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Advanced Solutions For Hearing Loss in One Ear

Oct 26, 2016 Advanced Solutions For Hearing Loss in One Ear

When hearing loss affects each ear differently, regular amplification devices often can’t provide an adequate solution. Fortunately, advanced technology can give the perception of hearing well in both ears. Learn how CROS hearing aids help to avoid the strain and frustration of relying on your “good ear.”

In most cases, hearing loss affects both ears about equally. Sometimes, however, a patient may have one ear that has much poorer hearing abilities, known as single-sided-deafness, asymmetric hearing loss, or unilateral hearing loss. The difference between ears could be caused by congenital defects (i.e. from birth), medical pathologies, trauma or sudden deafness.

Relying on Your "Good Ear" Can Be Frustrating

Often, amplification with a hearing device does not provide effective benefits to the poorer hearing ear, due to reduced speech recognition abilities or complete deafness, leaving the patient to rely on their "good ear" for listening in all environments. This can cause a lot of frustration for the patient: consciously positioning their better ear toward conversation partners, inability to localize which direction sounds are coming from, and increased strain to hear well in noisy environments.

Better Hearing Technology is Available

Fortunately, improvements in technology have helped these patients gain back the perception of hearing well in both ears, with CROS hearing aids. These hearing devices allow the sound from the poorer ear (which is picked up by a transmitter hearing aid) to be transmitted wirelessly to the better ear to be heard by a receiver hearing aid.

If the better ear has normal hearing, the receiver hearing aid can be programmed to have no amplification, using a "CROS" setup. If the better ear also has hearing loss, a "BiCROS" setup is used to provide amplification to the better ear as well.

Increased Environmental Awareness and Safety

This wireless technology allows patients to localize where sounds are coming from, which increases environmental awareness and safety. Patients no longer have to consciously position their better ear toward the person speaking, and no more saying “please talk into my good ear!”

If you (or a loved one) have difficulty hearing, we invite you to ​schedule a complimentary hearing evaluation and consultation​ at one of our 7 of​fices in the Washington, DC Metro Area. 

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