What works for the user is what counts, be it aids or headsets. It would be a very lonely place if we couldn't hear well enough to communicate or listen to entertainment.
I don't talk of it often, but I was born totally deaf.
I did not hear a sound until about 11 or 12 after a doctor did some leading edge surgery on both of my ears... what he did is a mystery to me, but he told me that over a period of time, "I should be able to have normal hearing.... but that when I reached 50ish or so, it would start to go away again"
well, it got very good as predicted, I could hear a mouse walk in my middle 30s, and then things got softer after that..... I'm still on the edge of requiring hearing aids, but I can manage w/o them if the people I am talking to are looking at me.
Once they turn around though, game over.
somewhere in my late 40s or 50s, the Tinnitus came in, sometimes quiet, sometimes a squeal, but lately it is just a continuous roar louder than the trains that go by our house. always there....
that is one reason I enjoy forums, the written word is easier to decipher.
. I look at those $8,000 toys and sometimes think that maybe I should take them, and me, to an audiologist and get a new hearing test and have them reprogrammed again.
there is a Remote Control that can control the rolloff frequencies, noise cancellation, tweak it for different ambient backgrounds.... like a restaurant that is full of noise.
they are digital of course, and can fill in only the notches in my hearing, without amplifying the whole world. Contrary to Analog types that just give you more volume.