The thought of wearing one hearing aid, let alone two, can be a daunting prospect for many of us seeking to rectify our hearing loss for the first time. There's the physical challenge of getting used to wearing something in both ears for protracted periods; then there's the considerable financial cost to be considered. As a general rule of thumb, if you're suffering from hearing loss in both ears, it's normally advisable to wear two hearing aids to combat the problem. From an audiologist's perspective, a binaural approach to tackling hearing loss is by far the best approach. It is, after all emulating what nature intended for us. If you choose to enhance your hearing capacity by wearing a hearing aid in just the one ear, this natural balance is thrown off kilter and you stand to lose out on the benefits we would normally take for granted. There are however certain circumstances where you may consider only using one hearing aid, which can include:
- When your hearing loss is restricted to just the one ear
- When your hearing loss is significantly worse in one ear than the other
- If you are suffering from a protracted ear infection precluding the use of a hearing aid.