If you find that, with enhanced frequency, you have to deal with mumblers and low-talkers who are difficult to understand, one thing you can do is avoid them at all cost and the other is to scream at them to say: Stop mumbling! Speak Up! If you find, with increased frequency, restaurants you frequent play music too loud and have acoustical architectures that make ambient noise intolerable, one thing you can do is complain to management and other thing you can do is stay home. Alternatively, you can breakdown and get hearing aids.
Unfortunately, hearing aids are not inexpensive. Costco has good prices but what they sell is a generation behind the state of the art, which is why their prices look so good. Our Hearing Ear Audio Research (HEAR) is NOT making a recommendation, and not saying this is the best source, but you might consider Hear.com, especially if you don't live in Florida. Here is why:
1. They will refer you to a local audiologist for testing and fitting.
2. You have a 45-day trial period during which you can return your hearing aids for a full refund or try a different model again on a 45-day trial period. In short, there's no risk.
3. They carry every style you might want, and are state of the art.
4. Because the hearing aids are shipped from out of state (unless you live in Florida), there is no sales tax.
5. They have various styles many of which are cool.
6. Their phone app is okay, and should improve in the future.
Link to Hear.com Website
PS: None of the above should be read to mean or imply that our President, Chairman, Founder, or anyone else on our team has gotten a hearing aid.