I had my hearing tested at Sam’s Club. I thought the test was pretty thorough. Then I went to a local audiologist - the only one covered by my health insurance. His test was less thorough, although the audiogram results were similar to Sam’s. But he was on the condescending side.
The problem really arose a few hours after he literally CRAMMED the Widex Moment RIC receiver into my ear when I noted a sloshing/popping sound in my left ear. The canal was bleeding and didn’t stop for a few hours. The next day a requested and received a refund. I didn’t want the healing process to consume my 30-day trial period and I really didn’t care for the audiologist.
My point is: Not all audiologists are worth going to. Some are better or worse than others. You either need a good personal recommendation or you need to be lucky.
As for me, my experience convinced me I’d rather do my own fitting and calibration. After doing a few weeks worth of online research, I settled on MD Hearing Core Bluetooth aids. The fit is much better than what the local audiologist did to me, and they seem to be as effective as the Widex were. The test for audiogram the Bluetooth system provided was very similar to both the Sam’s Club and audiologist office tests.
So, for those who are reasonably familiar with audio and smartphones, and don’t mind research and comparing, online options are a very viable option and are likely to save a grand or two as well.