Two Hearing Aids Maybe Better Than One. Here’s Why
For some people with hearing loss, two hearing aids may be better than one. While it depends on your specific hearing needs, if you have mild-to-moderate hearing loss in one ear and severe hearing loss in the other, using a combination of two hearing aids in both ears can help you hear better and feel like you have greater control over what you hear.
Other situations when you may benefit from dual hearing aids might include: you are seeking greater stereo sound when watching television, you want to minimize the effects of interference between ears; you would like to accommodate both particularly loud and soft sounds–a common problem for people with significant hearing loss (hypersensitivity), or you have trouble perceiving words when they are embedded within another word.
Bilateral Hearing Aid Devices Can Stimulate the Brain Better
Even though your ears aren’t physical muscles, it isn’t a good idea to subject them to normal sounds regularly. This is because depriving them of sound for extended periods can weaken the auditory nerve pathways and associated centers in the brain, making it more difficult for you to decode sound. This is why it helps to wear two hearing aids.
You Can Hear Better with Two Hearing Aids
How can two hearing aids help you to better understand speech? The main reason is that sound does not just come straight at you. Sound reflects off objects and surfaces before it reaches your ears. For example, as a sound wave travels from the speaker to your ear, the sound wave bounces off a lamp or another person sitting next to you and reaches your ear at a different time. Because of this, you may have trouble hearing speech clearly when you only wear a single hearing aid. But with two hearing aids, it is possible to separate different sounds and hear more clearly.
The Amplification Doesn’t Have to Be Set Too High
A person listening to two hearing aids simultaneously hears even more sounds than before, without you having to set the amplification too high. What does this mean? More fun, more clarity, and an improved sense of security.