Hearing Tracker has broken the news that Sivantos (formerly Siemens Hearing Instruments) and Audibene have launched Hear.com, a new online hearing-aid sales and support site for consumers in the U.S. The site builds on Audibene’s success in Europe operating its own online hearing site and presents head-to-head competition with Sonova’s HearingPlanet web site. Click here to read Hearing Tracker’s exclusive report. [Read more…]
Update 2/3/2017: Kirkland Signature 7.0 was recently released. Read reviews for the KS7 Costco hearing aids.
Costco has made a quiet entry into the Made-for-iPhone hearing aid market, selling its own Kirkland-brand iPhone-compatible hearing aids for $1,799.99 a pair. The new Kirkland Signature 6.0 hearing aids, utilizing technology from Big-Six hearing aid maker GN ReSound, can receive phone calls, music, podcasts and other audio directly from Apple iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch devices without requiring an intermediate streaming device.
With an aggressive price point for advanced iPhone-compatible features, the hearing aids are Costco’s latest move to expand its footprint in the global hearing-aid market. Once a provider of entry-level hearing aids based on older generations of technology, the “big box” retailer is now pushing up-market by offering higher performance products at attractive prices. Volume purchasing agreements and low-overhead “store-within-a-store” hearing aid centers have enabled Costco to gain market share by undercutting prices charged by independent audiologists. [Read more…]
We recently activated my second implant, and it’s as big a miracle as the first. In January I decided to go ahead if I qualified, and after several months of preliminary testing and insurance screening, I had successful implantation surgery on my left side on March 30. We activated the sound processor on April 14, and I could hear and understand speech immediately.
My hearing with the new cochlear implant is still not as good as on the other side with my first one, where my hearing has steadily improved in the nine months since we turned it on. But in the two weeks since activation of the left side, hearing with it has improved substantially. People’s voices, which initially sounded nasal or guttural, are starting to sound more normal. I’m hearing and identifying more high-frequency sounds. And I’m understanding speech and the TV and radio with it much better than at first. Best of all, together with my right ear, I’m hearing a full range of sound once again, in stereo. I feel more myself again. It’s truly amazing.
Even so, going ahead with the second implant was a major decision. [Read more…]
Imagine a near-invisible, in-ear wireless device that combines hi-fi listening, sensor-driven health and fitness monitoring, hands-free phone calling and user-customizable hearing enhancement into a single package no larger than a peanut. That far-off vision started coming into focus at last week’s International CES show, where wireless headphone makers gave a peak into the future of “hearables,” a new class of in-ear Internet-connected consumer products that one forecaster says will be a $17 billion global market by 2020.