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If benefits based on your records are higher than spousal benefits based on her records (50% of her benefits), there's no good reason to claim spousal benefits. Why would you opt for lower benefits if you can collect higher based on your own records?
Ok. I see. Since you were 62 or older at the end of 2015 you still qualify for "restricted application" - claim lower spousal benefits and let your own grow. Most likely the agent did not understand what you are trying to do. You have to specifically ask for "restricted" benefits, otherwise the agent will assume you are applying for your regular benefits.
Once you reach your full retirement age, earnings is not an issue. You can apply online here but I would suggest to call or apply at the office to make sure that you are getting the restricted benefits, not your own. The online application may be little confusing.