5. One or Two Hearing Instruments
If you have a hearing loss in both ears, than two instruments are definitely better than wearing one.
Sound localization – Have you ever thought why we have two ears? The brain needs to compare information from both ears to tell us which direction sound is coming from. With two hearing aids, you will have a much better sense of direction and be more aware of your surroundings than if you wore one. This is important from a safety point of view, for example crossing the street in traffic or driving.
Easy Listening – When you wear two hearing devices, you do not have to put as much effort into hearing compared to just wearing one.
Better Sound Quality – As the brain has information from both ears, speech will be much clearer.
Stereo Sound – Stereos have two speakers to give music depth. If one speaker is not working, the music may sound dull. Same with your ears. Sounds will have more clarity and depth when you wear two hearing aids.
Better Hearing in Background Noise – Wearing two devices will give the brain more information to work with, making it easier for the brain to separate speech from noise. When fitted with two instruments, less amplification is needed, so background noise is less annoying and the risk of feedback (whistling) is also reduced.
Repairs – If you have two hearing instruments and one needs to be sent for repair, you will still have at least one device.
Auditory Deprivation – This occurs when the ear goes unaided over a long period of time. As the saying goes ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’. A lack of continued sound stimulation causes the brain to gradually lose its ability to process information from the unaided ear. The earlier you consider wearing a hearing device, the better the chances of reducing the risk of Auditory Deprivation.