I came from 20 year career in IT network administration, loved gadgets etc etc, got super you beaut HAs with bluetooth, streaming etc etc.
Second time around, dumped the bluetooth as a superfluous add on that I ended up not using anywhere near as much as anticipated. Fun at first I grant, but that wore off. Guess you are going to have to go through it to know.
One thing you should know about cost, is that just about all of these hearing aids cost about $100 ~ $300 to make. No doubt you can work out what’s happening between then and when you get it.
As for where, go to Costco. Yes, it’s last year’s model, which meant it was 6 years more modern than the you-beaut bells and whistles HAs I had before, so really don’t get sucked in by all the hype, because that is all it is.
My new HAs from Costco, made by Siemens/Sivantos/Rexton, have excellent sound quality. Paying double via a local hearing shop is not going to get you double the quality. Costco has the great advantage too is that ALL your visits forever are included in your annual membership fee.