We get this question from clients regularly. Often, their hearing specialist has recommended two hearing aids and they ask whether the benefit outweighs the increased cost.
The answer is usually yes. One hearing aid simply can't do the work of two. This can also hold true even if you only experience hearing loss in one ear.
The reason comes down to the way our auditory system is designed. For the brain to process information properly, it needs balanced input from both ears. The two ears work together to create a complete picture of the sound environment. Hearing with just one hearing aid erases part of this picture, as if you only had one ear.
When you only use one hearing aid, you often have to turn the volume up a long way to compensate for the missing second device. For this reason, people who only wear one hearing aid often complain that everything they hear is too loud. With two hearing aids, you can reduce the volume at any time and thereby protect your hearing against further damage.
In fact, wearing two hearing aids allows you to reduce the volume on both by about 10 decibels.
3 Reasons two hearing aids are better than one
Wearing binaural hearing aids (hearing aids in both ears) can make real-world listening easier in a number of ways. In addition to a more natural balance of sound and a lower likelihood of noise-related damage, wearing two hearing aids provides a number of advantages.
- It’s easier to understand speech in noisy situations. Our brain is designed to use the sounds coming from both ears to fully comprehend our surroundings. When we only use one hearing aid, we are inhibiting our brain's ability to comprehend our sound environment by only sourcing sound from one device. Studies have shown that using two hearing aids can help improve our ability to locate sound sources and comprehend speech.
- It's easier to locate the source of sounds. Research indicates that using two hearing aids—especially in noisy situations—has proven to have major advantages over using just one hearing aid. In one study, the use of two hearing aids in noisy situations made a marked difference in subjects’ ability to locate sound sources over the use of just one.
- It takes less effort to listen. The same study above showed that in addition to helping people better locate the source of sounds, two hearing aids also helped improved people’s speech comprehension abilities more than one hearing aid.
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Hearing aids can go a long way in improving your day to day life. Today’s hearing technology does an outstanding job complimenting mild to profound hearing loss. There are a number of hearing aids designed specifically for single-sided hearing loss, and at Connect Hearing, you can always try our technology out with no obligation to ensure it’s the right fit for you.
Curious about whether investing in a second hearing aid is worth it for you? At Connect Hearing, you can try a second hearing aid for two weeks with no obligation to purchase. Simply call 1-888-426-6632 to get started.