Just like trying to look both ways with one eye, walking with one leg or trying to cut your steak with one hand, hearing with only one ear is also difficult, limiting and physically tiring.
Brains are designed to work with two ears. Information from both ears is used to help you identify the direction of sounds, distinguish speech in noise and deliver a balanced stereo quality to sound.
If you have hearing loss in both ears, two well-fitted hearing aids will allow:
- A "stereo" or balanced sound between the ears
- Increased ability to pin-point the direction of sounds
- Better hearing of sounds from all directions
- Ease of communication with people who are situated on either side of you
- Increased comfort because the volume in each hearing aid does not need to be as loud as when only wearing one
- Reduced risk of auditory deprivation; this is where the brain's ability to understand speech diminishes over time because it is not receiving enough sound stimulation.
The benefits of wearing two hearing aids, and in protecting the brain from auditory depravation, are well worth the additional cost. To this end, we always recommend two lower cost aids rather than one higher cost aid when there are budgetary considerations.