Keep an open mind about surgery. I have had it in both ears.
Fortunately they deteriorated about 7 years apart but when they fully deteriorated hearing became so bad I began to beg for surgery.
I have just ordered my first hearing aids because I have added age related loss. I am reserving judgement but from my evaluations so far, hearing aids are nowhere near the quality of hearing that is improved with a stapedectomy. Stapedectomy pretty much restores hearing. So far my impression of hearing aids is that they are highly miniature mics/amps/speakers that try to do the impossible and only assist your hearing. I really hope that when my Primax 7 CIC’s arrive I am proved wrong. I will report back.
I should add that I am an audiophile and musician as well as a regular working guy so am very fussy. Even with my hearing loss I have successfully told the difference between a regular CD and a high resolution recording. As will gather I value my hearing and have been through, and continue on, a stressful journey trying to maintain it.
just realised this is an old thread but hope reply is useful nevertheless.