why wear 2 hearing aids


If you have a hearing loss in both ears it is very important to wear 2 hearing aids.

A few reasons why:

1) Better understanding of speech, especially in noise:
Research shows that people who wear two hearing aids understand conversations and speech significantly better than those who wear only one.

2) Better ability to tell where sound is coming from:
This is called localization, and it helps you determine where traffic is coming from or which person is speaking in a group.

3) Better sound quality:
When you listen to a stereo system you get great sound. Wearing two hearing aids gives you similar results and increases your hearing range from 180 degrees to a full 360 degrees.

4) Makes hearing less tiring and listening more pleasant:
You won’t have to strain to hear with your ‘good’ ear, making life much more relaxing.

5) Keeps both ears (full brain) active which can help reduce further hearing loss:
Research Studies show that if you don’t use your hearing, you can lose it. By only wearing one hearing aid, you can cause further damage to the other ear (brain area). The use of two hearing aids helps eliminate this problem.

If you have hearing loss in both ears, but you’re trying to get by with just one hearing aid (or, none at all), you’re doing yourself a great disservice.

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free iPad chance at the end of your hearing experience survey

University of Massachusetts anonymous “Listening in 2020 survey

Consent Form

Listening in 2020 Survey

This is an online consent form. At the bottom you will be asked to give your consent to participate before moving on to the survey questions.

This survey is designed to find out about people’s day-to-day experiences hearing and listening. This study is being conducted by researchers in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Communication Disorders. Participation in the study is open to people living in the United States of America who are at least 40 years of age. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked a series of questions about various listening situations, as well as a few demographic questions and questions related to your health background.

Data collected from the survey may be used in papers and presentations related to the topic at hand. It will not be used for any commercial activity. No identifying information (such as participants’ names or dates of birth) will be taken as part of the survey. 

You will be given the opportunity to enter into a drawing for an iPad at the end of the survey. If would like to be entered into this drawing you will be directed to a separate page at the end of the survey, where you will enter your email address. This page will not be associated with your survey responses. We anticipate that the drawing will take place on 9/15/20. All email addresses will be permanently deleted by 9/30/20.    

You do not have to participate in this study if you don’t want to. If you click “I agree” below but change your mind afterwards, you may drop out/stop participating at any time. There are no penalties for doing so.

If there are questions you would like answered before participating, or any other concerns about this study or this form, you may contact the researcher (Karen Helfer) at hearingbrain@umass.edu. If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research subject, you may contact the University of Massachusetts Amherst Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) at (413) 545-3428 or humansubjects@ora.umass.edu.

By clicking “I agree to participate” below you are indicating that you are at least 40 years old, have read this consent form, and agree to participate in this research study. You are free to skip any questions that you choose.

Please print a copy of this page for your records.

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Tinnitus self help free app

T-MINUS is “The Number 1 Tinnitus
Wellness App”

T-Minus is a free app that really stands out when it comes to personalized sound therapy. There is a huge variety of sounds that you can access, and in addition to the standard fractal tones and nature sounds, you can also choose from a number of live and unlooped recordings taken from around the world. T-minus provides excellent customization for those wishing to combine sounds, add an overlying white, brown or pink noise, or increase the volume in a particular ear.

Reduced tinnitus symptoms, better sleep and relaxation

Sound therapy has been show to affect people in these ways and T-Minus offers the most comprehensive tinnitus sound therapy library. With live, real time, non-looped recordings taken from all around the world, broadband sounds, fractal tones and binaural frequencies, accompanied by beautiful, relaxing music. The T-Minus library covers the majority of tinnitus frequencies to support ongoing tinnitus retraining therapy, habituation or just masking.

Control Through Personalisation

The sound controls section of the app, provides a frequency pure tone generator ranging from 200Hz to 12,000 Hz. Coloured noise playback, including Brown, Pink, White and Blue. Panning of sound, left and right to deliver sounds to an individual side. Volume controls to mix the settings and find the right match for your tinnitus. Personalisation and choice are important pre-requisites for longer term commitment to sound therapy. You can also share your tinnitus frequency with friends or family so they can have a greater understanding of your experiences.

Reduced anxiety Through Understanding

A key aspect to wellness is understanding the condition and the steps to take that might alleviate symptoms. We offer the most frequently asked questions and answers for new tinnitus sufferers, plus a hub for the latest feeds from the top global tinnitus charities and research bodies, plus information from relevant other specialists in the sleep and mindfulness worlds. We also offer regular Q&A’s with professionals in this field.


Whether for daily thoughts and feelings, a weekly gratitude diary or just marking down good and bad days. A journal can be a great way to re-establish your understanding of your own reactions and to become more mindful with your tinnitus.

Get Lost in Sound

Take a moment each time you listen to an album, to read the associated sleeve notes. Get lost in the visualisation of the specific sound recordings, whether the sound of crunching footsteps on a dry forest floor, or the sound of a pelican taking off from the water. You can use the sleeve notes to better understand the process Rupert goes through when creating the sound therapy tracks and to see which frequencies are covered within.

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hearing aid & face mask problems solved

First FDA-Registered UV-Sterilizing Clear MaskLEAF “smart mask” has reached almost $4 Million in backing on Indiegogo. Delivery is expected in the coming weeks. This mask is TOTALLY CLEAR.

Those who wear behind-the-ear hearing aids encounter some problems wearing a standard face mask with elastic ear loops.

The ear loops may press on the hearing aid tubing that connects the hearing aid to your ear. It can get on top of, or underneath the hearing aid and press against the ear, causing pain or discomfort. You may also pull the hearing aid off the ear when removing your face mask.

A better solution is a mask like my mask where the loops go around the back of the head, instead of over the ears. See photo above .

Additional security against dropping your hearing aids is a custom DIY earmold. WHAT ARE EAR MOLDS FOR HEARING AIDS?