For most people both ears don’t normally have the same exact amount of hearing loss. One ear is commonly a little worse than the other, triggering many to raise the question: Do I actually need a set of hearing aids, or can I just deal with the ear with more significant hearing loss?
In most instances, two hearing aids are will be preferable to just one. But there are certain instances, dramatically less common instances, that is, that one hearing aid might be the way to go.
It’s Not an Accident That Ears Are a Pair
Whether you’re aware of it or not, your ears effectively work as a pair. Which means that there are certain advantages to wearing two hearing aids.
- Being Able to Localize Correctly: In order to determine where sounds are coming from, your brain is not only working to interpret but also to place it. In order to correctly triangulate where sound is coming from, your brain requires input from both ears. It is much harder to determine where sounds are coming from when you can only hear well out of one ear (Which could be useful, for instance, if you live next to a busy street).
- Focusing on Conversations: If you’re using a hearing aid, the whole point is to help your hearing. One of the things you want to hear is other people and the conversation going on near you. Because your brain has more sound input when wearing hearing aids, it is better capable of filtering out background noise allowing it to determine what sounds to concentrate on because they are closer.
- Make The Health of Your Ears Better: An unused sense will atrophy in the same way as an unused muscle will. Your hearing can start to go downhill if your ears don’t get regular sound input. Wearing hearing aids in both ears guarantees that the organs connected with hearing receive the input necessary to preserve your hearing. If you have tinnitus, wearing two hearing aids can decrease it and also improve your ability to discern sounds.
- Modern Hearing Aids Work as a Set: Newer hearing aid technology is made to work as a pair in the same way as your ears are. The two hearing aids communicate with one another using advanced features and artificial intelligence to, similar to your brain, identify which sounds to focus on and amplify.
Does One Hearing Aid Make Sense in Some Circumstances?
In the majority of circumstances, wearing a pair of hearing aids is a smarter choice. But that brings up the question: If a person is using a hearing aid in just one ear, why?
Normally we hear two different reasons:
- Financial concerns: Some people think that they can save money if they can use only one hearing aid. Getting one hearing aid is better then getting none if you can’t really afford a pair. However, you should understand that eventually untreated hearing loss has been verified to raise your overall healthcare expenses. Your healthcare costs have been demonstrated to rise by 26 percent after only two years of untreated hearing loss. So talk to your hearing expert to make sure only getting one hearing aid is a good plan for you. Discovering ways to help make hearing aids more affordable is an additional service we offer.
- One Ear Still Has Perfect Hearing: If only one of your ears requires a hearing aid, then you might be best served by having a hearing aid in just one ear but it’s definitely something you should talk to your hearing professional about (having one better ear is not the same as having one perfect ear).
One Hearing Aid is Not as Effective as Two
Two hearing aids, however, are going to be better than one for your ears and hearing in the vast majority of instances. The benefits of having strong hearing in both of your ears are simply too plentiful to ignore. In most circumstances, just as having two ears is better than having one, having two hearing aids is definitely better than having only one. Make an appointment with a hearing care pro to have your hearing checked.