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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

What Are CROS and BiCROS Hearing Aids?

What Are CROS and BiCROS Hearing Aids

What Are CROS and BiCROS Hearing Aids?

Many people don’t realize that hearing loss doesn’t always occur in both ears. If a person does experience hearing loss in both ears, each ear can be affected differently — usually having one ear that is deemed the “better” ear. When an individual experiences hearing loss on one side, it’s referred to as unilateral hearing loss. Single-sided deafness can present the patient with different challenges than bilateral hearing loss, but with today’s technology, there are hearing devices specifically designed to help unilateral hearing loss.

If you’re diagnosed with unilateral hearing loss, Hearing & Balance Doctors often recommend using contralateral routing of signals (CROS) to improve the quality of your hearing. Keep reading to learn more about how CROS and BiCROS hearing aids can help.

What Are CROS and BiCROS?

An individual who has normal hearing functions in one ear but significant hearing loss in the other is experiencing a condition known as unilateral hearing loss. This condition makes it difficult for the patient to follow conversations when in environments with excess background noise. Similarly, they often experience difficulty locating the direction a sound is coming since they are relying heavily on the good ear’s functionality.

Depending on the level of hearing in each of your ears, your hearing specialist may recommend you invest in CROS or BiCROS hearing aids. Let’s take a look at each of the options to better understand which is right for you.

CROS Hearing Aids

If you’re suffering from hearing loss in one of your ears, your doctor may suggest a CROS system. With CROS hearing aids, you will wear hearing devices on both ears — including the “better” ear that hasn’t experienced hearing loss. The hearing aid on the side with hearing loss will transmit the sound it picks up to the hearing aid on the good side, allowing you to hear the noises from all around on the one side.

BiCROS Hearing Aids

BiCROS hearing aids are relatively similar to a CROS hearing system, however, these are recommended for individuals who are experiencing hearing loss in both ears. They will transmit similarly to the CROS hearing aids, transmitting sounds from the bad side to the other ear, but will also provide amplification to help the individual hear more clearly.

Which Hearing Aids Is Right for You?

The main difference between these two types of hearing aids is that the CROS system is best for individuals who have complete deafness in one ear and full function of their other ear. The BiCROS system is designed to assist persons with no hearing in one ear and limited hearing in their good ear. While both hearing devices will transit sound from one side to the other, only the BiCROS system will provide additional amplification for the functioning ear. Determining the level of hearing loss in each of your ears will help you determine which of these hearing systems is ideal for you.

Contact Our Team for CROS and BiCROS Hearing Aids

As licensed hearing healthcare professionals, Hearing & Balance Doctors can work with you to determine if CROS or BiCROS hearing aids are the right solution for your hearing loss. Our goal is to educate our patients on the advancement of modern hearing aids and help them receive the many benefits hearing aids can provide. Contact our team to schedule an appointment today.

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