Man able to enjoy lively party because he's using two hearing aids instead of one.

It’s unusual that people get identical levels of hearing loss in both ears at the same time. Because one ear commonly has worse hearing loss than the other, it raises the question: Can I just get one hearing aid in the ear that’s worse.

In most instances, two hearing aids are going to be preferable to only one. But there are certain instances, considerably less common instances, however, in which a single hearing aid could be the way to go.

There’s a Reason Why You Have Two Ears

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your ears efficiently function as a pair. That means wearing two hearing aids has specific advantages over using one.

  • The Ability to Properly Localize: In order to figure out where sounds are coming from, your brain is not only working to interpret but also to place it. This is much easier when your brain is able to triangulate, and to do that, it needs solid signals from both ears. It is a lot harder to figure out where sounds are coming from when you’re only able to hear well out of one ear (which could be crucial if you happen to live near a busy street, for example).
  • Tuning in on Conversations: If you use a hearing aid, the whole point is to assist you in hearing. Other people talking is something you will definitely need to hear. Because your brain has more sound input when wearing hearing aids, it is better able to filter out background noise letting it decide what sounds to focus on because they are closer.
  • Make The Health of Your Ears Better: Just as unused muscles can atrophy, so too can an unused sense. Your hearing can start to go downhill if your ears don’t get regular sound input. Get the organs of your ears the input they require to maintain your hearing by using two hearing aids. Wearing two hearing aids will also help decrease tinnitus (if you have it) and increase your ability to discern sounds.
  • Modern Hearing Aids Work as a Set: Just as your ears work as a pair naturally, modern hearing aid technology is created to function as a pair. The two hearing aids communicate with each other using sophisticated features and artificial intelligence to, similar to your brain, recognize which sounds to amplify and focus on.

Does One Hearing Aid Make Sense in Certain Scenarios?

In most instances, using two hearing aids is a smarter option. But the question is raised: If somebody is wearing a hearing aid in only one ear, why?

Well, normally there are two reasons:

  • You still have perfect hearing out of one ear: If just one of your ears requires 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).
  • Financial concerns: Some individuals feel if they can make do with only one they will save money. Purchasing one hearing aid is better then getting none if you can’t really afford a pair. However, you should know that eventually untreated hearing loss has been verified to increase your overall healthcare costs. Your healthcare costs have been shown to increase by 26 percent after just two years of untreated hearing loss. 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.

One Hearing Aid is Not as Beneficial as Two

Two hearing aids, however, are going to be better than one for your ears and hearing in most situations. There are just too many benefits 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 have your hearing checked.