If you have hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss), then you are most likely a candidate for two hearing aids.
Research has shown that when only one hearing aid is worn, the unaided ear tends to lose its ability to hear and understand.
Participating in conversation is more enjoyable with both ears because you have better speech understanding, better ability to tell the directions of sound, better sound quality, smoother tone quality, wider hearing range, better understanding in groups and noisy places I could go on with the list of reasons why.
If you need two hearing aids it is important to wear two hearing aids. Two eared hearing gives you a feeling of balanced reception of sound. One eared hearing creates an unusual feeling of sound being heard in one ear. Wearing two hearing aids generally requires less volume than one. The need for less volume results in less distortion and better reproduction of amplified sounds. Also, with lower volume control setting is better tolerance of loud sounds.
So, are two ears better than one? Just as you use both eyes to see clearly, you need two healthy ears to hear clearly. After all you would not only correct one eye and leave the other one unaided!
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