My hearing loss has remained mild to moderate over the past 15 years. My audiologist has a $6,000 hearing aid ready for me that amplifies sound (I know that because one of his tests was how comfortable I was at different levels of "louder"). I enjoy Andy Griffith reruns cause I can hear them and baseball games as well. I can hardly understand someone on a cell phone but much better speaking on landline phones. Anything louder than normal is irritating. If folks talk a bit slower and/or remove masks, I can hear them. I hear much better on analog equipment than digital. All this equals something called "recruitment." Most ENTs and audiologist have either never heard of it, or totally ignore it in conversation. Too bad. Folks think I don't wear a hearing aid out of some kind of vanity and so resent it when I ask them to please repeat. My audiologist feels that a device that amplifies will "help" me communicate better when out in public. While I would tend to agree with him, the irritation factor is a price I will have to pay for others comfort. I can still hear and enjoy the birds without a hearing aid, so what do I do? With my tinnitus, it's as though I were trying to hear with a tightly fitted pail over my head. And why is it that the noise from my electric toothbrush drowns out sound on one side of my mouth only?