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Hearing Aids in Both the Ears (Binaural Hearing Aids)

Advantages of Using Hearing Aids in Both Ears


One should go for dual ear aids if he/she faces hearing problems in both ears. Your audiologist can best decide whether you need hearing aids in one or both ears. However, the decision of the wearer is always final. While trial, wear aids in both ears to check if you are benefitting from one or both aids. Accordingly, decide on the same.


There are multiple benefits of wearing hearing aids in both ears.

See below:


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You get superior and natural sound quality with dual aids instead of single ones. Our brains become more careful and centralized in hearing speech. Research has shown that one who uses dual aids instead of single ones can understand speech much better.



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You hear well in group conversation situation where there is lot of surrounding sounds. You hear well in markets, banks or while chatting with friends at public spaces like parks. You don’t face any problem even when watching TV at home.



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You can understand direction/source of sound while walking on roads.  Aids in both ears help in identifying direction of sounds.



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Quality of sound increases. When we listen to music system, we use dual speakers for smooth, piercing and natural sound. The same applies to hearing aids. Using two aids in place of one, expands and develops your hearing ability from 180 to 360 degrees. This expansion enhances the balance between sound and speech.



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You get 6dB assistance for binaural advantage. As a result, you need lesser gain for aids than required. Sound is less distorted making you understand words better.



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Listening capabilities increase considerably with dual aids. You get to hear sounds from a greater distance. For example, if single aid helps you understand speech from 5 feet away, dual aids give you that advantage from a distance of 20 feet. If a sound is audible from a distance of 10 feet, dual aids help you hear that sound from as far as 40 feet.



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One is able to understand, identify and differentiate between various types of sounds.



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Studies reveal that when you have hearing problems in both ears and use only one aid, hearing and speech understanding ability of the other ear decreases. This is known as auditory deprivation in medical terminology. Using aids in both ears keeps both ears active with balanced hearing.



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It has been observed that those with tinnitus along with hearing problems have 50% chance of reducing tinnitus by wearing aids in both ears.



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Those with dual aids are of the opinion that communication and participating in conversations have become much more delightful and easier. You don’t feel pressurized to hear in one ear. Listening becomes gratifying. For example, do you use single glass for both eye defects? So why should you opt for single aid for hearing problems in both ears?


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