I just got mine 3 months ago at 53... and the audiologist said I was 10 -15 years late in doing it. I was only understanding 60%/45% spoken words ( I became an expert face and lip reader) and at 85%/65% loss. I thought I was dealing with it well enough but eventually between my wife's frustrations and workplace meetings overwhelmed me although it wasn't until a veteran friend got his first and became emotional telling me about how much we were missing did I take that next step.
My life has significantly improved... my wife actually enjoys talking with me longer than 3 minutes now (yes, that is mostly a good thing.
) and meetings are a pleasure again now that I know what is being said and not depending on the slides to tell me what the speaker is referring to, not to mention my team not having to yell when we converse.
It is a little unnerving at first, I was exhausted after the first week but you have to wear them to get used to them and get used to the volume control (mine is through my iPhone), you will use it frequently the first month. Also, get some with a full mute feature, she (and you) will want it.
Get a good set though... you do get what you pay for with this stuff. I landed with a set of Starkey Halo2's and they are worth every penny. My first set was Costco's best and they were disappointing.
I hear birds and crickets again... honestly couldn't tell you the last time that was?
And movies in the theaters... and plays, the list goes on where things are improved.
Oh, and I don't catch flack from the wife anymore over not hearing her... that is worth every penny too.