I’m with you, Ray. I'm running ReSound behind the ear hearing aids with the "small" ear cushions (the "mediums" itched so badly I couldn't take it). I've had them for about a month. I had tried another brand, but the sound quality wasn't agreeable (way to mechanical, too much gain). These have a reputation of having a better algorithm, but it all sounds worse that I'd hoped. I'm not sure these are any better.
The amazing thing to me is that there are only 6 or 7 companies making hearing aids. You'd think with all the high-end audio equipment, some big player like Bose would get in on the party. None of us are getting younger.
The technology is almost there... but it's that last missing 2% that makes them an "aid" rather than a solution. If it wasn't for the Bluetooth feature allowing me to answer the phone through the hearing aids (and actually hear the other party), I probably would have given up.