5 reasons to wear 2 Hearing Aids!
One of the most common questions asked by people suffering with Hearing Loss is whether they should wear one hearing aid or two hearing aids. While 1 hearing aid does the job there are many advantages of wearing two hearing aids and having both ears functioning equally.
While this article intends to explain the benefits of wearing 2 hearing aids, if you have any concerns about your hearing, you should always have a hearing test done.
1) Two hearing aids make listening less tiring:
Ever tried reading with one eye closed for a while It definitely gets tiring if you do this for prolonged period of time, listening with one ear is the same, while you can hear the sound, it get tiring and frustrating over a period of time. For those who use one hearing aid, probably already know that listening with one ear is tiring as compared to listening with both ears. Using two hearing aids for sure makes hearing pleasant and relaxed as compared to using only one ear and straining it.
2) Wearing two hearing aids instead of just one would help better with “sound localization”
The ability of our brain to locate the source of sound in terms of direction and distance is known as sound localization. Our brain calculates the subtle differences in the timing and intensity with which both our ears process a specific sound, to determine the direction and distance of source. In simple words depending on which direction and how much distance is a sound coming from, it reaches one of our ears slightly delayed than the other. Though we don’t consciously realize this, our brain uses the information for sound localization.
Therefore, if you are using just one hearing aid, you might be able to hear a sound, but as the brain is lacking information required for sound localization, the person might not be able to understand where or how long is that sound coming from, this could be quite confusing in various situations, for instance, in group situations you may hear a person talking, but you will have no idea who is speaking till you look around at everyone’s face to see whose lips are moving.
3) Using two hearing aids provide the necessary stimulation to both ears
Research suggests that if an ear is not stimulated for prolonged period of time, although it might not lose the auditory acuity, but the lack of stimulation may result into changes in the ways the brain processes sound when it does not hear from both the ears equally. Therefore, while one single hearing aid still does the job, using two hearing aids ensures that both the ears are stimulated equally and continuously.
4) Two hearing aids help to reduce feedback:
For a hearing aid device microphone is an input for all sounds and speaker is the output. So any sound coming into the microphone is amplified and released by the speakers, if this sound travels back to the microphone, it is amplified back again resulting into a whistling or squealing sound called feedback. Using two hearing aids instead of one means that you can reduce the volume on both hearing aids and still listen and understand better, thus reducing the chances of feedback which may occur more often while you are using just one hearing aid and have set the volume higher.
5) Better filtering of noise and amplifying of sound
If you are using 2 hearing aids, you can set the volume slightly lower as compared to when you are using 1 hearing aid, which means that the hearing aids can filter the noise and still amplify the sound better.
Leightons hearing aids guarantees the highest signal processing and hearing aid fitting flexibility in addition to providing maximum speech understanding.