I retired in 2010. I functioned ok in normal situations but not in meetings. I wore one aid and was deaf in other ear. I functioned ok with aid, lip reading and captioned tv. My hearing got progressively worse the past nine years. Now at 73 my aid basically is for volume. Discrimination is poor. So the audiologist recommends testing for a cochlear implant.
I too have accepted my hearing loss and am reluctant to undergo the trials and tribulations of an implant evaluation, operation and followup. My excuse now is I am waiting for an ease of the massive medical travel commitments necessary.