There are dozens of models/brands that go from $29 or less up to at least $350.
I've used quite a few of them and found them all to be acceptable. Some are quirky, like annoyingly random auto-shutoff timing but that sort of thing only really matters for hunting.
You'll find different levels of background noise, with the lowest amount (near zero) in the digital models. Those will also be the most expensive.
I have a set that I bought for $29 (IIRC) at Dick's Sporting Goods. They are surprisingly good. I previously had a set of Radians that offered more amplification but also more background noise. They cost about $130, several years ago.
Pro Ears makes them. Walker's makes them. Radian's and many other companies.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
You do not HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.