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

It’s uncommon that people get the exact same degree of hearing loss in both ears simultaneously. One ear is usually a little worse than the other, triggering many to raise the question: Can I simply use one hearing aid for the ear that’s worse.

In many cases, two hearing aids are will be better than just one. But there are certain instances, dramatically less common instances, that is, in which a single hearing aid might be the way to go.

There’s a Reason Why You Have Two Ears

Whether you know it or not, your ears efficiently function as a pair. That means wearing two hearing aids has some benefits over using one.

  • Being Able to Localize Properly: In order to figure out where sounds are coming from, your brain is not only working to interpret but also to place it. So that you can correctly triangulate where sound is coming from, your brain needs input from both ears. When you’re only able to hear well out of one ear, it’s a lot more difficult to figure out where a sound is coming from (which could be crucial if you happen to live near a busy street, for instance).
  • Concentrating When People Are Talking: If you’re using a hearing aid, the whole point is to aid your hearing. One of the things you want to hear is peoples conversations going on near you. Wearing two hearing aids permits your brain to better tune out background noises. Because your mind has more available data your brain can figure out what is closer and consequently more likely to be something you would want to focus on.
  • Modern Hearing Aids Work Together: Newer hearing aid technology is created to work as a pair in the same way as your ears are. The two hearing aids communicate with each other using state-of-the-art features and artificial intelligence to, similar to your brain, identify which sounds to focus on and amplify.
  • Improved Ear Health: An unused sense will atrophy in the same way as an unused muscle will. If your ears go for long periods without an input, your hearing can begin to go downhill. Wearing hearing aids in both ears guarantees that the organs connected with hearing get the input necessary to preserve your hearing. Using two hearing aids will also help decrease tinnitus (if you have it) and increase your ability to identify sounds.

Are There Circumstances Where One Hearing Aid Is Sensible?

In most instances, wearing a pair of hearing aids is a more effective choice. But the question is raised: If somebody is wearing a hearing aid in only one ear, why?

Usually we hear two specific reasons:

  • Financial concerns: Some people feel that they can spend less money if they can wear just one hearing aid. Getting one hearing aid is better then getting none if you can’t really afford a pair. It’s important to understand, however, it has been proven that your total health costs will increase if you have untreated hearing loss. Even disregarding hearing loss for two years has been shown to increase your healthcare costs by 26 percent, and neglecting any hearing loss in one ear can increase your chances of things like falling. So so that you can find out if wearing one hearing aid is the right choice for you, contact a hearing care specialist. We can also help you brainstorm approaches to make hearing aids more affordable.
  • You still Hear Perfectly out of one ear: If only one of your ears needs a hearing aid, then you might 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 thing as having one perfect ear).

Two Aids Are Preferable to One

In the vast majority of situations, however, two hearing aids will be healthier for your ears and your hearing than only one. The benefits of hearing as well as possible out of both of your ears are simply too many to disregard. So, yes, in most situations, two hearing aids are better than one (just like two ears are better than one). Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to get your hearing examined.