Nature gave us two ears for a reason, just as it gave us two eyes and two limbs. So, logically, just as you use both eyes to see clearly, you need two healthy ears to hear properly. Before you decide on one hearing aid, try two. Your hearing health provider can demonstrate the advantages of binaural experience either through headphones (during testing), probe microphones, master hearing aids or during your trial fitting, and then decide for yourself. Below I show as many as 15 reasons why you should wear two hearing aids.
1 - Better understanding of speech.
By wearing two hearing aids, selective listening is more easily achieved. This means that your brain can focus on the conversation you want to hear. Research shows that people wearing two hearing aids routinely understand speech conversation significantly better than people wearing just one.
2 - Better understanding in group & even noisy situations
Speech intelligibility is improved in difficult listening situations when wearing two hearing aids. However, advanced binaural technology tends to perform better in noise than the older (linear) technology.
3 - Better ability to tell the direction of sound. This is called localization. In a social gathering, for example, localization allows you to hear from which direction someone is speaking to you. Also, localization helps you determine from which direction traffic is coming or where your children or grandchildren are playing. Simply put, with binaural hearing, you will better detect where sounds are coming from in every situation.
4 - Better sound quality
When you listen to a stereo system, you use both speakers to get the smoothest, sharpest, most natural sound quality. The same can be said of hearing instruments. By wearing two of them, you can increase your hearing range from 180º reception with one aid, to 360º. This greater range provides a better sense of balance and sound quality.
5 - Smoother tone quality
Wearing two hearing aids generally requires less volume than one. This results in less distortion and better reproduction of amplified sounds.
6 - Wider hearing range
It's true. A person can hear sounds from a further distance with two ears, rather than one. A voice that's barely heard at 10 feet with one ear can be heard up to 40 feet with two ears.
7 - Better sound identification
Often, with just one hearing aid, many noises and words sound alike. But with two hearing aids, as with two ears, sounds become more easily distinguishable.
8 - Keeps both ears active resulting in less hearing loss deterioration.
Research has shown that when only one hearing instrument is worn, the unaided ear tends to lose its ability to hear and understand. This is clinically called the auditory deprivation effect. Those wearing two hearing aids keep both ears active. In fact, wearing one aid when two are required, might result in greater deterioration of hearing loss in the unaided ear than when wearing no hearing aid at all..
9 - Hearing is less tiring and listening more pleasant
More binaural hearing aids wearers report that listening and participating in conversation is more enjoyable with two aids, instead of just one. This is because they do not have to strain to hear with the better ear. Thus binaural hearing can help make life more relaxing.
10 - Feeling of balanced hearing
Two-eared hearing results in a feeling of balanced reception of sound, also known as the stereo effect. Whereas mono aural hearing creates an unusual feeling of sounds being heard in one ear.
11 - Greater comfort when loud noises occur.
A lower volume control setting is required with each of two hearing aids than with just one, resulting in a better tolerance of sounds.
12 - Reduced feed back and whistling.
With a lower volume control setting the chances of hearing aid feed back are reduced.
13 - Tinnitus Masking
About 50% of people with ringing in their ears report improvement when wearing hearing aids. If the subject has one hearing aid in one ear, there will still be ringing in the ear which does not have the hearing aid.
14 - Consumer preference
When given the choice and allowed to hear binaurally,, the overwhelming majority of consumers choose two hearing aids over one, when they have hearing loss in both ears.
15 - Customer satisfaction
Research with more than 5,000 consumers with hearing loss in both ears demonstrated that binaurally fit subjects are more satisfied than others fit with one aid.