Two ears work naturally together to give us the ability to locate and isolate specific sounds. This ability allows us to naturally ignore background noise and focus on conversation when in noisier situations. Hearing loss makes this natural noise reduction fail, making it ever more difficult to hear conversation in noise.
The quality of balanced audio perception depends upon hearing the sound as nature has intended - through BOTH ears. When we have hearing loss it is important to restore the lost sense of hearing to both ears. This will allow your brain the optimum chance to work as it should to manage sound understanding. Binaural hearing aid users experience many benefits from a balanced and restored sense of audio perception. To help, I have listed below 10 reasons why TWO ears are better than ONE.
One ear working less effectively than the other can have a significant impact on your daily activities. Hearing with one ear is like trying to see with one eye - it's possible but not as effective.
Balanced hearing improves our ability to locate where the sound is coming from. This is important for our brain's natural noise reduction ability.
Our sense of hearing actually occurs in the brain. Taking input from BOTH ears, our natural 'built-in signal processor' blends the signals into a single, complete sound 'picture'.
To enjoy true balanced sound perception, both ears must be receiving evenly. Without such equality, our brain is presented with incomplete information.
One of the pleasant aspects of balanced hearing is what you DON'T have to hear. Two ears work together to enable us to locate and isolate one specific sound over others.
When hearing with both ears the brain can dampen background noise, placing it out of focus and providing the freedom to choose what you want to listen to. So, depending on your hearing loss, you may not have to work as hard to hear effectively in certain situations.
A smoother, more natural sound quality is apparent when both ears are working together.
Even if hearing loss is mild, binaural ( two ) hearing aids can provide valuable and significant improvements. With improved ability to hear correctly, stress is reduced and you will experience a relaxation of listening effort.
With both ears providing input, less amplification may be required to achieve a comfortable listening level. Less amplification is generally considered to provide long term benefits.
Hearing equally from both sides means you will be capable of responding accurately and confidently, regardless of where or when the conversation occurs.
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