Man able to enjoy lively party because he's using two hearing aids instead of one.

For most people both ears rarely have exactly the same amount of hearing loss. One ear is usually a small amount worse than the other, sparking many to ask the question: Do I actually need a set of hearing aids, or can I just deal with the ear with more considerable hearing loss?

One hearing aid, in most cases, will not be preferable to two. But there are some instances, considerably less common instances, however, in which one hearing aid may be the right choice.

You Have Two Ears For a Reason

Your ears effectively work as a pair whether you know it or not. That means using two hearing aids has certain advantages over using one.

  • Being Able to Localize Correctly: Your brain is always doing work, not just to understand sounds but to place them in order to figure out where they’re coming from. This is much easier when your brain is able to triangulate, and in order to do that, it requires solid inputs from both ears. When you’re only able to hear well out of one ear, it’s a lot more difficult to figure out where a sound is coming from (which might be crucial if you happen to live near a busy street, for instance).
  • Modern Hearing Aids Work Together: More modern hearing aid technology is made to work as a pair just like your ears are. The artificial intelligence and advanced features work well because the two pieces communicate with one another and, much like your brain, recognize which sounds to focus on and amplify.
  • Improved Ear Health: 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. Get the organs of your ears the input they need to preserve your hearing by wearing two hearing aids. If you already have tinnitus, using two hearing aids can minimize it and also increase your ability to identify sounds.
  • Tuning in on Conversations: If you use a hearing aid, the whole point is to assist your hearing. Other people talking is something you will definitely want to hear. Because your brain has more sound stimulation when wearing hearing aids, it is better capable of filtering out background noise letting it decide what sounds to concentrate on because they are closer.

Are There Situations Where A Single Hearing Aid Is Sensible?

Wearing two hearing aids is usually a better choice. But that brings up the question: why would anybody use a hearing aid in only one ear?

Well, usually there are two reasons:

  • One Ear Still Has Perfect Hearing: If only one of your ears requires a hearing aid, then you may 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 thing as having one perfect ear).
  • Monetary concerns: Some people think that they can spend less money if they can use only one hearing aid. Buying one hearing aid is better then getting none if you can’t really afford a pair. Still, you should understand that over time untreated hearing loss has been verified to raise your overall healthcare expenses. Your healthcare expenses have been shown to rise by 26 percent after only two years of untreated hearing loss. So talk to your hearing expert to make sure getting only a single hearing aid is a smart idea for you. We can also help you figure ways to make hearing aids more budget friendly.

One Hearing Aid is Not as Effective as Two

In most circumstances, however, two hearing aids will be healthier for your ears and your hearing than just one. The benefits of hearing as well as possible out of both of your ears are simply too plentiful to disregard. In most instances, just like having two ears is better than having only one, having two hearing aids is definitely preferable to having only one. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care pro to get your hearing tested.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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