Most of us would agree that hearing with two ears is better than one. This is because hearing with both ears offers a clear advantage, especially when it comes to distinguishing where sound is coming from and understanding speech in noisy environments.
There are many ways to hear with both ears. Depending on your degree of hearing loss, you may benefit from bimodal hearing, which is using a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear. Or, you may find it more beneficial to have a cochlear implant in both ears (bilateral cochlear implants). With both bimodal hearing and bilateral cochlear implants, you may find that understanding speech is much easier, and you’re able to enjoy a more complete hearing experience, especially in noisy environments.
Deb Alme tells us, “I started losing my hearing when I was probably my early to mid-30’s. The hearing aids helped make things louder, but everything was just really muffled. I had my first cochlear implant surgery on my right ear. It went really, really well. So about a year after that, I decided I wanted to go ahead and do my second, my left ear. And now I’m bilateral. And that is just like a whole other world opening up. I mean, even though I could hear out of my right ear before, hearing with both ears again is just like, it’s like going from black and white to color, high definition TV.”
Whether you use a hearing aid, cochlear implants or a combination of the two, the Nucleus® System can help you continue to experience the benefits of hearing with both ears for years to come.