I do not wear or need hearing aids. I had a hearing test a few months ago and my ears are ok per the audiologist. He advised I have 98% intelligibility on speech. My high frequency hearing however, drops off sharply starting at 4 khz, has been that way as long as I can remember but I have normal hearing otherwise.
I am really responding to this post to let those with hearing loss know that they should to go and try out the Bose Hearphones https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/wel ... tTabs_tab0
. It is one example of a new class of hearing assist device, technically not called "hearing aids". I've found the Bose Hearphones work better than real hearing aids in many respects. It is one of the first such devices coming into the market due to a new law that will take effect next year.
My mother has moderate to severe hearing loss but refuse to wear hearing aids. Her complaints are they're noisy and harsh and uncomfortable. I took her to a Bose store to try on a pair and bought one on a 30 day trial. She does not have any of the hearing aid complaints and has been wearing them with normal hearing again!
I tried my mom's Bose Hearphones on and find they have a very low background noise floor. The audio quality is excellent. They are very comfortable. The second hand tick of an analog clock 6 ft away that I normally do not notice sounds like a drummer beating hard on the rim of a snare drum. It is controlled by an app on a smartphone and has lot's of built in features such as noise cancellation, in ear detection (controls feedback), memory settings so that you do not need a smartphone once the setting is saved.