Our bodies are designed with two ears for many important reasons. Listening with two ears:
- Leads to better understanding in background noise
- Allows for improved ability to detect where sound is coming from and
- Gives speech a “boost” in volume
In addition, listening with two ears lessens the amount of work it takes the brain to understand speech and can lead to an improved quality of life.
For people whose hearing loss is severe, two hearing aids may not be very helpful. However, research, anecdotal evidence and experience tells us that using a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear can improve clarity of speech, even more so than using just one cochlear implant.
This has been demonstrated over and over to the point where two cochlear implant companies have partnered with hearing aid companies to create compatibility between the cochlear implant and hearing aid. This not only leads to the great benefits discussed above but also allows streaming of phone calls and other media to both ears at the same and easier access to program or volume changes.
To learn more about your hearing aid and/or cochlear implant options, give our office a call at 904-399-0350 for a hearing evaluation.