Do I Need One or Two Hearing Aids?

If you have hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss), then you are most likely a candidate for two hearing aids, which is called binaural hearing aids. While a hearing healthcare professional can best determine if you are a candidate for two hearing aids, the ultimate decision-maker is the person who will wear them.

Advantages of Binaural Hearing

  • Safety
    When a person hears with only one ear, the difficulty locating sound can be dangerous, especially in traffic.
  • Wider Hearing Range
    A voice barely heard at three metres with one ear, can be heard at ten metres with both ears.
  • Both Ears Stay Active
    When a bilateral hearing impaired person wears a hearing aid on only one ear, the unused ear tends to lose its ability to hear and understand.
  • Better Sound Identification
    Many voices, which sound almost exactly alike when heard with one ear, can be identified easily when heard with two ears.
  • Hearing from both sides
    As nature intended, hearing with two ears allows you to enjoy a more normal social life.
  • Improved Understanding
    Binaural hearing helps you sort out and understand individual voices.
  • Restful Listening
    Listening with only one ear is physically tiring and stressful. This may lead to an impaired immune system.
  • Cushions Loud Sounds
    Sudden loud sounds lose much of their jarring effect when divided between two ears.
  • Smoother Tone Quality
    Binaural hearing generally requires less volume, giving a natural sound to voices and music.
  • Hear with Less Power
    Hear more with less background interference.
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