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Advice From Your Audiologist: Two Hearing Aids Are Better Than One

Advice From Your Audiologist: Two Hearing Aids Are Better Than One
One of the significant steps in treating sensorineural hearing loss is to use hearing aids. These specialized medical devices are designed to help fill in the sound frequency gaps that occur as part of hearing loss.

Different hearing aids are more appropriate for varying levels of hearing loss. To accommodate your specific hearing loss, our audiologists program your hearing aids to your ideal level. But, because some people have more mild hearing needs in one ear, they are sometimes tempted to use only one hearing aid, as it is cheaper to only buy one hearing aid.

However, the benefits of using two hearing aids together are far greater than the short term savings that buying just one hearing aid represents.

Advantages of Having Two Hearing Aids

Here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, our audiologists try their best to help those who need hearing aids see why it is essential to use two hearing aids together. Some of the advantages they discuss are:

Keeps Your Brain Active and Stimulated

It’s not that your brain becomes bored without audio input, but with two hearing aids, you can keep your brain stimulated and active. Your brain is a complex structure—with a bit of muscle—and without exercise for this all-important structure in the form of audio input from the cochlear nerve, your brain matter can decrease.

In fact, hearing loss and an increased risk of cognitive decline have been strongly connected and researched in recent years. By using two hearing aids, you can keep information coming in along your auditory system and help prevent the loss of grey matter.

Address Tinnitus in Both Ears

Hearing aids are one of the best solutions to address subjective tinnitus, and whether your tinnitus is unilateral or bilateral, it is important to address it in both ears. Otherwise, your tinnitus can become worse in the ear that lacks a hearing aid.

Individuals who have untreated tinnitus often suffer from a diminished quality of life, as the constant ringing in their ears—or other equally irritating sounds—interferes with a person’s ability to focus, communicate, and hear what is going on around them.

Have Improved Sound Quality

If you have ever had one of your ears plugged up and could only hear properly out of one ear, the world around you likely sounded off. By choosing to have just one hearing aid, you are opting to have discordant sound quality.

With two hearing aids working together, you can enjoy the greater sound quality as both of your ears will work to capture and deliver sounds to you. Also, you won’t be limited to hearing well on just one side by using two hearing aids.

Can Use Lower Volume Levels

When you only use one hearing aid, you will need to turn the volume up higher. That way, you can better hear what your single hearing aid is amplifying. However, by having your hearing aid volume up higher, you can increase your feelings of being off-balance and struggle to hear on the side that does not have a hearing aid.

By having two hearing aids work in conjunction, you can use lower volume levels to tune in to the world of sound around you. With your hearing aids at a lower volume, you are less likely to be startled by unexpected, loud sounds, and feel an increased sense of balance.

Sound Localization is Easier

Pinpointing where a sound is coming from isn’t easy if you have only one hearing aid in your ear. For instance, say someone was calling your name in a busy farmer’s market. As there are already multiple sound inputs—and you only have one “good” ear—determining where the sound is coming from can be incredibly difficult.

Having two hearing aids working together can help enormously when it comes to determining the localization of sounds. Instead of having to search all around for that person calling your name, your two hearing aids can communicate with each other and help you locate what direction the sound is coming from.

More Satisfied by Using Two Hearing Aids

Last, but certainly not least, there is a significant difference in the satisfaction of those who use two hearing aids over one. Those who chose to have just one hearing aid then switched to two hearing aids, reported a higher rate of satisfaction with their hearing experience.

So, rather than being disappointed by how just one hearing aid sounds, make the best choice for your hearing health and purchase two hearing aids.

Find the Right Hearing Aids for Your Needs

When it comes to finding the perfect hearing aids for your needs, our audiologists here at Hearing & Balance Doctors are ready to help. No matter your level of hearing loss, budget, or style concerns, our doctors of audiology are sure to find you a set of hearing aids that check all the boxes.

If you would like to discuss your hearing aid options with our doctors of audiology, please contact us to set up a consultation.

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