I am very sorry you have such a low opinion of audiologists who have spent their lives helping HOH individuals better adjust and communicate. We are healthcare professionals who are on the low end of the income spectrum for providers–hardly a sign that we overcharge for our services.
The point of my response above is that healthcare matters should be attended to by healthcare professionals instead of warehouse employees at a big box store. Because of the BBS setting, they have challenges hiring and keeping well-qualified professionals so the level of care is inconsistent.
If you truly want to advocate for others on this forum, you might consider urging members to insist on “best practice” audiology from their local providers. Paying less for a hearing aid does not equate to better value, only a cheaper price. Most audiologists CAN fit their patients with affordable hearing aids, but hearing aid marketing–even on this site–makes them believe the highest performance level is always the best option when that is not the case.
You are welcome to continue replying here, but I have patients to attend to.