“DO I NEED TWO HEARING AIDS OR CAN I WEAR JUST ONE?”
Many of our patients ask me this question when it’s time to discuss the purchase of a hearing aid. Some are asking because of the financial aspect of paying for two hearing aids; others ask just because they don’t like the thought of wearing two. Typically my answer is this: If you have hearing loss in both ears, even if one ear is worse than the other, yes, you should wear two hearing aids.
- More natural – you were born with two ears for a reason. This is the way your brain and body work.
- More information to your brain – our brain needs sound from both ears in order to give it more information to process more accurately; in other words, you get better speech understanding and clarity when wearing two hearing aids versus one.
- Better sound quality – with sound coming from both ears, you get a sense of balance and require less amplification. This allows for a more natural sound quality.
- Directionality – it is easier to tell where a sound is coming from when you can hear on both sides. This is important when trying to listen to speech in a noisy environment, or when someone is calling your name; also when trying to cross the street and listen for traffic.
I will often recommend my patients purchase two lower technology/cost hearing aids versus one higher level/cost hearing aid because listening with two hearing aids is better than listening with just one.
Please note that there are circumstances in which I do recommend one hearing aid. This is based on the type and severity of hearing loss as well as speech discrimination scores. Your audiologist will make that recommendation when appropriate.BACK TO BLOG PAGE