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It’s unusual that people get identical levels of hearing loss in both ears at the same time. Because one ear normally has worse loss of hearing than the other, it sparks the question: Do I really need a set of hearing aids, or can I simply deal with the ear with more substantial hearing loss?

One hearing aid, in many cases, will not be preferable to two. But one hearing aid might be an acceptable choice in some less common situations.

You Have Two Ears For a Reason

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your ears efficiently work as a pair. Which means that there are certain benefits to wearing two hearing aids.

  • Being Able to Localize Properly: Your brain is always working, not only to interpret sounds but also to place them in order to figure out where they’re coming from. So that you can correctly triangulate where sound is coming from, your brain needs signals from both ears. When you can only hear well out of one ear, it’s a lot more difficult to determine where a sound is coming from (Which could come in handy, for instance, if you live next to a busy street).
  • Tuning in on Conversations: The whole point of using a hearing aid is to help your hearing. One of the things you want to hear is other people and the conversation happening near you. Because your brain has more sound input when wearing hearing aids, it is better able to filter out background noise allowing it to decide what sounds to concentrate on because they are closer.
  • Modern Hearing Aids Work Together: In the same way as your ears work together normally, newer hearing aid technology is created to function as a pair. The artificial intelligence and state-of-the-art features work well because the two pieces communicate with each other and, much like your brain, recognize which sounds to amplify and focus on.
  • Make The Health of Your Ears Better: An unused sense will atrophy just like an unused muscle will. Your hearing can begin to go downhill if your ears don’t receive regular sound input. Get the organs of your ears the input they need to preserve your hearing by wearing two hearing aids. If you have tinnitus, using two hearing aids can decrease it and also improve your ability to discern sounds.

Does One Hearing Aid Make Sense in Certain Situations?

In most cases, wearing a pair of hearing aids is a better option. But the question is raised: why would someone use a hearing aid in just one ear?

Well, normally there are two reasons:

  • One Ear Still Has Perfect Hearing: If only one of your ears needs a hearing aid, then you might be best served by using 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 as having one perfect ear).
  • Monetary concerns: Some people think that they can save money if they can use just one hearing aid. Buying one hearing aid is better then getting none if you can’t really afford a pair. However, you should recognize that eventually untreated hearing loss has been confirmed to raise your overall healthcare costs. Even ignoring hearing loss for two years has been shown to increase your healthcare costs by 26 percent, and ignoring any hearing loss in one ear can elevate your risks for things like falling. So speak with your hearing specialist to make certain only getting one hearing aid is a good idea for you. Finding ways to help make hearing aids more affordable is another service we offer.

One Hearing Aid is Not as Effective as Two

Two hearing aids, however, will be better than one for your ears and hearing in most circumstances. There are simply too many advantages to having good hearing in both ears to ignore. In the majority of situations, just like having two ears is better than having one, having two hearing aids is definitely better than having only one. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to get your hearing tested.