I’ve done the experiment you recommended. Again, last night, I had my wife adjust the TV volume to her liking. Then I experimented with all sorts of settings with my HA’s. Volume and tone were the primary adjustments.
Yes, I do need more volume. But the clarity is still lacking. AND this depends upon the channel or type of program being watched.
A movie is harder for me to follow than a talk program, like Hannity. So, it leads me to believe that knowing what the subject content is helps me follow the program better. With a movie I find myself asking my wife, “What did he just say?”, especially those movies where they speak in a whisper or a heavy accent.
I’m calling for an adjustment appointment today.
I also need to rid myself of much of the “white noise” while driving the car. The sound od road noise and even the heater fan require me to reduce HA volume to be comfortable while playing the radio, again talk radio, not music.
Also, I (we) didn’t state we were giving up on these HA’s. My interpretation is that #1) we need to do some tune-up work with my provider #2) if that doesn’t work we’ll look at other options.
PS: If I use auto related terms, like “tune-up”, it’s 'cause I’m a car guy. Being in the military, owning and driving race cars, attending motorsports events for fun and then as an occupation for 20+ years probably did the damage I’m living with now. Could be worse.