Satine's observation's on the last line- is correct.
The wide variance here of how different persons' reaction to being either "some hearing loss to the ultimate-deafness".
I still recall the first Canadian Hearing Society/Toronto -Hearing Help/Coping class back 20 years ago. Be assertive/don't bluff about how much you "hear". Nobody can "read your mind" on how you "understand".
Aside: went from Profound loss category -both ears- in the 70s. to deafness -1992 Right ear to becoming bilateral DEAF-December 20, 2006.
Does this forum help one when reading? Much to consider!
Each of us of has "traveled much different ways" in dealing with our hearing loss.