When we think about it, there are many parts of our bodies that we don't need. Perhaps when creation began, we did-like appendixes, tonsils and other random parts of our bodies. However, over time, our bodies have morphed or changed and we don't need them anymore. In fact,some of those parts are removed,because if we keep them, they can do more damage.
However, I am pretty sure our ears are not one of those parts. I am not here to debate if you are deaf that you are less of a person than someone who can hear. I am not here to debate that deafness is a culture and it is ok,etc etc. In a world where someone wants to hear and use sound to function, I will say that two ears ARE better than one. For a long time, medical research and doctors would tell parents that one ear (unilateral)hearing loss is "no big deal." Well, I am not a doctor,nor do I play one on TV,but I disagree. Newer research agrees with what I have seen in real life. The powers that be created us with two ears for a reason.
Some people will say it is to put your glasses on-One ear and your glasses would be lopsided! Others say that you need ears to put your earrings on. In all seriousness,two ears really are created for a reason or two. First of all, your inner ear is where your balance comes from. If you have one ear that is not working right, your balance might be off kilter a bit. Some people experience this, some don't. Second of all, your ears balance out the sound. When someone talks on one side, the sound enters that sound and goes to the brain. When someone talks on the other side, the information goes in that side up to the brain. If only one ear is working,then you will miss much information that is presented on the side of the nonworking ear. This can lead to you missing out on vocabulary,jokes, information,etc. Third of all, you will not be able to localize. It is hard to tell where sound is coming from if you are able to hear it slightly in one ear. Sure,it is obvious that the louder sound is probably coming from the side of your head with the working ear. However, finding the source of sound when you only have one ear working is very tiresome and frustrating.
What other reasons do you think Unilateral Hearing Loss CAN cause a problem?
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.