This article was last updated on May 20, 2022
By Stephen Pate – I was reading the CBC story Hearing aid costs too high to bear alone, say seniors asking the government to help pay for senior’s hearing aids on PEI.
If the government will help pay for your hearing aids that’s great but you can partially solve the problem without government help by purchasing your hearing aids at Costco.
If you are a senior with a disability, you may get disability assistance for hearing aid purchases. Check with your state of provincial government. Don’t let that stop you. Take control yourself. Of course, you don’t have to be a senior to want to save money on hearing aids and Costco charges everyone the same price.
Three years ago I needed new hearing aids and could not afford them. A little research on the internet and I found a Costco Hearing Centre a few hours away in Fredericton NB that sells hearing aids at cost. Costco get it?
I paid less than $2,700 for a $6,300 pair of hearing aids. Costco set them up just for me and the service was awesome. I hear conversations and TV shows better than ever.
Admittedly, $6,000 hearing aids are expensive but I like music and wanted a pair that made listening better. The ones I got were Bernafon Verite 9s.
Costco has hearing aids for everyone’s budget and the savings are fantastic.
Last year I was on Toronto and went to the Costco on the Queensway in Etobicoke in Rob Ford Country. I didn’t see Rob Ford anywhere but I did meet the nice people at Costco who sold me a new Bluetooth remote for listening to phone calls and TV hands-free.
They told me Costco does not make any money on hearing aids but uses them as a way to help sell memberships. My wife like that because she can get lots of things at low prices, like diapers for our grandson.
Costco may be opening another hearing center in Halifax. To find the closest Costco Hearing Centre near you, go to this internet site, enter your postal code and tick the box for hearing aids.
Before I bought I was afraid that maybe Costco’s service would not be as good as a local audiologist. Actually, the Costco people were better. They tried harder to fit the hearing aid and did not try to sell me something expensive that didn’t work. Before visiting them I had been to 3 different local audiologists who all seemed more interested in my money than my hearing.
This was my second pair of hearings. The aids I bought locally 8 years ago were so awful I could not wear them. The audiologist acted liked it was my fault. The service at Costco was nigh and day better than that.
It takes two trips at least to buy your hearing aids and get them adjusted but everyone likes a shopping trip, right. Get the remote control if you can since it allows you to make volume adjustments yourself. Do a little research ahead of time to decide what kind of hearing aid you like and need – behind the ear, on the ear, in the ear.
Make an appointment because they are very busy and can be booked up.
I don’t work for Costco, nor do they pay me anything to tell you this. I am just so thrilled to save money and hear better I wanted to pass this on.
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network