(P.S. to Farmerman: I agree. There are times when I'm very glad I can't hear everything! And the best part of wearing hearing aids is taking them out just before I go to bed. Everything suddenly gets very, very quiet, and I fall asleep so fast!)
Ha! I remember that.
Nice to get the update on how you're doing, too, glad things are going so well for you!
I definitely agree that hearing aids often need time before they work well for the person using them. The problem is, sometimes even with time they don't work well. (I had been wearing them for about 10 years and had been at the same hearing loss level for about 6 years when I gave up on mine -- just really didn't help. I recently went to an ENT to just kind of do a tech check -- see where things are these days and whether a new-fangled hearing aid would help. They said no.)
Hearing levels are usually the best indicator as to whether it's worth sticking with it. (Both decibel loss and frequency loss.) Not sure what farmerman's hearing levels are like... or littlek's (that one's more surprising to me, seems like hearing aids would help from what I know of her situation). I do remember that you, Eva, are right in the sweet spot, hearing-wise. (Severely enough impacted that it's very difficult to function without hearing aids, but not so severe that there isn't enough hearing left for the hearing aids to be successful.) Again, so glad it's going well for you!
As for the questions about alternative hearing aid/ assistive listening devices, I really can only offer resources. I had a standard hearing aid and used extras like an FM loop and so I know a lot about that, but I don't know much about these other devices.
Littlek's right though that in the U.S. you can get loaner hearing aids and just see how things go. (Also various advocacy groups keep pushing for hearing aids to be covered by insurance -- it's insane that cochlear implants are but aids aren't.) And there are frequently programs that help provide technology to people who have a hard time affording it. Here's an example:
another one, long url
This one looks good!: http://www.massatloan.org/
(that one seems to be the main game in town.)
The local Department of Rehabilitation (or Vocational Rehabilitation) often has resources, too.