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Two Hearing Aids are Better than One! You need hearing aids. Are two really better than one? If you have bilateral hearing loss or impairment in both ears, you would probably benefit from wearing two aids. Your hearing healthcare professional will make recommendations regarding one vs. two aids, but ultimately you will make that decision. It is often a great idea to be fit with two aids during the trial period which is typically 30 days. That will allow you to test two aids vs. one. Wearing binaural (2 aid) amplification has many advantages including: improved speech understanding in quiet and in noise; better directionality/localization; volume boost; prevention of auditory deprivation; greater balance; and reduced feedback. These are only a handful of the benefits provided with binaural listening! Speech understanding is improved when wearing binaural amplification in both quiet, everyday situations, as well as in more difficult listening situations. Having two hearing aids improves selective hearing/listening at a central level. The brain is given more information regarding the sound environment, allowing the ear to hone in on what is more important for comprehension. Localization and directionality are improved with 2 aids due to the reduction of the head-shadow effect. The head-shadow effect is 1818 Miccosukee Commons Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308 (850) 298-8407 Website: www.TallHBA.com Blog: www.Hearing-Aids-Tallahassee-FL.com


the reduction of sound in the ear farther from the sound source due to “shadowing� of the head; it is why we naturally turn a better ear toward what we want to hear. Perceived volume is increased when wearing binaural amplification. Wearing two aids provides a volume intensity boost of almost double. The need for less volume by the receiver of the aid will result in less chance of distortion of incoming sounds. Auditory deprivation is a condition in which an ear with hearing loss may continue to lose speech understanding because of a lack of sound stimulation in the brain. The longer the brain goes without specific sound input, the less likely it will pay attention to and try to decode that sound if it is reintroduced later with amplification. Wearing two aids will help in preventing further deterioration of speech comprehension. With two aids, a person has greater balance to their hearing. It is more balanced and less awkward of a listening experience.

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Two Hearing Aids Are Better Than One  

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