Hey John, I’m in Birmingham (Hoover) and from Gadsden originally.
I’m guessing you will never get your first test results. But, most places will do a free test if they think they have a chance of selling you hearing aids. If you can get those results and post them here you will get a lot of advice. I don’t think any place would put down puffed up numbers on your hearing test but how they interpret those numbers may vary from place to place.
I know it’s a long way, but I have had good results with Costco in Hoover. They have Rexton (a Siemens brand), Resound, and Bernafon (some models similar to Oticon). Their “house” brand is Kirkland, which are rebranded Rexton Onyx (which is Siemens Carat). The Kirklands are $2000 a pair and it includes a remote. My Resounds were $1300 each. These are full feature, top of the line hearing aids.
There is also a Costco in Huntsville, and of course, hot 'lanta.