I am now one month away from deciding that I want to keep these hearing aids, or use that money ($2400 down + $200/month for a year) to buy guns. I can't do both. The improvement in hearing is significant, both in understanding conversational speech and in hearing enough of the (classical) music I love to enjoy it. The hearing aids are computer controlled and fairly amazing. On the other hand, much of the conversation I have trouble with is Words From Women, and I am an ancient bachelor. My love of guns is pretty much exactly as old as my love of music, and approximately as strong. Argh!