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Do I Really Need Two Hearing Aids?

by Susan Fenrich

We were born with two ears for a reason.

Has anyone told you that hearing health practitioners always recommend two hearing aids just to sell more products? Nothing could be further from the truth. An ethical professional would never stoop to that level. If you have hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss), then you are most likely a candidate for two hearing aids; so says Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. - Better Hearing Institute, Washington, DC.

The facts are that there are many reasons to consider two hearing aids (binaural amplification) as opposed to just one. When people are exposed to corrected hearing in both ears the overwhelming majority chooses to use that approach.

What are some of the advantages of binaural amplification?

Better understanding of speech.

By wearing two hearing aids rather than one, selective listening is more easily achieved. This means your brain can focus on the conversation you want to hear. Research shows that people wearing two hearing aids routinely understand speech and conversation significantly better than people wearing one hearing aid. Both ears are needed for complete speech understanding.

Better understanding in group and noisy situations.

Speech intelligibility is improved in difficult listening situations when wearing two hearing aids. In addition to these advantages, the right ear lateralizes to the left brain for technical interpretation and the left ear lateralizes to the right brain for aesthetic interpretation. We need both ears to not only hear but to understand the variety of information we hear every day.

Better sound quality

When you listen to a stereo system, you use both speakers to get the smoothest, sharpest, most natural sound quality. The same can be said of hearing aids. By wearing two hearing aids, you increase your hearing range from 180 degrees reception with just one instrument, to 360 degrees. This greater range provides a better sense of balance and sound quality.

Hearing is less tiring and listening more pleasant

More binaural hearing aid wearers report that listening and participating in conversation is more enjoyable with two instruments, instead of just one. This is because they do not have to strain to hear with the better ear. Binaural hearing can help make life more relaxing.

These are just a few of the very real advantages to binaural hearing. However there are instances where just one hearing instrument would be recommended. If one of the ears has such poor hearing and speech understanding that it actually reduces the overall benefits of amplification, then only one hearing aid may be recommended.

The only way to find out what is best for you is to have a hearing evaluation done at a qualified and trustworthy hearing instrument provider. Contact Welsch Hearing Aid Company to schedule your FREE hearing test and consultation.

Some information for this article was taken from: https://www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss_treatm...

by Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*, Owner of Welsch Hearing Aid Company, Inc. *Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences.

The content contributions of Welsch Hearing Aid Company should not be considered by anyone as a substitute for medical or other hearing health professional diagnosis, treatment, advice, or recommendations.