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Why Two Hearing Aids

Should I use one or two hearing aids?

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.

How hearing loss affects your life

Hearing is one of our most precious senses; it is essential for communicating, participating, socializing, relaxing and interacting. Hearing helps you to fully enjoy your life.

Hearing loss will disrupt all aspects of your life; professional, family and social life will be impacted. This is because it affects your ability to communicate and participate and it may lead to feeling frustrated, discouraged, embarrassed, isolated and even depressed. Read more to find out the five stages that people go through when coping with hearing loss.
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Impact of untreated hearing loss over time

Hearing loss, in most cases, occurs gradually over time. As a result, many people wait months or even longer before seeking professional help. You cannot delay doing something about your hearing loss and think that it will not affect you.

This is because, understanding sounds that you hear including speech, involves so much more than just the ear. Once the ear has detected sound, it is sent via neural pathways to the many areas of the brain that process it. This allows you to understand what the ear has detected, whether it is music, environmental sounds or the spoken words. It is your brain that actually “hears and understands”.
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Keep hearing aid batteries out of the reach of children

Batteries used in hearing aids are small “button” size batteries and may be a hazard to young children. In fact, these small coin size batteries are found everywhere in the home including in TV remote controls, kitchen and bathroom scales, flameless candles and tea lights, reading lights, calculators, and talking books, not only hearing aids.

Due to the relatively high number of batteries used with hearing aids - hearing aid batteries will last between 1 and 4 weeks - it is important that all hearing aid users and carers of people using hearing aids are vigilant at keeping batteries out of sight and out of the reach of children. Keep reading to find out more...
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