Binaural Hearing: Receiving Sound in Both Ears
- 1Better understanding in noisy places.
By wearing two hearing instruments, selective listening is more easily achieved. This means your brain can focus on the conversation you want to hear and ignore the unwanted background noise more easily.
- 2Binaural hearing allows you to better identify the direction of sound.
This is called localization. This helps you determine from what direction someone is speaking. It also helps you tell what direction traffic is coming from or where your children are playing. Simply put, it helps you better detect which direction a sound is coming from.
- 3Binaural hearing creates better sound quality.
When you listen to a stereo, you use both speakers to get the smoothest, sharpest, most natural sound quality. The same can be said of hearing instruments. With two, you increase your hearing range from 180 degrees reception, with just one instrument, to 360 degrees. This greater range provides a better sense of balance and sound quality.
- 4Binaural hearing creates smoother tone quality.
Wearing two instruments generally requires less volume than one. This results in less distortion and better reproduction of amplified sounds.
- 5Binaural hearing creates a wider hearing range.
It’s true. A person can hear sounds from a further distance with two ears, rather than just one. A voice that’s barely heard at 10 feet with one ear can be heard up to 40 with two ears.
- 6Binaural hearing allows better sound identification.
Often, with just one hearing aid, many noises and words sound alike. But with two instruments, as with two ears, sounds are more easily distinguishable.
- 7Binaural hearing keeps both of your ears active.
Research has shown that when only one hearing instrument is worn, the unaided ear tends to lose its ability to hear and understand, whereas those wearing two hearing instruments will keep both ears active.
- 8Binaural hearing is less tiring, therefore it makes listening a more pleasant experience.
Many binaural hearing aid wearers report that listening and participating in conversation is more enjoyable with two instruments, instead of just one. Thus, binaural hearing can help make life more relaxing.
- 9Binaural hearing creates a feeling of balance.
Two-eared hearing results in a feeling of balanced sound, known as the “stereo effect”, whereas monaural hearing creates an unusual feeling of sounds being heard in one ear.
- 10Binaural hearing instruments are more comfortable when loud noises occur.
A lower volume control is required with each of two hearing instruments than with just one hearing instrument, resulting in better tolerance of loud sounds.