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Two hearing aids are often better than one.

With hearing imparment on both ears, it will be easier to hear and perceive sounds and where they come from with two devices. With only one hearing aid, it will be difficult to know where noise comes from. Also, with two hearing aids, a better directional hearing is possible and it will be easier to hear where the noise comes from. In addition, with two hearing aids, the required amplification in each of the hearing aids may be somewhat less.

Sometimes it is not possible to use two devices. One ear may have lost the ability to pass sound to the brain, and despite treatment it is not possible to get it back. However, if there is a hearing loss on the worse ear so that speech perception cannot be achieved even with a hearing aid, there may be some partial hearing so that with a hearing aid, at least some environmental sound may be heard, such as traffic noise. And even though speech perception may not be poosible on the worse ear even with a hearing aid, it might help to hear speech for the other ear.

Considering the circumstances above, some people may think that they cannot afford a hearing aid for each ear or that it seems as a better choice to spend the savings for one "better" hearing aid than two "simple" ones. However there is not much difference between hearing aids that cost more or even much more, compared to cheaper. The overall benefits and comfort is better even with two cheaper devices than only one expensive. Unfortunately, some audiologists want to sell exepensive gear even though some people say that they cannot afford more than one hearing aid, which would be a reason for the audiologist to offer a cheaper one. Yet still, the audiologist might say that a reasonable quality can only be achieved with a more expensive hearing aid (and with hopes that the customer will come back later to buy another same expensive hearing aid for the other ear. ). Of course there are differences between hearing aid models and even between brands and some brands are generally viewed as better. With no doubt, Phonak is one of the brands that are most used but then, there are are other brands like Widex, that make hearing aids that sometimes seem to fit some people better.

Hearing aid types - which to use?

A very important matter is what type of hearing aid that should be used.

The choice of hearing aid type is chosen in regards to some of the following;
- Hearing loss type. Conductive (middle ear), sensorineural (inner ear) or central.
- Configuration. Loss of high, middle or low frequencies or a combination.
- Amount of hearing loss, and related to the configuration.
- If hearing loss is symmetrical or assymmetrical.
- Ear canal autonomy. Some people have narrow or tender ear canals.
- Motor skills. Depending on age or other circumstances, it can be difficult for some people to use their fingers to maintain their hearing aids without help. There are people who cannot do it at all and they depend entirely on other's help. In such cases, these people, relatives or health care assistance, must know about hearing aid maintenance and they must agree to the responsibility thereof.

Tinnitus

If you have tinnitus, the inconvenience often becomes less when using hearing aids. If you notice that the inconvenience increases instead, you can consult your hearing care professional about how to use the hearing aid or if you can make adjustments.

Hearing aid brands

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Oticon hearing aids


Phonak hearing aids


ReSound hearing aids


Siemens hearing aids


Signia hearing aids


Starkey hearing aids


Unitron hearing aids


Widex hearing aids


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Updated august 20 2017


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