Why two ears are better than one

According to research it has shown that more than 50% of people with a hearing loss are affected in both ears. Studies show that, even when a hearing loss is more severe in one ear, many people with hearing loss can still benefit from the natural sound-gathering ability of both ears.

Binaural Amplification

Have you ever noticed that when you are listening to a stereo the music sounds better when it is playing through both speakers. If one speaker is not working properly the music can sound tinny, or be missing certain elements that would be heard if there were two working speakers. Binaural amplification of the ears works in a similar way. The benefits of binaural amplification (wearing two hearing instruments) as opposed to wearing just one, can assist to make the whole experience a lot more comfortable in a number of ways, including:

  • A more normal, balanced sound.
  • Better overall sound quality.
  • Better understanding in group situations
  • A more relaxed listening experience where you never have to turn to use the ‘good’ ear again.
  • The ability to set volume controls lower, enabling the wearer to hear sound at a softer, more comfortable level.

Better Identification of Sound

One of the most important roles binaural amplification can play is to improve the wearer’s ability to identify the source of a particular sound. During the hearing process, the brain uses signals from both ears to determine the direction a sound is coming from. Without the ability to hear properly with both ears, situations such as finding the person who’s calling your name, determining whether someone’s knocking at the front or back door, or crossing the street can be difficult or even dangerous. Choosing the right hearing instruments for your personal hearing needs will determine the quality of hearing, so talk to one of our consultants today about the best hearing solution for you.

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