Yep, that’s the way these things go! (Saw it with my father-in-law and father as well.) And I will probably continue the trend when my time comes, especially since I am leaning toward Bluetooth hearing aids that function like earbuds, and look like them too. So I will risk embarrassing my wife when we go out in public and I look like I’m listening to music rather than paying attention to the conversation. (And for all she knows I may be, so there’s that.) OTOH they cost a few hundred bucks (out of pocket, but still), recharge rather than needing new batteries, can be reprogrammed on the fly (switch from “noisy restaurant” to “quiet home,” for example), and in some cases can use my phone as an extra “ear” (I’m guessing I’ll hear sounds coming from the right, the left, and somewhere just above the bridge of my nose, which is where the sound comes from when I use iPhone earbuds on a phone call).
I hope Ben comes to a modus operandi with his new ears that doesn’t drive you nuts. Good luck, Dennett!