I was forced to have hearing aids three years ago and am due for a check-up but am guessing C-19 has put paid to that this year. I have the NHS goldy coloured things that hook behind the ear and TBH they're pretty good. The only problem I've had is that the young man who was, shall we say, clearly bored doing whathe was doing said the instructions are in the box. Well, they aint so no idea what the little beeps mean even to this day. So if any one can help with a set of instructions I'd be really greatful. They might even be available on a link or whatever they call it.
As far as specsavers and the like go, I don't think the service they provide to get a couple of hundred quid every two years is warranted so there's no way I'd be spending 000's with them for hearing aids. I do know different trusts spend their money differently eg my trust has the standard hearing aides whereas a mate in another trust has got the in-ear digital things. I have the hearing of an 80 yr old in one ear and not much better in the other and like the other poster, the hearing defenders would be the first thing I'd reach for all them years ago.