Hearing Aid Fittings
1. Real-Ear Measurements
Real-ear measurement involves placing a probe-tube microphone in the ear canal with the hearing aids in place, and measuring the response of the hearing aid in the presence of a stimulus.
Use of the speech stimulus makes real-ear measurement even more meaningful. The response of the hearing aid is displayed in real time with graphs showing where speech occurs in normal conversation. We can then demonstrate how the hearing aid manipulates the stimulus to optimize the patient’s access to the sounds of speech.
This process may easily be described to the patient, who can both hear the response of the hearing aid in their ear, and see its effect on the screen. This can be a very enlightening moment for the patient, creating a greater sense of understanding and involvement in the process. After real-ear measurements and programming are successfully completed, we have a comprehensive orientation with the patient and any family members who have come along.
Speech-mapping and hearing aid technology don’t amount to much if the patient is unable to manage and use their hearing aids on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, the second half of the hearing aid fitting is a personal, hands-on introduction to the hearing aids and their use.
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You can see that the term “hearing aid fitting” encompasses quite a bit at Auditory Services. We do all of this and more with every fitting because this careful attention to detail increases the likelihood of every patient’s success. As long as you are making the effort to improve your hearing, make sure you get started the right way, here at Auditory Services.