Is there a hearing aid that restores hearing to a dead ear?

Q. I have one dead ear. Is there a hearing aid that restores hearing to a dead ear?

A.  First, no hearing aid restores normal hearing. Yes, there is a hearing device that is used when the hearing loss in one ear is too severe to benefit from a hearing aid. These devices are called CROS hearing systems.

In a CROS hearing system, a device that looks like a hearing aid is placed on the poor ear to act strictly as a transmitter, picking up the sounds on that side of the head. The sound is routed across to the other ear, where a second device is worn. This allows the better ear to hear sounds from the poorer side. The hearing impaired person hears only in the good ear but has regained localization abilities and directionality of sound.

CROS hearing systems can be either hard wired together or can be wireless.

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