So often we take for granted the sounds around us: the chirp of a bird,
the telephone ringing, a whispered secret, a child’s first words. It’s
only when we can no longer hear the sounds of daily living that we
realize how important our sense of hearing really is.
If you suspect that you, a family member or a friend has a hearing loss,
ask these questions:
Do you complain that people mumble or speak too softly?
Do you often ask others to repeat what they’ve said?
Do you play the TV or radio louder than others would prefer?
Do you find that watching others as they speak makes it easier
to understand hat was said?
Do you find it difficult to hear conversation in a large group?
Do you hear others talking but misunderstand what was said?
Do you often feel left out of a conversation or miss so much
that you wish you had stayed home?
Do you frequently hear ringing, buzzing or roaring sound in your
Do you hear better with one ear than the other?
After discussing your concerns with a physician and having a thorough
hearing evaluation with an audiologist, you may be diagnosed with a
monaural (one ear) or binaural (two ears) hearing loss. If not medically
or surgically correctable, the audiologist and your physician may
suggest hearing aid(s) to help improve your communication ability.
Hearing with both ears offers some real advantages as compared to
hearing from only one ear. For example,
Safety With only one good ear, it is difficult
to localize the direction of sounds, especially in when driving.
Improved understanding Binaural hearing makes
it easier to for the brain to process speech and distinguish
Wider hearing range Sounds are often enhanced
and seem louder with the benefit of stereo listening.
Facilitate listening Listening with only
one ear may be physically tiring and stressful.
Hear with less power Wearers of binaural
hearing aids often require less volume in each ear as compared
to monaural hearing aid wearers; therefore, giving a more
natural sound quality to voices and music.
Hearing "in stereo" As nature intended, sounds
are fuller and more comfortable when heard from both sides of
Better sound identification Different
noises which sound almost exactly alike with one ear maybe
easier to distinguish with the benefit of two ears.
If you are not sure about your need for one or two hearing aids, consult
Audiology and Hearing Aid Center
New Appointments 484.227.3200
Riddle Hospital Health Center 4, 2nd Floor
1118 West Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.