Yes, you do need both ears! Ears act like radar antenna to register acoustic signals coming from multiple directions.

The complex structures of each ear process the received signals and pass them to the brain which interprets our acoustic environment. For example, the sound of an approaching truck: the nearest ear receives the sound slightly earlier than the other ear and at a slightly louder volume. Using the finely processed acoustic information from each ear, the brain calculates the direction of the truck's approach and let's you know approximately how close the vehicle is.

Some of the advantages of two properly functioning ears (Information provided by Phonak):

  • Excellent sound localization skills
  • Much easier speech understanding in noisy situations
  • The richest sound quality
  • An accurate judgment of loudness

6 Questions to Ask Yourself for a Basic Hearing Test

If you or others believe that you are experiencing hearing loss, test yourself before you visit our hearing care center. Answer the following questions to check your ability to hear properly.

  • Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they use to?
  • Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant is it difficult for you to follow the conversation?
  • When you are together with other people, does background noise bother you?
  • Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio?
  • Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?

If you answered "yes" to three or more of those questions, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for free hearing testing at Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida.