Q: Can I get by with just one hearing aid?
A: You are alright using only one hearing aid if you only have hearing loss in one ear. If both of your ears need help hearing better, helping only one ear provides less than half the needed improvement.
Your brain takes the two individual signals it receives from each ear and combines them for added clarity and understanding. When you hear better with both ears, three distinct improvements occur. First, you have added spatial quality to better detect where sound is coming from. Second, you have better signal-to-noise perception and hear better in noise. And third, you have improved low level hearing and can soft voices and sounds better.
Hearing with both ears is like saying one plus one equals three. The most advanced hearing aids co-process what they hear to help the brain’s innate hearing ability.