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"My hearing loss isn't bad enough to need two hearing aids."

Fact or Fiction?

There are definitely individuals out there that only experience hearing loss in one ear, what's known as a unilateral hearing loss. This statement is not to say that doesn't exist, this is only to clear up some of the misconception as to why audiologists typically recommend the use of two hearing aids vs. only in the ear that's affected. This is another example of why we always recommend visiting a hearing professional before purchasing any hearing technology. That way, the level of hearing loss can be determined for both ears by a professional and the appropriate solution can be recommended. 

Our ears were designed to work together in unison. Just like having two eyes allow you to experience depth perception and gauge distances better, so do two ears allow you to localize sounds and help your balance. As this article on the benefits of two hearing aids explains, "the world is meant to be heard in 'surround sound' and two hearing aids help provide fuller and richer sound for a more natural listening experience.”

Read more: The Importance of Binaural Hearing

When only wearing one hearing aid, it can send a confused signal to the brain as it attempts to process two sounds that don't entirely sound the same. The other ear, without the hearing aid inserted, is essentially working double-time now that only one ear has been reinforced by the technology. This is why a unilateral hearing loss tends to develop into a bilateral hearing loss for most later on. 

Two hearing aids create a level of symmetry, providing added balance and clarity of sound. This will create a far more natural quality of hearing and you'll be thankful you chose to incorporate them into your life. Click here to request a visit with one of our local hearing professionals and discuss the latest hearing aid solutions.