After it has been determined that you are suffering from hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss) from a licensed hearing care practitioner or an audiologist, it’s important to remember why you should invest in two hearing aids instead of settling on just one.
If you relate your hearing loss to that of vision loss, while you may have a stronger loss in one eye than the other, you’re fitted with a
pair of glasses, not one lens.
Here are a few additional reasons to keep in mind before you talk yourself out of two hearing aids:
Better understanding of speech
Your brain can focus on the conversation you want to hear because selective listening can be achieved by wearing two hearing aids.
Studies show that 50% of people with ringing/buzzing in their ears, also known as tinnitus, report improvement when wearing two hearing aids.
Ability to tell direction of sound
While this is the last bullet listed, it is quite possibly the most important reason to consider two hearing aids for bilateral hearing loss. Our brain can determine the direction of sound by what is called “localization” WITH bilateral hearing.
Simply put, it allows you to hear from which direction someone is speaking to you. However, while we think localization is only important for just social gatherings, this ability helps you determine which direction traffic is coming from or where your kids/grandchildren are playing, potentially saving you from a traffic accident or keeping your kids/grandchildren out of a busy street.