What is the Right Choice – 1 or 2 Hearing Aids?
Considering the price of excellent quality hearing aids, many people logically wonder whether they need two hearing aids, or if they could get by with one. The recommendation offered by the majority of audiologists and hearing professionals is going to be that the benefits of wearing two hearing aids outweigh the difference in cost, but let’s begin with a couple situations in which this might not be the best advice.
Obviously, if you have hearing loss in one ear but your hearing in the other ear is normal, you don’t need two hearing aids. Also, if you have completely lost your hearing in one ear, and are experiencing total deafness in it, wearing a hearing aid in that ear is not going to be effective. People that have chronic ear infections may opt for a single hearing aid to avoid aggravating the recurring infection. Also, if the nature of your hearing loss in one ear is that sounds are so distorted that you cannot understand speech at all through that ear, wearing a hearing aid in that ear will in many cases merely amplify the garbled speech, and make it more difficult for your brain to understand speech heard through your better ear.
Outside of these four situations, the arguments for using two hearing aids are fairly strong and backed up by numerous consumer satisfaction surveys among hearing aid users. Wearing two hearing aids greatly improves your ability to detect the source and direction of the sound. Studies have shown that most people are able to hear and understand speech better when wearing two aids, because the perceived volume of sound is higher with two hearing aids, which is even more true in a noisy environment.
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.
All told, the case for wearing two hearing aids is more persuasive than the case 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.