This is too funny! I've battled with this issue for many years, but my dh can't help it. I just happen to have very sensitive hearing, and his hearing was damaged from working on an aircraft carrier years ago.
SO.... he received a set of "ears" for Christmas! I'm telling you, they are the best! We're on vacation right now, so I can't tell you the brand, but I'm sure you can find them at any Best Buy
(or similar). They look like a headset--not uncomfortable. It has a receiver to plug into the TV, but the headset is wireless.
My dh said the best part wearing them is that he can go to the bathroom anytime during a movie and still hear it
Hope you look into this.... it'll make a great Christmas present!