I hear you loud and clear (insert proper humorous emoji here)…
I use an iPhone because I have family members (my wife and daughter) with Apple equipment and it was just easier to get embedded in the Apple ecosystem than it was to try and support (I’m the family IT guy) multiple operating environments.
However, I have been in IT for a very long time and have used, supported, purchased and trained others on many different operating systems and pieces of hardware. It all boils down to what you_are_comfortable with. That’s as true for cell phones as it is for hearing aids.
Those who have been giving you a hard time need to get their heads right, for they are not. The whole purpose of a forum like this is to help each other, not denigrate each other’s choices.