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East Orlando, FL

South Orlando, FL

Winter Springs, FL

At Preferred Hearing Centers, we often work with people who are deciding how to manage their hearing loss. One question that comes up frequently is whether they can effectively treat their hearing issue with just a single hearing aid. While a single hearing aid can offer some support for hearing problems, we think the benefits of wearing a set of hearing aids has much bigger advantages.

Treating your hearing loss is an investment in your quality of life, so if you are considering using a single hearing aid instead of a pair, be sure you know what you may miss. Hearing aid users are more satisfied when using a pair of hearing aids to treat hearing loss than a single hearing aid alone.

Better Perception

Hearing loss is a condition that isn’t limited to your ears. As hearing loss develops, it changes neural pathways in your brain, fundamentally changing the way that your mind hears and interprets sounds. When your hearing can no longer detect certain sounds or frequencies, established pathways in the auditory nerve fall into disuse. Your brain also has to create new ways of piecing together incomplete sounds. This causes the original patterns of the auditory system to atrophy as new patterns are forged to cope with hearing loss.

The longer hearing loss has been left untreated, and the more profound the hearing impairment, the further it has adapted away from your “natural” hearing. Although most hearing loss is permanent, the good news is that it can be treated with hearing aids. Even though hearing aids won’t sound like your “natural” hearing, especially at first, they can greatly restore your comprehension of speech and sound. Your hearing aids help fill in the missing sounds the auditory system has had to adapt to.

Using two hearing aids gives your hearing the support it needs to restore better hearing patterns. With added input from both ears, a fuller sound range is delivered to the auditory cortex of the brain. With practice, hearing aids can help adapt brain patterns back to healthier, less stressful pathways, helping to restore your hearing range. When only one hearing aid is used, the support hearing aids can offer your hearing is only partial. While sound may come in amplified from your ear outfitted with a hearing aid, the hearing loss of the other ear can still affect your neural processing.

Dimensional Hearing

A huge advantage of working with two hearing aids is that a pair of hearing aids can help restore your ability to locate sound. Having a dimensional perception of sound depends heavily on having auditory input from both ears. Just like vision, where the slightly different viewpoint of each eye is integrated into our visual depth perception, our brain calibrates the different ways each ear detects sound waves and uses that information to triangulate the source and direction of a noise. Without two ears working to source sounds, our ability to locate sounds in our environment is greatly diminished.

We need our dimensional hearing to help prioritize and focus on conversations we are part of, and to stay out of the path of injury. While using a single hearing aid can help us hear speech when it is delivered directly into the “hearing” ear, two hearing aids can do deeper restoration of hearing, helping you engage in speech no matter what direction it comes from and better follow conversations, especially between multiple people. Being able to spatially locate noises can also keep you out of harm’s way, especially when you are trying to navigate busy and unfamiliar places.

Even when hearing loss is present in only a single ear, the solution often involves both ears. CROS systems locate small hearing devices in both ears to deliver the sound from a “non-hearing ear” to the hearing ear in a way that replicates the spatial sense of sound.

Preferred Hearing Centers

Like the song says, it takes two to make a thing go right. Hearing loss doesn’t have to hold you back, but how you choose to manage your hearing loss can make all the difference. Treating your hearing loss at Preferred Hearing Centers can help you make that difference. Our focused customer care means that connecting with reliable hearing solutions are within your reach. Set up an appointment today!

Your Top-Rated and New Favorite Hearing Care Providers in Orlando and Winter Springs, FL...

I cannot say enough excellent things about Jaycee and Barbara at Preferred Hearing. The staff is so kind and Jaycee took a lot of time with me to be sure I understood every test and reviewing all my options for hearing devices. I’ve only had my hearing aids one week, but it’s been a life changing week! Best decision I ever made coming to Preferred Hearing. (I am 80 years young again) - Mary Ann A. mary ann a review

Great team at the Winter Springs office. Knowledgeable, professional, friendly, outgoing and that's just the beginning. Barbara at the front desk is a sweetheart. Jaysee is THE professional you want to adjust your hearing aids. He can translate your hearing issues into adjustments that work. Highly recommend this group Hearing Professionals.

- Thomas K.
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I was impressed with the great detail of the hearing examination. I was a little skeptical about hearing aids but the staff is very professional and very experienced. I purchased a great set of hearing aids that have changed my life so I can hear so much better! They did not try to upsell me or sell me a pair that was extra expensive. They only showed me what I needed for my hearing aids. I highly recommend Preferred Hearing Centers!

- Hank K.
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I had been with another hearing center and was not getting help with my profound hearing loss. In a last try I went to Preferred Hearing. The hearing testtng was more extensive than Florida Hospital audiologist! My problem was documented and corrected with streaming bluetooth hearing aids. It has made my life so much more fun again. I can watch TV with other humans without the volume blowing them out of the room. I can go to dinner with friends and hear them talking. Highly recommend to anyone with hearing loss!

- Alexis G.
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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Preferred Hearing Centers. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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Our East Orlando Office
11905 East Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32826

Phone: 407-668-4546

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: By appointment ONLY

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Our South Orlando Office
6044 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, Florida 32809

Phone: 407-855-9799

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Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
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1008 Willa Springs Dr. Suite 110
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Phone: 407-637-5891

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