Fans watched Edwards be fitted for her new hearing aids on the emotional Season 6: Episode 6 show of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which aired March 15.
The Phonak CROS, which stands for ‘Contralateral Routing of Signal,’ consists of two parts: the CROS aid which has a microphone to pick up sounds and voices from the non hearing ear and wirelessly transmit them to the hearing aid, and the hearing aid, which receives the signal from the non hearing ear and play it to your good ear.
— Kathryn Edwards (@_KathrynEdwards) March 16, 2016
She also wrote a blog post about the experience:
First and foremost, my ear doctor’s appointment for my hearing aid. I want to clarify with everyone who might have questions about this device…I am still completely deaf in my right ear. The device is called The Phonak CROS. It picks up sound on my deaf side and transmits the sound to the ear I can hear with. So now, when someone sits on the right side (my deaf ear) and talks, I can hear them.
Also, it magnifies the sound of everything, making it as close to what a person with normal hearing would hear.
As you saw in the episode, it brought me to tears. I had no idea I was missing so much. I have been deaf in one ear for 18 years now, and I have missed a lot of conversations because I simply couldn’t hear. I was so surprised by all the little things I was missing.
I had no idea that I was talking loudly. Losing the sound in one ear is a monumental change…so many things adjust when getting used to being deaf and adjusting the volume of my voice was a change I couldn’t gage until I got the Phonak.
By no means does this mimic what it’s like to hear in stereo, with two ears, but it is still a game changer for me. I feel so blessed that this was an option and I was able to get the Phonak aid.
Learn more about the Phonak CROS II hearing aid for single-sided deafness.