My ears have been going downhill for years. I my first pair of hearing aids in 2001. They were “Canta” by Resound. Since then I’ve had to get new ones about every 5 years because they just wear out. And it turns out the technology leaps forward pretty quickly. The newest aids always have substantial improvements. I’ve tried Widex, Phonak, and Inteo brands in addition to ReSound.
Sheila and I also spent a week at the University of Washington Hearing Department’s training for hard-of-hearing folks and their partners. We learned all kinds of things which have made our communication better. Little things like only speaking when we are in the same room and saying things using different words if I’m not comprehending what words she is saying. It’s been a help.
In 2017 three of my siblings got their first cochlear implants. They all have enjoyed much better communication since getting them. My doc says I’ll probably be getting one by 2020. We’ll see what happens.
If you are trying to decide if you need or want aids, I’d be glad to talk to you about the process I went through and why I ended up with what I ended up with. Just email me. Believe me, it is better to get started with them sooner than later. Your brain just forgets what sounds mean if it can’t hear them.