Many of us shop at Costco and Sam’s Club to save on regular household purchases like food, personal care items, clothing and more. But everyone doesn’t know they offer savings on items and services you rarely purchase but are costly.
Hearing Aid Need
My husband’s hearing was not perfect thanks to childhood illness and probably loud music when I met him but it had really declined in the speech range during the past several years. It got to the point where we would get irritated with each other due to unheard or misheard communication.
I would also have to step in and answer for him in public because he would frequently not realize people were speaking to him when dining out or in retail stores.
At my urging he visited his physician, had a hearing evaluation and learned that the only solution was hearing aids.
Purchasing Hearing Aids
All I knew about buying hearing aids was that they are expensive. That part is true, but all sellers aren’t equal.
We waited until the following year to move forward so I could allocate the maximum for the flexible spending account (FSA). Then we made an appointment for the local Costco which has a hearing center.
The technician gave my husband another hearing test to determine what hearing aids would work best with his values.
She made a recommendation and I was relieved that the price was within the FSA total. The aids were ordered and an appointment was made to get fitted with them a week or so later.
My husband has had several appointments since then for adjustments; each time perfecting his use of the devices. A couple of weeks ago the charger inexplicably stopped working and it was replaced no questions asked.
There’s a great warranty. If the hearing aid is damaged in any way, it’s replaced at no cost. We’re very happy with our customer experience as well as the end result.
No more arguments over miscommunication; or at least not due to mishearing me. Who knew Costco would improve marital relations. Have you taken advantage of unusual services at your big box store?
photo by: Misha Dontsov