One Deaf Ear, One Hearing Aid? Part 2 of 2

Q.  As a teenager, my left ear was exposed to a very close shotgun blast.  I am in my early 40’s and don’t think I hear anything out of that ear anymore.  Can a hearing aid help my left ear?

A.  Last week I suggested you get a hearing test from a hearing center that allows you to listen to hearing aids right after the test.

  If a left hearing aid cannot or does not help, listen to a CROS or a Bi-CROS system.

Your left ear will use a microphone aid and your right ear will use a fully functional hearing aid.

  If your right ear has normal hearing, listen to a CROS system.  The right hearing aid receives a signal from the left microphone aid and re-plays those sounds into the right ear.

  If your right ear has some hearing loss, listen to a Bi-CROS system.  The right hearing aid also works as a hearing aid for the right ear in addition to receiving the signal from the left side.

  Believe it or not, your brain treats the ‘extra’ signal from the left microphone aid that goes into your right ear as if the signal is heard from the left ear.  To you, it sounds like you hear from your left ear.  Voila! 

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  You can also listen to the new Oticon More hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like.  We provide 4-week, no-obligation trials, too.