My hearing has been bad for a few years now. Too much rock and roll, working in a noisy environment and shooting without hearing protection took a toll. A friend got a new pair of hearing aids through the Vets. He gave me his old ones which were about 8 years old. They had older style wire and large plugs. The one for my right ear would not stay in due to the shape of my ear canal and the wire not conforming to the shape I needed it in. I decided to buy one of these after researching. I thought if I liked it I would get the other. I read the reviews and looked at your more expensive models and decided to try these because I could return them if I didn’t like them. I didn’t expect them to be this good. I thought I would have to gravitate towards a more expensive set. I tried the first one in my right ear. It went into place perfectly having the tube instead of a wire. The old set my friend had given me were $4500 a pair, and were programmable. I decided I didn’t need all the bells and whistles at this time. Long story short, they are much better than the old pair of “hearing aids”. I had the friend that gave me them try one and he said it sounded just as good as his new hearing aids. I immediately ordered one for the left ear. I am satisfied with these amplifiers. I will not waste money on expensive hearing aids.