Re: Hearphones for Unilateral Deafness from Sudden Hearing Loss?
After using these for a while, I've stopped using them regularly (somewhat like my CROS hearing aids, which were worse). They are helpful for my complete deafness on one side, but the form factor needs improvement, and the control limitations are frustrating. In brief, I'd love to have something (even WITH the current form factor) that would channel only sound from the direction I am looking at/facing. This comes closer than anything I've tried so far, so it's clearly better than nothing. I'm sure in an ideal world it would be so smart that when someone speaks on my deaf side, it would pick that up, and that in noisy situations, it would focus on sound in the directly I'm facing (and maybe that is how normal ears work, but I wouldn't know...), but I'll take the latter for now. Or even two custom settings that would allow me to switch quickly between set-ups. I'm sure all of this can be available through firmware and app software updates, but I'm equally sure that there may be regulatory considerations, as well (not to mention a small market).
Apple now allows you to use the "Live Listen" function with Air Pods; previously, it was limited to compatible hearing aids. If all you have is one-sided deafness, it's another alternative for a noisy restaurant as your phone acts as your microphone. It has its own drawbacks, but I have my phone an my Air Pods with me all the time, and works with just one Air Pod.