I can't hear in this background noise!: unbalanced hearing: Unbalanced hearing
Background noise can be a major problem for people with hearing loss when they cannot easily distinguish one conversation from another. A common cause is unbalanced hearing which occurs when the two ears 'hear' differently in some way. Suitably adjusted hearing aids in two ears rather than one can sometimes improve matters, but for me and for countless other deaf people, unbalanced hearing has to be lived with because one or both ears are damaged.