My hearing loss has been progressive, now I also have "word recognition" which hearing aids won't help. Often in a group setting people are talking, they think I'm hearing what they're saying but I'm not. Asking people to repeat what they said is mixed. Some will repeat, others are annoyed.
What I dislike the most is feeling shut out from what is going on around me. People who don't have a hearing issue really don't understand.
Wish the "word recognition" had some kind ofa solution.