Is one hearing aid enough? Binaural hearing & how it works.

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Is one hearing aid enough? Binaural hearing & how it works.

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

Epictetus (Greek Philosopher)

If you’re dealing with some form of hearing loss, you might have noticed that it is not the same in both ears simultaneously. Because one ear might be worse than the other ear, this raises the question: Is one hearing aid enough?

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Muffled hearing loss in one ear? Cros hearing aids can help.

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Muffled hearing loss in one ear? Cros hearing aids can help.

Have you ever been in a noisy room and were unable to hear your spouse or colleagues because they weren’t positioned on the side of your good ear? Or perhaps you’re completely unaware of your environment while on a phone call? If this sounds familiar, then you may have one-sided hearing loss or one-sided deafness (SSD).

Although some cases have easy fixes, sometimes it can be much more serious and may require medications, surgery, or hearing aids. You should always contact your nearest audiologist or hearing specialist if you ever experience any type of hearing loss.

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For Your Ears Only – Types of hearing aids

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Most modern day hearing aids can be programmed to fit the patient’s audiogram following an accurate audiometry test. In other words, an audiogram contains different amplification requirements based on the hearing frequency. Modern hearing aids can be programmed to provide different amplifications at different hearing frequencies as per the audiogram. This process is known as hearing aid “fitting”. The benefits a hearing aid delivers depends largely on the quality of its fitting as well as the accuracy of the audiometry test. The level of technology within the hearing aid also plays a role in the level of comfort that it can offer.

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You Heard Right? – The Consequences of Not Using a Hearing Aid

Hearing loss is usually a gradual process and many people may not realize that they are suffering from an affliction in the initial stages. They may also attribute it to a temporary cause or some other illness. It is important to raise awareness about the symptoms and the consequences of untreated hearing loss so that people know when to opt for a hearing diagnosis. Some of the symptoms of hearing loss to look out for are muffled speech, inability to understand words, difficulty in hearing consonants, making others speak slowly, clearly or loudly, turning up the TV or radio volume, not participating in conversations and even avoiding social gatherings all together.

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