If you have a loss of hearing in both ears, it is in your best interest to be fitted in both ears (binaurally).
The following is a list of the many advantages of listening binaurally:
• Improved speech understanding
• Better sound localization
• Decreased auditory fatigue and reduced listening effort
• Prevention of auditory deprivation
• Binaural input
Digital hearing aids contain chips that are programmed via computer. If your hearing loss changes,
the overall amplification of the hearing aid can usually be manipulated to meet those changes.
Even in the early stages of hearing loss, you adopt coping skills: lipreading, increased dependence on reading facial expressions and body language, or leading with your “good ear.” You might not even realize you are using coping strategies. As hearing loss increases, you may find yourself nodding and laughing only because you notice others laughing. With further progression of your hearing loss, you may begin to avoid social situations.