Like everyone has said, you adjust to the new reality rather quickly. I've lost my hearing now for nearly three months as I am waiting for my operation next month. Although it was not my career path, I trained as a classical concert pianist and enjoyed playing all music from honky-tonk, to Bach, to Elton John. My biggest fear was to loose my sense of release and comfort when i sit down to play and go to another space to release the stress of daily life. Well, yeah, it is mono now, and that is the downside. The upside was that I need that release now more than ever. Sure, I always loved being in the car and listening to a great acoustical guitar piece. You can't replace the fullness of that sound. However, I now find a renewed enjoyment of the classical pieces I love the most. The Chopin, Hayden and many others are soothing and help to sooth the nerves. I'm still enjoying the piano on one ear, and the car music has become more on the classical side of things for the first time in many, many years. However like Steve says, just imagine that you are back 40 years ago listening to 45s and even 78s which was all mono. Nostalgia can be a fun place too !!!