Personally I agree with Steve and I'm not ready for surgery (although I have envied the audiograms of people with cochlear implants that have better hearing than I do). I will cope with the hearing I do have for now although I do hope for a better hearing aid when it's time to buy a new one.
Here's Steve's comment:
I'm not really much bothered about a cure for my hearing loss. I've accepted my situation and I don't think my life would be any different today if I had full functioning hearing. I'd say, "eh?" a hell of a lot less but that'd be it. But for all the people suffering because of their hearing loss I'd love to see a science breakthrough that'd make things easier for them. Thing is though: there's a lot of people out there who can't afford to buy aids, would they be able to afford surgery? Probably not. So it'd only be helping the people that are currently being helped by hearing aids. Not that I'm knocking the science progress, of course. A question: would anyone here go through surgery to restore their hearing even if there was a chance that it could go the other way and leave you profoundly deaf?
Another point I'd like to address is that in the United States, insurance companies are often more likely to cover a surgery than a hearing aid. That may not be true elsewhere in the world.
What do you think?
Update: Dan commented that everyone should check out Sara's blog as she has just been implanted and discusses her surgery experience. I agree with Dan that what she's written is completely relevant to the discussion in the comments.