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Two bionic ears better than one: study
“Two bionic ears are better than one for profoundly deaf people, according to new research which rejects current beliefs.
An Australian hearing psychologist says the extra cochlear implant – an Australian invention – improves sound and confidence enough to make it worthwhile for the most hearing impaired people.
Most are fitted with just one as previous research had shown there were no benefits in doubling up.
University of New England professor Bill Noble worked with Iowa researchers to analyse data collected from more than 180 deaf US patients fitted with either one or two implants.
It was the largest-scale subjective assessment of cochlear implants, also known as bionic ears, to be undertaken so far.
‘The responses of these patients indicate that a second implant can increase confidence in a social context, make it easier to understand speech in a noisy”