It’s unusual that people get identical amount of hearing loss in both ears at the same time. Because one ear normally has worse loss of hearing than the other, it raises the question: Do I actually need a pair of hearing aids, or can I simply treat the ear with more substantial loss of hearing?
In many cases, two hearing aids are will be better than only one. But there are certain instances, considerably less common instances, that is, in which a single hearing aid may be the way to go.
You Have A Pair of Ears For a Reason
Whether you know it or not, your ears efficiently function as a pair. Which means that there are certain benefits to wearing two hearing aids.
- The Ability to Properly 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 requires signals from both ears. When you can only hear well from one ear, it’s a lot harder to figure out where a sound is coming from (Which may be useful, for instance, if you live next to a busy street).
- Make The Health of Your Ears Better: An unused sense will atrophy in the same way as an unused muscle will. If your ears go for long periods without an input, your hearing can start to go downhill. Wearing hearing aids in both ears guarantees that the organs linked to hearing receive the input necessary to maintain your hearing. Wearing two hearing aids will also help minimize tinnitus (if you have it) and increase your ability to identify sounds.
- Modern Hearing Aids Work Together: Just as your ears work as a pair naturally, newer hearing aid technology is created to work as a pair. The two hearing aids communicate with each other using advanced features and artificial intelligence to, similar to your brain, identify which sounds to amplify and focus on.
- Focusing on Conversations: The whole point of wearing a hearing aid is to help your hearing. Other people talking is something you will certainly need to hear. Because your brain has more sound stimulation when wearing hearing aids, it is better able to filter out background noise letting it decide what sounds to concentrate on because they are closer.
Does One Hearing Aid Make Sense in Some Situations?
Using a pair of hearing aids is usually a better choice. But the question is raised: If someone is wearing a hearing aid in just one ear, why?
Normally we hear two specific reasons:
- One Ear Still Has Perfect Hearing: If just one of your ears needs 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 talk to your hearing professional about (having one better ear is not the same as having one perfect ear).
- Monetary concerns: Some individuals think if they can manage with just 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 eventually untreated hearing loss has been confirmed to raise your overall healthcare costs. Even disregarding hearing loss for two years has been shown to raise your healthcare costs by 26 percent, and ignoring any hearing loss in one ear can elevate your chances of things like falling. So speak with your hearing professional to make sure only getting one hearing aid is a smart idea for you. We can also help you brainstorm ways to make hearing aids more budget friendly.
Two Aids Are Better Than One
Two hearing aids, however, will be better than one for your ears and hearing in most circumstances. The benefits of having strong hearing in both of your ears are simply too plentiful to ignore. So, yes, in most circumstances, two hearing aids are a better choice than one (just as two ears are better than one). Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to get your hearing checked.