Single-Sided Deafness (SSD), or unilateral sensorineural hearing loss, refers to a significant or total hearing loss in one ear, while the other ear may be anywhere from normal hearing to a profound hearing loss.
Those with SSD will have difficulty hearing speech in background noise and will struggle if the speaker is not sitting on their “good side”. If this sounds like you or someone you know, the Phonak CROS might be a smart solution to consider.
The Phonak CROS (Contralateral Routing of Signal) device consists of two parts:
- The CROS device with a microphone to pick up sounds and voices from the non-hearing ear and wirelessly transmit them to the hearing aid
- The hearing aid to receive the signal from the non-hearing ear and play it to your “good ear”
The CROS will transmit sound and voices to let your good ear hear for both of your ears. If you have good hearing in one ear and non-usable hearing in the other, the CROS will work for you.
Contact your Audiologist today to learn more about the Phonak CROS.