Why Two Hearing Aids Are Better Than One

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McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care explains the advantages of wearing two hearing aids in a recently published article.

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A common question among patients with hearing loss is whether two hearing aids are necessary or if one will do the job. And while it can depend on the type of hearing loss, since most cases of hearing loss affect both ears, two hearing aids are usually preferable, according to McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care.

Eyesight is an appropriate analogy. Having two eyes (stereoscopic vision) allows the accurate calculation of height, width, and depth. With only one eye, the ability to perceive depth would be compromised. Because the proper vision of both eyes is equally important, corrective lenses are prescribed for both eyes.

The ears work together in similar ways. Each ear receives a slightly different copy of sound, which allows for the calculation of not only sound volume but also distance, direction, and location. Hearing with two ears (binaural hearing) also enhances the quality of sound and the range of sounds that can be heard.

As with eyesight, hearing loss in both ears requires amplification for both ears, so that the patient can best interpret the distance, location, volume, quality, and range of sound. Patients that use two hearing aids rather than one enjoy several benefits, including the the ability to focus on and understand speech, hear a larger range of sounds, and prevent further deterioration of hearing in the non-fitted ear, among other benefits.

According to McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care, since hearing tends to become worse over time, it’s important to correct any hearing loss that is present in both ears as soon as possible.

For more information on the advantages of wearing two hearing aids, and for access to the full article, visit The Advantages of Wearing Two Hearing Aids.

About McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care

At McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care, we realize that the idea of hearing loss and purchasing of hearing aids can be overwhelming. We understand your challenges and we're here to help. Whether it's your hearing needs, or the hearing needs of a loved one, we can provide you with the information you need to eliminate confusion, allowing you to make informed decisions about your hearing health.

Pamela D. Keenan, Au.D.
McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care

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Pamela D. Keenan, Au.D.