Part of my experience, some would call it “problem”, is like many, I started out on the cheap. By that I mean I tried and returned a pair of $400 hearing assist devices from Amazon 3 years ago. 4 months ago I tried a pair of MD ($1,000) for 4 weeks. Always sounded raspy, exaggerated highs, very unnatural sound. Some might say my brain is excessively slow to adapt. I would say either the programming didn’t fit my needs or I’m too picky.
In the meantime I tried a pair of Nuheara buds - totally occluded for good bass, pretty decent for hearing assist, but not designed for wearing more than a few hours a day. The battery life is terrible and they stick out of my ears so much I look like the flying nun, and one of my dogs whose ears stick out sideways. But streamed audio is fantastic, for the 3 hours the battery lasts.
I’m looking forward to the Phonaks I’ll be fitted with in a couple of weeks. I understand they are among the better ones for balanced audio/music. I read somewhere that for best music sound there is a balloon-shaped whatever you call it on the receiver that goes in the canal. I should ask my fitter about that.
I hope what I wrote above won’t trigger anyone. This is a tough crowd.