Hello Andros ENT family! I hope everyone out there is happy and safe. I myself am looking forward to the holiday season! The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to spend more time with our loved ones. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a source of stress and anxiety for those with hearing loss as they often have difficulty following and participating in conversations, especially in background noise and large groups of people. They may withdraw or avoid social situations all together. Communicating with hearing loss also requires significantly more effort on the part of the listener and can lead to a person feeling drained or worn out during or after a family gathering. So, what can be done about this problem to improve a person with hearing loss’s enjoyment of social events? Hearing aids! Specifically, a hearing aid for each ear affected by hearing loss. A common question I hear from patients considering hearing aids is, “do I really need one for each ear?” When the hearing loss is present in both ears, the answer is “yes, absolutely!” Think about it this way: it is the same for our ears as it is for our eyes. That is, two eyes help us see our best just like two ears help us hear our best. Try covering just one eye with your hand. See how clarity, depth perception, and spatial awareness are changed? So, what aspects of hearing are improved when both ears are hearing well?
If you are interested in better hearing and would like to speak more with the audiologists about the benefits of hearing aids, please call our clinic for more information.
Happy holidays, everyone!
Madilyn Guith, AuD