Better HearingTOPICSby Herbert J. Hodgdon, II, BS-HIS, PresidentHEARING LOSS IN BOTH EARSIn most cases, hearing loss occurs in both ears at roughly the same rate. This means thatpeople who visit the hearing instrument specialist with the expectation that they will needonly one instrument may need to adjust their thinking. Patients with "bilateral" (two ear)hearing loss who attempt to correct the problem with only one hearing instrument areusually in for a difficult experience. Wearing only one hearing instrument can change asymmetric hearing loss into an asymmetric one and make it difficult for the brain to processsound. Ihis is particularly so in challenging sicuations, such as noise-filled environments.Wearing a hearing instrument in each ear makes it easier to locate sound and understandconversation.Discovering and acknowledging there is a hearing problem is the first step towardcorrecting it. The next step is turning to a clinical audiologist for comprehensiveexamination, evaluation, and determination of the best approach to the impairment. Areyou thinking there might be a problem with your hearing Would you like to learn moreabout today's advanced technology in hearing instruments? We can help you address theseissues and others here at BETTER HEARING CENTER, New Hampshire's premierhearing care provider.PS. Bilateral hearing loss can be either symmetrical" (hearing loss is about the same in both ears)or "asymmetrical" (hearing in one ear is better than in the other ear)Better Hearing Center, Inc. 2 Industrial Park Drive Concord, NH603-224-9043 www.betterhearingnh.net1256317

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Better Hearing TOPICS by Herbert J. Hodgdon, II, BS-HIS, President HEARING LOSS IN BOTH EARS In most cases, hearing loss occurs in both ears at roughly the same rate. This means that people who visit the hearing instrument specialist with the expectation that they will need only one instrument may need to adjust their thinking. Patients with "bilateral" (two ear) hearing loss who attempt to correct the problem with only one hearing instrument are usually in for a difficult experience. Wearing only one hearing instrument can change a symmetric hearing loss into an asymmetric one and make it difficult for the brain to process sound. Ihis is particularly so in challenging sicuations, such as noise-filled environments. Wearing a hearing instrument in each ear makes it easier to locate sound and understand conversation. Discovering and acknowledging there is a hearing problem is the first step toward correcting it. The next step is turning to a clinical audiologist for comprehensive examination, evaluation, and determination of the best approach to the impairment. Are you thinking there might be a problem with your hearing Would you like to learn more about today's advanced technology in hearing instruments? We can help you address these issues and others here at BETTER HEARING CENTER, New Hampshire's premier hearing care provider. PS. Bilateral hearing loss can be either symmetrical" (hearing loss is about the same in both ears) or "asymmetrical" (hearing in one ear is better than in the other ear) Better Hearing Center, Inc. 2 Industrial Park Drive Concord, NH 603-224-9043 www.betterhearingnh.net 1256317

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