Man able to enjoy lively party because he's using two hearing aids instead of one.

It’s uncommon for people to get identical degree of hearing loss in both ears simultaneously. One ear is commonly a little bit worse than the other, triggering many to ask the question: Do I actually need two hearing aids, or can I simply treat the ear with more significant hearing loss?

In most situations, two hearing aids are will be preferable to only one. But one hearing aid might be an acceptable choice in some less common situations.

There’s a Reason Why You Have A Pair of Ears

Your ears effectively function as a pair whether you know it or not. That means wearing two hearing aids has certain advantages over using one.

  • The Ability to Correctly Localize: Your brain is always doing work, not only to interpret sounds but also to place them in order to determine where they’re coming from. In order to correctly triangulate where sound is coming from, your brain requires signals from both ears. When you can only hear well from one ear, it’s much more difficult to determine where a sound is coming from (which could be crucial if you happen to live near a busy street, for example).
  • Make The Health of Your Ears Better: Just as unused muscles can atrophy, so too can an unused sense. If your ears go for long periods without an input, your hearing can start to go downhill. Wearing hearing aids in both ears ensures that the organs associated with hearing get the input necessary to preserve your hearing. Using two hearing aids will also help reduce tinnitus (if you have it) and increase your ability to discern sounds.
  • Modern Hearing Aids Work as a Set: Newer hearing aid technology is made to work as a pair just like your ears are. The two hearing aids communicate with each other using advanced features and artificial intelligence to, much like your brain, identify which sounds to amplify and focus on.
  • Focusing on Conversations: The whole point of wearing 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 capable of filtering out background noise letting it determine what sounds to focus on because they are closer.

Is One Hearing Practical in Certain Circumstances?

In the majority of cases, wearing two hearing aids is a smarter option. But that brings up the question: why would someone wear a hearing aid in only one ear?

Often we hear two different reasons:

  • Monetary concerns: Some people think that they can save money if they can use just one hearing aid. If you really can’t afford to buy two, getting one is better than not getting one at all. It’s significant to understand, however, it has been proven that your overall health costs will increase if you have untreated hearing loss. Even disregarding hearing loss for two years has been shown to increase your healthcare costs by 26 percent, and ignoring any hearing loss in one ear will increase your chances of things like falling. So so that you can discover if wearing one hearing aid is the right choice for you, speak with a hearing care specialist. Discovering ways to help make hearing aids more affordable is another service we offer.
  • One Ear Still Has Perfect Hearing: If just one of your ears requires a hearing aid, then you could be best served by using 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 as having one perfect ear).

One Hearing Aid is Not as Beneficial as Two

Two hearing aids, however, are going to be better than one for your ears and hearing in the vast majority of instances. The benefits of having strong hearing in both of your ears are simply too plentiful to disregard. In most cases, just as having two ears is better than having one, having two hearing aids is definitely preferable to having only one. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to have your hearing tested.