Q. The hearing loss in my left ear began about 40 years ago because of an injury when I was a teenager. The hearing center I went to last week said I need a hearing aid for both ears. Why is that?
A. It sounds like your left ear has been your ‘bad’ ear for the past 40 years. Which also means during those same 40 years, your right ear has felt more normal.
The hearing test at the hearing center you went to likely showed some ‘fittable’ loss in your right ear, along with the very deep loss you are well aware of in your left ear. It is not uncommon for people with one ‘bad’ ear to still have hearing loss in their ‘better’ ear, too. Time, exposure to noise, medications, injuries, and ailments can all affect your hearing over the long term.
If you did not listen to hearing aids during your appointment, schedule a second opinion with a hearing center that allows you to listen to hearing aids right after your hearing test. There is no better way to know how hearing aids can help you than to listen to them.
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.