Hearing loss is the only "handicap" for which the person with a loss gets blamed. Hope you got them from Cosco. They have a really good house brand made by the same company that you usually pay $ 6-7 K for, and the Cosco testing is state of the art. The aids cost less than half the branded aids price, and are state of the art. I lost my expensive one down the john, and the new ones are much better and with a $150 accessory let me listen to the TV without blasting my wife's ears.
I understand that a high Cosco exec. has a severe hearing loss and got pissed off about the high prices that keep many older folks from being able to get them. They also have a very good price on batteries. I prefer replacing betteries to rechargeable. Hearing aids can last many years and built in rechargeables will eventually weaken and go dead. I also bought a small UV cleaner that also dries out moisture. I think it cost $30.
Many people wait too long to get their first pair, and they not only get "punished" for the constant "huhs?", but the brain gradually loses its ability to comprehend the speech sounds. It takes awhile to get that loss back. There is a course of hearing therapy I've heard about that trains the brain to interpret sounds again, but I haven't found anyone who delivers that program.
I got my first pair of digital hearing aids with the transducer (mini-speaker) in the ear about 3 years ago. The separation of speaker and microphone and the double dome that fits in the ear canal, really allows higher volumes without the screeches in older aids where the mic and speaker are within a couple mm of each other. I got curious about the technology and hearing at the brain level, which is what I'm sharing.
The hookup to the TV is via BlueTooth, and it has brought peace and lower volume levels. And I don't have to wear earphones, which are really hot and sweaty out here in the Mojave. My wife and I get along much better these days, thanks to the aids.
Hope this info encourages a few other members to go for aids. Life will be better with them.