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 exactly the same degree of hearing loss. Because one ear usually 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 loss of hearing?

In most cases, two hearing aids are going to be preferable to only one. But one hearing aid may be more appropriate in some less common circumstances.

There’s a Reason Why You Have Two Ears

Whether you know it or not, your ears effectively work as a pair. Which means that there are some benefits to wearing two hearing aids.

  • Being Able to Localize Properly: Your brain is always working, not only to interpret sounds but to place them so that you can figure out where they’re coming from. In order to properly triangulate where sound is coming from, your brain needs input from both ears. It is a lot more difficult to determine where sounds are coming from when you’re only able to hear well out of one ear (Which may come in handy, for example, if you live near a busy street).
  • 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 receive regular sound input. Get the organs of your ears the input they require to preserve your hearing by using two hearing aids. If you have tinnitus, using two hearing aids can decrease it and also increase your ability to discern sounds.
  • Concentrating When People Are Talking: The whole point of using a hearing aid is to help your hearing. Other people talking is something you will certainly need to hear. Using two hearing aids enables your brain to better filter out background noises. Because your mind has more available data your brain can decide what is closer and therefore more likely to be something you want to focus on.
  • Modern Hearing Aids Work Together: Modern 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, much like your brain, identify which sounds to amplify and focus on.

Are There Instances Where A Single Hearing Aid Is Sensible?

Wearing a pair of hearing aids is the better choice in most cases. But the question is raised: If someone is wearing a hearing aid in only one ear, why?

Well, commonly there are two reasons:

  • You still have perfect hearing out of 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 people think if they can make do with only one they will spend less. Getting one hearing aid is better then not getting any at all if you can’t really afford a pair. However, you should recognize that with time untreated hearing loss has been shown to raise your overall healthcare expenses. Your healthcare expenses have been demonstrated to rise by 26 percent after just two years of untreated hearing loss. So in order to find out if using one hearing aid is the right choice for you, contact a hearing care specialist. We can also help you brainstorm approaches to make hearing aids more affordable.

One Hearing Aid is Not as Beneficial as Two

In most cases, however, two hearing aids will be healthier for your ears and your hearing than only one. There are just too many advantages to having strong hearing in both ears to ignore. So, yes, in the majority of circumstances, two hearing aids are a better choice than one (just as two ears are better than one). Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to get your hearing examined.

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