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3) I hate noisy environments. When alone, I can turn the hearing aids off or switch to a low-volume mode. But with friends, I need to concentrate and rely more on lip reading. This can't be avoided. Places with delicious food tend to be places with lots of people, naturally. :)
5) I keep spare batteries in my belt bags which I always carry. Can't take the risk. :)
6) The reason that I changed to in-the-canal model is not about appearance. My sweat was the main reason that my former behind-the-ear hearing aids got wet and then malfunctioned, nearly once every year. Perhaps BTE models are now better in water resistance?
8) The hearing aids are so expensive that I never used them while playing sports. [Like the author, I used to play football too, :)]