PS- please tell me that I'm wrong!!!
OK, you're wrong.....Hearing, like sight can be dealt with to improve life. (Is that consoling?) Look at all the people who wear glasses, and then there are the ones who have surgery and it cannot be seen. Don't just write it off as a lost cause.
Ear plugs is a good idea. I use them. Also I have tinnitus and it puts sounds on multiple frequencies. I have had it for many years, sometimes worse than other times.