Bluetooth work….and not very well. They had a terrible range to the intermediary device, and the Brio software on the Android phone was poor as well. It reset the volume often when changing Bluetooth programs on my phone. It's hard to believe the same company made both products. What I can say about the Bluetooth Phone connectivity on the KS9's, is that it's less than Ideal. People can't hear me very clearly in the tests I've done, and the sound crackled a lot on both ends. So, I've turned that off on my phone and have the Bluetooth set just for listening to media only. Though this still allows me to hear the phone ring on the hearing aids…scares the crap out me every time! 😀 I can though, still wear a headset over the hearing aid, or hold the phone up to my ear like normal. At Costco, one thing I've noticed is that they are very resistant to adding some of the additional sound profiles available for the KS9's. Not sure why, but the Audiologist, tried to tell me the high noise profile was not needed because the regular profile would adjust automatically…which it does, but I find the High noise profile is still better….at least for me. Oh…and I only get a tiny bit of feedback when putting the KS9 in my ears. Beyond that…they just don't feed back in my experience, even when I cover my ears with my hands! Nice! Go get em!
Can these (Signature 9) be programmed by another audiologist outside of Costco? I live outside the country and we do have providers for other major brands like Phonaks, Signia, etc. Is there a certain software they need to program these?
How long do batteries last, and how much do they cost?
The Kirkland Signature 9.0 webpage refers to them as Digital Hearing Instruments, much like the Bose Hearphones. The "test" is intended only "to determine if you could be helped by a hearing aid". So, if you merely want to replace your defunct hearing aid with a Hearing Instrument, no test should be necessary. Right?Thank you.
I am trying to understand what value 16 or 20 channels are if most audiograms only plot 7 or 8 points/frequencies. Could you explain?
Will Sig 9.0 connect to mac? if yes will it stream music or only phone related call (either by real phone call or whatsup/skype etc)?
I understand from your video that the T-coil is the most underrated feature. My hearing aids do have this feature but I can't find any movie theater or other public venue in Charlotte that has this technology. When I talk with the theater staff, they don't understand what T-coil technology is. Local audiologists are of not much help either. I need your help locating these facilities.
How does this compare to an Oticon SIYA2 ?
Thank you for your informed video. As usual, I loved how you put all the info together. Made my decision so easy to make!
Very good information
I have had problems with the cones in my RIC hearing aids popping out of my ears and causing feedback. I currently use the smallest cones as the larger ones hurt my ears. Any suggestions? I am going to switch over to the Kirkland 9.0's from my current Starkey hearing aids.
KS 9.0 is UNLOCKED device. It is reprogrammable by any agent with Phonak software. I got mine adjusted in Chennai INDIA for less than $8. All features function excellently in INDIA
Dr Cliff,How is list of best-practice audiologist coming?
Are the Kirkland 9.0 apt to be locked by Costco? Thanks
Which Android app is required for pairing and adjustment of the KS 9.0?
My first devices were from Purtone, several years ago…worked very well, but they took over a year to get the Right one to fit correctly! Next, I tried Soundpoint when I moved out of the area…they worked better, but now I'm considering the KS 9.0, after watching many of your very helpful videos!(Yes, I realize I named the Offices and Not the Device names…just for reference! Can't recall the Brands or Models, but it's time for an upgrade with Bluetooth!) Thank you for your help, knowledge and advice! 🙂
Dr Cliff. I wear hearing aids and I have no trouble hearing with them. However I can’t make out what people are saying most of the time. Volume is not problem. I can’t make out their words. I miss out on a lot of conversations because I don’t hear their words. Is there hearing aids that can help my problem? I wear hearing aids from formerly Avada made by Oticon. They only amplify. Help!
In the past, you compared the Costco V8.0 to a Signia device, and it came up short. You mentioned the price $800 per ear at Costco, but did not mention the cost of the Signia. So an apples-to-apples was not possible. Okay; that was last year. Now you have the video on Costco V 9.0 (and thank you for that), but there is no comparison to anything. So here is a suggestion, which I hope you will take under advisement. Hearing aids are covered in many/most Medicare plans, through TruHearing. Indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if TruHearing and Costco are the 2 largest providers of hearing aids in the country.The TruHearing devices are made by Signia, but do not carry the Signia nameplate. They are simply called "Advanced 19" and "Premium 19". Pricing in my plan here in Western NY is $699 ( for Advanced with 32 channels) and $999 (for Premium with 48 channels plus rechargeable option). The TruHearing folks claim the comparable prices at retail would be $2500 and $3200 per ear, but I suspect the Advanced and Premium are stripped down models, just like the Costco are stripped down models. I think a lot of seniors would benefit from a direct comparison of the Costco Sonova and the TruHearing Advanced and Premium. Can you do that? Features and price? Thank you !
Been wearing mine for 1 week and they are FANTASTIC!
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