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One or Two Hearing Aids?

If you have a hearing loss in both ears, you should wear two hearing aids not because they make sounds twice as loud, but because you will hear at the optimal level possible

Advantages of wearing two hearing instruments include:

  • Improved ability to localize sound
    The ability to detect the direction and distance of sound can only be achieved with two ears. In noisy situations, localization allows you to hear from which direction someone is speaking to you and which direction unwanted noise is coming.
  • Balanced hearing
    Balanced hearing with two ears will help you more accurately respond to sounds, such as conversation occurring on either side of you.
  • Better speech understanding in noisy situations
    Binaural hearing improves your ability to ignore background noises and more clearly understand close-up speech. When the brain receives sounds from both ears, it is able to choose specific sounds to focus on (speech) while paying less attention to others (noise). With only one good ear, the brain has to work harder to focus on speech and this can lead to misunderstandings and fatigue.
  • Fuller, more comfortable sound picture
    Conversations will be more pleasant and you will feel less tired of concentrating, because with two hearing aids you do not have to strain to hear with the better ear.
  • Reduced the risk of auditory deprivation (Use it or lose it)
    Research has shown that when a bilaterally hearing impaired person wears a hearing aid on only one ear, this causes the unaided ear to lose word recognition ability over time.
  • Wider hearing range
    A person can hear sounds from a further distance, and from all directions with two hearing aids rather than only one.
  • Tinnitus relief
    Most people with ringing in their ears report improvement when wearing hearing aids. If a person with tinnitus wears a hearing aid in only one ear, there will still be ringing in the ear that does not have a hearing aid.
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