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This article appeared in my Cochlear Americas newsletter. I totally agree 2 ears are better than one.
In the past as a former hearing aid user, I always wore both hearing aids even though I had hardly any hearing in my right ear. Why, it helped me to locate sound better.
As a bilateral cochlear implant wearer, I always wear both!!!!! It is like having surround sound on your head. The listening experience is way better.
If you are hesitant about 2 ears vs. 1. I suggest you read the article and serious consider having “2 ears.” You will love it!!!!! Trust me!!!!!
Are Two Ears Are Better Than One?
Our bodies are designed to hear sound in stereo, using two ears to receive sound from the world around us. Just as we use two eyes to see the whole picture, we use two ears to hear the whole story. This process of hearing with both ears, called binaural hearing, helps us filter important sounds from background noise and quickly identify the direction of incoming sounds. People who hear through both ears may perceive sound to be louder and be able detect smaller differences in loudness and pitch. The ability to detect loudness and pitch differences often aids in better speech understanding in both quiet and noisy environments.1
For people who are hearing impaired, hearing through both ears can be achieved multiple ways:
- two hearing aids
- one hearing aid and one cochlear implant
- two cochlear implants
Hearing with both ears, also called bilateral hearing, can be an advantage in many everyday activities. For example, it may help when crossing a busy street or listening to your family at the dinner table.
The ability to hear better in noisy places such as a classroom or workplace, may improve performance at school or on the job.
If you are considering a bilateral hearing solution for you or your child, talk with your hearing healthcare professional about your options.
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As always, have a sunny day and a sunny new year.