Q. I was born with very limited hearing in my right ear. I am in my late 40’s and for the past 2 to 3 years I have had more trouble hearing with my left ear, my good ear. If I need a hearing aid for my left ear, could one help my right ear, too?
A. The general hearing aid rule is to provide help with a hearing aid if the hearing aid provides help. This is a conveniently circular statement, and a true one.
Find a hearing center that will provide you with a thorough hearing test for both ears and allow you to listen to two hearing aids. The hearing aids might be configured differently if your right ear has a profound loss and your left ear has a moderate loss.
Even patients with profound, near total hearing loss might benefit from an ultra power hearing aid, the most powerful class of hearing aids. During your appointment, the hearing aid specialist will adjust the hearing aids for each of your ear’s unique needs, and they can turn them off and on so you can hear for yourself how much help the hearing aids provide you.
Even with a hearing aid, your right ear will not hear as well as your left ear. However, your brain and sense of overall hearing will benefit a great deal.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You will also listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so our patients can fully test new hearing aids before they make a final purchase.