Headphones for single sided hearing loss

Just over a year ago I lost all hearing in my left ear after a stapedectomy operation (I have otosclerosis). Having an ongoing struggle with the practicalities of living with SSHL my main everyday sadness is not being able to enjoy music like I used to.

I have 42 years of musical memories so I know how songs should sound in proper stereo. For a long time I have simply stopped listening to music because it sounds so 'wrong' and just makes me frustrated, angry and fed up. However, we live in a world where it is impossible to avoid hearing music, so I can't just live my life and pretend it just doesn't exist. Even if I don't hear music playing somewhere it's always being talked about by others as it's such a massive part of human culture and enjoyment. When David Bowie died I got really miserable and jealous of all the conversations people were having about his music; I couldn't help feeling sorry for myself knowing I wasn't normal anymore. Even if I simply see an advert on TV about music it puts me in a miserable mood. I just want the feeling of enjoying getting 'lost in music' without having the regret and sadness of going for operation that had the 'nightmare scenario' outcome.

I'm trying to find a way to hear music 'better' and figure the best way would be to get a headphone set that can convert the stereo sound to play through one earpiece. That way I figure I will at least hear the complete song (even if it is still just through one ear).

Does anyone have any suggestions / recommendations on where to buy a decent bit of kit? I've searched online but, as you'd expect, the headphones on sale are all for normal, two eared hearing people! :(

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  • I have had SSD all my life, and never heard stereo. I can put my PC stereo speakers close together, and still cannot hear any stereo effect.

    Reading the testimonials, they would appear to work. There is only one way to find out, but they are not that cheap, especially with shipping. It would be very interesting to know what you think when you try them. Good luck...
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