Is it true that a hearing aid should be preferably worn on the better ear?

Question by K. R.N: Is it true that a hearing aid should be preferably worn on the better ear?
I have moderate to severe hearing loss in my right ear. My hearing loss in my left ear is not much, though I have difficulty in hearing high frequency sounds through my left ear. I wanted to go for a hearing aid for my right ear. The people in the hearing aid center want me to go for the left ear first and then only for the right ear. I do not want to wear this instrument in both my ears. What should I do?

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Answer by katherine.phung
no i have hearing aids too and the doctor told me to put it on the worse ear(i’m 11)

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One Response to “Is it true that a hearing aid should be preferably worn on the better ear?”

  1. suzieq9685 says:

    Firstly, I think you should see an audiologist, a lot of ear centers that just dispense hearing aids aren’t really qualified to determine what ear, etc. An audiologist will give you better service and be able to help you make the decision, they’re also a lot better about customer service. Hearing aids are generally worn in the worse ear unless the ear is unaidable for some reason. I don’t know your history, but if you have substantially more loss in one ear than the other your center should have referred you to a neurologist, as that can be a sign of an 8th nerve tumor. Hopefully, your uneven loss is explainable (you shoot guns a lot on that side, etc). If it is, I would aid the worse ear, especially since not aiding it can cause your hearing to worsen, but that also goes for your other ear, so you really should consider two hearing aids. The behind the ear models are really tiny and totally unnoticeable now and you won’t have to deal with an earmold which can cause wax build-up and ear infections, check out Oticon Deltas. Moderate to severe is a huge range and some severe to profound losses are difficult to aid, your center may also be worried you won’t be happy with the results from aiding your poorer ear, again, an audiologist would explain this to you. Ideally, you should get two aids to preserve the hearing you have in both ears, if not, I guess you’ll have to choose which is worse, slowly becoming completely deaf in your poor ear, or gradually losing more hearing in your better ear until you have to aid that, too. Good luck and feel free to contact me with specific questions!

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