Generally last year’s models are available on line at substantially reduced prices…but most times quantities are limited.
The most bang for your buck in hearing aids is almost always the middle priced tier and even the lowest price digital model may do the job. Unfortunately most professionals derive their compensation from the sale of merchandise (a hearing aid) just like any retailer. It is always a challenge for a professional to forsake the big bucks available in the high end products. Some do and most don’t.
I for example have a severe loss and difficult fitting problems, yet after extensive hands on testing of various priced models found that the lowest priced ones actually performed better for me than the high priced spread.
There are a few brave professionals that have written scientific papers purporting to show that for most losses, anything beyond 4 or 5 channels actually detracts from speech comprehension. Of course every American from birth on is inculcated with the idea that more is better. The more bells and whistles on an aid the better? the aid.
I am not talking about useful stuff like the new BlueTooth,FM, and various remote control coupling systems. Ed