You need both ears to function at their best to enjoy a natural listening experience. Ears act like radar antenna to register acoustic signals coming from multiple directions.
Your ears process signals and pass them to the brain to interpret acoustic environments. For example, as a truck approaches, the nearest ear receives the sound slightly earlier than the other ear and at a louder volume. The brain calculates the direction of the truck’s approach from each ear’s input and deciphers how close you are to the vehicle.
Advantages of Wearing Two Hearing Devices
- Some advantages of both ears receiving auditory stimuli include:
- More accurate sound localization
- Ability to understand speech in noisy situations
- Richer sound quality
- Accurate volume assessment
With two hearing aids, you’ll benefit from:
Bilateral hearing: Both ears are working to identify sounds and their locations. You won’t have to struggle with turning your “good ear” toward conversations or noises.
Brain stimulation: Your brain will get a workout when both ears send signals to your auditory cortex. Keeping your brain in shape helps prevent mental fatigue and memory loss as you age.
Lower amplification: You’ll have two ears detecting sounds, so you won’t have to crank the amplification on your hearing aids. The two devices working together will eliminate the need to boost the volume.
Social engagement: You’re more likely to attend a gathering, carry a conversation and stay engaged if you can hear what’s going on around you. Two hearing aids allow your ears to catch more conversation without straining your ears or asking someone to repeat themself.
Questions to Ask Yourself for a Basic Hearing Test
- If you or others believe that you are experiencing hearing loss, test yourself before visiting Manatee Ear Center. Answer the following questions to check your hearing ability.
- Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice?
- Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence or frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
- Is it difficult for you to follow the conversation in a group or a crowded restaurant?
- Does background noise bother you when you are with other people?
- Do you often turn up the volume on your TV or radio?
- Has someone close to you mentioned you might have a problem with your hearing?