Often, people with single-sided deafness can follow conversations in quiet settings. This can give your friends and family the impression that your hearing loss is only a minor issue. But single-sided deafness has a significant impact on your quality of life and should be recognized as a serious burden.
Listening with only one ear takes so much more mental effort to separate what you want to hear from background noise. You can’t tell where sounds are coming from, which can make you feel disoriented and overwhelmed.
This can leave you struggling to follow conversations at work, or always having to turn your hearing ear to understand a friend, or worrying that you won’t notice sudden warning noises when crossing the street.
Even with “one good ear,” everyday life with single-sided deafness can be exhausting. Hearing loss doesn’t just make communication difficult—it puts a significant burden on your personal relationships. Often, people
with hearing loss withdraw from friends and family and avoid social interaction.
If you find your everyday life, your career, and your relationships are being affected by your hearing loss, don’t give up hope. There is an effective treatment option that is approved to help restore your ability to hear with both ears.