Going to church and hearing, let’s say understanding, is a wonderful achievement! This coming from a patient that not only has a severe hearing loss, but it is asymmetrical…meaning, only one ear can be assisted. When I asked how her weekend was and how she’s hearing at church she replied, “Now I get the point…..of what was said at church. That is so important to me, and has never been an enjoyable experience with my hearing loss. Hearing the homily has always been a challenge.”
She is hearing so much better and able to have the perception of hearing bilaterally with the use of her digital Siemens Bi-Cros hearing devices. The poor ear, with no hearing, has a transmitter that is worn behind the ear. It is quite small and matches the look of the receiver digital hearing device that is on the hearing (better) ear. Each device streams together. In this, when sound reaches the poor ear side, the transmitter, sends in real-time what is hard to the receiver worn on the opposite ear. She can tell where sound is coming from. When speech or music is on the poor side, she hears it from that side so her balance of hearing is much better. Each ear is receiving the information necessary to best improve not only hearing but a sense of balance of sounds in her environment.