What Are BiCROS and CROS Hearing Aids?

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In the event that you are experiencing problems with your hearing, you may find yourself completely overwhelmed when conducting research regarding the different options available to you. There are many different types of hearing aids from which to choose, such as Bluetooth hearing aids, rechargeable hearing aids, BTE hearing aids, IIC hearing aids, and so many more. 

Read on for all of the information that you need to know about BiCROS and CROS hearing aids in particular. 

What Are CROS Hearing Aids? 

Many people do not realize that when hearing loss occurs, it may or may not affect both ears. In fact, even if it does affect both ears, there is a good chance that the degree of hearing loss will still vary quite significantly in each. That is where CROS hearing aids come in. These hearing aids are designed for people who suffer from hearing loss in only one ear, often referred to as unilateral hearing loss. 

CROS hearing aids, many of which are wireless, are comprised of two devices that sit inside the ear. These devices include a microphone that is worn inside the affected ear, as well as a receiver that is placed in the other, better functioning ear. The microphone is designed to pick up sound and transmit it to the receiver in the well-functioning ear. Ultimately, the CROS hearing aid helps to emulate the experience of hearing well with both ears. There are many different styles of CROS hearing aids available, including CROS BTE devices and ITE devices. You will also have the option to choose between wired CROS hearing aids, wireless CROS hearing aids, and transcranial CROS hearing aids. Transcranial CROD hearing aids are only a consideration for individuals who are completely deaf in one ear. 

Wired CROS styles will often be cheaper than wireless alternatives. However, the wire that connects one ear to the other can prove to be rather irritating. Wireless CROS hearing aids are, therefore, often said to be more comfortable and more convenient to wear. 

What Are BiCROS Hearing Aids? 

BiCROS hearing aids are designed for people with hearing loss in both ears, but who have varying degrees of hearing loss in each ear. They also consist of a microphone and a receiver. The microphone is placed in the ear with the poorest hearing, and the receiver is placed in the ear with better hearing. As with CROS hearing aids, the end result is the ability to hear well with both ears. 

In most cases, BiCROS hearing aids are more diverse than their CROS counterparts. You will have plenty more options in terms of different styles, and almost all BiCROS hearing aids are wireless, which is great news if you intend to wear them on a regular basis. Just remember to do your research in terms of the different types of hearing aids before making a final decision. 

Which Is Right for You? 

The only way in which to effectively establish whether you would be better suited to CROS or BiCROS hearing aids is to visit a hearing center for a professional hearing assessment. A hearing expert will be able to ascertain the degree of hearing loss that you have in one or both ears and help you choose a hearing aid depending on your results, your lifestyle, your preferences, and your budget. 

Here at the Chenault House of Hearing, we specialize in many different types of hearing aids, including BiCROS and CROS hearing aids. Contact us today to learn more or to book your free hearing assessment with our Hearing Aid Specialist (audioprosthologist). We look forward to assisting you in boosting your hearing clarity!  


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