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Binaural hearing

Two are better than one

Our ears process sound best when they’re working as a team. Find out why binaural hearing is the gold standard in hearing aid fittings and learn how using two hearing aids can help you lead a more active and engaged life. Try the online hearing screening to test how you hear.
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The wonder of binaural hearing

Human hearing works by capturing sound waves in the air and converting them into electrical signals that are sent to the brain.

That means, while our ears perceive sounds, our brains are the one’s that process them. Using what is known as binaural hearing, our ears work together to help us locate the source of sounds, pick up on subtle differences in tone and pitch, and filter out background noise. This is what gives us a clear hearing experience.

Now, imagine we only had one ear. We would lose the ability to accurately locate the source of sounds. This can be particularly problematic in noisy environments, where it’s already difficult to distinguish between different sounds and focus on the ones that matter.

Relying on just one ear can also lead to a greater strain on the brain, as it has to work harder to process sound. This can result in fatigue and even cognitive decline over time.

The use of two hearing aids can help imitate this binaural hearing experience, providing your brain with sound input from both ears and resulting in a natural sounds.

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Two hearing aids, better sound quality

When it comes to sound quality, using two hearing aids can make a big difference. Our ears use what is known as binaural hearing,  working together to help us locate the source of sounds and pick up on subtle differences in tone and pitch. 

Just like with stereo sound, which uses two speakers to create a more immersive listening experience, wearing two hearing aids can better replicate the natural way our brains hear and process sounds. 

With two hearing aids, you can experience a fuller sound, with better clarity and less distortion. This can make a significant impact on your ability to understand speech, enjoy music, and fully engage with the world around you.

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The benefits of wearing two hearing aids

  • Clearer conversations
    Hearing with both ears makes it twice as easy to understand words when others are speaking, and it makes it easier to participate in conversations, especially in noisy environments.

  • Better sound quality
    With binaural hearing, ears work together to create a crystal clear sound. Two hearing aids do the same, providing a more natural sound with a higher intensity. This also means less amplification is necessary in each ear.

  • Increased safety
    By identifying subtle differences in how sound arrives, our brains need both ears to properly locate and identify sounds more accurately. Hearing clearly and with confidence can help you better navigate the world around you and keep you safe.

  • Regular stimulation
    Without regularly stimulation, also known as auditory deprivation, the parts of our brain that process sound can actually shrink, leading to cognitive decline. Hearing aids in both ears prevent either from getting lazy and keeps them fit. 

  • Wider hearing range
    Compared to hearing in just one ear, hearing in both ears allows you to hear sounds at a much further distance. A sound heard a few feet away with one ear can be heard from up to three or four times the distance with two hearing aids.

  • Improved well-being
    Straining to hear others can be tiring and stressful. With two hearing aids, you can expect a clearer, effortless hearing experience, which reduces your stress levels and increases your comfort.
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Knowledge is power. An online hearing screening is an easy way to get a general view of your hearing abilities. Test your hearing in both ears and get instant results.
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"Wearing two hearing aids has been proven to improve speech understanding in noise, localization, and overall sound quality when compared to wearing only one aid."

Combatting your symptoms

Masking tinnitus with two hearing aids

Tinnitus can be an incredibly frustrating and even debilitating condition, causing a constant ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. This can disrupt daily life and make it difficult to focus or relax. Hearing aids for tinnitus are often used to manage these symptoms.

In the case of tinnitus management, it’s extremely important to use two hearing aids. This is because the brain tends to focus on the ringing sound from the unaided ear, even when the other ear is receiving sound input.

Using two hearing aids can help provide a more balanced and natural sound experience as well as better masking of the tinnitus symptoms themselves. With two hearing aids, the brain can focus on external sounds and filter out the ringing or buzzing, providing much-needed relief for those with tinnitus. 

Book a hearing screening in one of our hearing centers to see how we can help you with your tinnitus.

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How human hearing works

Hearing is a crucial sense that allows us to communicate, navigate the world, and enjoy various sounds around us. It's important to understand how human hearing works to appreciate the complexity of this essential sense and how it can be affected by different factors.
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Glasses let you see things. Hearing aids let you engage with people. If you’ve been living with hearing loss, it’s time to take back control and find a solution that’s right for you.
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