It’s uncommon for people to get the exact same levels of hearing loss in both ears at the same time. Because one ear usually has worse hearing loss than the other, it raises the question: Do I truly need a set of hearing aids, or can I just treat the ear with more significant hearing loss?
In many instances, two hearing aids are will be preferable to only one. But there are some instances, dramatically less common instances, however, that a single hearing aid may be the right choice.
It’s Not accidental That Ears Are a Pair
Whether you know it or not, your ears effectively work as a pair. That means wearing two hearing aids has certain benefits over using one.
- Being Able to Localize Correctly: Your brain is always working, not only to understand sounds but also to place them in order to figure out where they’re coming from. This is a lot easier when your brain is able to triangulate, and in order to do that, it needs solid signals from both ears. When you can only hear well from one ear, it’s a lot more difficult to determine where a sound is coming from (which may be indispensable if you happen to live near a busy street, for example).
- Tuning in 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 need to hear. Using two hearing aids lets your brain to better filter out background noises. Because your mind has more available data your brain is able to decide what is closer and therefore more likely to be something you would want to focus on.
- Modern Hearing Aids Work Together: In the same way as your ears work together naturally, more modern hearing aid technology is created to work as a pair. The artificial intelligence and sophisticated features work well because the two pieces communicate with one another and, much like your brain, determine which sounds to focus on and amplify.
- Improved Ear Health: Just as seldom used muscles can atrophy, so too can an unused sense. If your ears go long periods without an input, your hearing can start to go downhill. Get the organs of your ears the input they require to preserve your hearing by wearing two hearing aids. Wearing two hearing aids will also help minimize tinnitus (if you have it) and improve your ability to discern sounds.
Are There Circumstances Where One Hearing Aid Is Practical?
Wearing a pair of hearing aids is the better choice in most cases. But that raises the question: If a person is using a hearing aid in only one ear, why?
Normally we hear two distinct reasons:
- You still Hear Perfectly out of one ear: 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 have a conversation about 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 save money if they can wear just one hearing aid. If you really can’t afford to buy two, one is better than not getting one at all. It’s important to know, however, it has been proven that your total health costs will increase if you have untreated hearing loss. Even neglecting hearing loss for two years has been shown to increase your healthcare costs by 26 percent, and ignoring any hearing loss in one ear will increase your risks for things like falling. So talk to your hearing expert to make certain only getting one hearing aid is a smart idea for you. Discovering ways to help make hearing aids more affordable is an additional service we offer.
Two Aids Are Preferable to One
In the vast majority of situations, however, two hearing aids will be healthier for your ears and your hearing than just one. There are just too many benefits to having strong hearing in both ears to ignore. In most circumstances, just like having two ears is better than having only one, having two hearing aids is definitely better than having only one. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care pro to get your hearing tested.