Q. My hearing aids are about 4-years old. Back in June I think I lost the right one when I was taking off my mask in an H-E-B parking lot. I haven’t used the left one since then. Is it okay to wear the left one on its own?
A. There is no danger wearing your left hearing aid on its own. Even though two hearing aids will help you much more than one, using just one hearing aid will certainly help you more than not wearing any hearing aids at all.
When you begin to use your left hearing aid alone, it may take a few days for your brain to acclimate to hearing better without feeling lopsided. And your brain will be grateful for the assistance, even without the right hearing aid.
Because your brain is used to hearing better with both ears, using one hearing aid will help less than 50%. Once you use two hearing aids, you will experience the maximum benefit from them.
To protect your hearing aids when removing a mask, run one finger under the upper strap to lift the strap up and over your ear. This helps untangle the strap from the hearing aid.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up 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 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.