When sound travels to an ear that's not working properly, it's like heading down a dead end street. There's nowhere for the sound to be properly processed. It's also not possible for the sound to bend around your head to get to the other one. This is referred to as the head shadow effect. So, if these two options are off the table, what's the solution? With CROS hearing aids, a microphone and a transmitter in your non-hearing ear work together to capture sound and wirelessly transmit it to the hearing aid in your hearing ear. That means you're hearing sounds all around you, not just from one particular side.