I do use the captions on the TV & I have a hearing aid only for one ear as the left ear has no hearing at all.
It’s taken me a long time but I no longer allow people to make ignorant cracks in regards to deafness or hard of hearing and I no longer apologize for having to say what if I can’t understand what’s being said.
I have regained my self-confidence by being very open about my hearing deficit and I no longer feel like I have to apologize for it.
Sounds like you're on top of it. Good to know you use TV captions. They take some getting used to and some people quite trying. Have you ever been evaluated for a cochlear implant in the ear that has no hearing?