Hello, this my first post - apologies in advance for errors in etiquette etc…
I’m getting my first HAs. I’ve been to two HA dispensers for tests, one in Harley Street, one high street chain. The Harley Street test was long (2hrs) and included a speech in noise test. The high street chain was shorter (1 hour) and did not include a speech in noise test. The resulting audiograms were pretty much identical. The Harley Street audiologist was plainly more experienced and knowledgeable about different HAs, but the high street audiologist was properly qualified and appeared competent too. Both recommended the same HAs for me, a pair of Widex Unique 330s. But the Harley Street practice will charge me £4800 a pair, the high street chain £2745 a pair - for the same level of warranty and aftercare.
My question is, what does the Harley Street practice bring to the party to justify the huge extra cost? Eg, does the speech in noise test make a difference to the programming of the HAs? Can the extra experience of the Harley Street audiologist significantly affect the result in use of the same HAs? Or if I go to Harley Street am I simply paying for the name?
Any guidance gratefully received!