On their website:
“What is an audiogram and how do I get one?
An audiogram is simply a graph that represents your auditory sensitivity to sound, and is a standard way of representing a person’s hearing loss. You should always ask for a copy of your audiogram after your hearing test to keep as part of your medical records. However, you should also be aware that many hearing centers offer free hearing exams in the hopes of selling you a hearing aid, so if you don’t purchase from them, they may not be so happy to give you a copy of your audiogram. Also, some patients have complained about the high pressure sales tactics employed by certain centers, so you should definitely be aware of this as well. The important point to keep in mind – when you ask for a copy of your audiogram, just say you want one to keep for your own records.”
I don’t think it is very nice to advise your customers to lie to someone so they can use that person’s work to profit themselves, and not only that but profit easily.
The “work” that they do, entering an audiogram and then programming the instruments can be done in literally less than a minute or two. Meanwhile, you have abused your local audiologist who was nice enough to offer an hour or hour and half of his or her time at no cost to perform an examination and consultation with you. If you do this, you should at least be upfront and state your intentions. You may end up in a situation where you only spend a couple hundred dollars more, have life long care and service locally, onsite adjustments & hearing aid cleanings, and other important benefits that will leave you happier and more satisfied with your hearing every hour of every day.