When it comes to hearing science, it’s really your brain that hears, not your ears.
Your brain is responsible for processing everything you hear. It needs the most accurate and detailed information from both ears to successfully interpret auditory signals. When we are listening in challenging environments, locating where sound is coming from helps us understand. We mentally locate sounds in specific places so that we can focus on what’s important. Sounds reach one ear fractionally faster and louder than the other – and the brain registers these subtle differences. Spatial awareness gives you the valuable cues you need to organize what you hear. Your brain distinguishes changes in loudness, depth, origin, and direction so that sound makes sense to you.
This is why there are many benefits to a balanced fitting approach – wearing hearing instruments on both ears. For instance, speech becomes easier to understand. The input from both ears is turned into a single sound picture where speech stands out more clearly. You want to keep both ears active and in shape to get the most out of your environment!