Yesterday I spent the morning receiving hearing aids for both ears. It was quite a technological procedure, with the aids being digitally calibrated for each ear by computer software. Also, they are tracked by a GPS-like system that my speciaist can monitor for problems.
It was an exciting new experience, let me tell you. I never realized how hearing impaired I was until wearing the devices. All of a sudden there were noises and sounds I never knew existed, such as flourscent lights buzzing and birds chirping as if they were sitting on my shoulder. But the most mind boggling experience was at the supermarket. I could overhear conversations of other shoppers and other noise backgrounds that were previously not there.
Hearing aids have come a long way and are almost invisible, and not visible at all from a front view. So if you've been putting off getting your hearing checked, I highly recommend you do it. The resulting enhanced enjoyment of life will be well worth it.