Most experts agree that because people tend to gradually lose their hearing in both ears as they age, it makes sense to fit both ears with hearing instruments. But what if you lose the hearing in one ear? You always have a spare, right? Why is it important to be able to hear out of both ears?
Direction, Balance and Clarity
Binaural hearing – or hearing out of both ears – enhances not only your hearing, but your brain’s ability to process the sounds you’re hearing. Advantages of wearing two hearing instruments include:
All hearing losses are not the same. Your loss may be completely different than that of your spouse, for instance. Here, Beltone offers some facts on different types of hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss is often temporary. Conductive loss stems from problems of the outer or middle ear. This type of loss can usually be treated with wax removal, medicine, surgery, or in some circumstances amplification.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. In fact, it accounts for 90% of all adult hearing problems and is caused by aging and noise. The following are ways how sensorineural hearing loss can affect you in your daily life:
- There are problems with the cochlea and the auditory nerve
- Sounds not only diminish in volume, but they can also become distorted
- High-frequency sounds and some spoken words are the first to go such as women’s and children’s voices, or consonant sounds
- Low-frequency sounds, such as vowels or men’s voices, are heard more easily
This type of hearing loss can be treated with amplification (hearing instruments) and occasionally, surgery. For more information about surgical procedures, talk to your family doctor.
Mixed hearing loss means that a combination of losses have occurred
There are times where hearing loss is temporary. If you currently have trouble hearing clearly, don’t worry. You might not have a permanent hearing loss at all. Temporary hearing loss is common and can be caused by any of the following:
Beltone 360° Hearing Evaluation™
If you are experiencing difficulties with your hearing, request an appointment at one of the locations near you. Because hearing loss often appears gradually, you may be unaware of its onset, so early detection is important for ultimate success.
Our team of licensed and board certified Hearing Instrument Practitioners and certified Audiologists are happy to provide solutions in a private setting that are personalized for you. We encourage you to bring a family member or a friend along, someone whose voice is familiar to you. This experience is wonderful for almost everyone with a hearing loss, you’ll hear for yourself the difference Beltone can make.
If you do not have a hearing loss, we will be happy to tell you so (and you will have accomplished a baseline test for future reference).
With 10% of Canadians suffering some degree of hearing loss, it’s extremely likely that someone you know may be experiencing the first signs of hearing problems. When this happens, it’s important to request a Beltone 360° Hearing Evaluation™ right away. If you experience the following warning signs repeatedly or in combination, it may be an indication of hearing loss: