Hearing aids are a significant investment, so if you’ve experienced hearing loss in both ears, you naturally think, “Do I really need two hearing aids, or can I hear just as well with one?” The majority of hearing industry professionals will state that the advantages of wearing two hearing aids considerably exceed the extra expense, but to be fair let’s start with the main reasons why some individuals don’t need two.
First, if you have hearing loss in only one ear but your hearing in the other ear is normal, you clearly don’t need a second hearing aid. Conversely, if you are totally 100% deaf in one ear, there is no point in having a second hearing aid. People that have chronic ear infections may opt for a single hearing aid to avoid aggravating the recurring infection. Or, if you have a specific form of hearing loss where the speech is heard garbled, a hearing aid in that ear may make your comprehension worse by amplifying the garbled speech. The case for wearing two hearing aids, except in these cases, is much stronger, and has been validated by surveys that show that most hearing aid users prefer wearing two aids to wearing only one. Wearing two hearing aids greatly improves your ability to detect the source and direction of the sound. Understanding speech has been proven to be much easier when wearing two hearing aids than when wearing one, especially when the listening environment is noisy.
If you have hearing loss in both ears, wearing two hearing aids will enable you to keep stimulating both ears, whereas wearing only one can allow the other ear to deteriorate further from lack of use. If you suffer from tinnitus or a ringing in both ears, wearing only one aid will allow the ringing in the other ear to continue. Last but not least, clinical studies and customer surveys have shown that users find wearing two hearing aids much less tiring than wearing only one.
So the arguments for wearing two hearing aids seem to outweigh those for wearing only one. For many people making this decision, they need to experience the difference between one and two hearing aids first hand. You can test out the difference by scheduling an appointment to come see us. Experience tell us that you’ll probably agree that two are better than one.