Thanks for sharing your update, it helps to hear other people triumphs (and struggles). It's great news that there is no growth @ 5 years! I hope there's good things for you in retirement too. I also struggle with (some) hearing loss on the left side- definitely makes socializing especially in groups challenging. Although a bit tricky to get used to, I found a hearing aid has been helpful for me.
wish you all good things and good health,