Benefits of 2 Hearing Aids
Do I Really Need Two Hearing Aids?
This is a question that comes up at nearly every hearing aid evaluation appointment in our office. If you have hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss), then you are most likely a candidate for two hearing aids. While there are definite situations where a single hearing aid (monaural fitting) will be recommended, the vast majority of people with hearing loss in both ears will benefit from amplification in both ears. The easiest analogy to make is to vision – when is the last time you saw someone walking around wearing a monocle on only one eye? The reason is quite simple, we have 2 eyes for a reason – our brain needs the information from both eyes to interpret what the eyes are picking up (e.g. 2 eyes are required to tell us how far an object is in front of us). Your ears are no different. There are levels of the auditory system which take information from both ears, compare them, and provide our brains with valuable information. Here are some of the proven reasons why 2 ears are better than one:
- Better understanding of speech.
- Better sound quality.
- Wider hearing range.
- Better sound identification.
- Keeps both ears active resulting in potentially less hearing loss deterioration.
- Less Strain: Hearing is less tiring and listening more pleasant.
- Feeling of balanced hearing.
- Greater comfort when loud noises occur.
- Reduced feedback and whistling. With a lower volume control setting the chances of hearing aid feedback is reduced.
- Consumer preference.
- Customer satisfaction.