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

For most people both ears don’t normally have the same exact degree of hearing loss. Because one ear commonly has worse hearing loss than the other, it sparks the question: Do I truly need two hearing aids, or can I simply treat the ear with more considerable hearing loss?

One hearing aid, in many situations, will not be preferable to two. But there are certain instances, considerably less common instances, however, that a single hearing aid could be the way to go.

There’s a Reason Why You Have Two Ears

Your ears efficiently work as a pair whether you know it or not. That means wearing two hearing aids has certain benefits over wearing one.

  • The Ability to Correctly Localize: 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 needs signals from both ears. When you’re only able to hear well out of one ear, it’s a lot harder to figure out where a sound is coming from (Which might be useful, for example, if you live near a busy street).
  • Concentrating When People Are Talking: The whole point of wearing a hearing aid is to help your hearing. Other people conversing is something you will definitely want to hear. Using two hearing aids permits your brain to better filter out background noises. Because your mind has more available data your brain is able to determine what is closer and consequently more likely to be something you want to focus on.
  • Make The Health of Your Ears Better: Just as seldom used muscles can atrophy, so can an unused sense. If your ears go for long periods without an input, your hearing can start to go downhill. Get the organs of your ears the input they need to preserve your hearing by using two hearing aids. Wearing two hearing aids will also help minimize tinnitus (if you have it) and increase 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 each other using sophisticated features and artificial intelligence to, similar to your brain, determine which sounds to focus on and amplify.

Are There Circumstances Where A Single Hearing Aid Makes Sense?

Wearing a pair of hearing aids is the better choice in most cases. But that brings up the question: If somebody is using a hearing aid in just one ear, why?

Commonly we hear two specific reasons:

  • You still Hear Perfectly in one ear: If only one of your ears needs a hearing aid, then you could be best served by having a hearing aid in just one ear but it’s certainly something you should talk to your hearing professional about (having one better ear is not the same as having one perfect ear).
  • Monetary concerns: Some individuals feel if they can get by with one they will spend less. If you truly can’t afford to buy two, one is better than not getting one at all. However, you should understand that with time untreated hearing loss has been confirmed to raise your overall healthcare expenses. Even ignoring hearing loss for two years has been shown to raise your healthcare costs by 26 percent, and neglecting any hearing loss in one ear can increase your chances of things like falling. So so that you can learn if wearing one hearing aid is right for you, talk to a hearing care specialist. Finding ways to help make hearing aids more affordable is an additional service we offer.

Two Aids Are Better Than One

In most circumstances, however, two hearing aids will be better for your ears and your hearing than only one. The benefits of having strong hearing in both of your ears are simply too many to disregard. In most cases, 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 professional to have your hearing examined.