Q. Since I got my hearing aids in South Austin three months ago, my left ear continues to hear better than my right ear. Why is that?
A. First, congratulations on taking the steps to address your hearing needs. And yes, often one ear can feel like it hears better than the other ear.
My guess is your natural hearing is distinctly better in your left ear. Even though your new hearing aids are helping both ears according to each ear’s needs, the ear with better natural hearing still sounds better.
Do you have sinus drainage or allergy issues that affect the right side of your head more than your left side? If so, your hearing will also be affected. Are you cleaning your hearing aids once every week or two? If not, your right hearing aid could have some wax blocking the receiver where the sound comes out. That blockage will certainly affect how the hearing aid sounds.
Lastly, ask your hearing center to check your ears and the hearing aids. Perhaps everything is clear and healthy, and they might need to make some programming adjustments to your right hearing aid to balance how it sounds with your left ear.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.