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I am deaf in my right ear. I have diminished hearing in my left ear. Is there a hearing aid that would go in my left ear and transmit to a hearing aid in my left ear?


Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

13 November 2017 - 116 Views

What you should look for is CROS technology (the transmitter worn on your right will send the signal "wirelessly" to a hearing aid on the left, and the left hearing aid will amplify it according to the hearing loss in your left ear).Here are the manufacturers that have CROS technology: Starkey, Phonak, Widex, and Signia (Siemens).Good luck!

I have single-sided deafness. What are the differences between the Widex CROS, Phonak CROS, and Signia CROS hearing aids?

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Christopher S. Frink, MS

Audiologist in Salem

03 June 2017 - 1815 Views

I have quite a bit of experience with CROS technology and single-sided deafness, having conducted four separate studies and individual assessments of unique products when they've been introduced.  So, I'd like to actually present a brief history on CROS technology to serve as a foundation for my recommendations.CROS technology has actually existed for a few decades, but prior to 2005 was fairly rudimentary.  Most manufacturers offered a solution utilizing a physical cord extending from one device to the other.  Most patients found this cumbersome and... Read more

what are the best hearing aids for single sided deafness


Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

28 September 2017 - 684 Views

There are a few options to consider for this scenario:1) CROS (if the better ear is normal) or BiCROS (if the better ear has a hearing loss as well)2) Osseointegrated hearing aid, such as the Cochlear Baha or Oticon Ponto (this may not be possible if the better ear has a significant loss, or if the patient is not a surgical candidate)3) Unilateral cochlear implant (may not be covered by insurance, or the patient may not be a candidate for surgery or the implant itself)You can visit your hearing healthcare professional to discuss the options and... Read more