Yep, the time has come when, despite leading an entirely sensible life some sort of auditory assistance is necessary.
I thought I’d get away with it by buying a reasonable quality soundbar for the tele, and with the coolest feature on Apple TV where you just ask the remote “what did he/she say” and it rewinds 10 sec and plays it again, you think I’d be sweet. What actually happens is that I ask the rotten thing so often that it takes twice as long to watch a movie, so it’s been captions for me for quite some time.
Those among you who have never been down the Audiology road may be surprised to discover that a basic pair of what some prefer to call “appliances” (which of course are not quite suited to your particular problem sir") will cost about the same as several smart phones.
A top of the range pair (which we are sure you will be happy with) are about the same price as a new Kia (less on road costs), but of course they come with bluetooth so there’s no need for a set of ear buds for the phone.
Watch this space!