If a person has hearing loss in both ears, he should choose both ears as much as possible to achieve the ideal rehabilitation effect.However, when a hearing aid can only be selected for a single ear due to economic reasons, it is necessary to consider which ear is selected for better results.Hearing aid experts made in China suggest that they can be selected according to the following principles:
1. Audiogram: degree and type of loss
a. Mild to moderateHearing loss——The poorer ears are selected, so that a better balance of both ears can be achieved, which reflects the advantages of binaural hearing.
b. Severe hearing loss-choose better ears, because better ears have better language resolution.
c. The flat type audiogram is easier to choose and match than the steep drop type audiogram.
d. Easy selection with large dynamic range.
e. Conductive hearing loss is easier to match than sensorineural hearing loss.
Before deciding which ear to choose, the language resolution of both ears should also be considered. Generally, the side with a better language resolution should be selected.
If you have tinnitus in one ear, you can mask or reduce tinnitus after wearing a hearing aid.
3. Personal habits
If the above factors are not much different between the two ears, you can choose one ear according to your hand habits, living habits, personal preferences, and professional requirements.For example, taxi drivers like to wear a hearing aid on the ear close to the passenger (mostly the right ear).
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