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Audiology, Inc.

 

Phone  719.520.1155

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Dr. Gene McHugh

Licensed Audiologist

In Colorado

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Mountain Time USA

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9:00AM-5:00PM

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  DOES EVERYONE NEED TWO HEARING AIDS?

 

 
   
    
Assuming you have two ears that hear about the same, you can do a little experiment at home to better understand how important binaural hearing is: First, gently close just one ear, by simply pressing upon the fleshy part in the front of your ear canal (called the tragus).   Close the ear canal to eliminate sound from entering the ear.  Close that ear for about ten minutes while you watch TV or listen to the radio, or speak with your spouse.  Then, after a full ten minutes, remove your finger.  What an amazing difference!

There are many advantages associated with binaural (two ear) listening and more importantly, there are problems associated with wearing only one hearing aid -- if you are indeed a candidate for binaural amplification.

          Localization (knowing where the sound came from) is only possible with two ears, and just about impossible with one ear. Localization is not just a sound quality issue; it may also be a safety issue. Think about how important it is to know where warning and safety sounds (sirens, screams, babies crying, etc) are coming from. Using both ears together also impacts how well you hear in noise because binaural hearing permits you to selectively attend to the desired signal, while "squelching" or paying less attention to undesired sounds such as background noise