Give um' hell Eric.
For those not wanting to spring that much cash for hearing aides I'd suggest you look on craigslist for newer used ones. Most of the time it's family members selling them after their parents die. Those can be had for about half as much and most places can adjust them for you. Also even though I have two I mainly wear one most of the time in my "worst" ear so two are not absolutely necessary to have acceptable hearing.
I'm fairly active and love destroying things and misplacing things. It was rather difficult for me to keep track of two and I was going to turn one back in but decided to keep it. A single one serves it's purpose in most instances such as watching tv with others, the dinner table, etc. I'd say that I only wear both around 10-15% of the time and that's when it's a situation like playing music, hunting, a funeral, or when I really need to put emphasis on being able to hear.
Another side note is that friends who have not seen me in awhile always say: "Man you talk different now, you used to be rather loud when speaking". I simply just point to my ears and show them hearing aide(s). I also can look folks in the eye when I talk to them again. I used to have to somewhat focus on the lips when someone was talking low.
The good thing about it is that you can always take them out and get some peace and quiet. And as far as the ringing in the ears - even with a single one in there are enough noises (birds, planes, critters, wind, etc) that pop up and do not permit me focus on the ringing.
We don't venture out much from our place but when we do I take the ears. We've been heading out before and get 5-6 miles down the road and my wife will say: "Did you remember to bring your ears"....if I forgot them we make a u-turn and head back home to pick them up.
As I mentioned earlier: There are a lot of noises going on around us in daily life and I hadn't heard them in years. I am 100% satisfied with them and my family life has improved dramatically. I still enjoy putting them on and just setting on the front porch in the evening and listening to all the sounds. Previously I'd not hear anything but ringing in my ears....the entire world came to life when I opted to try out hearing aides. It's quiet back here in the woods but not nearly as quiet as I thought it was before getting me some new "ears".