Do I Have to Buy Hearing Aids as a Pair?

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 amount of hearing loss in both ears simultaneously. Because one ear usually has worse hearing loss than the other, it raises the question: Do I truly need two hearing aids, or can I just manage the ear with more significant hearing loss?

In most cases, two hearing aids are will be better than just one. But a single hearing aid may be an acceptable choice in some less common scenarios.

You Have A Pair of Ears For a Reason

Your ears efficiently work as a pair whether you know it or not. That means wearing two hearing aids has specific benefits over wearing one.

  • The Ability to Correctly Localize: Your brain is always working, not just to understand sounds but also to place them in order to figure out where they’re coming from. This is much easier when your brain is able to triangulate, and in order to do that, it needs solid signals from both ears. It is a lot harder to figure out where sounds are coming from when you’re only able to hear well out of one ear (Which might come in handy, for instance, if you live next to a busy street).
  • Modern Hearing Aids Work Together: More modern hearing aid technology is created to work as a pair just like your ears are. The artificial intelligence and state-of-the-art features function well because the two hearing aids communicate with one another and, much like your brain, determine which sounds to amplify and focus on.
  • Make The Health of Your Ears Better: An unused sense will atrophy in the same way as an unused muscle will. Your hearing can start 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 already have tinnitus, wearing two hearing aids can decrease it and also improve your ability to identify sounds.
  • Tuning in When People Are Talking: 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 going on near you. Wearing two hearing aids lets your brain to better filter 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.

Does One Hearing Aid Make Sense in Certain Circumstances?

In the majority of instances, wearing two hearing aids is a better choice. But that begs the question: why would somebody wear a hearing aid in just one ear?

Normally we hear two specific reasons:

  • Financial concerns: Some people feel if they can get by with one they will save money. If you truly can’t afford to get two, getting one is better than not getting one at all. Still, you should recognize that eventually untreated hearing loss has been verified to increase your overall healthcare expenses. Even neglecting hearing loss for two years has been shown to raise your healthcare costs by 26 percent, and neglecting any hearing loss in one ear can increase your risks for 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. Finding ways to help make hearing aids more affordable is another service we offer.
  • You still Hear Perfectly in one ear: If just one of your ears needs a hearing aid, then you may be best served by having a hearing aid in just one ear but it’s certainly something you should have a conversation about your hearing professional about (having one better ear is not the same thing as having one perfect ear).

One Hearing Aid is Not as Effective as Two

In most cases, however, two hearing aids will be healthier for your ears and your hearing than only one. The benefits of having strong hearing in both of your ears are simply too many to dismiss. So, yes, in the majority of circumstances, two hearing aids are better than one (just like two ears are better than one). Schedule an appointment with a hearing care pro to get your hearing checked.

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