Hearing loss is not usually a unilateral process. Often, one ear will lose more hearing than the other, leaving many people with a so-called bad ear. While some individuals choose to work around this issue by using one hearing aid, this solution is less than ideal.
If you have been struggling with single-sided hearing loss and aren’t sure if you need two hearing aids, our hearing instrument specialist at Modern Hearing Solutions of Wyoming is here to shed some light on the situation.
How Two Hearing Aids Can Help You
In most cases of hearing loss, our hearing instrument specialist will recommend you purchase two hearing aids. With dual hearing aids in your ears to provide you with sound feedback, there are a number of benefits you can enjoy.
Provides Improved Clarity
With only one hearing aid to provide sound input, it can be difficult to capture all the sounds around you. Human speech can be particularly difficult for those with hearing loss, as the various pitches of regular speech can make it harder to hear clearly, especially if you have high-frequency hearing loss.
By having two hearing aids to provide you with input, you can more easily capture the voices of those speaking to you and not have to continually ask people to repeat themselves.
One of the ways tinnitus can become worse is if you are in silence. That silence can be created by hearing loss, and the fewer sounds that your ears are able to capture, the louder your tinnitus will be.
With two hearing aids, you can receive a greater variety of audio from outside sources, instead of being constantly troubled with your tinnitus. Also, many styles of hearing aids can come with tinnitus management technology.
Our hearing instrument specialist can program hearing aids with tinnitus management built-in so that you can have soothing sounds filter through your hearing aids and help alleviate your tinnitus.
Greater Sound Localization
When you have only one ear with good hearing, it can be easy for sound directionality to become difficult. While your remaining good ear will try to perceive where a sound comes from, it will automatically have you assume that the sound is coming from the side where you can hear, as the other ear doesn’t receive as much input. Our brains are wired to perceive sound that way.
But, once you have two hearing aids, you will have a far greater ability to discern what direction sound is coming from when you hearing it. Plenty of hearing aids also have directional microphones, which allows you to hone in even more on what direction you are hearing sounds.
Prevents Future Hearing-Related Issues
Being only able to hear from one ear can lead to a number of future hearing-related issues. For one thing, with only one good ear, you will undergo a degree of mental strain as your ears struggle to capture sounds and process them.
Another issue that comes with untreated bilateral hearing loss is auditory deprivation. The ear that has untreated hearing loss often become worse with no hearing aid to provide amplification and sound capturing. This worsening makes it difficult in the future to hear and understand speech for both ears.
By using two hearing aids to correct hearing loss, you can prevent these issues and reduce your risk of cognitive decline.
When It Makes Sense Not To Have Two Hearing Aids
In most cases, having two hearing aids makes sense. Hearing aids can be programmed to accommodate different levels of hearing loss, even if one of your ears has a greater degree of hearing loss in one ear. But there are a few instances where it makes sense not to have two hearing aids.
- Cost barrier – Hearing aids can be a costly investment in your hearing health. While we generally recommend that if you have bilateral hearing loss that you use two hearing aids, if you can only afford one hearing aid, that’s better than no hearing aid at all.
- Single-sided hearing loss – When you only have hearing loss in one ear, it can make sense to use only one hearing aid. However, this usage can leave a person feeling off-balance. By using CROS or BiCROS hearing aids that are designed to work together with one good ear and one bad ear, you can alleviate the feeling of being off-balance.
- Hearing perception – Having only one hearing aid in can help you hear things in real time, rather than the slight delay that hearing aids create due to needing to process and amplify the sounds they capture.
Work With Us To Find Your Perfect Hearing Solutions
Whether you need one hearing aid or two, our hearing specialist here at Modern Hearing Solutions of Wyoming is here to help. He can perform a diagnostic hearing evaluation that will allow him to determine your level of hearing loss and help find you the right hearing aids for your needs.
So, when you are ready to take care of your hearing with a specialist who will provide personalized solutions, contact us. Our hearing specialist will be happy to help you find the right hearing tools to assist in reconnecting you with the world of sound around you.