|John is wearing eyeglasses and earglasses|
So, just for fun, I went on Amazon thinking that maybe I could find one of those old-style ear trumpets that I could bring in for a joke. Instead, I found this online: Earglasses. I bought the set of two and brought them into the coffee shop. John is wearing them in the picture. Basically, they work the same as if you cup your curved hand over your ear. He said they amplify his own voice just fine, but they don't help much otherwise.
Interestingly, he applied for hearing aids through his supplemental Medicare insurance, and they said he might qualify. Well, he does, and soon he will actually be fitted for real hearing aids! Hearing loss is serious, and it will be really interesting to see how it works for him.
If you would like to see how your hearing stacks up, here's an online test you can give yourself. There are others, but this one appealed to me. I just found it a few minutes ago, so I'm off to test my own hearing right now.
P.S. My test: Not too bad for my age, but left ear misses high tones.