Do hearing aids help with single sided hearing loss? Absolutely! Hearing aids can help.
We’re sure of this because we’re all meant to hear with both ears. Binaural hearing (hearing with both ears) is quite necessary for hearing in noise and maintaining our instinctive perception of loudness. It’s also how we adequately remain aware or localize spatial awareness and get the feeling of inclusion when it comes to our surroundings. So even if you feel you can “handle it” with one ear, you’ll ultimately find yourself in situations where hearing aids can make a HUGE difference!
Technology designed for single-sided hearing
Fortunately, depending on the specifics of the case, there are various solutions used for monaural hearing loss (hearing loss in one ear). The key factors in determining the appropriate treatment for you is the poorer ear’s hearing levels and speech understanding. A hearing healthcare professional can check this and design a plan for you.
Often, the ear in question can be helped with one hearing aid. In some situations, the ear is unaidable, meaning it cannot be helped with a conventional hearing aid that makes sounds louder. In these specific cases, a CROS system may be the answer. A CROS system takes sound from the poorer side and transmits it to your better ear, making sounds that can be perceived from the poorer side — to give you the benefit of binaural hearing. Starkey’s Evolv AI hearing aids are available in a CROS system that can help. Devices can also be configured in a BiCROS system for patients who also need amplification in their better hearing ear. Click here to learn more about the difference between CROS and BiCROS systems.
If you have hearing loss in only one ear, you should consult a hearing healthcare professional because there is technology that can help you. To find a hearing professional near you who can help, call (888) 919-6824 or click here. Don’t just get by — hear your best!