If you struggle with single-sided deafness, then you know how difficult everyday activities can be. Business meetings, crossing the street, driving a car and enjoying a meal in a busy restaurant are often hard work and very stressful.
Every year over 60,000 people are diagnosed with SSD, this type of hearing loss is more common than you think.
Debra B., Baha recipient
Single-sided deafness (SSD) occurs when you have little to no hearing in one ear and normal hearing in the other. It can happen suddenly at any age and sometimes it can return by itself, but if it doesn't, treatment might be required.
You are not alone. In fact, each year approximately 60,000 Americans find themselves exactly where you are right now.11 We hear so many stories from people who struggle with hearing loss in one ear. Luckily, we’ve also heard stories from those who overcame it.
Aaron suddenly lost his hearing in his right ear overnight. Not only did he lose his hearing but he also lost his connection to one of his most favorite things in the world- nature. His hearing loss changed his personality and even made him withdrawal from the ones he loved most. After talking with his audiologist, he knew the Baha® 5 SuperPower is exactly what he needed to have 360 degrees of sound again.
Debra was diagnosed with a cholesteatoma that was life changing. The invasive growth left her totally deaf in her right ear, leaving her without sound and often times missing out on conversations that were happening right in front of her. Thanks to the Baha® 5 System, Debra is no longer missing out on any conversations and is enjoying richer relationships with family and friends.
Hearing with two ears (called binaural hearing) provides clear advantages.
Ears work as a team. Hearing with two ears allows you to identify sounds both near and far as well as those that occur 360 degrees around your head.1 With two ears, you can better understand speech and better detect where where sounds are coming from.2
If one ear is taken out of the equation, it may become difficult to:
Sometimes it's harder to hear in noisy environments when you have single-sided deafness because consonants that are being spoken are higher frequency sounds and it's difficult to hear speech as well as filter out background noise.2
A limited ability to discern the direction of sound is more than inconvenient – it can be dangerous. Crossing a busy street, driving through traffic or not knowing where your child is when they call your name at the playground may be very unsettling.