And the other sad thing (well, one of them) about “pro” hearing aids? They kinda sorta work. New users initially applaud being able to hear again, then find some situations are good, others are intolerable. We went through this with my late mother-in-law — where we covered the cost, which included hearing tests, professional fittings to match precisely Mom’s ear canal, and follow-up adjustments — and just shy of the 60-day trial ending, Mom decided they weren’t worth it. <phew> But millions of people (including my father) spend $4K+ on something they stop using after a year or so because the aids work in a noisy restaurant (where my ears are worthless now) but not while watching TV or carrying on a conversation in a car; so they take them out, put the aids somewhere “safe” <groan> and forget to take them along next time. And (the true horror, for some people) hearing aids make them “look old.”
Hence my preference for Bluetooth models. Yes, it will look like I’m wearing wireless ear buds all the time, but I’ll be able to tap my watch to switch from general mode to restaurant mode when I need it. (Although I’ve already warned people if I’m nodding along to a beat, I may either be agreeing with you or streaming Imagine Dragons. 😜) I’m sure there will be problems with the new tech, but the pro hearing aid companies haven’t solved the problems with the *old* tech yet, and they’ve had decades.
Dennett, there are also (fwiw) low-cost apps that use a smart phone’s wired ear buds and the phone’s mic to act as a hearing aid. Most of them have self-tests to check for weakness in certain frequencies, which ear is better, presence of tinnitus, etc. Not subtle, not super-effective, and I haven’t tried any personally, but for certain situations (family get-together?) your husband might want to give it a shot.