First I am glad you do not feel that you have to apologize for not hearing well…your hearing loss is not your fault. Most people are kind and want to help but this is a two way street. Tell them how they can help you but also realize that they will forget to do that in the back and forth conversations and suggest a more appropriate place to talk or some other strategy. And remember there will always be venues where nothing will help except maybe some phone apps.
I have hearing loss in both ears…my left ear is almost nil and I used to wear a hearing aid more for awareness than anything else. My right ear is a lot better.
Recently I have been wearing a Cros receiver in my left ear. I am amazed at the difference. The receiver is not a hearing aid but takes all the sound from the left left and wirelessly transfers to the right ear. So now I have 2 half good ears instead of one bad and one half good. There are also Cros receivers for single sided deafness. I wear Phonaks and my Audi paired a Cros with my current Phonak aid. Goggle what the Cros receivers are all about and tell your Audi you want to trial one. I am planning to buy this when my new mold comes in.
I wear a behind the ear aid and need a snug fitting mold. So I would say between the proper mold and the Cros receiver my understanding and awareness has increased so much.
Ask any questions…don’t know if I have explained myself coherently.