Treating Single Sided Deafness with Phonak CROS
Last Updated March 24, 2023
By Amy Sarow
Doctor of Audiology
Do you hear normally in one ear, but struggle to hear in the other ear due to significant hearing loss? If you have single sided deafness (SSD), it means you can hear significantly better in one ear than the other. This type of hearing loss can make it difficult to understand speech, especially in noisy environments. There are several possible causes of single sided deafness (SSD), including viral or bacterial infection, head injury, or unknown causes. Fortunately, there is a great option available to help with this unique type of hearing loss: a CROS hearing aid.
Why Is It Hard to Hear with Only One Ear?
There are a number of unique challenges for individuals with total hearing loss in one ear. Unilateral hearing loss makes it difficult to localize sound, meaning that even if you have normal hearing in one ear, hearing where a sound is coming from can be challenging.
Hearing sounds from the bad ear side is made much easier with CROS hearing aids. A CROS system can wirelessly transmit sound. With this technology, you’ll be able to alleviate that difficulty with hearing from the deaf side, known as the head shadow effect. Essentially, when sound is nearest to the poorer ear, there is a difference in the timing and intensity cues compared to when it comes to the better ear.
Phonak CROS Hearing Aids
That’s where Phonak CROS comes in. Phonak CROS is a sophisticated hearing aid that can help people with single sided deafness (SSD). It consists of two parts: a microphone that goes on the ear with better hearing and an earpiece that goes on the ear with poorer hearing. The microphone picks up sound from all around and sends it wirelessly to the earpiece, which amplifies the sound so that the person can hear it better.
There are several different models of Phonak CROS to choose from, depending on your specific needs. The important thing is to find a model that works for you and that you feel comfortable using. Your audiologist can help you figure out which model is best for you. Interested in learning more?
How a Phonak CROS Works – SSD
What is a CROS hearing aid? CROS stands for contralateral routing of signal, meaning that this system can transmit sound from the CROS device on the non-hearing ear to the device worn on the better-hearing ear.
Phonak CROS consists of two parts: a microphone and an earpiece. This unique design works differently than a traditional hearing aid. The microphone picks up sound from all around and sends it wirelessly to the earpiece, which amplifies the sound so that the person can hear it better. CROS hearing aids work by allowing you to hear effortlessly, even when someone is talking into your poorer ear.
There are several different models of Phonak CROS to choose from, depending on your specific needs. Levels of technology range from standard to premium level technology. The most important thing is to find a model that works for you and that you feel comfortable using. Our team of specially trained hearing care professionals can provide you with a personalized consultation to meet your communication needs and treat your hearing loss.
How a Phonak BiCROS Works
Have you tried two hearing aids but found that one ear cannot receive speech as well as the other, sometimes even making it harder to understand? If you have moderate hearing loss or severe hearing loss, it can be particularly challenging to pick up sound signals from the bad ear. A BiCROS can help to overcome that added strain of trying to hear what someone is saying on the side of the deaf ear.
BiCROS hearing aids can be a great option for those with asymmetric hearing loss that includes some hearing loss in their better ear. The result is a much easier conversation when your BiCROS system helps you to be more involved in conversations. Let’s talk about the right hearing aid technology to best address your communication needs.
The Benefits of Phonak CROS
Phonak CROS can provide many benefits for people with SSD. When you have normal hearing in one ear, but a lot of hearing loss in the other ear, it can mean that speech is extremely difficult to understand when the speaker is located near the poorer ear. Add in background noise, and it can become very difficult to hear and communicate.
CROS hearing aids are designed specifically for this purpose. They can help people hear better in noisy environments and improve their ability to understand speech by routing all of the sound to the good ear. Additionally, Phonak CROS can help people feel more connected to their surroundings and less isolated. In some cases, it can even help people avoid an ear surgery, such as would be the case for a bone conduction hearing aid or cochlear implant.
If you think Phonak CROS could be helpful for you, be sure to talk to a House of Hearing hearing care professional. We will be able to answer any questions you have and help you decide if Phonak CROS is right for you. We specialize in helping individuals with their unique hearing loss and communication needs. You are in great hands with us!
Phonak CROS – Your Best Choice for SSD
Phonak CROS is a sophisticated hearing aid that can be very helpful for people with single-sided deafness (SSD). It consists of two parts: a microphone and an earpiece. The microphone picks up sound from all around and sends it wirelessly to the earpiece, which amplifies the sound so that the person can hear it better.
The Phonak Paradise Audeo hearing aid works seamlessly with the Phonak CROS to deliver great sound quality, to help you hear your best even in challenging listening environments. Available in both rechargeable and disposable battery options, there are a variety of options available to help you hear sounds you are missing out on. Interested in Bluetooth connectivity? These hearing aids work well with iPhone and Android phones. You’ll also enjoy the tap control feature.
Unilateral hearing loss requires a unique solution. CROS and BiCROS hearing systems can make a great difference in your quality of life. At House of Hearing, we are happy to offer you a great solution to help you more easily hear all the sounds in your environment for easier listening. Enjoy being able to engage with friends, family, and clients, even in the presence of background noise.
Let’s help you accomplish your goals. At House of Hearing we have a wide portfolio of options available to treat a mild up to even profound hearing loss. Talk with us today about how we can get you hearing better with Phonak hearing aids. We’ll walk you through the process and ensure that you’re getting the best possible hearing aid for your needs.
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