Naturally, some patients have preconceived fears and beliefs before visiting our clinic.

They might have already searched for hearing aids online and browsed the options available, or maybe their friend has a pair of hearing aids from Costco.

To someone who has never had any experience with any type of hearing amplification, they are probably thinking, “Why should I go to Absolute Hearing and not Costco?”

Well, let me tell you, you’re not alone in that thought pattern.

Costco And Absolute Hearing Are Two Separate Businesses

Before we get started, I’m sure you’re very aware that Costco is a wholesale corporation that is well known for its extensive range of products.

From food and wine to cleaning and laundry products, you’re guaranteed to find anything you need.

While we are advocates for any type of awareness around hearing loss, including Costco, it’s important to note that Costco will always stand as a wholesale corporation.

Absolute Hearing, on the other hand, is staffed by state licensed board certified hearing instrument specialists who, with 50 years’ combined experience, do nothing else but specialize in the fitting of amplification strategies for the hearing impaired.


Locally Owned And Operated

Serving Idaho and Washington with 3 convenient locations, Absolute Hearing is recognized as a leading provider in the region.

When you visit us, we like to take our time getting to know you personally, so we can work out how to serve you best.

Making sure we deliver a spectacular service that not only leaves you feeling satisfied but more fulfilled and confident is extremely important to us.

That type of service is not something you will expect to receive from Costco.


Home Visits

Whether you can’t make it into the office or maybe you’re really busy one day, we are dedicated to providing free home visits to ensure we can cater to all types of patients.

This service saves you time waiting in traffic and allows you to enjoy the comfort of your own home.

Although Costco offers flexible opening times so you can take advantage of weekend appointments, there is no opportunity for remote appointments.


Price Comparison

There’s no denying that Costco is the cheaper option, as their Kirkland Signature 9s start at $1,499.  

While it might seem like a good investment, the small fee comes with a list of downfalls, which may inevitably cost you more in the long run.

Additionally, Costco’s hearing aids often come locked, meaning no other provider will be able to make adjustments or repairs.

If you’re willing to invest in a pair of devices that may not be protected nor offers you support from a hearing instrument specialist, then Costco may be the option for you.

But for most people who want to achieve the best possible outcome, visiting a hearing instrument specialist is always the better option.



Long Term Care

As soon as you walk through the door at Absolute Hearing, you will be instantly warmed by the family-like atmosphere, as it is our biggest priority to ensure all patients feel comfortable and safe.

This is reflected in our long-term care, which supports you throughout your journey, ensuring you can access hearing aid repairs, tune-ups, reprogramming, and regular check-ups.

This type of service isn’t offered at Costco, and you are left to your own devices. Is that something you could go without?


Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation

The first step to better hearing begins with a comprehensive hearing evaluation. It allows our experts to take an in-depth look into your ears and evaluate what type of hearing loss you suffer with.

Without a proper hearing assessment, we are unable to accurately work out what type of device is going to work for you.

As a result, there may be important pointers missed. For example, the hearing loss could just be due to a build-up of wax or potentially a more serious issue.

Costco offer a free hearing test, however it is not as comprehensive as the one performed by a board certified, state licensed hearing instrument specialist.


Hearing Aid Styles   

At Absolute Hearing, we offer a wide range of technology for all types of hearing loss.

From in-the-ear to completely-in-canal and behind-the-ear, we’re certain that there’s a hearing aid for everyone.

To ensure that your device fits securely inside your ears, we create a custom mold of your ears so that your hearing aids don’t fall out or get lost. That way, you can receive proper amplification from your device while remaining comfortable.

We can’t lie that Costco has a good range of hearing aids, but it is far less extensive than the ones offered in our clinic.

Without a hearing assessment and hearing instrument specialist, you’re putting your hearing in danger and risking further deterioration.


We Are Here To Help

If you or a loved one has recently discovered that you have a hearing loss, then it’s likely that you’ll be looking into the options available.

To ensure you make an educated decision, it’s best to get an extra hand from a medical provider such as ourselves.

Whether you have a question about Absolute Hearing, our services, or you simply want advice on the options available, our team of experts is here to help. Simply click here to be directed to your local office.


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